Self catering apartments in Rome and Venice

The Porta Metronia apartments

Standing high on the top of one of the seven hills of Rome- the Coelian- this unique villa occupies an unparalleled position. It may truly be claimed that from no other vantage point in the Eternal City- with the possible exception of a helicopter- could one simultaneously command views, as one can from here, of the dome of St. Peter´s, the Aventine, the Baths of Caracalla, the Appian Way, St John Lateran, the Aurelian Wall, the Colosseum and the Palatine.

In addition to this, all these monuments are within five to ten minutes away, on foot, or with the number 628 and 81 buses from just outside the gate.

The orchard surrounding the main house itself, known as the Villa Habsburg, is the only remaining private park within the ancient walls of Rome, and thus in the very heart of today's city.

This has the added, if more mundane, advantage of there being space for one car per guest flat, behind guarded gates. The apartments , which are in the jasmine covered side wings of the main building, and on the second floor have been recently restored. Each can comfortably sleep two/four people. and each has its private garden.

Another flat on the central part of the main villa , with three terraces, has now been opened to keep up with demand. This one can sleep up to eight/ten people.

Here you have the dual advantage of a sightseeing holiday, and of relaxing in an Italian landscaped garden, the boundary of which is the Aurelian Wall itself, where you can picnic, swim and rest after a long day's culture.

Situation: Coelian Hill, ten minutes walk from the Colosseum, and four bus stops from Piazza Venezia ( Mussolini´s balcony), so seven minutes to the point of compass centre of town. Shuttle bus from our gate right through the centro storico.

Size of flats: There are three apartments respectively 70/100 /200-300 square metres; plus the two tower rooms which are suites with only breakfast making facilities, no kitchen.

Parking: private space for one car , passenger vehicle only, no campers, per flat, see above.

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Extras: own respective private gardens /balconies/ terraces with furniture for sitting out on warm evenings; possibility of walking in the park and orchard belonging to the main house, Possibility of picnics and playing games in the lower area of the garden by the Roman walls and of sitting to read in the ancient Roman guard rooms, part of the Aurelian Wall and the boundary of the orchard. Possibility of being met at the airport /station with a car on arrival and maid service by arrangement .Excursions in the vicinity: Hadrian´s villa, Ninfa, the Villa d´Este can be organised. For rainy days: extensive libraries in all apartments.

Summer months- golf course nearby.

Swimming: we are near the beach at Ostia and two huge swimming pools. Full details of these and other attractions like street markets are supplied with the leaflet we send with your keys when you book.

The Piano Nobile

Guest House 1

Guest House 2

East Tower Room

West Tower Room