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Historical Palace Finest Panoramic 4 BR, 3 BA, Terraces, Views, Charm & Comforts

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,250 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Navona Campo Fiori Wonderful 4 BR, 3 BA, Panoramic Terrace Views, History Palace

This marvellous, panoramic apartment comprises four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an amazing sitting room, a very ample dining room / kitchen, a terrace / roof garden with views of Rome's sights and domes. It is situated in an authentic historical noble palace, in the heart of old Rome.

It is located in the Campo de' Fiori area, bordering the Jewish quarter. Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the Roman Forum are a stone's throw away. The palace faces the world-acclaimed Turtle Fountain, which can be seen from its windows.

The apartment is situated at the highest floor of the palace. You can either take the elevator or the sumptuous grand staircase. The palace is owned since 1578 by the Italian noble Costaguti family, which merged over the century with another noble family of Spanish origin. The resulting family counts a king, two cardinals, two viceroys and a saint, a number of generals, nevertheless they are extremely kind and hospitable landlords, keeping seriously their commitments, and they are also a pleasure to meet. When asked, they always have one more historical fact or anecdote about Rome to recall. The palace, illustrated in all history / architecture books / sites, has great character, yet it is also very inviting, and it will make you feel at home from the very first moment.

For its high position the apartment is very bright, and from its most panoramic terrace / roof garden you will be able to dine 'al fresco' amidst Rome's domes, sights and old roofs. Also from its windows you have great views of the nearby palaces, churches and of old Rome's roofs, and as mentioned it overlooks one of Rome's jewels, the Turtle Fountain.

The apartment is app. 210 Sq. Mts. (2,260 Sq. Ft.) large, it was just perfectly renovated. It is silent, inviting and very bright. Each room is beautiful and charming in its own right, whether for the beautiful tiles, décor, furniture, paintings of old masters, ceilings, or views. There is also a second terrace with table and chairs, perfect to drink a glass of wine, or to relax while reflecting on your past sightseeing or to write emails.

The sitting room is astonishing. It still preserves the original late Renaissance (16th century) coffered wooden ceilings, and each of the 168 'lacunars' or coffered frames has a painting of a different species of birds. In the walls you find finest frescoes of peacocks, spaced out with the intriguing coat of arms of the Costaguti family. The floors are also spectacular. They are made with extraordinarily elegant tiles displaying beautiful design, different in the various rooms.

You find four bedrooms, two matrimonial and two twin beds, endowed with different personality and charm. They are all furnished and adorned state-of-the-art.

The dining room and the large kitchen form a large open-plan space of app. 40 Sq. Mt. (430 Sq. Ft.). It is wonderfully adorned, bright, airy, elegant, and its historical character blends with the elegant modern kitchen cabinets. Both the kitchen and the dining room have table and chairs, for meals or breakfast. The kitchen is remarkably equipped with cutlery / chinaware / glassware, and with all appliances: American coffee percolator, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, toaster, orange squeezer, fires, oven.

The property is equipped with all mod cons: air conditioning in all rooms, heating, internet Wi-Fi, washing machine, clothes dryer (in a dedicated washroom), complete kitchen equipment.

Explore this wonderful apartment in our website, with 100 photos showing any aspect, with a detailed description.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About Morris

Dear Friends,

Our family, an ancient and honourable noble Italian family always treasured hospitality and cultivated cultural exchanges. Continuing the tradition, we strive to offer you an attentive, dedicated service, enabling you to enjoy this wonderful property, in a unique palace and in an outstanding old Rome location.

We look forward to hosting you.

From Dr. Afan De Rivera Costaguti and wife (owners, in the photo).

Morris purchased this apartment in 1578

Why Morris chose Centro Storico

You find anything in this property you could possibly wish from Rome:

- a fantastic panoramic roof garden / terrace, with table, chairs, deck chairs, parasol, for your meals 'al fresco' while looking at Rome's domes and sights.

- A wonderful apartment, large, bright, silent, perfectly renovated, furnished, equipped, and adorned.

- The apartment is situated in a historical palace with immense character, where even the walls and all the details exude Rome's history and personality.

