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Divina Misericordia: Light, Peace, and Quiet Near the Vatican

Bedrooms 1
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Divina Misericordia is a lovely, modern, sunlit, three-room apartment certified as a 'casa vacanza' (vacation house) by the tourist office of the city of Rome. Located on the top floor of an architecturally-interesting Mussolini-era building on tree-shaded Via Andrea Doria, in the Prati neighborhood, the apartment lies just beyond the crowded tourist area but is still only five blocks from the entrance to the Vatican Museum and only .8 mile to the Basilica of Saint Peter.

The 55 square meter (approximately 592 square feet) apartment has a bedroom with a bed larger than a queen (170 centimeters in width)and a wardrobe big enough to hold the clothing of five short-term guests. The living room has a flat screen tv (Italian stations only), a desk with a scanner, printer and paper, a double sofabed, and an armchair and two ottomans, all three of which convert to single beds. The whole apartment has secure wireless internet access; we will give you the password.

There is a separate modern kitchen with a table that seats four. All the rooms are very bright. The living room and bedroom have large windows, and the kitchen has window walls and a glass door; shutters in the bedroom and living room and venetian blinds in the kitchen insure privacy when you need it. From the kitchen, you can reach the 30 square meter terrace, with a charcoal grill and a table for four with an umbrella. The terrace faces west for amazing sunsets and overlooks the quiet and green inner courtyard and the rooftops of Rome.

The Cipro subway stop, from which you can quickly reach the main tourist areas of the city, is only three blocks away. There is a cabstand at the end of the block and a bus stop just outside the apartment; you will find a map of Rome public transportation in the living room. We can also put visitors in touch with an absolutely reliable, knowledgeable, friendly and English speaking car service. For not much more than the cost of a cab, Roberto will meet you inside the arrivals terminal at the airport holding a sign with your name on it. He also offers tours around the city. The very best way to see Rome is by walking, and anyone in decent shape can take easy, leisurely walks to most of the major tourist sights.

The area is well served by restaurants and supermarkets. The Mercato Trionfale, a huge covered farmer's market, is a block and a half away. There farmers sell fresh buffalo mozzarella and other local cheeses, fresh pasta, all kinds of meat and fish, and the very freshest seasonal vegetables.

The apartment is on the fifth (American sixth) floor and has no elevator. We have adjusted our rates to reflect its inaccessibility to handicapped people. We recommend not bringing a lot of luggage. We consider the walk up the stairs a good fitness builder and the serenity of being on the top floor, just under the condominiale roof where people hang clothes to dry, is more than worth the exertion required.

We are Americans who live in the US when we are unable to be in Rome. We check our email compulsively and will probably respond to your questions, both before and during your time in our apartment, within an hour, certainly within a day. We love telling people about Rome.

This apartment is a wonderful choice for tourists oriented towards the art and religious heritage of Rome, for scholars doing short-term research at the Vatican, for Catholics attending conferences or celebrating religious holidays, for parents visiting children studying in Rome, and for people with children old enough to sleep in a single bed. There is a small park across the street, with children's seesaws, and a tiny park with a carousel and moon bounce about two blocks away..

This is definitely not an apartment for those who are coming to Rome to party. Our neighbors are friendly and nice but quiet people who live in the building all year long. Just say, 'Buon giorno' or 'Buona sera' when you meet them, and they will be happy and kind.

By following the link at the bottom of this page, you will reach a website dedicated solely to the apartment. It contains details, videos, and reviews of previous guests.

Keywords: condo, condominium, Vatican, Vatican Museum, Metro Cipro, Metro Ottoviano, St. Peter's, Prati

More Details

Carolyn and Gerald McMurray
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, I can read and write Italian, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 6, 2017

About Carolyn and Gerald McMurray

We are a retired American Catholic couple, Carolyn and Gerald McMurray. We are in our early seventies and have recently moved from rural Vermont to Long Beach NY. We have visited Rome many times, always feeling drawn back to its churches, museums, relics, and ruins. In 2009, we finally decided to buy our apartment, hoping that eventually we can live in Rome about six months each year. We also love introducing people to this great city and have made it our mission to introduce the city to people who might otherwise never go. We hope they will come to love it as much as we do.

