Casa Cleme is a comfortable, bright, large apartment, high in an elevator building in a quiet residential enclave of central Rome, within walking distance of major tourist sites. It is bordered by a bustling shopping area, and provided with excellent services and transportation links. It has been recently renovated, furnished with antiques, and supplied with DSL and Wi-Fi internet connections. Amply accommodating four, it is suitable for a family or a professional residence. San Giovanni is the nearby metro station.
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Casa Cleme is located on Via Fregene, a quiet residential street in central Rome, about one mile south-east of the Colosseum, a few hundred yards from St. John Lateran, “mother of all Churches” and the Pope’s own parish church, and in view of the handsome city walls of Roman times. See Getting Around for travel times to main sites. It is off Via Appia Nuova, a major shopping street, and beetween Piazza San Giovanni and Piazza Tuscolo, which are served by over a dozen bus lines plus tram and subway. Both piazzas have taxi stands.
The friendly neighborhood offers within three or four blocks a full choice of food shops, cozy restaurants, a farmers’ market, and services such as ATMs, travel agencies, and a public library. An eight-page guide to the neighborhood with recommendations is provided upon booking.
Your aim is food shopping? In a three-block radius you will find delis, bakeries, coffee shops, pastry shops, fruit vendors, wine merchants, a daily farmers’ market and much more. Local restaurants serve tasty, genuine, affordable Italian regional fare.
In for some fashion? Via Appia Nuova and department store Coin, literally down the street, offer some of the best in home or personal shopping. Still, this is a neighborhood where, if you give them a chance, the local barista and fruit vendor will recognize you in a few days, and greet you with a friendly smile.
Casa Cleme covers an area of circa 1,200 square feet (110 sq. m.), with graceful details throughout: high ceilings (10 ft., 3,20 m.), plaster cornices, and parquet floors. It consists of an entry hall with window, a 30 ft. hallway (10 m.) running past two generous bedrooms, each 13×14 ft., 4×4,50 m. each, a kitchen with breakfast area, two baths of which one with tub, and a spacious living room (13×16 ft., 4×6 m.). It has double exposure: the principal rooms face north east; the service rooms face south west on a private alley.
It is bright and quiet, and offers the advantage of a cross-breeze in the warmer months. It has been recently renovated to a high standard including an entirely new electrical system, bath, appliances, radiators and air conditioners.
It is stylishly furnished with family antiques.
Via Fregene is at the centre of a residential triangle bordered by Via Appia Nuova to the East, Via Cerveteri to the South, and Via Magna Grecia to the West. At the intersection of Appia Nuova and Magna Grecia is Metro stop San Giovanni and many bus stops. At the intersection of Magna Grecia and Cerveteri is Piazza Tuscolo, with taxi stand and bus stops. At the intersection of Appia Nuova and Cerveteri is Metro stop Re di Roma.
Food shops and eating places are along Via Faleria and Via Amiterno, two short streets to the West. Services are clustered around Piazza Tuscolo. Below are lists of self-catering options, casual reastaurants, services, shopping and entertainment, one to four blocks from Casa Cleme.
Bus 87, about six stops, 15-20 mins.
Also on foot, less than a mile and a quarter – See paper Favorite Walks.
Roman Fora and Capitolium
Bus 87, about eight stops, 20 mins.
Also on foot, less than a mile and a half.
Metro A to Ottaviano, nine stops, 20 minutes plus 10 mins. walk
Also bus 81 on the right side of Via Appia Nuova near Piazzale Appio.
Metro A to Ottaviano, nine stops, 20 minutes plus 5 mins. walk
Bus 360, about 12 stops, 30 min.
Campo de’ Fiori
Bus 87, about ten stops, 25 mins.
Bus 87, about ten stops, 25 mins.
Metro A to Barberini, five stops, 15 minutes plus 5-10 mins. walk
Metro A to Spagna, six stops, 15 minutes
Metro A to Termini, three stops, 10 mins plus 5 mins. walk to reach tracks.
