4 Historical Places in Rome You Need to Visit

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A trip to Rome is something every traveler should experience once in their lifetime. Do you want to marvel at some of the most precious gems in history? That’s what we thought. To help you fulfill your wanderlust dreams, we’ve created the perfect one-day itinerary through the Italian capital. Read on to discover our day trip to the top historical places in Rome — and get ready to be dazzled.

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Plan a Day to Visit the Top Historical Places in Rome

MORNING

The Colosseum

If we had to pick one historical building to represent Rome, it would be the Colosseum. The Flavian amphitheater was built 70-80 A.D. and was considered the largest in the world. Can you believe that it could hold 50,000 spectators? There’s nothing like standing in front of this impressive limestone monument—one that has stood the test of time. The public can visit daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.


The Pantheon

To continue your exploration of the past, head over to another famous historical place in Rome: the Pantheon. Did you know that it is the most ancient building in the city? It was built as a temple between 118 and 125 A.D. to celebrate the pagan Gods. It was only used as a church around 608 A.D. when the Byzantine emperor Phocas gifted it to Pope Boniface I.V. You’ll be amazed at the intricate architecture and its colossal dome, which inspired the one in Florence.

Lunch Break

After visiting these two monuments, you’ll most probably be hungry. Lucky for you, one of our favorite restaurants is right around the corner from the Pantheon. Pietro Al Pantheon is as authentic as it gets and serves the most delicious dishes. Sit outside on the Terrazza, order a plate of grilled artichokes and spaghetti cacio e pepe, then pair it with a refreshing glass of Lambrusco. 

AFTERNOON


The Trevi Fountain 

After a delicious lunch, walk a few minutes west of the Pantheon towards one of the most famous sites: the Trevi Fountain. You simply cannot visit Rome without throwing a coin in this iconic fountain! People say that all of the wishes made there come true, so why not try your luck? If you throw the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, then you’re guaranteed to come back to Rome one day! 

Gelato Break

British people have their tea time, but Italians have Gelato breaks! Head over to la Gelateria Del Monte for a refreshing break between monuments. This modern store offers some of the best flavors in town, as well as other delicacies like macarons, granites, milkshakes, tiramisu, tartufi, and more.

The Spanish Steps

What better way to end your tour of Rome’s historical places than at the Spanish Steps? It makes for the perfect picture to send to your friends and family. The steps were built between 1723 and 1725 by Italian architect Francesco de Sanctis and French diplomat Etienne Gueffier. They remain one of the top meeting places in the city! Note that it is prohibited to sit on the stairs!



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Commendable Rentals is the smart choice for smart travelers. Why stay in a chain hotel and miss out on the local experience Rome has to offer? Discover our wide variety of properties in the center of the city, including penthouses, apartments, condos, villas, and more. Since you’re ending your day trip at the Spanish Steps, why not stay close to this iconic monument? Our Modern Palazzo Condo is ideal for couples and friends. Plus, it’s close to all the shops on Via Condotti, various gelaterias, restaurants, and trendy bars. 

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What Do You Need to Wear on Holiday to Italy?

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Wouldn’t it be marvelous if we could pack your bag for your upcoming vacation to the beautiful region of Tuscany? Well, we can do better than that! In this blog, we’re going to tailor your vacation to your style and help you determine what experience is best for you. Pick the style that fits your personality the most, and we’ll reveal what to wear on holiday to Italy and the fabulous plans we have for you. Read on, take notes, and start planning your getaway today with Commendable Rentals!

Pick Your Style and We’ll Tell You What to Wear on Holiday to Italy!

If You’re Trendy

You love trendy pieces and wearing fashionable clothes. You’re always on the lookout for fresh trends and staple pieces, just like Kate Moss, Chiara Ferragni, or Gigi Hadid. You love adventure, living a luxurious lifestyle, and enjoying every minute of life as if it were the last! You have a radiant, bubbly personality and you’re often considered the life of the party in your group of friends.

Where to Stay

There’s one destination a dedicated follower of fashion like you cannot miss: Rome! This high-fashion capital is filled with haute couture stores, especially along the Via Condotti. Our home in Trastevere is a 4-bedroom, 4-bath condo with an open-concept living area and terrace with panoramic views of Gianicolo, Rome’s highest hill. The condo’s designer, Frederica Fendi, has worked in the luxury fashion industry since 2000, which makes it the perfect home for you!

