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the pantheon NEAR home at first's ETERNAL CITY APARTMENTS

MUCH OF ANCIENT ROME & THE VATICAN ARE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF OUR ROME APARTMENTS.

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Rome: "The Eternal City" occupies its 7 hills on the River Tiber a few miles southwest of Italy's geographic center. Few places on earth have as long and as significant an importance to human culture as does Rome. With more than 4.4 million residents, metropolitan Rome is western Europe's fourth largest city and third most visited. Most visitors come to see the famed 2,000-year-old relics of the Roman Empire and 400-year-old late-Renaissance architectural glories of Vatican City.

   

ETERNAL CITY APARTMENTS

 

VIEW OF THE STREET LOCATION OF THE ETERNAL CITY APARTMENTS, ROME, ITALY.

Photo courtesy Eternal City Apartments

Eternal City Apartments:  
       Home At First's apartments are superbly located in the heart of historic Rome in the 5th District — "Ponte" — on the east bank of the River Tiber. From here it's 10-15 minutes easy walking distance west to
St. Peter's Square at the Vatican and east to the 1,900-year-old Pantheon. The Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps are each 25-30 minutes walk away. The Coliseum is 35-40 minutes distant on foot, closer by cab or bus. Our lodging location is within legions of restaurants and street cafés lining the historic district's largely traffic-free streets, alleys, and plazas.

The arched doorway under the street lamp is the
Eternal City Apartments entry. The street sees little
traffic — something of an oasis in busy, historic Rome.
The Ponte District neighborhood is safe and quiet.
Two restaurants are located on this block.

 

Photo © Home At First

ETERNAL CITY

Apartments

ETERNAL CITY APARTMENT A: PRACTICAL AND EFFICIENT, WELL-EQUIPPED AND FUNKY, TOO.
THIS OVERVIEW PHOTO IS FROM THE LANDING BY THE ENTRANCE TO THE LOFT BATHROOM.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

HOME AT FIRST's ETERNAL CITY APARTMENTS

         HOME AT FIRST offers three vacation apartments on an expansive (144 acres) forested estate in the middle of Rome's historic Ponte 5th District, midway between the Vatican and the Pantheon. Each of the three apartments is uniquely decorated and comfortably appointed. The apartments are immaculately clean, well cared for, and well-equipped. The three apartments occupy the ground, second, and third floors of a modernized stone building. However, there is no elevator, so guests must climb a dozen stairs to reach the second floor apartment, and 38 stairs to get to the third floor apartment.
        The apartment building has a secure front entry from the street, and secure entry at each apartment door. The building entry opens onto a narrow, cobbled street that — because it is not a through street — sees very little automobile traffic. The apartments are within close walking distance (1-10 minutes) to reach stores, services, and dozens of local restaurants and pizzerias.

ARRIVAL, DEPARTURE, & HOSTING: Arrival and departure is best by taxi. (Rome is no place to try to navigate and park a rental car.) You are met upon arrival by a caring, accessible English-speaking concierge/host who will help you in and show you the workings of the apartment. You are also welcomed by a basket of packaged breakfast items and a complimentary bottle of wine. Hosts are reachable by phone, and are normally on-site or nearby to help with restaurant recommendations and directions, to arrange for taxi services, and for support in the event of problems or emergencies.

 

 

ENTRY CORRIDOR WITH DOORS
OPENING TO THE STREET

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

ENTRY TO THE LOWER APARTMENT AT BASE OF
STAIRS UP TO MIDDLE & UPPER APARTMENTS

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

THE THREE APARTMENTS: The Eternal City Apartments are clean, comfortable, quality lodgings which, while not opulent, are thoughtfully furnished. Although each is unique, all are designed open-plan as large studio apartments with private bathrooms. The Middle and Upper apartments have window views overlooking the street. The Lower apartment has two small windows, but no views. All 3 apartments are air conditioned — important, especially during the summer months in Rome. The apartments are heated during the cool months of the year. All 3 apartments have double beds. The Upper and Middle apartments have sofa beds that can sleep one or two children.

