Piazza Navona, Rome. 500 years before today’s visitors, Renaissance Romans came here to enjoy Bernini’s fountains. A millennium earlier, Romans crowded this square for the thrill of chariot racing.
Explore Rome — The Eternal City
Fountain of Western Civilization
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.
The Pantheon — Roman temple in continuous use for nearly 2,000 years — is one of the best-preserved structures remaining from the Roman Empire. Every year millions of visitors pass through Rotunda Square (Piazza della Rotonda) to see the Pantheon and its impressive fountain. The Pantheon is a 10-to-15-minute walk from Home At First‘s Rome apartment locations.
HOME AT FIRST’s
Rome — The Eternal City. How it works:
• Contact Home At First. Tell us about your dream of travel to Rome — The Eternal City. We will tell you about getting there, where we stay (you’ll love the locations!), and how best to get around (via public transport, or by walking).
— Tell us how many people will be with you, and their ages.
— Tell us when you would like to travel, and for how long.
— Tell us if you would like to combine a visit to Rome with a visit to another part of Italy or to any other Home At First destination in Continental Europe, Scandinavia, or the British Isles.
— Ask for a Free Trip Proposal with Cost Estimate.
• We prepare an itinerary & cost estimate with all the lodgings & transportation you need. We send it to you via email and/or postal mail.
• You review our proposal; accept it, reject it, or revise it until we have it just right for you. It is, after all, your dream trip, to be done the way you wish.
• Once accepted, we request an initial payment by check along with your signed acceptance.
• We begin putting your plans in place, securing your LODGINGS, FLIGHT RESERVATIONS & TICKETS, CAR RENTALS, and/or any TRAIN TICKETS OR TRANSPORTATION PASSES required. Most Home At First Rome — The Eternal City guests arrive by air; some come from other parts of Italy with rental cars; some get here by train.
• Payment in full is due 90 days prior to departure, or when you are ready to lock in your included airfares, whichever comes first.
• All travel documents for your trip — including a guidebook appropriate for your destination — will be sent to you by 30 days prior to your trip departure date.
• You follow our directions from your arrival point to your Rome lodging, where you will be met at a pre-set time by your lodging’s host, who will show you around, see to your comfort, and let you get some rest.
• Have a nap. Get some groceries for your kitchen. Make supper or go out for a meal. The fun begins now.
SCENES WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF HOME AT FIRST’S ETERNAL CITY APARTMENTS
Home At First’s Rome — The Eternal City Apartments are superbly located in the heart of historic Rome in the 5th District — “Ponte” — on the east bank of the River Tiber, where they are within 10-15 minutes 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 less than 30-minutes walk (or a short cab ride) away. Rome’s Coliseum is under two miles distant — another short cab or bus ride. Our lodging locations are within legions of restaurants and street cafés lining the historic district’s largely traffic-free streets, alleys, and plazas. Numerous shops, activities, museums, and galleries are conveniently close by. Minimum lodging in Rome: 3 nights.
Getting Around Rome: Because driving and parking in Rome are notoriously daunting challenges, we recommend guests use taxis, buses, and Rome’s Metro subway. As part of their full package, guests staying in Rome more than 3 nights receive a Rome transpass valid on the Metro, buses, streetcars, & certain trains for the number of days they will be staying at our Rome lodgings.
Three Sample Rome — The Eternal City Apartments
Shown and described below are three popular Rome — The Eternal City Apartments used by Home At First guests. They are shown here as samples of different sizes and capacities. While the range of apartments to choose from is extensive, the standard of quality and service is the same regardless of apartment or location.
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