We are not and do not pretend to be tour guides, but we have taken many people around Rome and Italy. We make mistakes, but we know the areas of Rome most tourists and pilgrims want to visit like the back of our hands. We are fluent enough in Italian to do anything that needs to be done. We have also driven extensively throughout Italy. If you are interested in having one of us accompany you to Rome or another part of the country, he or she would consider doing so for a flat fee of $3000, much less than you would pay for a tour for two people, and almost all of which will go for the purchase of plane tickets and for a low cost bed and breakfast or apartment for him or her near Divina Misericordia. We can eat separately, or you will pay for shared meals. Remember that you won't be getting a tour, but you will be getting accompaniment that will save time and anxiety.

In the meantime, for the great majority of our guests, we will continue to offer the very detailed advice we have been offering for years, to everyone's satisfaction. We and our Roman assistant will also respond very quickly to your questions or concerns.

Either way, we offer the best support available in Rome.

Carolyn and Gerald McMurray purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Carolyn and Gerald McMurray chose Rome

We bought in the Prati district because it is close to the Vatican, near the city's center, yet is a real neighborhood, where Romans live. We also like the fact that the neighborhood is relatively quiet, in fact very quiet, given its location in the middle of a big city.

What makes this apartment unique

We love the ability to walk to the Vatican, where we can attend Mass any day we like or just sit in the piazza and people-watch. We also love being within walking distance of the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, where nuns from St. Faustina's order lead a perpetual novena to the Divine Mercy every day at three. We love being able to walk almost anywhere in Rome, including the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Campo dei Fiori, Trastevere, the Colosseum and the rest of ancient Rome. We love being near public transportation to take us to these places when we don't feel like walking or to take us quickly and inexpensively to places further out, like Ostia Antica. We love our neighborhood's excellent restaurants and shops where we can buy absolutely anything we need. We love being able to come back to a peaceful, luminous and most comfortable apartment, with all the amenities we could wish, an apartment that we have chosen ourselves.


Quartiere XIV Trionfale Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 5
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Towels included. If they are not out, you can find them in the armadio (closet-sized wardrobe). Please conserve energy. Hang and reuse your towels, rather than getting more out of the closet. There should always be toilet paper in the cabinet in the bathroom. Let us know if you don't find it. There are usually things like shampoo, etc. that previous guests or we have left. Please feel free to use these.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1) the bed is actually larger than a queen bed (170 centimeters) but not as large as a king., Sleep Sofa or Futons (3). All linens included. Extra comforters, blankets, etc. are in the armadio (closet-sized wardrobe) in the bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
We provide more information and help with necessities like booking than any hotel or bed and breakfast. We and our Roman assistant are available by phone and email to solve any problems or answer any questions very quickly.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

Divina Misericordia: Light, Peace, and Quiet Near the Vatican
average rating of 4.965517 based on 29 reviews

Perfect home base in Rome

  • 5 of 5

What a great find! My husband and I spent 10 wonderful days here. We loved the comfort of the apartment and having a home base in such a pleasant, walkable residential (and not tourist-filled) neighborhood. Transit (bus and metro) were extremely convenient, and we appreciated the close proximity to the marvelous Mercato Trionfale as well as a smaller but nice grocery store, bars for appertivo, and several restaurants. The apartment itself is very comfortable. We cooked dinner several nights and the kitchen had everything we needed; we also really appreciated having a washing machine. We didn't mind the stairs, and being on a high floor provides great rooftop views of the city! Sadly, we weren't able to take full advantage of the lovely terrace because it rained a lot during our visit, but it's a really nice amenity and with different weather, we would have been out there a lot. As others mention, Carolyn and Gerald were extremely informative and responsive. They provided helpful information about neighborhood amenities, transit, and destinations in and outside of Rome. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this apartment and hope to return someday.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Owners make all the difference!

  • 5 of 5

Central location, quiet comfortable apartment, just three short blocks to Vatican Museum. My son and I walked all of historic central district from here. All the way to the Colosseum. I can not really express just how great the owners of this place were! Quick to respond, full of fantastic ideas, and all of that information saved me hundreds of Euro's and lots of potential frustration. Not to fully engage our hosts wealth of knowledge would be a mistake.