Trastevere, or Testaccio
Tram/bus 3 from Piazza di Porta San Giovanni near Via Carlo Felice
Bus 87, about twelve stops, 30 mins.
Well attended stand at Piazza Tuscolo (three blocks: right on Via Fregene, left on Via Gabi, right on Via Soana). Saves time for destinations not quite on the Metro.
Metro Linea A (Anagnina – Battistini)
Station: San Giovanni, at the end of Via Magna Grecia at Piazzale Appio (three blocks)
Single and multiple tickets available at the ticket machine in the lobby. Weekly tickets for about E35 are a great convenience. Single tickets also at the newsstand at the end of Via Magna Grecia.
Going North (direction Battistini), stops at train station Termini, Barberini/Trevi Fountain, Spagna/Spanish Steps, and reaches Ottaviano/Vatican, in a quick 20 min. ride. Recommended.
Going South (direction Anagnina) stops at Colli Albani, whence quick access to atmospheric Parco della Caffarella, still looking like an 18th century engraving of Campagna Romana with Ruins, and at Lucio Sestio, for access to equally atmospheric Park of the Roman Aqueducts.
Stops at Via Faleria, across form Mini-market Tigre. Runs every 8-10 minutes.
Goes to Saint John’s Lateran, Colosseum, Forum, Campidoglio (Capitolium), Piazza di Venezia, Piazza Navona, and Castel Sant’Angelo in about half an hour, whence longish but scenic walk along the river to Saint Peter’s. Board at back to find a seat.
On return, stops on Via Magna Grecia, just past Coin department store.
Stops at Via Faleria, across from Mini-market Tigre. Runs every 8-10 minutes.Goes to the Train Station and the Borghese Gallery.
Appio Parking, Via Faleria, 24 (2 blocks). Ph: 06-772-03104 Email: email@example.com
From Leonardo da Vinci airport (Fiumicino)
By taxi – recommended
Go to the white taxi rank just outside the arrival building (avoid hawkers in the arrival hall).
Give the driver the name of the street (Via Fregene, 10, pronounced: Via Fre-jenny di-echie), or have him/her read it.
The itinerary would most likely be: Airport Highway -Via Cristoforo Colombo -Via Cilicia – Via Magna Grecia – right (destra) onto Via Faleria – right (destra) onto Via Ardea – to the intersection with Via Fregene. The building entrance is on the right-hand corner.
The ride, 20 miles, should take about 40 minutes and cost about €50.
Take the non-stop Leonardo train to Stazione Termini (about €15 per person), then a short taxi ride to Via Fregene (see below); or, at Termini, take Metro linea A to San Giovanni (3 stops, see below).
Terravision buses to Stazione Termini depart from outside the Arrival Hall. About €10
From Termini main train station
On leaving the train, walk straight ahead through the station to the large plaza in front, where there is a well attended taxi stand. The short ride, about 20 min., should cost about €15, including surcharges for luggage and for departing from the station. Termini is a mile and a half from Casa Cleme.
By Metro (Subway): Follow directions to the subway station, marked by a white capital M on a red field. Take Metro linea A to San Giovanni (3 stops), use the Via Magna Grecia exit, proceed one block on Via Magna Grecia to the intersection with Via Ardea, turn left onto Via Ardea, and walk two short blocks to the intersection with Via Fregene. The building entrance is on the corner.
To Fiumicino Airport use taxicabs or Airport Shuttle Express, which comes to your door. See Visitors’ Resources to book. Have them deposit you at Terminal 3.
For trains, reverse the processes above.
Casa Cleme is rented at $950 weekly for two persons, $1,600 for four.
These all-inclusive rates cover: a set of keys; the use of the apartment, its furnishings and equipment; linens and toiletries; utilities: water, electricity, and heating; local telephone calls; LAN DSL and Wi-Fi broadband internet access; weekly cleaning, and visitors’ tax. Short rentals are possible for a minimum of three days, at $150 daily for two people, $250 for four. Long rentals are welcome, at discount rates to be negotiated.