What to Pack

Your bag for Rome should include a few chic dresses, some patterns like polka dots and gingham (to channel your inner Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday), sandals, a pair of fashionable sneakers, some dramatic sunglasses, heels for going out at night, and a pair of comfortable jeans. Avoid the shorts and flip flops combination—it’s a no-no in the Italian capital!

If You’re A Romantic

If you’re a romantic at heart, it certainly shows in your style. You live for flowy dresses, floral patterns, and timeless style. Your style icons include Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly. You radiate elegance and poise, and are full of joie de vivre!

Where to Stay

You want a vacation destination with scenic views and a slower pace of life. You dream of long walks on the beach, rides through the countryside, and summer dinners under the cypress trees. If this sounds like you, Tuscany is your perfect match! Stay in our beautifully renovated 18th-century farmhouse near Argentario. You’ll love the Renaissance charm of this magnificent villa, with its terracotta floors and high ceilings.

What to Pack

It’s time to wear all of your maxi dresses, puff-sleeves, floral patterns, wide-brim straw hats, cute bathing suits, sandals and flats, high-rise shorts, and airy tops! Remember to bring sunscreen, since you’ll spend a good amount of time by the water, or reading in the garden sipping a glass of apricot juice.

If You’re Practical

You’re not too interested in the constantly changing world of fashion and would rather rely on comfortable and sustainable pieces in your wardrobe. You love to plan ahead and meticulously map out an itinerary before traveling. You’re not the type to leave your vacation up to chance! You like to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and explore the treasures of history while unwinding from your daily stress.

Where to Stay

Rome is a fascinating place to explore, so we bet you’ll be right in your element there! You need something at the center of it all, not too big, and of course, cost-effective. That’s why we think our Colosseum Apartment is perfect. This 2-bedroom accommodation can fit you and your family nicely, and offers all the perks of the charming neighborhood that surrounds. Did we mention it overlooks the Colosseum?

What to Pack

You’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing in Rome, so plan accordingly! Your suitcase should include at least a couple pairs of comfortable shoes (sneakers!), a small fanny pack or cross-body bag to protect you against thieves, neutral t-shirts, and a couple pairs of stretchy pants. Don’t forget a large scarf! This last item is a must if you wish to visit Rome’s churches. They require women to cover their shoulders, and men to cover their knees. Carry your scarf around and pop it out when needed! That way, you won’t have to wait in long lines for nothing.

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Planning a vacation can be stressful, which is exactly what you want to avoid when taking time off. Instead of hopping from place to place, how about finding a home abroad? Commendable Rentals provides just that for you. Experience Tuscany, Rome, even the beautiful landscapes of Provence and Uzès, like a true native, and find your home away from home! Our villas and apartments are perfect for couples, families, and even groups of friends. They all feature modern amenities and luxurious decor. No matter which destination you choose, you’re sure to find a home away from home in Italy with Commendable Rentals!

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How to Plan the Best Rome to Tivoli Day Trip

View of the Villa d"Este from the gardens and fountain in Tivoli | Rome to Tivoli Day trip

There are so many things to see and do in Rome. But, how about taking a day off from the hustle and bustle of the capital and heading out to more peaceful horizons? A Rome to Tivoli day trip is precisely what you need. Not only is Tivoli less than 40 minutes away from the city, but a day trip offers you the chance to discover magnificent gardens and historical landmarks. Read on to learn about our favorite stops and start planning your visit today!


Must-See Stops on Your Day Trip From Rome to Tivoli

 

Villa Adriana

Travel back in time during your first stop in Tivoli at the Villa Adriana. Visit the exceptional UNESCO World Heritage complex and discover one of the most impressive collections of ancient buildings. They were built in the 2nd century A.D. by Roman Emperor Adrian and combine the best of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian architectural details.

 

Temple of Sybil

Another great site to visit in Tivoli is the Temple of Sybil. It’s near the Temple of Vesta on the highest point of the Acropolis of Tivoli, which was once known as Tibur Superbum. After your tour, head over to Ristorante Sibilla for lunch! It’s right by the temple and offers some of the most delicious Italian food in the area. We highly recommend the Prosecco Welcome, ravioli stuffed with buffalo on soup, and the dairy pig roast with potatoes and artichokes Roman.