- It overlooks one of Rome's most charming squares, Piazza Mattei, with direct view of Rome's jewel-fountain: the Turtle Fountain or Fontana delle Tartarughe. There are beautiful views of churches, other historical 'palazzi', and of old Rome roofs.

- Exciting and most intriguing location: situated between 5 famous districts: Campo de' Fiori, Jewish Ghetto, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Roman Forum.

- There are numberless restaurants, cafes, shops, old book and craftsmen shops, bars, cultural societies and clubs, suiting all wallets and tastes;

- Friendly locals, with great personality reflecting a very ancient history, and who love sharing it with you;

- Most hospitable and decent owners, keeping their commitments very seriously.

What makes this apartment unique

Everything about this property is unique and unobtainable! Our hospitality is proverbial, you will experience a memorable stay!


Centro Storico Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 11:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Beautiful design, sumptuous tiles, spotless, two sinks.
    master bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Sparkling, most elegant decor, wonderful tiles.
    Second bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Modern and functional, yet elegant and spotless.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double , Wonderful, ample, bright, elegant matrimonial bedroom.
    Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Most elegant, bright double bedroom with matrimonial bed
    Twin beds room - 2 twin/ single , Most elegant, bright twin beds room, perfect fittings
    Twin bed rooms - 2 twin/ single , Most elegant, bright twin beds room, wonderful décor
  • - The master bedroom is beautiful yet very inviting, it matches perfectly the palace ambience; - The second matrimonial bedroom is also elegant and very cozy; - The first and second twin bedded room are elegant, yet charming and sober. All bedrooms have beautiful floors and high ceilings.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
The apartment has a SAFE, most secure and walled-in, to protect your valuable belongings. You will be able to operate it by yourself (without depending on receptionists etc.). The terrace is also endowed with an independent fridge and a large furniture containing all normal kitchen equipment: cutlery, dishes, knifes, glasses etc.. It will spare you to have to go back and forth to the kitchen.


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Historical Palace Finest Panoramic 4 BR, 3 BA, Terraces, Views, Charm & Comforts
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Lake Forest, IL

Lovely Stay

  • 5 of 5

My husband, son and I had the pleasure of staying at The Turtle's Dream apartment for Spring Break. The booking experience was easy and extremely informative. Morris, the booking agent, went out of his way to orchestrate an early morning introduction to the apartment as well as a late night departure procedure. The apartment was spotless and quite spacious, with all the amenities we could ask for. The view onto the turtle fountain is priceless and we happily went to sleep each night to the faint sounds of water falling in the fountain. Location of the apartment is ideal for walking virtually anywhere you might wish to go in Rome, the adjacent ghetto is marvelous for breakfast treats and the terrace sports an amazing view of the rooftops of Rome. We truly felt that we were able to imagine what it would be like to live in this glorious city by the time we left. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom

A very special home with thoughtful service

  • 5 of 5

This property exceeded our expectations, and it is actually better than advertised: the layout, furniture, décor, equipment, palace, location, views are truly beautiful. We particularly appreciated some the spaciousness - not only of the surface but also of the high ceilings - the sober yet beautiful décor, quiet, the perfect location, the views of Rome, they all gave us a feeling of serenity. Rome's infinite charms can exhaust you, and the apartment was our beautiful shelter after an intense day of sightseeing. At night we would open the windows to hear the water gushing from the Turtle Fountain beneath, which was our wonderful Renaissance lullaby. We also appreciated the attentive service provided by Morris and by the landlord. In August, when everything slows down in Rome, we were taken care thoughtfully, and they provided us with a stroller same day we asked. We felt special guests in a very special home, and we will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear George, thanks for your kindness, you have been wonderful guests. Thanks also for appreciating our efforts to make the property as pleasant as possible for our guests. In these days we are placing an outdoors sofa and armchairs in the panoramic terrace, to watch the views while sitting comfortably and sipping a glass of wine. We are sure that you will love it. As they say "Rome, one life is not enough", so we look forward to hosting you again with your lovely family. "Arrivederci" from Morris and the owner.
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Maine, USA

A fabulous experience

  • 5 of 5

The photographs and descriptions were well done, but the reality of the historical apartment far exceeded them: it is spectacular.