Guests are provided with a comprehensive information packet including: Rome guidebook and professional map; directions to reach the apartment; detailed insiders’ guide to neighborhood restaurants, shopping and services; pointers to key bus and Metro services; and a list of visitors’ resources. The owner briefs guests before departure, and phones after their arrival to provide any additional information. A local English-speaking Casa Cleme representative is available by phone throughout their stay for information and support, and on request may meet guests on arrival.
Casa Cleme is a no smoking environment. Pets are not allowed.
Check the calendar above to make sure Casa Cleme is available in the period you require.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org your preferred dates and number of guests, or call +1 212 867 0489. You will receive a formal confirmation and rental conditions for you to review, sign and return with a refundable reservation/security deposit of $200.
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“Now on our second extended stay at Casa Cleme, Karen and I felt the moment we entered your apartment that we had returned to our ‘home’ in Rome. We knew that your immediate neighborhood offered all of the conveniences (great local restaurants, easy grocery shopping, dry cleaning and banking services); yet, we could stroll five minutes to the San Giovanni metro stop or take an additional ten minutes to walk past the Coloseum and head into the ancient city center. When we wandered back to Casa Cleme at the end of our days, we took great comfort in your lovely master bedroom, generous bathing facilities, and well supplied kitchen. In short, if guests want to experience Rome as citizens while enjoying easy access to the major tourist sites, we can’t imagine a more perfect solution.”
“Thank you so much for allowing us to be your tenant at Casa Cleme. We had a superb visit to Rome and wonderful 38th anniversary. We found Casa Cleme absolutely charming with its old world atmosphere enhanced by what I assume are your family antique furnishings accompanied by a wealth of interesting art and books. One of the functional aspects of the apartment that I especially appreciated was the good lighting, especially for reading in bed and at the desks.
“Casa Cleme is excellently located. We availed ourselves of the local markets that offered a wealth of delicious goodies so most evenings we stayed at home and after intense days of absorbing the profound beauty of Rome this was a respite. We are already talking of of returning to Rome and Casa Cleme.”
“Just to let you know all is perfection here at Casa Cleme. Your place is immaculate, welcoming, & so comfortable. (Fantastic mattress). We’ve rented many apartments in Europe but never had such good briefing material. We find it amazing that not once have we found ourselves scratching our heads about how something works.”
“Best apartment we have been in many visits to Italy. It truly felt like “home” for our two weeks.”
“We felt like residents in a residential neighborhood, which is exactly what we were hoping for”.
‘We also enjoyed the neighborhood. The mix of vibrant commercial avenues and quiet residential streets reminded us a bit of our own neighborhood on the Upper West Side of NYC.
As an old Classics major, I especially appreciated the wall map showing the walls, roads and monuments of ancient Rome superimposed upon the street map of the modern city – an amenity one would never find in a hotel! “
“We would be delghted to recommend your lovely apartment to anyone visiting Rome who would like to have a more personal experience than what a hotel would normally offer.”
“We had a wonderful wonderful time in Rome at Easter. Casa Cleme was perfect – comfortable, well appointed, peaceful, beautifully located. Couldn’t have been better. And your guidance sheets, esp. your orientation to the neighborhood and your favorite outings sheet, were invaluable.”
“We are so enamored of Casa Cleme and of Rome that we’d like to reserve for approximately the same weeks next year if it’s available during that time.”
“Now having had my third stay at Casa Cleme, I have to say that, like Rome itself, it is failsafe as a place to visit! You seem to up your finesse each time, with more thoughtful touches and more helpful notes to the apartment, neighborhood, and city.
“We loved Casa Cleme and found the location and neighborhood terrific and very convenient to bus and metro, the apartment supplied with every possible thing we could need and all instructions very clear.”
“We are home again after another wonderful stay at Casa Cleme. Thank you so much for being the most excellent Roman host. Staying at C C has proved to be convenient, comfortable, luxurious, and the most blissfully quiet accommodation that we could ask for.
“Our new Roman friends we meet identified the Casa Cleme neighborhood as a genuine Roman place and so it was especially with food shops that presented prepared food to go making our stay both easy and delicious without much actual cooking.”
