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Appartamento Oltre Le Mura
Oltre Le Mura (which means "beyond the walls") is a centrally located apartment in a nice building from the 1900s, typical for upper middle-class Roman families at the time.

When I met the owners, Antonella and Paolo, and visited their place for the first time, I burst out laughing more than once because their place so reminded me of my childhood apartment (in the '80s!). They told me that often guests, especially from Asia, love how it's furnished!

So this is it: basically a trip back in time, to a fairly well-off Roman family home in 1985. Not "retro" or '80s "style", but it has simply remained like that, without trying to imitate anything.

Oltre Le Mura can make a nice family home, if you are not looking for something stylish or hotel-like, but rather a true and characteristic Roman home.

It has 3 good-sized bedrooms, one eat-in kitchen (with windows leading onto a balcony overlooking the courtyard), and one bathroom (not renovated, but well-maintained.) It's quiet and bright (5th floor with elevator), and Paolo and Antonella make nice hosts!

What it is: a good place if you are looking for an apartment with 3 separate bedrooms and a functional kitchen, that is fairly central (about a 15 minute walk to the Termini train station, or a few stops on the bus), and if you think a trip back to Rome in the '80s sounds like fun. It's NOT a modern, newly renovated stylish apartment next to Piazza Navona.
  • with elevator
  • WiFi
  • American coffee machine
  • Italian coffee maker
  • full kitchen
  • iron
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • high chair
  • hair dryer
  • dishwasher
  • washing machine
  • 5th floor
  • free highchair available upon request
  • eat-in kitchen
  • oven
  • microwave
  • independent heating
  • linen and towels provided
Josue on May 2018:

Todo muy lindo
Muy bueno
janelfn on May 2018:

The apartment was very spacious and clean. The owners were very accommodating, they let us check in early and leave our bags after checking out.
Could have used more toilet paper :)
I would recommend using Cross-Pollinate. They found us a great apartment in our price range. Easy to work with and very flexible with changes.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 7 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 2 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 doubles or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: check-out time is 10 am, apartment will be clean by 1 pm on day of check-in, smoking permitted, city tourist tax included in price, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out
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 Appartamento Oltre Le Mura
Foro Romano
Vatican City
Trevi Fountain
Circus Maximus
Piazza del Popolo
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Stazione Termini
Campo dei Fiori
Piazza di Spagna
Piazza Navona