Morris (Mauro), our contact person, was the most accommodating, professional, friendly and knowledgeable person ever. He is very detail-oriented and that made the entire vacation a marvelous experience, from booking through (regretfully) leaving. His skills in these areas were exceeded by his historical knowledge, not only of the palace and environs, but of all aspects of Rome, which made re-exploring it for us more fruitful. The palace apartment was amazing and to be able to share it with so many centuries of owners was a treat. The apartment itself was stunning and ideally located as a base of exploring the neighborhoods and the city. It was a fabulous experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Myles and Susan, you have been wonderful guests and exemplary Rome visitors. We especially appreciated your interest in knowing yet another historical fact or anecdote, and to discover its hidden gems. You also have an incredible talent in finding the best cafes and ice cream parlors! Thank you for your generous compliments, which should be addressed also to the owners, a lovely and most hospitable couple. They have greatest care to provide utmost comfort to guests. Also the cleaner does a wonderful work to prepare the property. We all feel and work as a team, honored and pleased to assist guests. We look forward to your next visit: as they say "Rome, one life is not enough!".
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Virginia, USA

A wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

This could not have been a better, more wonderful experience. The apartment is simply spectacular. Rarely, if ever, do you find such spacious, well-appointed accommodations in Rome. A true gem! Our host, Morris (Mauro), could not have been kinder or more helpful. The neighborhood is the ideal place to stay in Rome. Having previously lived in Rome for 2 years, I can tell you with first-hand knowledge of the city that if you want the perfect Roman Holiday and to live La Dolce Vita (at least for a short time) this is the place you want to stay. Given how incredible it is, I'm surprised they don't charge more. It's really that good. Thank you again, Morris, for making us feel like such special guests.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! You and your friends have been wonderful guests, most kind and with outstanding knowledge of Rome and Italy. The owner and I were very pleased to meet you, and we look forward to hosting you on your next visit. Arrivederci!
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Bordentown, NJ, USA 08505

Our perfect Roman Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Rome is my favorite city in the world, so I get there as frequently as I can. I've stayed in hotels and apartments over the years and I have greatly enjoyed almost all of them. However, for my most recent trip I really wanted to find a special place. I was asked to show my friend and his family around Rome for a few days so we needed to accommodate 7 people, comfortably. We also needed to be in a great location, able to walk everywhere in the city center but also to sit down and have a quiet espresso amongst the church bells and delicious smells of the morning and evening (the Rome I fell in love with).

When I initially found this apartment online I reached out to Roman Homes right away. I received a prompt response from Morris (Mauro). As you many know, renting an apartment in a foreign country can be confusing. 100% worth it, but it requires a bit more effort than booking a hotel...usually. This time, it was just as easy. Mauro was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was kind, fair and honest throughout the entire process. He may not support the same soccer team, but he is a stand-up gentleman and I will be bothering him for apartments until the day he retires.

When our group arrived at the apartment we were blown away. I know this because we each bumped into one another walking through the giant green door when we had all paused to look up and say "wow." I say this will all sincerity: this apartment was more than anything I could have desired. The location, the history, and the old world feel with the modern comforts I was looking for were all there. The bedrooms were large (3 of them overlooked the beautiful piazza and fountain), the bathrooms were large, the appliances were new and the entire apartment was spotless. There is a charming terrace attached to the upstairs bedroom, a family room to watch TV, and a large kitchen that overlooks the fountain below. The neighborhood is beautiful, quiet, and smelled like my grandmother's kitchen (I had 2 of the best dishes I've ever had in Italy no more than 60 meters from the apartment) yet it was a VERY short walk to just about all of the major sites. In all, it was perfect. My friend and his parents visited other cities on their trip, but all they can talk about is Roma, Roma, Roma. This apartment allowed me to easily and comfortably show them the Rome I fell in love with so that they not only saw the 2,766 years of history, but they felt and tasted it as well.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike, it was a great pleasure for the owners and myself to appreciate the fine qualities of a gentleman like you, and also your talent to understand and to love the spirit of Rome and of Italy, which inspires people from the world over to come together. We also thank you for sharing the outlook with which you approach Rome with all our friends of VRBO who can now read your review. We are naturally also glad that you were pleased with our property and with our service. Whenever you will feel returning to your beloved Roma, we will be waiting for you with open arms.
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Gorgeous apartment, we will go back.

