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All content and photos copyright D. Colin (2009–2019) except some photos copyright D. Hoffman (2009–2019).

ABOUT...

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In the heart of Rome's Historic Center, between the beautiful Spanish Steps and the famous Trevi Fountain, this luxury two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is surrounded by fine dining and fabulous shopping. It is within walking distance of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and many other historic sites and museums, and near the subway, taxi stands, bus stops, and bike rental. Located in a traditional Roman palazzo, the apartment was fully renovated in late 2010 and is now available for vacation and short-term rental (five night minimum). Explore inside and outside the apartment, learn more about the apartment's many amenities and convenient location, and check on availability.

AMENITIES and SERVICES

Air conditioining

Heating

Clothes washer / dryer

Airport transfers

Laptop with printer and wireless Internet access

iPod/iPod speakers with classical, jazz, rock catalog and walking tours of Rome

iPad mini loaded with Rome related apps

Playing cards and games

Elevator

Satellite TV with English-language stations

Cleaning services included for longer stays

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Free WiFi

Umbrellas

DVD player with Rome-themed DVDs (Roman Holiday, Gladiator, etc.)

Telephone with free local landline calls (cell phone and long-distance calls require calling card)

Hairdryer

Alarm clocks

Interior light-blocking shutters and "white noise" machines for light sleepers

Books on Rome, maps, and helpful tourist information packet

Bathrobes

Iron and ironing board

Safe

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ABOUT ME and THE APARTMENT

 

My father, David T. Colin, had come to Rome in World War II, when he was with American military, the legendary Office of Strategic Services run by "Wild Bill" Donovan. After the war, my father returned to Rome, the city that he had fallen in love with, and purchased the apartment. During the late 1960's, he was one of the founders of the American University of Rome (AUR), and, indeed, the apartment was the administrative office (and impromptu party space) for AUR over a number of years.

 

I was born and raised here in Rome. As a child, I acted in two horror films here in Italy, credited as David Colin Jr. The first was called "Beyond the Door" (1974) and starred actress Juliet Mills. The second, "Beyond the Door II" (1977), starred the "queen" of Italian horror movies, Daria Nicolodi, and was directed by Mario Bava, an Italian director with a cult following for his long line of horror films.

 

Although I now live near Washington, DC, where I am an economist, I come back to Rome as often as possible. Despite all my time here, Rome continues to be a fascinating city that always has more to offer. I hope you find the Eternal City as welcoming and wonderful as I do.

 

— David Colin

My wife Laura and I married in Rome in 1999. That's us near the Campidoglio with the Roman Forum behind us.