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Review 1125: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
September 26 - 29, 2004, 3 nights
This apartment is located in the heart of Rome. It is just steps from the lively Campo De Fiori and walking distance to all of the major sites. We were pleasantly surprised by the convenience of this location. While it is in the center of the city, the small street (Via dei Chiavari) the apartment is located on is quiet for Rome. We walked to the Colloseum, Vatican City, The Spanish Steps, Trastevere, Trevi Fountain, and all sights in between.
There were two bakeries and coffee shops right downstairs from the apartment. Campo De Fiori is literally steps away from the apartment and there are two grocery stores, several restaurants, and lots of shopping.
This apartment was built on the site of Pompei's Theatre and, if I remember correctly, it is about 1000 years old. It was recently very tastfully remodeled revealing the original wooden ceilings in the bedroom. They also added a small elevator, which makes getting to the third floor with luggage a cinch. They also have a dishwasher and washing machine. There were four floors of apartments with a couple of apartments on each floor, but we never heard any noise from the neighbors.
There was no outside sitting area or pool.
The furniture in the apartment was very nice. There were plenty of chairs and places to sit for my husband and I. The only thing lacking is extra blankets.
There is a king size bed in the bedroom that is very comfortable. The bedroom had lamps and night stands, as well as a desk and plenty of closet space.
The kitchen in the apartment was great! My husband was missing his scrambled eggs after a couple of weeks in Italy. We bought eggs and ham at the local grocery store and made breakfast all three mornings. All of the appliances were great and there were plenty of dishes.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Massimo and Biancamaria de Majo own the apartment and also manage the renting of the apartment. They were very, very helpful and both speak great English. They are both artists, but Massimo also works as a translator ... his English is very good. Massimo actually called me a couple of weeks before we were scheduled to stay in the apartment. He also called us at the hotel we were staying at in Umbria just before Rome. He gave me excellent directions to Rome from where we were. I am not sure what we would have done without his help! They definitely give great service.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I definitely recommend staying in this apartment if you are interested in an apartment. The only thing to remember when staying in an apartment is that you do not have access to a concierge to help with directions, reservations, etc. The convenience of having a kitchen and plenty of room more than made up for that to us, but I had been to Rome before and was familiar with the sites we wanted to see.
Things to do in this area
We loved being able to walk across the river to Trastevere. This is such a great neighborhood away from the mass of tourists. There are plenty of excellent restaurants in this area as well. We also loved having the Campo dei Fiori restaurants and market so close.
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