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Charming Penthouse with terrace, walking distance from the Vatican

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

charming restored 16th century penthouse in the heart of Rome with all comforts

The apartment is a charming restored 16th century duplex penthouse in an elegant four-story, four-family building in the center of historic Rome on a tiny quiet street (flanked on one side by 16th century Via dei Banchi Nuovi and on the other by 19th century Corso Vittorio Emanuele with busses to all areas of the city). It is nine blocks west of Piazza Navona and northwest of Campo dei Fiori, and five blocks southwest of 2nd century Ponte Sant’Angelo, Hadrian’s tomb and the Vatican on the other side of the Tiber River. A large doorway leads to the building’s foyer, with five steps up to a wrought iron gate to an elevator for three people. At the apartment’s marble landing, two steps lead up to the apartment, which consists of: a foyer, a fully equipped kitchen, a one-step-down brick-and-wood- beamed cathedral Renaissance-ceilinged and terra-cotta tiled floor living room (with a ceiling fan and a couch that opens to a double-bed), a dining room that seats 6-8, the living and dining rooms open onto a planted terrace (oleanders, olives, lemon and kiwi trees, rosemary, gardenia, etc.) with a dining table and six chairs); down three steps from the living room are a tiny ‘foyer’ and the bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom (one matrimonial with air conditioner and ceiling fan with a marble bathroom with box shower and bidet, the other mansard-roofed with twin beds, a moveable fan and a tiled bath with a tub).

An outdoor stairway leads from the downstairs terrace to an even larger top floor terrace with a catwalk and panoramic views of Rome’s roofs, Castel Sant’Angelo and three lounges for sunbathing. This terrace is also reached by an indoor wooden steep staircase that leads to a small studio.

The apartment has high speed 24/7 Internet access, WiFi, flat screen tv, DVD, dishwasher, washer-dryer, air conditioner in the master bedroom, stereo, American coffee and espresso makers, and full liability insurance.

More Details

Charming Giraud
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

About Charming Giraud

I am an American born woman of a certain age who was raised in Italy and returned to the U.S. for university and career but never stopped missing Rome. So in 2004, after searching for many many years, I found and purchased my dream apartment in my dream quartiere of Rome, il centro storico. I return each summer for six weeks to get my infusion of Rome before returning to New York City where I live most of the time.

Charming Giraud purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Charming Giraud chose Rome

Because it is a complete little 16th century jewel with all the modern conveniences where I can sit on my terrace, sipping my espresso and gaze at Roman rooftops.

What makes this apartment unique

Too many to list. See description.


Centro Storico Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • golf


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(27 traveler reviews)

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Charming Penthouse with terrace, walking distance from the Vatican
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 27 reviews

Charming, with all the comforts of home!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, it is an enchanting apartment, central yet very quiet, surrounded by lots of small family restaurants and beautiful piazzas. A gem.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hidden gem in the heart of Rome

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I stayed in this quaint penthouse for 5 days. Carolina was a kind and attentive hostess. She arranged car service to and from the airport for us. Anytime we needed anything she responded in a timely fashion. We were greeted at the door by a nice young man who showed us how to use the kitchen (gas stove) and which keys go to what doors lol. It is comfortable and well supplied. There is plenty of hot water for nice long showers. The beautiful Roman sunsets can be enjoyed with a glass of wine from the roof-top patio.

The location was abosolutly the best we could have asked for. If you turn left out the front door ( which will be what you do the most) there is a fabulous little restaurant accross the street. A very well supplied bodega is also accross the same street. Everything you could possibly want to see is within 10 minutes walking time. Don't forget to turn "right" out the front and explore the surrounding neighborhood. No matter which direction you turn from this sweet home is an adventure. Take time to drink the wonderful cold water from the neighborhood fountains. Listen to the music being played as you walk down cobblestone streets. And most of all put your phones down and look up! I can't thank Carolina enough for allowing us the honor of staying at this property. And don't forget to take a deep breath "roam" the streets, and enjoy yourself...... after all you are in ROME!!!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oak Park, CA

Really cute rooftop apartment in a great neighborhood

  • 4 of 5

First off, Carolina was great about answering our questions and making sure we were taken care of. Her representative was there to meet us when we arrived and he was very helpful in explaining the apartment. She arranged transport in the middle of the night to the airport and her friend showed up right on time. Much thanks to her for all her help!

The apartment itself is very cute and the terrace is lovely. We were there in the winter so we didn't get to enjoy the outside very much, but the light it let in and the view from the dining room were still nice. Beds were reasonably comfortable, decent shower, plenty of hot water, towels, etc... Extra blankets. The ceilings in the second bedroom are definitely low. It was not a problem for us, the kids did fine in there. it would be a little more challenging for anyone tall. There is a small lift to get luggage up and down, which is great!

The only thing holding me back from 5 stars is that the place does seem to be want of just a little TLC. A few burned out light bulbs that haven't been replaced, a missing key to the upstairs terrace, a funky little vent in the kitchen that doesn't close all the way and makes an unpleasant whirring noise, the latch on the back door was broken and couldn't be closed (this Carolina sent someone over for right away and we agreed that it was better to just fix it after we were gone). None of these things were significant enough to make me wish we hadn't stayed there, in fact, we very much enjoyed our stay. I just point them out, because if we were there for a longer period it might have become bothersome and they really are small fixes. I hope very much they will address these small things, because it really is a great apartment.

The place is old and has some great charm, the ceilings are beautiful, but is a bit drafty. Heat worked well to combat it, though, and we were comfortable. I did notice no AC in the main room, which was not an issue at all for us, but in the summer it would be helpful, I would think.

Overall, I would definitely stay in this apartment again. It had charm and plenty of space to hang out. We liked the neighborhood, some very cute shops. It was convenient and had some great places to eat (Da Fracesco was good, Piazza del Fico, 29).

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Red Deer, Canada

A little disappointing

  • 4 of 5

I want to begin by saying that most things about this apartment are just fine. The photos are a good representation of the apartment and the location is extremely convenient for walking to most sites. If you are going farther afield there is a taxi stand about 5 minute's walk at Chiesa Nuovo. The first disappointment came at check in when I was informed that the washing machine did not work. Having the ability to do laundry is one of the reasons I stay in apartments rather than other types of accommodation. The next thing was that I could not make the TV work. Also the microwave is very complicated and I never did figure it out. There are many wall switches which are supposed to turn on lamps, but most of them did not work, including the lights on the terrace. I've stayed in many VRBO rentals and the best of them have a binder or book of some sort with detailed explanations on how to operate everything in the apartment. Possibly a more thorough check in would also have been helpful. To be fair, I did not call about any of these minor complaints, so there was no opportunity for them to be fixed. I would recommend this apartment with the warning to have whoever checks you in test all the lighting and TV, and get instructions on the operation of all the appliances.

  • Submitted: Dec 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here. The location was ideal, the apartment was cute...with appropriate conveniences. We really appreciated that the owner was always available for correspondence and answering questions while we were here. What a great experience!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this place for one week with my family (4 persons) for vacation.

It is lovely especially sitting outside on the terrace. It is very central, you can reach all interesting places on foot.

The ambiance is very nice - there is someone with a good taste who has furnished the apartment.

There were only little inconveniences: it was not clear where to get rid off the garbage (we were told to leave it on the main road), the bell didn´t work when we arrived ( we had to telephone), some bulbs didn´t work and the door to the roof top terrace was closed (no keys available).

That did us no harm. We will book again if we come back!

K.A. from Germany

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70.59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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