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The Gatekeeper of Rome

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  • 1 bedroom

  • 1 bathroom

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Live out your Italian Castello dreams at this oh-so-regal apartment housed in a medieval hamlet standing high on a hill within striking distance of Rome (a twenty-minute journey, to be exact). Behind the charming ochre facades and fairy-tale towers, discover a lofty apartment oozing period character. Once belonging to a Duke, you can almost feel the history and drama played out within its majestic walls. The portico arches remain to elegantly space out the open-plan apartment, while everything else has been reimagined to deliver all the creature comforts, including a smart kitchen space to rustle up a light bite to eat. Pad out across the cool, terracotta tiles onto the suntrap shared courtyard for alfresco breakfasts. Then beat the heat with a dip in the sublime shared pool cradled by pine and olive trees. Thanks to its elevated position, perched between the Marcigliana Nature Reserve, River Tiber, and the Reatini Mountains beyond, it's blissfully quiet, and the views are spell-bounding. And if you're impressed with the panoramas now, imagine this place at golden hour with an Aperol spritz in your hand. When it's time to come back down to earth from this mighty perch, the village of Settebagni is just a five-minute stroll for a slice of authentic Italian life – think pizzerias and a sprinkling of trattorias. And of course, there's Rome. Hop on the train at Settebagni Station (a ten-minute walk), and you can be in downtown Rome in twenty minutes – just enough time to cram in a planning session for an afternoon of sight-hopping in Rome. Just think of the places you'll go.


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What to expect


Highlights

Hop on the train into downtown Rome – you'll be there in just twenty minutes

Hop on the train into downtown Rome – you'll be there in just twenty minutes

Prepare to make an entrance at this oh-so-Italian Castello

Prepare to make an entrance at this oh-so-Italian Castello

Beat the heat with a dip in the shared pool

Beat the heat with a dip in the shared pool

Savour lazy breakfasts of flaky cornettos and stiff expressos on the shared terrace

Savour lazy breakfasts of flaky cornettos and stiff expressos on the shared terrace

Make morning strolls around the Castello estate part of your new routine

Make morning strolls around the Castello estate part of your new routine

Bank a blissfully quiet night's sleep  – there's no inner city bustle to disturb you here

Bank a blissfully quiet night's sleep – there's no inner city bustle to disturb you here

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Home truths

    There’s ample car parking on the estate

    Child-friendly amenities include a cot, just request with your host in advance

    There’s a laptop-friendly space for remote working, if you must

    There’s two supermarkets to pick up essentials just a ten-minute walk away in the neighbouring village of Settebagni

About this stay


Amenities

Wi-fi

Air conditioning

Pets allowed

Parking available

Swimming pool

Garden

Bedrooms & bathrooms

1 bedroom, 1 bed

1 bathroom

Extras


VIP services

24/7 concierge

Cab booking

Luggage storage

Extras are subject to availability. Please enquire with your host.

Local guide


About Rome

One need only wander down one of Rome’s cobblestoned streets to be suddenly struck by the lingering traces of ancient life. While here, you can check one of the seven wonders of the world off your list while exploring the 2,000-year-old Colosseum, where gladiators fought while thousands of spectators looked on. The Pantheon and Roman Forum are also within walking distance, making it easy to explore almost the entirety of...

Explore the area

Local restaurants, cafes, museums, sites and activities, recommended by our community of hosts and travel experts

Take a breather at Villa Borghese

Take a breather at Villa Borghese

Beautiful fountains, trees, walkaways and remarkable views gives this park a magical and romantic atmosphere.

42 min
Marvel at the art at Musei Vaticani

Marvel at the art at Musei Vaticani

This immense collection of artwork gathered by the popes through the centuries contains some priceless masterpieces.

48 min
Delve into an ancient prison at Castel Sant’Angelo

Delve into an ancient prison at Castel Sant’Angelo

Originally a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, it became a papal fortress, and then a military prison, and now hosts a museum.

32 min
Dine at Trattoria La Dispensa

Dine at Trattoria La Dispensa

This beautiful restaurant boasts a stellar wine collection, aged meats, and wonderful pastas. With a lovely atmosphere and friendly staff, it's the perfect spot for a delicious meal near Rome.

15 min
Try the baked delights at F.lli Silvestrini

Try the baked delights at F.lli Silvestrini

Enjoy a wonderful bakery and self-service restaurant with great food and reasonable prices. Their professional staff and delicious Italian meals make it a beautiful place to relax and indulge.

11 min
Enjoy authentic pizza at Pianeta Pizza Roma

Enjoy authentic pizza at Pianeta Pizza Roma

Indulge in delicious pizza with top-quality ingredients at this small and authentic eatery. It's a must-visit establishment for pizza lovers.

13 min
Savour the delightful pizzas at Mr. BIG PIZZERIA

Savour the delightful pizzas at Mr. BIG PIZZERIA

Discover this hidden gem offering excellent pizza made with fantastic, light dough and low prices. The friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere make it a top choice for a delicious meal.

16 min
Sample the pasta at Antica Hostaria dei Ghiottoni

Sample the pasta at Antica Hostaria dei Ghiottoni

Indulge in the amazing pasta and traditional Roman dishes at this friendly and atmospheric restaurant. Don't miss their delicious tiramisu and gricia. A must-visit for food lovers in Rome.

11 min
Try the delicious pizza at Pizzeria Zio Bello

Try the delicious pizza at Pizzeria Zio Bello

Enjoy a variety of delicious pizzas, appetizers, and attentive service at this welcome restaurant. Recommended for quality food and a great price.

14 min
Explore the Italian Mint Museum

Explore the Italian Mint Museum

Discover an architectural gem in Rome, housing a collection of rare items, including famous coin sketches by Roman artist Benedetto Pistrucci. Enjoy the informative audiovisual displays and knowledgeable staff.

19 min
Dine at Garibaldi Dal 1970

Dine at Garibaldi Dal 1970

Experience the highest quality food prepared with the best fresh ingredients at this superb restaurant in Roma. The beautiful surroundings and friendly service create a wonderful atmosphere. A top-class dining experience just outside Rome.

11 min

Get around

Airport

Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino

32 min

Train station

Settebagni

12 min

Bus stop

Salaria- Salita Marcigliana

8 min

Local shops & services

Convenience store

10 min

Cafe

9 min

Pharmacy

12 min

Points of interest

Beach

Beach

38 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Pets welcome

No parties or events

No smoking

Good to know

Arrival from 14:00

Departure before 11:00

Air con

Wifi

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    5

    days

    Cancel at least 5 days before your check-in date for a full refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 5 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Castello

This home is managed directly by a business. A member of their staff will be your point of contact before and during your stay. Joseph loves this beautiful property and wants to make sure his guests love it too. He’s on-hand to make sure you have the best possible stay.

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