Rome central with children

Rome central with children

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

Three rooms at walking distance from the historical centre of Roma, featuring good underground and bus connections, plenty of books and toys, WiFi, full equipped kitchen, one bathroom, clothes and dish washing machines, two balconies. Cradle and high chairs are provided for babies. The service of a cleaner can be arranged.

The flat is at sunny high floor, with lift and completely barrier free access.

Two bed rooms: one with 140 cm wide 200 long Ikea loft double bed, a medium size baby cradle, armchairs and working desk; the other with bunk bed suitable for two adults or children and a child bed.

Large living, with a 2 m. wide sofa-bed featuring 120 cm. wide bed, extendible table with many chairs, two armchairs, many books and art-comics in Italian, English, French and some in Latin, ancient Greek, Spanish, German, Russian.

Property features

Who we are

  1. We are a family of four: two little girls (5 and 1) and parents.

  2. We have much more culture and civility than money and are looking for home swaps mainly in order to give our two little daughters good opportunities to know the world.

    It would be great helping each other with another similar family, but we are open to other possibilities. Of course with careful selection.

  3. We are mainly interested in art cities, cultural heritages and in natural environments like mountain parks and islands.

    July, August and Christmas could be suitable periods for us as well as off-peak season if arranged in advance.

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Where is it?

Your neighbourhood

Garbatella neighbourhood, at the border of city centre delimited with the Aureliano's walls, is a kind of a Roman Notting Hill or Belleville, although here the melting pot includes less immigrants. The area is very popular with Romans because of its peculiar character and strong vitality on political and cultural points of view. You will see and could join many activities engaging typical Roman elderly people, young professionals and students from the third state university of Rome.

The university also run Palladium theatre proposing cultural and experimental theatre and movie.

Near the theatre the former public baths are a public library.

According with a tale, the name Garbatella (little and nice kind girl) came after an innkeeper who used refresh gentlemen during their hunts. On the fields just out city walls, a garden town was built mostly in '20ths and '30ths of XXth century.

Going out from the house and crossing the circonvallazione Ostiense street it is very relaxing walking in the little streets among fairy tale houses and reaching little restaurants, gardens with children park, pubs, out door cafes, almost without tourists (but with many middle class resident foreigners).

This is the main area of catacombs between ancient via Appia and the basilica of San Paolo fuori le mura both easy walks.

Allow 5 or 6 minutes on foot to reach the underground train station, from where the Colosseo is 3 stops away (five minutes ride). But walkers can go there in half an hour instead.

Bus lines 716 and 30 are very good to reach Testaccio (as an alternative, 15 / 20 minutes if you like better walking), the Campidoglio, and bridges for Trastevere.

Ten minutes on foot from the house there is the largest Eataly food department store in the world, with several restaurants for different Italian meals. But we like better farmers stalls in open air and in door markets, and little trattorie and pizzerie in the same Garbatella and, for even wider and more animated proposal, in the near Testaccio: two areas still belonging to romans.

Nightlife
In Garbatella Garden town area itself there are several associations proposing cultural events, good restaurants, cafès, and pubs, one teatre and some hunderground halls, Madison and Greenwich cinema, both proposing quality movie and sometimes in original language, are not very far. The second is in Testaccio neighbourhood which is full of restaurants, music cafè teatres. Larger crowds of students and other young people are gathered around via Ostiense, at the beginning and at the back of university dean's building. There are also places for late night dancing but we are not at all their frequenters.
Favourite cafés
A pleasent atmosphere in a garden and good contact with locals are offered by the Casetta Rossa, run by a leftist but discreet association; there you can stay freely, have unexpensive good meals, and even try to bake your own bread or pizza in the large wood fire oven. On the other side of the neighbourhood, opposite Palladium teatre, Foschi cafe is a must, and popular hanging out point togheter the next door pub and wine bar. Good sweets and ice cream makers also near the house; try Cremeria Alpi in via Padre Reginaldo Giuliani for ice cream all through the year, while Nero Vaniglia in circonvallazione Ostiense, proposing excellent sweets, adds ice cream in hot seasons The local way is eating at the bar or, more often, going in the street where are many benches. Andreotti is another tipical italian sweets bakery.
Where to go shopping
The largest Eataly food department store in the world is just 10 minutes walk, but we like better farmers stalls in open air and in-door markets. Other specialized shops are round the corner. Several supermarkets are very near.
Your area's cultural and historical landmarks
San Paolo Fuori le Mura basilica, Via Appia antica, with Porta San Sebastiano and the Museo delle Mura, catacombs, Porta San Paolo, Piramide Cestia, Cimitero degli inglesi e degli acattolici, prize winner (in '40s) rationalist post office, Macro museum of contemporary art and other interesting proposals in the large and old former Testaccio slaughterhouse, via Ostiense cultural district. Children and adults will be amazed in the industrialization period former power plant Centrale Montemartini where white roman statues are among huge black machineries.
Local walks
Easy walks from our door in the same Garbatella. All the city centre to explore and the area of Appia Antica with Caffarella park for longer walks.
Places you love to exercise
Try Caffarella park by bike or on foot; crossing the wide Cristoforo Colombo road is the only moment in traffic.
Top day trips
Appia Antica and centre of Rome without car. Taking the near hunderground for one stop ride in both directions you will transfer, with the same ticket, on the train to Ostia and reach Ostia Antica ancient roman town and the seaside.

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