One of the most interesting short-term vacation apartment rentals we have in Rome, San Clemente enjoys a pleasant and convenient location about halfway between the Colosseum and the basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. Buses and subway are right there, but who needs them? In addition to the Colosseum itself, which is within sight, you can walk in under 10 minutes to a whole host of Rome’s five-star attractions like the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine, Nero’s Golden House, Michelangelo’s Moses, and the Aventine, Oppian, and Celian hills. The Campo dei Fiori, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Spanish Steps are 20-40 minutes’ walk or a short bus ride.
One of Rome’s most charming new features is a mini system of little electric buses which ply the streets of the historic center. From practically in front of the San Clemente flat, one of these will take you to past San Giovanni, Villa Celimontana, and the Colosseum through the lively (and newly trendy) Monti district, past the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps all the way to Piazza del Popolo.
Right around San Clemente, streets like Via Celimontana and Via Capo d’Africa light up at night with a particularly lively restaurant, pub, wine bar, and caffé scene. Recent visitors likened it to Greenwich Village in atmosphere. In summertime, excellent evening jazz concerts are held within walking distance in the Villa Celimontana, one of Rome’s most delightful parks. Speaking of parks, one of Rome’s prettiest is a very short walk away, the park of the Domus Aurea where you can have your coffee and read your newspaper at an open-air caffé run by the same Roman woman for the past 42 years. Otherwise in the daytime, you’ll find our San Clemente flat to be at the heart of a real Roman neighborhood with little English spoken for maximum authenticity. All neighborhood services are at hand: grocers, open-air fruit/vegetable stand, butchers, pastry shops, banks, post office, coffee bars, household supply shops, tobacconists, beauticians, and barbers.