 

Villa d’Este

It’s a great idea to save Villa d’Este for last so you can get amazing garden views at sunset. The plants and flowers glow in the golden sun, and the water from the fountain sparkles during this time of day. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-see during your vacation. Marvel at the palace, which was built in the 16th Century by Pirro Ligorio for the Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este of Ferrara, Governor of Tivoli. If you’re visiting in the summer, you’ll love the freshness of the water by the ornamental basins.

 

How to Get There

Tivoli is one of the best day trip destinations from Rome. It’s very close to the city and offers a variety of activities to keep you busy all day. There are a few ways you can get there, depending on which method of transportation you choose.

The first option is to sit back, relax, and hop on a bus. The ride takes about an hour and a half and travels along the A5 Autostrada. The Cotral Bus departs every ten minutes and tickets are 1,60 euros. Once you arrive in Tivoli, you can take the shuttle 4 which connects you to the two villas of Adrianna and Villa d’Este.

You can also travel to Tivoli by train. Europe has an excellent train system, so take advantage of it! All members of your party can relax and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes without having to navigate directions. Note that the Tivoli station is about a half hour from the town center, so you might consider taking a taxi once you arrive.

Lastly, if you decide to rent a car and drive yourself, take A24 for about 15 minutes until you reach the Tivoli exit.


Find Your Historic, Downtown Rome Apartment

View of the garden and canopy with dinner table setNow that you know how much fun a day trip to Tivoli can be, it’s time to focus on your home in Rome. If you want to enjoy “la dolce vita” during your next vacation, book our fabulous Trastevere Apartment with a private garden! It’s the perfect place to enjoy the city and nature together.

Picture yourself drinking your morning espresso under a shaded canopy, lounging on the plush cream sofa in the afternoon, and cooking delicious carbonara pasta in your fully equipped kitchen at night. You can even dream the night away in the elegant master bedroom. You’ll love its high ceilings, terracotta tile, and large windows through which the sun peeks every morning. The apartment can sleep up to four people and is half a block away from the Tiber River.

 

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Easter in Rome: What You Need to Know!

Easter in Rome is one of the busiest seasons in the eternal city, which can be both exciting and stressful. Will it be too crowded? Will shops and museums be open? Will the weather be nice enough? Don’t worry; in this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. Easter brings countless events and activities to Rome. It’s the perfect time to experience this unique cultural melting pot! Whether you’re religious or not, spring remains a magical time to visit Rome. Read on to discover four of our favorite things to do and start planning your trip today!

 

Make Your Easter in Rome the Best It Can Be!

 

How Crowded Does It Get?

Easter is one of the most important holidays in Italy. It’s one of the world’s top Catholic celebrations! Each year, thousands of visitors and pilgrims flock to the Vatican wanting to hear the Pope and attend the Papal audience on Ash Wednesday. Surprisingly, Easter weekend in Rome isn’t as crowded as one might think. Many of the pilgrims stay in nearby campgrounds and religious institutions, leaving most accommodations in the city to the more typical travellers. Now, don’t get us wrong – the weeks before and after Easter are popular favorites. But, if you wish to enjoy the religious festivities at the heart of the city over the weekend, you avoid the crowds.

What’s the Weather Like?

You might expect a little rain on Easter weekend in Rome, so pack accordingly! You’ll likely need a light jacket, scarf (it’s Europe, after all), and an umbrella just in case. We also recommend packing comfortable shoes! There are so many historical sites and museums to visit, so brace yourself for some walking. Walking is the best way to see Rome

Celebrate Easter Like a Native!

How about taking Easter as an opportunity to learn more about Rome’s religious history and partake in ancestral traditions? Easter (Pasqua in Italian) is the beginning of an intensive prayer week filled with many religious festivals and activities. Most museums are closed on Easter and the following Monday. For example, the Colosseum closes early on Good Friday, and so are many shops, restaurants, and museums. This includes the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel! Don’t worry; the majority remains open during Holy Week. In addition to the Papal Audience, be sure to check out The Palazzo Farnese and The Pantheon! Make sure you taste Easter flavors along the way! The most famous is the Panettone de Pasqua,  an Italian traditional Easter cake and the counterpart of  Italian Christmas panettone. The easter version features almonds instead of fruits, and you will see it everywhere. 