It's a six story walk-up and I loved that! Got the blood pumping....

I recommend this place without reservation and would go back again. Dream trip at a dream spot!

Thank you Carolyn & Gerry!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to stay in Rome!

  • 5 of 5

Our amazing experiences of Rome could not have been possible without this fantastic appartment. Perfectly located near the Vatican and subway line made it super easy to explore the city. We loved having our own space to cook and do laundry, everything was so clean and well kept.

We agree with all the other well written reviews on this site.

Just an ideal place to stay when visiting Rome!!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal Rome accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely apartment for 3 weeks and found it to be the perfect location close to public transit and easy walking distance to the Vatican. The apartment was especially comfortable with a well equipped kitchen for those days we wanted to stay in for meals. Our host Carolyn was most accommodating providing us with a wealth of information on places to visit, how to navigate Rome and the surrounding region. She was always available to answer any question we had with a prompt response. We'll be returning in the near future.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic way to experience Roma!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a ten day visit to Roma, our first overseas trip ever. The apartment was such a boon to us. The central location was outstanding, the building has character and is well kept up. The location of the apartment, near the Vatican, the metro and good shopping and dining, was just as advertised and took a lot of stress away for us first time "do it yourself" travelers.

The apartment is as advertised. Yes, there are a lot of stairs, but you only go up and down them twice a day and the way you eat in Italy they will help keep you from gaining weight. The washing machine and kitchen were so nice to have. The bed is firm and comfortable, and my son, who is 6 foot 2 inches, was able to sleep well on the pull out sofa. The WiFi works very well, and the area and building are safe and secure.

We found that, while it was nice to eat out a few times, most days it was less stressful to make our way home and cook a leisurely meal. Carolyn and Gerry are just great. We enjoyed getting to know them via email. They provided truly excellent info on the area and on getting by in Roma. We found the experience of living in the apartment instead of in a hotel to be priceless. We went everywhere on foot and by metro and train, and we learned far more about the people that we would have if we had been confined to a packaged tour.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rooftop refuge in Rome

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here 10 nights in late September 2015 and loved it. Your host, Carolyn, provides lots of detailed information about how to get there, sights to see, secret shortcuts, groceries, restaurants, everything you would need and more. She has truly thought of everything and taken care of it for you. We loved the area, close to the Vatican, and the ease of taking the subway from the Cipro station, or the bus around the corner to see the sights. We loved evenings on the terrace, and the ability to cook for ourselves and do laundry. We shopped at the Mercado Trionfale and the grocery across the street almost every day. The furniture is comfortable, the bed is firm, the kitchen is well equipped. We had hot water and good water pressure in the shower. We didn't miss having television, because we were out strolling the piazzas and along the Tiber river, soaking in the Roman evening scene! Walking up the stairs was no trouble at all - a great way to burn off gelato and pizza. We really enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Nearest Airport
29 Kilometres
Aeroporto Leonardo da Vinci
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Bar/Caffe Doria
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Roma Termini
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Grande Raccordo Annulare
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Fratelli Micci
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Ostia Lido
Nearest Point of Interest
Castel Sant'Angelo
Nearest Point of Interest
Piazza del Popolo
Nearest Point of Interest
Santo Spirito in Sassia
Nearest Point of Interest
Vatican Museum Entrance
Nearest Point of Interest
Church of Santa Maria del Rosario
Nearest Point of Interest
Piazza San Pietro and Entrance to the Basilica of St. Peter
Nearest Point of Interest
Mercato Trionfale
Nearest Point of Interest
Porta Angelica and Church of Santa Anna
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Maria delle Grazie
Nearest Point of Interest
Pontifical North American College
Nearest Point of Interest
Chiesa di Santa Maria in Traspontina
Car: not necessary

The apartment is located in Prati/Trionfale, a residential area very near the Vatican, within easy walking distance. The neighborhood is full of restaurants and cafes. Mercato Trionfale, a huge covered market with farmers, butchers, fish mongers, cheese makers, and small shops selling just about anything you could want, is a block and a half away.


Rates & Availability

Quartiere XIV Trionfale Apartment Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $50

Base rates are for two people. Rates for extra people are $15.00 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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