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Breathing new life into Ancient Rome

Contemporary property with 21st-century amenities are hard to find in the Italian capital – but that’s about to change

View of St Peters Rome

Ancient Rome is facing a modern dilemma. Buyers looking for a luxury home in the seductive capital can find city-centre apartments in Renaissance palazzi or historic villas. What has been far harder to come by is high-quality, contemporary property designed for 21st-century life. Buyers accustomed to the convenience of modern living – so easily found in most major capital cities – have been frustrated by Rome, where modern amenities, such as underground parking and in-house gyms, are rare.

Until now. Two new projects – Monticello, just outside the walls of the Vatican, and Porta dei Leoni in Trastevere – have brought a new sophistication to the city’s property market, generating intense interest from both local and international buyers.


Monticello Development Rome


On a hill above the Vatican City, this resort-inspired development of 63 homes overlooks Rome’s famous skyline. It’s exclusive and private, yet close to Rome’s vibrant heartbeat. Included is everything you could want from a luxury property, such as 24-hour concierge and security, domestic services, underground parking and a gym. Cutting-edge geothermal and photovoltaic systems also feature.

There are stunning views of the Vatican from the communal rooftop terrace and beautifully landscaped open spaces to enjoy. The apartments have their own private terraces and winter gardens.


Porta dei Leoni Development Rome

Porta dei Leoni

Porta dei Leoni has been a remarkable success. During its two-day launch in December 2018, 30 of the 100 off-plan apartments were sold, with 10 more going under offer the following week. Buyers came from around the world, making up more than 10 nationalities in all.

This development is situated in one of Rome’s most colourful and authentic neighbourhoods, with winding streets, restaurants and bars in sunny piazze. The luxury apartments have full-height windows, wide balconies and state-of-the-art services. Underfloor heating and recessed air conditioning keep interiors streamlined and comfortable, while the underground car park – rare in Rome – has charging points for electric cars.

The development also features a gym, concierge, lifts and even secure storage boxes for internet orders to ease day-to-day life. A leafy rooftop garden completes the line-up.


For more information on these developments, please contact Annabelle Dudley