About Me and the Spanish Steps 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 Beyond the Door (1974) and starred 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. I’ve written some musings on my movie memories.

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


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.

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