Casa Margutta - Rome

Accommodates 4 - 2 Bedrooms - 2 Baths - Wi-Fi - A/C

We have been looking for Casa Margutta for nearly 30 years. Something in the heart of Rome, ideal for two couples traveling together and looking for upscale digs with equal bedrooms and baths and good separation between sleeping quarters. Casa Margutta is it, and it is very special indeed.

The location? Just off of — and removed light-years away from, in terms of sound — Piazza di Spagna. In fact, it overlooks charming Via Margutta, mecca since before Audrey Hepburn for artists, gallery-owners, and their customers. Fellini and Giulietta Masina lived La Dolce Vita right here. And in the apartment itself, you really have the feeling of what it’s like to live the life of a Roman noble family.

Taking a place in this neighborhood means you can really recapture its allure at hours of the day when it’s still empty of interlopers. If you’re an early riser, you can be there to enjoy the coffee bars when they’re frequented by people not speaking languages other than Italian, like the neighborhood shopkeepers whom you can then follow as they walk to their places of business, raise the shutters, tack on their smiles, and open up. This is a magical neighborhood at such moments. Just stroll the little streets like Via Belsiana, Via Borgognona, and Via delle Carrozze, to see what we mean, not to mention the Via Margutta itself, right out your own front door!

Things to do? Well, before we move on to the most obvious, you’ll want to know about two delightful but unvisited places right there, wihin 2 minutes’ walk: the Keats-Shelley Museum, and the Casa di DiChirico, home to the famous surrealist painter-sculptor. Both of these are well worth your time. We had been DiChirico fans for years but were mostly unaware of his wonderful sculptures, several of which are on display here.

And we don’t want to neglect mentioning the Villa Medici, at the top of the Spanish Steps, home to the French Academy, with delightful gardens, as well as frequent art exhibitions and cultural events like theater and cinema, in French.

Of course, the most obvious lure in this neighborhood is shopping. This is one of the world’s great shopping magnets. Valentino, Dior, Chanel, Zegna, Prada, Armani, Borsalino, Gucci, Bulgari, Chopard, Frette, Tiffany, and dozens of others have flagship stores dotting the narrow lanes between the Spanish Steps and Via del Corso. Via del Corso itself is lined with shops of all sorts, many offering surprisingly low prices. Boggi in Via del Babuino is particularly good for men’s clothing. Just across Via del Corso, we love Tebro, in Via dei Prefetti, for fine linens.

Another extremely convenient feature of this location is the Spagna subway station, from within which a series of escalators will whisk you up in stages to Rome’s most famous park, the Villa Borghese. Once up there, you can, after strolling through the park and — with your advance reservation — visiting the Caravaggios at the Galleria Borghese, meander back down the legendary Via Veneto to your flat, stopping for a well-deserved aperitivo on your way.

The Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza del Popolo are just a few of the other famous destinations within walking distance of the Casa Margutta.

And of course, there are dozens of dining options, in all price ranges, from Michelin-starred palaces to a stand-up tramezzino in a coffee bar. Not to mention the nearby taxi stand, newsstand, post office, banks, tobacconist, and so on ad infinitem.

    Up one easy flight of stairs:

    • Dining room with table seating 6 comfortably, with windows overlooking Via Margutta
    • Elegantly furnished living room, with polished parquet floors, crystal chandelier, floor-to-ceiling drapes, and windows overlooking Via Margutta
    • Bedroom with divisible king-size bed
    • Adjacent bathroom
    • At the opposite end of the flat, a second bedroom with indivisible queen-size bed
    • Adjacent bathroom

    This is as close to perfection as you can find in Rome, in our opinion. Perfect for a couple wanting upscale accommodations with the ability to invite friends and keep them at the other end of the flat! Perfect for two couples traveling together. Or for a couple with adult children.

    What about children? Take a look at the furnishings. Can you assure us that your kids are OK in such accommodations, and that you will take full responsibility for their misdeeds? If so, we’ll consider your request. We have no prejudice against children, and neither does the owner. But we’ve all got to be realistic. Casa Margutta is really best for groups of adults, with “children” 12 years or over. But even 16-year-olds can be tempted to engage in indoor soccer, something which is definitely a no-go.


    • Housekeeping twice weekly, plus at the end of each week
    • Bed linens changed weekly
    • Bath linens changed at each housekeeping
    • Wifi
    • Air-conditioning throughout
    • Heated towel racks
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Television
    • 28 Mar - 31 Jul
      1 Sep - 1 Nov
      Xmas/New Year

    • Other Periods



    Minimum Stay: 1 week
    Arrival: Saturday, but flexible in low season
    Extras: Tourist tax