If you really want the religious experience, check out the Good Friday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at 5 p.m., or the “Way of the Cross” that night. There, you’ll see the Pope carry the flaming cross to the 14 stations.

 

It All Starts with a Splendid Apartment in Rome

View of the balcony with glasses of wine overlooking the rooftopsNow that you have four great ideas for how to spend Easter in Rome, all there is left to find is a cozy and trendy place to stay! Lucky for you, we’ve thought about it too at Commendable. Browse our incredible selection of properties, including condos, villas, and apartments at the heart of the Eternal City. We know you’ll find the perfect one for your trip!

Take a look at our Luxurious Colosseum apartment at the center of Rome! This two-bedroom is perfect for a romantic vacation or fun getaway with friends! It’s in the charming neighborhood of Monti and overlooks the Colosseum! You’ll be within walking distance to a variety of exciting restaurants and shops. You’ll love its sleek, modern decor, as well as premium amenities! Enjoy falling asleep to the sounds of Rome, snuggled in bed with a good art book. In the morning, make yourself a cup of espresso and dream about the wonders you’ll see during the day!

 

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From Rome with Love

Most cities around Christmas vie to be the most festive and spirited, but few European capitals are as dedicated to bringing the Winter Wonderland to life as Rome. Whether you arrive in the Eternal City by day or by night, you will be charmed by the crisp yet mild December weather, and the glory of Rome’s winter blue skies. Last minute Christmas shopping rushes, the nonchalant strolls of locals trying to differentiate themselves from the tourists, and of course the Christmas lights, add energy to the glow, as Nativity scenes and Christmas markets pop up all over the city. If you arrive by night, don’t miss a drive pass the majestic and romantic Colosseum; its recently renovated arches are particularly beautiful when lit by spotlights against the dark sapphire blue sky.

The Christmas holiday season in Rome officially starts on December 8, the holiday of the Immaculate Conception, or Immacolata, and ends on January 6 at the Epiphany – when La Befana, a sort of Christmas witch is the lead character – and it is indeed magical: it is a great time to see the city in a -literally- different light and to discover the great Roman Christmas traditions. If you are by yourself, feel free to prep a special playlist for the occasion: Culture Trip has put together a wonderful list of songs inspired by the beauty of Rome, and there in one for every taste and every moment of the day (waking up to Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day by Morcheeba is the absolute guarantee of a good mood all day long)! Though it is holiday season, most shops of the city are usually open -with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, the day after Christmas, and New Years’ Day- and most of the major sites and monuments that have entry tickets, including the Colosseum, Forum, and Borghese Gallery will all be open on the 26th, despite that day also being a holiday. We recommend planning your visits on the 26th, as the museums and churches will be much less crowded than usual.

Whether it is your first time in Rome or you are a newbie in the city, start your day with a bit of Christmas sightseeing; and whether you are religious or not, you should look for the numerous Nativity scenes scattered around the city: they will surprise you by their artistry, beauty and inventiveness. The major one this year is held of course in Vatican City, but there are beautiful ones in every major and minor church of Rome, which counts more than 900 churches, cathedrals and basilicas. We recommend Santa Maria del Popolo, created and built by famous painter, sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 17th century, Santa Maria in Trastevere in the charming, bohème district which gave it its name, or the Pantheon, to couple historical beacons and Christmas sightseeing.

In the mood for some Christmas shopping? There are a lot of beautiful, eccentric and charming Christmas markets all over town! All neighbourhoods offer something. Vintage pieces and hipster vibes are what the district of Monti is about, and Mercato Monti is the perfect embodiment of its way of life. You may find there the ideal Christmas gifts: clothes, accessories and other artisanal pieces await! Good to know: in December the market doubles in size, promoting more than 50 local talents.

Monti is really a charming neighbourhood, and we happen to have a great apartment there for you to live like Romans do: our  Bella Vita is located near the Colosseum and is the ideal place to rent for a family of 4 or 2 couples. Previous guests describe it best: “The perfect Roman Holiday! Both modern and historic- this was the perfect home base from which to explore Rome”.