“I wanted to let you know that my time in Rome for ten days was the most relaxing and best part of my trip. It was possible because of your generosity in renting out your beautiful apartment. I hope that next year I’m able to return and visit during different seasons. I’m rested and inspired. I can’t talk thank you enough!”
“Splendid! Your apartment was a true delight – we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Your Roman resource library is superb, as was your neighborhood resource list.”
“We have really enjoyed our stay here and are astonished how quickly the time has sped by. It has been a real eye-opener to have stayed in a quarter where the actual Romans live. An adventure with my poor Italian.”
“My husband has not been able to stop talking about his wonderful stay in Rome! I must say you thought of everything: Alan just mentioned this morning that he misses the hooded bathrobe. I made use of the scale every day, converting kilos to pounds and somehow, despite eating very well, lost 5 pounds!”
“Do you happen to know the name of the trees that border Via Ardea alongside the apartment building? They were flowering for the first few days of our visit and gave off the most pleasant fragrance, very similar to lilacs. They were another good reason to open our windows.”
“Your local wine merchant was ideal at selecting fine wines for us. Our guests went back to the U.S. with a list they would try to find.”
“Having just returned home from our twelve-day sojourn at your lovely home in Rome, Karen and I were absolutely delighted with our visit. Casa Cleme is such a perfect sanctuary from the pell mell of the city, handsomely decorated, furnished with every necessary amenity, and peaceful in the extreme. Your very thoughtful ‘how to’ guide that arrived with the keys made the transition to life on Via Fregene virtually seamless. We thoroughly enjoyed several of the neighborhood restaurants which you and your guests have recommended. Kudos, too, to the eager staff at the laundromat for their amazing ability to figure out, largely via sign language, how we wanted our laundry done!
“Rome is like no other place in the universe. The exploration of it is endless. The apartment made it all possible for us at our time in life. We had breakfast and planned our day at the kitchen table, and called for taxis after – we did save so much time. It is safe to say we ate our way through Rome and truly loved every moment.
“…The best part is my mom really wanted to stay in an American hotel (Sheraton, Hyatt, etc.) because she was nervous about traveling to a foreign country and in the end thought that staying in a Roman apartment was one of the best parts of the trip. Thank you for calling to make sure we arrived safely and that everything was okay. My entire family was really impressed with how well organized the whole renting process was. You certainly leave no stone unturned. We look forward to coming back in the future.”
From the blog Roman Holiday: “The apartment is incredible. We have two and a half bedrooms, two baths, a full eat-in kitchen and a living room with dining table on the fifth floor of a very nice elevator building in a charming residential neighborhood with every imaginable store and convenience within three or four blocks. I’d highly recommend it for anyone thinking of going to Rome.”
“Susan and I and our whole family thank you for accommodating us in your beautiful apartment–spacious, fabulously appointed, and wonderfully, wonderfully located for feeling in and a part of Rome, with ready access to everything. (…) We have never met an owner who provided such wonderful information, helpful service, and even a follow-up arrival phone call. We felt completely grounded as a result, and threw ourselves into the pleasures of Rome whole-heartedly. We are so appreciative. Again our thanks and best.”
“Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed your beautiful apartment; our only regret was that we couldn’t stay longer. We much appreciated not only the apt itself but also your advice on various counts: restaurants (our favorite was the Sardinian place, where we ate twice), Parco della Caffarella (despite rain and mud, wandering through the valle from the Colli Albani side to the Appia Antica was a trip highlight for me), and the automated taxi service (made getting to Fiumicino a breeze). I’m planning to tell some of our Classics and Art History faculty about Casa Cleme, although judging from the website, you’re booked pretty well into the coming months!.”
“ When I viewed again the website, my mind wandered back to the beautiful memories in which we shared. I can remember sitting at the desk writing a post card home. The Kitchen with so many wonderful afternoon and morning treats. The spacious comfortable bed of the third bedroom, dreaming that our vacation would never come to an end. The warm feeling that accompanied our stay, as if to say welcome home! I am so thankful that you are busy with accommodations. I know they will appreciate Casa Cleme in all of its unique design.”