THE LOWER APARTMENT

 

ETERNAL CITY LOWER APARTMENT, WITH LARGE DOUBLE BED AND KITCHENETTE.
THE STAIRS LEAD TO THE MEZZANINE BATHROOM.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

THE LOWER APARTMENT

          This modern apartment is located on the ground floor. There is no view from its two small windows. Sleeps 2 — large double bed. The open-plan kitchenette, sleeping, living, & dining areas are on the lower lever with flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, & small dining area. The kitchenette is very well equipped with a large refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, gas range, oven, toaster, coffee maker, microwave, and washer/dryer. A staircase of ten steps leads up to a handsome stone and tile mezzanine bathroom with shower. The apartment is non-smoking and pets are not permitted. The apartment is air-conditioned and heated as needed.

The mezzanine bathroom of the Lower
Apartment is stylish and well-equipped.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

 

  THE MIDDLE APARTMENT

 

ETERNAL CITY MIDDLE APARTMENT, WITH LARGE DOUBLE BED, LIVING & DINING AREA
 AND SEPARATE KITCHENETTE. NOTE THE WOODEN, OPEN-BEAMED CEILING.

Photo courtesy Eternal City Apartments

 

 

 

 

THE MIDDLE APARTMENT

        This comfortable, solidly-furnished studio suite apartment is on the second floor (up 12 steps — no elevator). Its open-plan sleeping/dining/living room is comfortable for two persons. The bed is a large, extra-long double. The couch converts into a double sofa bed, making it possible to bring along the kids. The enclosable kitchenette is well-equipped with oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, and washing machine. The apartment has a large flat-screen TV and dining table for up to four persons. The private bathroom with a tiled, enclosed shower, toilet, bidet, and hairdryer. Comes with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and heat as needed. The apartment has window views overlooking the street (see photo above).

The tile bathroom of the Middle Apartment
is stylish and well-equipped.

Photo courtesy Eternal City Apartments

 

  THE UPPER APARTMENT

 

ETERNAL CITY LOWER APARTMENT, WITH LARGE DOUBLE BED AND KITCHENETTE.
THE STAIRS LEAD TO THE MEZZANINE BATHROOM.

Photo courtesy Eternal City Apartments

 

THE UPPER APARTMENT

          This handsome apartment is located on the third floor — up 38 steps (sorry, no elevator). Its kitchen/sleeping/dining/living room is quite comfortable for two persons. The bed is a large, extra-long double. The couch converts into a double sofa bed, making it possible to bring along 1-2 kids. The kitchenette is well-equipped with oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, and washing machine. The apartment has a large flat-screen TV and dining table for up to four persons. The private bathroom with a tiled, enclosed shower, toilet, bidet, and hairdryer. Comes with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and heat as needed. The apartment has window views overlooking the building's historic Roman  neighborhood.

The tile bathroom of the Upper
Apartment is stylish and well-equipped.

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

 

 

LOCATION & ACTIVITIES

        The Eternal City Apartments are a 5-minute walk north to the famous, popular Sant' Angelo footbridge across the River Tiber, leading to the ancient (2nd century AD) Sant' Angelo Castle, and, 5-minutes further, west to St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel — the principal attractions at the Vatican.

 

THE GREAT DOME OF ST. PETER'S BASILICA AT THE VATICAN PROJECTS
INTO THE NIGHT SKY ABOVE THE VICTOR EMANUEL II BRIDGE IN A VIEW
FROM THE PONTE SANT' ANGELO (THE SANT' ANGELO FOOTBRIDGE).

Photo courtesy Eternal City Apartments

     
 

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

        The Eternal City Apartments are a 7-minute walk along the Via del Governo Vecchio — fascinating pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants — to the great, rectangular Piazza Navona (Navona Square), with its great marble fountains and Egyptian obelisk. A further 5-minutes walk east leads to the Pantheon (see picture, top of the this page), in continuous use since the second century AD.

        Exploring the maize of alleys and streets near the Eternal City Apartments on both sides of the Tiber River leads to many discovers: intimate restaurants, delightful cafés, ancient treasures, modern fashions, historic churches, intriguing museums, tempting gelaterias, extraordinary public spaces — all the characteristics that draw one to Rome.

 

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

 

 

 

PIAZZA NAVONA —  ROMAN GAMES (WITH CHARIOT RACES?) WERE ONCE HELD HERE. LATER IT WAS ROME'S OPEN-AIR MARKET. TODAY, IT IS A GRAND OPEN SPACE BORDERED BY Café RESTAURANTS.

PIAZZA NAVONA
BERNINI'S 'FOUR RIVERS' & THE OBELISK

Photo © HOME AT FIRST

 

THE PANTHEON PORTICO
YOUR CARRIAGE AWAITS YOU.

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