Other Christmas markets punctuates the city, find an exhaustive list right here.

After all this wandering, you stomach might start to rumble; fear not! Rome is filled with charming and delicious trattorias and pizzerias, including two of our most favourites: Da Francesco and Fiammetta. Both are located just steps away from the Piazza Navona in the heart of the Historic Centre, and are dear to our hearts. Da Francesco, where the truffle pizza is close to heaven, is located on Piazza del Fico, right in front of Bar del Fico, one of the most popular bars in Rome. There you can sip your spritz or martini while peeping at fashionable locals and waiting for a table. Don’t hesitate to visit their website, as they even provide true Italian recipes should you want to test your cooking abilities back home!

Fiammetta is another true hidden gem: it is in a great location, just around the corner from Piazza Navona, but without the fuss of tourists. The menu is as varied as it is appetizing, with sitting options both inside and out. The pizzas are cooked in a wood-fire oven, as any good pizza should be. Go Italian all the way and try the white pizza with mozzarella covered in salty, peppery endive.

Should you want to celebrate Christmas both at home and in Rome, just stay on Piazza Fiammetta and book our lovely 3-bedroom apartment! Fiammetta is so much better than a hotel: this spacious apartment sleeps up to 6 guests and is beautifully proportioned and elegantly furnished, in a modern yet timeless idiom, blending art and antiques with modern design. Original beamed ceilings and polished terracotta floors underline its historic origins and add warmth to the coolness of the white walls. Cherry on the cake: The kitchen is designed for chefs, so you will be able to try all these wonderful recipes by yourself!

Commendable Rentals has a lovely, extensive collections of palazzi, houses and apartments to rent in Rome, find the perfect place for you and start enjoying your Roman Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

The Commendable Rentals team


Discovering Rome from above: a Roman guide to terraces and gardens.

We all know discovering a city from higher ground is magical and Rome is no exception. Its terraces, so many with splendid views, are always a pleasure to relax in and are certainly a very hot commodity! We always thrive to find exceptional rentals everywhere we go, and we have come up with a curated list of beautiful green spaces in Italy’s capital. Raindrops are scarcer than normal this season, so we decided to stay a bit longer in the Eternal city and enjoy life “à la romaine”, watching time and life go by while enjoying every instant. What activity is more inspiring, rewarding and mind-clearing that gazing at rooftops and monuments from your own terrace while planning your visits and strolls under the Roman sun I ask you? (This is a rhetorical question, nothing is more soothing than that!)

Just on the banks of the Tiber, facing the Bocca della Verita on the Trastevere side of the river, is our first recommendation: Mio Giardino Romano. It is a bit of an exception, as it offers a garden rather than a terrace, so the joy is in the fresh, cool greenery, not the views. It is the apartment of a Roman photographer. Sitting on the green benches under the pergola, picture yourself reading a good book, sipping a hot, intense Italian expresso, or taking a well-deserved siesta after rambling around the city: can you smell the orange trees exhaling their perfume?

Walking up the Tiber, near the Basilica di Santa Maria di Trastevere, you will find Dieci, another hidden oasis available for rent: this two-bedroom apartment was recently renovated and the cosy terrace right off the dining room is perfect an evening Spritz or a glass of wine in Spring, Summer, and Fall. The view on the colorful buildings and rooftops will never cease to amaze you!

From both of these beautiful homes, you can explore the district of Trastevere, a bohemian enclave in front of Rome’s most famous sites and ruins, like the marvelous 5th-century church of Santa Cecilia, or Santa Maria in Cappella:

If you take a short walk across the Ponte Garibaldi or Ponte Palatino, you will find yourself in Rome’s historic centre, near the Piazza Farnese and the Campo dei Fiori. You are also within walking distance from the Isola di Tiberina (Tiber Island), historic and charming.

Enjoy great wine and great food in the countless bars, cafes and restaurants, and immerge yourself in the local way of life.

More hidden gems await you once on this side of the river, like our newcomer Il Magnifico, a whole Roman palazzo all for you, along with its splendid roof-top terrace with breath-taking and intimate views over Roman rooftops.

