sleep in a Roman amphitheatre

sleep in a Roman amphitheatre




Feb 2018

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1 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Our unique apartment is built into the ruins of the Roman Theatre Berga, built in the lst century AD. It is situated in the centro storico of a wonderful city which is World Heritage listed. It is a 5 min walk to the railway station.

It's not often that you can spend the night looking up at the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre. Our bedroom ceiling formed part of the original structure of the Berga Theatre. The walls extend into the hall and bathroom. We chose this apartment over others because of the great privilege of being the custodians of such a rare piece of Roman history.
We have installed a lovely modern kitchen with all new appliances. We renovated the bathroom which is now pleasant and functional. We also have a washing machine for convenience.
There is a large main bedroom with a queen bed, and the sofa bed in the living room is also a large queen size.
The two pretty balconies perfect this unique home away from home. It's light and airy, and comfortable.

I have written that there is no internet Wifi because there is often a problem with the thick walls; however, it can be okay but does require some organisation beforehand.

This apartment is our dream realised! For many years we have dreamt of owning a little place in Italy and now we do. We have tried to make it homely and welcoming and hope that you love it as much as we do.


More about us

  1. We are a "grown-up" couple with daughters and grandchildren at home in Perth, Western Australia

  2. We love everything about Italy - the culture, the fashion, people and food.

  3. We decided to make Italy our destination and have been travelling there for 20 years together - we always visit another destination while we are there and this year it's New York, where we have been before.

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Where is it?


Vicenza is located outside Venice, between Padua and Verona, on the main train line between Venice and Milan. Vicenza is a world-heritage listed Renaissance town with a centro-storico which is car-free. The town was designed principally by Palladio - that is after the Romans left - and so the architecture in the town is spectacular. On the outskirts of Vicenza there are hundreds of Palladian villas worth visiting. We don't need a car in Vicenza. Our apartment is 5 minutes walk to the main piazza - the very grand Piazza Signori. Vicenza is the perfect size for visitors - large enough to have all amenities and shops, and small enough to feel like a village with markets being held Tuesdays and Thursdays in the piazzas.
Our apartment is built into the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre and the stonework of the vault forms the ceiling of our bedroom. It's quite humbling to look at the work of the Romans over 2000 years ago.

Buzzy restaurants
We have tried to count the restaurants in Vicenza - but lost count. They are numerous and fantastic, ranging from traditional to the very funky.
Cool bars
As with the restaurants, the bars are too many to mention. One spectacular bar however is on the rooftop of the Basilica in the main piazza. There is also a very cool rooftop bar on the roof of the Vicenza Hotel.
Cozy cafés
There are outdoor cafes and indoor, cosy, cafes for cooler or wet days. They all have great atmosphere and of course, great Italian coffee and cakes.
Retail therapy
Coin, Sisley, H&M, dozens of small fashion shops, supermarkets, shoes - you don't need to go anywhere else.
Bit of culture
Vicenza is a very cultural town - there are often major art shows in the Basilica Palladiana. This year there was the Van Gogh exhibition which attracted people from all over the world.
Walks in the park
Fantastic walks in and around the town. There are nature walks and walks to Palladian villas.
Spot of exercise
We like to walk up the Scaleta - 200 steps which take you to the top of Monte Berico which offers superb views over the town and countryside up to the mountains.
Day tripping
We like to go into Venice for lunch! Padua is 20 minutes away and Verona 40 minutes. There are also lakes and smaller villages nearby which can be accessed easily by train. Recently we spent 2 nights at Lake Iseo which is close by and a well kept secret of Italy.

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