  • 5 of 5

We rented this apartment a few days before Christmas. It was truly an exciting and we had a wonderful time. Everything was as advertised, possibly better. It is elegant but charming, we felt snug at home. It has a perfect combination of classical and modern furniture / décor. The tiles are beautiful, the views great, the appliances and amenities generously provided by the owner. The assistants were very helpful and dedicated, they gave us plentiful tourist information, setting us on the right foot from day one. The palace has incredible character, the location is magic, and we really enjoyed it. All sights were close or within easy reach (we only took a cab for the Vatican, but it's not distant either), and we hanged out at the ghetto where you find most grocers, cafés, restaurants and interesting shops. We consider this the best place where we stayed during our European tour. We are hoping to return for our long planned family reunion.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, it was our pleasure meeting you and hosting you. We strive to ameliorate the property in all its details, and we look forward your next visit with the family. A big "Ciao" from the landlord, the assistants, and also from the owners of your favorite restaurant in the Ghetto.
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci (24) - Ciampino (12)
Nearest Barpub
60 Metres
Via Falegnami cafe, Via Funari, Jewish Ghetto
Nearest Ferry
62 Miles
Civitavecchia port
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Rome Golf Club 'Acqua Santa'
Nearest Train
1.6 Miles
Termini main train station
Nearest Motorway
94 Miles
Beltway or Ring of Rome (G.R.A. or 'Raccordo')
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
San Daniele, Via Falegnami
Nearest Ski
62 Miles
Terminillo Ski resort
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Ostia - Castel Porziano - Fregene
Car: not necessary

This wonderful apartment is located in the very heart of old Rome, perfectly nestled between three of its most renowned locations: Campo de' Fiori, the Jewish Ghetto, and Piazza Navona. It is also at very short walking distance from the Pantheon and the Roman Forum.

These rightfully famous central districts have a very different character, like in a kaleidoscope: the area of Piazza Navona encircles the elegant square, endowed with three marvellous fountains and the Church of St. Agnes, and it is a favourite spot for the 'Dolce Vita' atmosphere. Its chic and cozy at the same time, and a meeting venue for artists. Campo de' Fiori is Rome's most vivacious area, and it changes aspect around the clock. In the morning you find the famous veg market and grocery shops, at night it has an irresistible bohemian flavour. The Jewish Ghetto is a world apart. There dwells the most ancient Jewish community of Europe, and where you find the only authentic Romans since more than 2000 years. It is fashinating, and all its shops, cafes, restaurants are characteristic for some reason. You also find the main Jewish Synagogue, Rome's Jewish Museum.

The Pantheon is the best preserved ancient Roman monument, it is like a time capsule. The Roman Forum needs no presentation, it is an open air museum.

The apartment takes the higher floor of the historical Costaguti palace, which faces the square with one of Rome's jewels: the world-acclaimed, wonderful Fontana delle Tartarughe, or Turtle Fountains (1581), attracting visitors from the world over - you will be able to see it from your windows at all times.

Nearby you also find all Rome's sights: churches, monuments, squares, fountains, places of interest, historical landmarks, stately palaces, parks, museums... and let's not forget the countless numberless restaurants, cafes, bars, shops of artisans, artists' clubs, cinemas, and theatres, suiting all tastes and wallets.

You will be able to reach easily all these sights on foot, and if you don't feel like walking, there is a taxi stand nearby. Public transport is also well organized, simple, and cost-effective.

You will also enjoy the neighborhood near the palace. You find many family-run grocery stores (each special in it own way), bakers, confectioneries ('pasticcerie'), an array of restaurants with a varied cuisine, art and book shops, craftsmen shops. People in the area are very friendly, and you will immediately feel part of the community.

To conclude, the apartment couldn't be more quintessential Roman.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Province tourist tax $45.76
Pet Fee $137.27
Cleaning fee $114.39

VRBO's Standard rates apply for the low season, in highest season there might be minimal increases, please enquire.
The balance is paid kindly upon arrival at the apartment, by either Euro cash or credit card (the minimal processing fee is responsibility of guests). This is the only way to make you not pay the 22% VAT (value added tax), a sales tax, which otherwise we would have to add *on top* of the price if you were to pay through this site. Thank you.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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