Enter this Renaissance townhouse and feel like royalty: you will certainly be treated like one, because it comes with a housekeeper. Planted with fruit and palm trees, the terrace and its adjoining second kitchen provide a wonderful position for sunset aperitif or dinners under the star, a magical ambiance for enchanting cena al fresco; we can provide the chef. With 5 beautiful bedrooms, each with bathroom, that is a unique property and is perfect for a multi- generation Roman holiday, or a friends’ reunion.

There are also beautiful reception rooms, so you will have a hard time choosing between inside or out! From this exceptional apartment, you can walk up to Piazza Navona and its famous baroque fountains, the ancient Roman Pantheon, or the Bonaparte palace.

If you take a long walk down the famous Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, you will reach Domitilla, yet another amazing oasis: a marvelous duplex penthouse with two terraces which offer fabulous 360° views of the domes of St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Gianicolo Hill, the Roman antic Forum and other major landmarks of the city, like the cupola of San Martino ai Monti and the Quirinale, the presidential palace. Domitilla has three bedrooms and is perfect for a family or friends. It was designed by a famous architect, and is full of character and history from the time of Fellini. It is a wonder for its views.

Talking about palaces: should you be looking for a true Roman palace, stroll toward the romantic Monti neighborhood to get to our Palazzo Palermo, an amazing combo of two elegant, beautifully furnished apartments, sleeping up to 14 in total. You will truly be living like the elegant Roman that you have just become. Each apartment is as elegant inside as out and may be rented together or separately.

The apartments share a beautifully planted and cared for terrace, with colorful flowers, olive trees, lemon trees, peach- and persimmon trees.

Close your eyes: the scent of blossoms perfumes the air.

Open them: the sites of Rome are for you to gaze upon indefinitely.

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Rome, confidential

It is no difficult task to be inspired by Rome: world famous landmarks, more than 350 films shot or dedicated to the Italian capital (including Roman Holiday, one of my favourites), culinary traditions copied worldwide (but never equalled!), we could talk for hours about this city that combines history, culture, gastronomy and true art of living. Today, however, I will rather show you our Rome, far from the hot weather and touristy trails.
Fall is a great season to stay in Rome, if only for the Film Festival held there every year. Previews, round tables with the greatest directors and actors such as Martin Scorsese, Isabelle Huppert, Cate Blanchett or Michael Moore, retrospectives and anthologies, there is something for every movie-lover! The film festival is held from October 18th to 28th and is a local event not to be missed. To ensure you a pleasant visit, stroll down along the Tiber and stay in our beautiful apartment Piazza Fiammetta, you will feel right at home!

Rome is also particularly pleasant in the fall becauses it breathes more than in summer: the climate is milder, the tourists are scarcer, and it is especially noticeable in museums and monuments. One of our recent visits was the magnificent Palazzo Farnese. Former residence of Pope Paul III and today home to the French Embassy, the Farnese Palace is one of the jewels of the Renaissance in Rome. To ensure quality visits and to promote the French language and culture, the Embassy entrusted the exclusivity of visits to the association Inventer Rome. Discover the Sangallo Atrium (the vestibule), the cortile (the courtyard), the garden, the Hercules salon with its tapestries inspired by Raphael’s frescoes and the Carrache Gallery, recently restored and once again open to the public, an absolute masterpiece of the Carrache brothers, commissioned by Cardinal Odoardo Farnese at the end of the 16th century, and which inspired, among other things, the ceilings of the famous Hall of Mirrors in the castle of Versailles.

Inspired by these visits led by French-speaking students or young active people living in Rome, we participated in many of the other activities offered by the association, such as the visit of Villa Bonaparte (in French or Italian) or their discovery tours in Rome and Lazio (in French only). We currently recommend the visit on Saturday, October 20th of the Doria Pamphilj Gallery, a private museum housing a fabulous collection of art, that of Mount Esquiline, one of the seven hills of Rome where all the history of the city can be found (Saturday, October 27) or the Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia (Saturday, November 24). Find here the complete program of their visits. Inspired by the Farnese Palace? The setting of our Palazzo  Il Magnifico will surely, with its amazing antiquities, luxurious furniture and beautiful paintings of masters.

