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Review 1097: RomePower.com, R/181 Farnesi
Apartment, sleeps 3, near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
Jul - Aug, 2004, 1 week
Our Roman apartment was in a narrow cobbled street next to the Palazzo Farnese, surrounded by churches, and just off the Campo dei Fiori. We loved the area. The street and apartment were quiet, except when the occasional tour guide stopped outside the appartment and gave pointers on its history. We felt quite famous! Yet it was only minutes away from the Tiber and a bustling, lively area.
We were minutes away from small specialist shops and the Campo Fiori, where we were able to buy all our basic food for breakfast and lunch. The bakers at the end of the street was wonderful and the fruit and vegetables from the market freshly picked. A supermarket could be found about five minutes away. You come out of the apartment and turn right, then turn right at the end of the street and keep walking. It is on the right, about halfway down the street.
We were stunned we saw the apartment for this first time. Although built in the 16th century it was well maintained and furnished with antiques. We thought we had entered a film set. It was absolutely amazing. There were I think three other appartments in the building, but we never saw or heard anyone. Although old, it had a security system on the street door and a reinforced door to the apartment, we never had any qualms about leaving our valuables.
The apartment was spotless and well maintained, with more than enough linen for our needs. The most amazing thing was the circular bed. The only drawback was that it was in the living room/ dining room. The walls were covered in paintings, drawn by the owner's grandfather who had been a professor, art historian at the Vatican. It was like stepping back in time. There was enough room and furniture for the three of us, my husband and my 20 yr old daughter, who had a bed up in the gallery (which she loved).
The bathroom was compact and spotless, and had everything supplied, right down to soap, shower gel and shampoo. The bed linen was also immaculate and was plentiful. The sleeping area was small, but fine for a week's stay.
Although tiny, the kitchen had every amenity, including a washing machine (a godsend. It meant we hardly had any laundry when we returned home), a fridge freezer and a dishwasher. If we had wanted we could easily have cooked a full meal, but with so many reasonably priced restaurants in Rome, we didn't bother. After all that's part of our holiday, eating out in our favourite restaurant near the Wedding Cake, a ten minute walk away. All we needed to buy was fresh food. We were amazed to find everything from herbs, tea and coffee to fabric conditioner supplied.
Problems or Bonuses
The only downside was that the only air conditioning was a powerful fan. It got a bit hot at night.
We were only a few minutes away from a numerous bus stops and a tram line and had no bother getting about. Our stay was wonderful and we hope to rent this apartment again hopefully next year. This was our fifth visit to Rome and the best ever!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The service was second to none and I would recommend them. We had arranged transport from the airport through the agency. Although our driver had obviously been waiting a considerable length of time for us, he was very polite. To be picked up in a luxury car started our holiday off on a very good note.
The friendliness and efficiency of Marco at the agency was exceptional. We were given phone nos. for all times of the day and night in case of emergencies. This made us feel very reassured as this was the first time we had chosen an appartment as opposed to a hotel in Rome.
We were also met with the same efficiency on vacating the apartment and being picked up for the airport.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
It goes without question that we would stay again and use the same agency. I don't know if I would tell my best friend as I want to keep this a secret in case too many people find out about it!!
The owner Senora Bianchi was amazing. She was waiting for us in the apartment on our arrival. What a welcome! She had gone to so much trouble to get the appartment ready for us. We wanted for nothing. There was even a tube of Super Glue for any accidents. She also gave us her home phone no. in case we wanted to contact her. When she left we felt as we were old friends.
Things to do in this area
The official Roma football shop is about five minutes away. As my daughter has followed them for years, this made her holiday. It nearly bankrupted my husband who had to buy three football strips for our adult children, a tradition started when they were small, but hard to break!
As stated previously, the baker at the end of the street was wonderful. In the Campo dei Fiore there are two wine shops. I recommend the local Tuscan wine, cheap but delicious.
Our favourite restaurant is called "Bibi" it is in the Piazza dei Santissimi Apostoli. We were introduced to it years ago by some student priests. The pizzas are wonderful. It is also inexpensive and very friendly. In the dark Scottish winter nights, I dream about sitting alfresco, eating those pizzas and drink vino bianco toscano. roll on next summer!
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