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Review 1014: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
January to July, 2004, 7 months
This stunning 1-bedroom flat is two minutes walk from the Campo de' Fiori, one of Rome's best neighborhoods. There are literally dozens of great shops, restaurants and cafes within 5 minutes from the flat, and the major sights of central Rome are ALL within walking distance. The flat itself overlooks the rooftops of Rome, and you can see Raffaello's church in the distance. From the bedroom, you have an unobstructed view of Pompey's Theatre, dating back more than 2,000 years. You awake to the sound of the church bells from San Andrea della Valle, the setting for Tosca. It's magical.
Everything you could possible need or want is within a 5-minute radius. Especially important, the Campo de' Fiori is right there. I went nearly every morning, got to know the vendors, made friends, etc. My routine was simple: I'd walk to the Campo, sit in a small cafe, drink a cafe latte and read the International Herald Tribune. Then, I'd go make my selection from among the finest fruits and vegetables, and usually enter into fairly lengthy discussions about Italian cuisine and the proper way to make ragu.
The building itself dates from the 13th Century. It is fantastically beautiful, and there are some rather unusual amenities, including a small and funky elevator (practically unheard of in Italy) and central heating. The building has around 8 flats in total.
No garden space. However, right outside your door you have Rome: its piazzas, the gorgeous buildings, the churches, etc.
This is a beautifully furnished flat. A great deal of care has been put into it by the owners, Massimo and Bianca. Everything was spotless when I moved in. There is a lovely living room with a double sofa bed, a nice bookcase, a coffee table, etc., plus a dining area with an antique table and four comfortable chairs. There is nice artwork , as well. The closets are very large and plentiful.
There is one bedroom and one bathroom. The bedroom features the original 13th C wooden beamed ceiling and a fabulous king sized bed, plus loads of closet space and very nice lighting. The bathroom is tiled and has entrance from both the living room and the bedroom. The shower has great water pressure!
A wonderful kitchen --- it's a separate room, so you're not cooking in the living room or anything like that. I cooked every day, and there was more than enough shelf space and utensils available to me.
Problems or Bonuses
The whole place is a surprise: in the best possible ways. This is truly a wonderful, wonderful flat.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
No agency involved. The owners speak excellent English and they're willing to write the contract in English, as well. Price will vary according to how long you're staying and in which season.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would --- and will someday --- live in this flat again at any time. This flat has a very special place in my heart.
Things to do in this area
How do I count the ways? - Be sure to visit Marco Roscioli, the gourmet food purveyor. - Excellent food at Arnaldo, the little restaurant just downstairs. - Also, if you walk to the Campo, you can get a great sandwich at Panino Giusto and there's excellent, excellent, excellent food at the nearby Ditirambo. - You are five minutes' walk from the Ghetto, where I would highly recommend Da Giggetto (eat outside beneath Octavia's portico and the ruins of Marcellus' Theatre) --- make sure you get the Carciofi alla Giudia --- and visit Dal Pompiere for the tagliolini al limone; it's pure heaven. - There's a wonderful place two minutes up the street and simply called Filetti di Bacala in the Piazza Santa Barbara (a beautiful place to sit and watch the world go by). Best fried fish in Rome and not visited by many tourists at all.
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