Leaving the Palazzo Farnese, head to the Pantheon and stop to eat at Casa Bleve: here, the wonderful owner welcomes you with open arms and the chef explores all the tastes and traditions of Italian cuisine, respecting the seasons and selecting the best local products. It’s an iconic stop for all gourmets!

Finally, to keep this local atmosphere, walk in the neighbourhood of Monti, one of the last districts of Rome which kept its bohemian soul. Like an artists’ village, its sinuous streets protect it from the waves of tourists and concentrate a lot of great addresses: second-hand shops, small friendly restaurants, cafes and squares to hang out indefinitely, and two of our most beautiful Roman properties:

our penthouse overlooking the Vittoriano, or the Palazzo Palermo, composed of two independent apartments, will welcome you in the heart of the eternal city!

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An Unforgettable Family Reunion at Villa Vesta, Magnificent Estate near Rome

Last week we received a  lovely review about one of our favorite properties, Villa Vesta, that we would like to share. Because it can sleep 20 and has plenty of space, both  inside and out, to entertain a crowd, to relax, and especially to celebrate a major life time event, we often host small weddings and family reunions, there.

Villa Vesta Event

But this past summer, we hosted a two week event which took months of planning, as we helped with planning of events for every day, gala feasts, with beautiful multi-course meals loaded with favorite local specialities, from plentiful seafood to porchetta, and of course local fruits, vegetables, and cheeses.

Villa Vesta China
Villa Vesta’s cabinets of fine dishes

We organised tours for the  family that ranged from the very young to the elderly and frail in wheel chairs,  including the Vatican and the Colosseum by wheel-chair; vineyards by car and bike, special restaurants, a trip to Sora, and so much more.  Though it kept us busy, the response that we received made it all worth while.

Villa Vesta Entrance
Entrance to Villa Vesta

Villa Vesta Sitting Area
A Comfortable Seating Area Open to the Vast Garden

Villa Vesta Stairs
Entrance Hall

Villa Vesta Estate
Looking Out Over the Garden Estate

Rocco, who planned the event for his multi-generational group moved us beyond words, with the heartfelt narration of his family history. Read on;

“We will never forget the beauty, the staff, the food, the location and support provided by Adriana and the Commendable Rentals team which provided the backdrop for our Italian family reunion. My grandfather, Ernesto, was born in Sora, Italy in 1890. He left for America in 1906 to find a “better life”. Actually, he was leaving his abusive step-father whom he would watch abuse his mother. He left his mother and sister behind, vowing to return one day to bring them to America and to get away from the abuse at home. He did create a beautiful life in Rhode Island and he did return to collect his mother 4 years later. However, his sister married and stayed in Italy. In the over 100 years, Ernesto’s family grew to over 90 Italo-Americans. While in Italy, his sister, Christina’s family grew to almost the same size. As many of the “elders” in my family were in their 80’s, Athena, my beautiful partner and I decided to create a once-in–a-lifetime reunion. We needed lots of coordination, facilities that would accommodate 2 large receptions and a responsive staff. Right from the start, it was clear that Adriana and her team would be able to help. They were amazing. The house was better than the photos, the staff quickly became part of our family, the food was wonderful and beautiful memories were created as part of this very special trip. We brought over 20 family members from Rhode Island and about 30+ of our Italian cousins showed up for 2 separate catered events, with live music, tents, sit down meal service, bar, flowers, and translators it was beautiful. We sat outside around the pool in the beautiful private grounds of the villa. The elders, met their cousins for the first time. There were hugs, tears, laughter, dancing and true connection. Adriana, thank you…what a wonderful magical place! It was truly a once in a lifetime event. About 8 weeks after the reunion, Zia Anna, the matriarch of our Italian family passed away. She was honored at both family festas and was a beautiful woman. The last time I saw her, she was smiling, with tears in her eyes and she gave me a big hug thanking us for creating this special moment bringing the family of Christina and Ernesto together for the first time”

For families who want to reunite, there is no better place!

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Reacquainting with Rome

We just returned from 10 days in Rome. Although we lived there for many years, this city will never lose its appeal. Where else is it necessary to stop every 50 yards to admire an ancient building, a provocative statue, a scene from “La Dolce Vita”, a painting glimpsed through a window, a dramatically modern restaurant or any other of the myriad views that the city nonchalantly offers, as if observing 2500 years of civilisation is “normale”?

