CasaCau is a townhouse with six vacation apartments in central Rome. Right by Fontana di Trevi, these apartment rentals are a home-away-from-home in the buzzing city centre.
What was the inspiration and story behind Rome Apartments?
I’m originally from Naples but moved to Milan in the early 1990s. Around the year 2000, I was asked by my former boss if I would relocate to Rome. I did the romantic thing of renting a small apartment in the historic centre of the city. When I say romantic, I mean four flights of stairs with no elevator! So I started looking for something bigger and, at the time, the Esquilino quarter was starting to transform while still being quite cheap.
Esquilino is unusual in that it was built after the unification of Italy to provide housing for the newly-formed Italian kingdom. So rather than being built in the Roman way, it has a lot of Turin influences and many of its street names are taken from the Savoy dynasty. It’s urban and ethnic, with plenty of nice places to eat and good shops, all within walking distance of the historic centre.
To you personally, what is so special about the apartments?
The building dates from the 19th century and was a little strange when I first bought it as a couple of apartments had been merged together. What really caught my attention was that it overlooked one of the only squares in Rome to have a garden, as well as the remains of the oldest walls in the city. So it is a beautiful location and I brought in an architect to help open up the space, creating a large living area and several bedrooms.
It’s quite stunning when you come up the stairs of this historic building and enter such a modern space, as though you are stepping into a completely different era. Now I have two apartments (one that’s very large and another smaller one) that can either be rented together or separately.
How would you describe the atmosphere and style of the apartments?
The apartments are modern and bright, with a lot of photography on the walls and wallpaper by Fornasetti — a master of design from the last century. As the large apartment overlooks the square, it’s a real pleasure to be there and enjoy the natural light streaming in through the windows — there are very few apartments like this in Rome! The style is simple, with several modern design pieces mixed with old furniture, as well as a large kitchen that is equipped with all the appliances you need.