What other place on this globe has given so much culture, art and engineering to the world, not just once, with Ancient Rome, but twice, with Renaissance Rome too? Nothing can match the greatness that Rome has given to the world. Add a glorious climate, great food, wonderful wines, stupendous music, the warmth of the people, and Rome’s charms far exceed its drawbacks.

Of course there is a price to pay for all of this. There is so much history and architecture to preserve, that no city or even a country could possibly afford to maintain it all in pristine condition, let alone one managed like Rome and Italy are managed. So dilapidated monuments are everywhere, laughable “lawns” abound in the parks, and the traffic strives mightily to reach the heights attained by Naples’ inhabitants, but happily never quite attains that level of insanity. The governmental administration at various levels is questionable, and not averse to corruption.

The people, being naturally resistant to rules and regulation, are not averse to surviving in chaos. Within limits, this too becomes a perverse attraction as one thanks God that this unique gem is not run like Singapore or Zurich, but remains a vibrant and living museum to our shared human civilisation.

There is limited prospect that Italy will be “Great” again. These people were “Great” longer than any other civilisation. They’ve learned that being “Great” is not all it’s cut out to be, that there are more useful, pleasant and productive things to do than being “Great”. Just being in Rome is one of them.


8 Events to Include on Your Rome Itinerary This Year

"Triumphs and Laments" on the Tiber
“Triumphs and Laments” on the Tiber

Rome is a captivating destination of new sights and old history. The Eternal City has something to inspire anyone through its effortless charm – whether its the first visit or revisiting many times over. With half the year remaining, Rome’s special events calendar is still in full swing. If you’re taking advantage of a last minute holiday or planning fall and winter vacation, here are a few current and future events that would be a great addition to your travel itinerary in Rome:

Triumphs and Laments (pictured above) – A free “outdoor art” exhibition spanning a portion along the walls of the Tiber River. This large-scale contemporary artwork is by South African artist, William Kentridge, and is truly a skillful presentation depicting historic aspects of Rome highlighted by the surrounding Roman views.

Viaggio nei Fori (Journeys through Ancient Rome) – In two separate storylines, journey through the history of Julius Caesar and the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, through a spectacular multimedia presentation set among ancient ruins. Through October 2016.

Estate Romana (Roman Summer) – An annual vibrant summer event throughout Rome consisting of a wide range of cultural events, music, media, exhibitions, and more from July to September. With venues throughout Rome, you can enjoy Rome’s wonders with an added twist, like an open air concert set at The Baths of Caracalla. Visit the official website for a list of daily events planned around Rome, categorized by type.

"Lungo Il Tevere"
Festive summer events along the Tiber River – “Lungo Il Tevere”

Lungo il Tevere (Along the Tiber) – This annual summer festival is most recognizable by the white tented stalls and booths along both sides of the Tiber River featuring pop up shops, tasty morsels and drinks. In addition to the booths, scheduled exhibitions, music, art, and film events are showcased nearby. Find a map and events on their website.

L’Isola del Cinema – After strolling along the riverbank, catch an outdoor film in the charming atmosphere on Rome’s island, aptly named Tiber Island, as it is located in the middle of the Tiber River.

St Peter's Square
St. Peter’s Square

Jubilee – Even if you are not on pilgrimage, this is an extraordinary year to visit the Vatican City. Pope Francis announced an ‘extraordinary Holy Year’ – an event that last happened in year 2000, and is marked by the opening of sealed “Holy Doors” in the great basilicas, including St. Peter’s. An historic and special event lasting through November 2016.

Roma Europa FestivalAn art lovers festival, Roma Europa is an annual cultural event featuring art, dance, theater, music, and film. Events from June through September.

Rome Jazz Festival In celebration of Jazz, Rome hosts an annual Jazz Festival in November – the perfect complement to aperitivo. Stay tuned for this year’s schedule.

Opera and Theater SeasonAutumn begins the new culture season for Theatre and Opera in Rome. Enchantment can be found in many places in Rome, but experiencing Opera, Ballet, and Theatre in the Eternal City is a memorable experience.

Rome night

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