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Review 1176: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
October 2004, 10 days
The apartment is on the Via dei Chiavari, a narrow street close to the Campo de' Fiori, the Piazza Navona, the Ghetto, the Farnese Palace, the Pantheon and many other interesting places. It is walking distance from almost all the major sights you would want to see on a visit to Rome. It is surrounded by interesting shops, coffee bars, delis, enoteche, and restaurants. It is a bustling area, but the apartment itself was comfortable and quiet. When we return to Rome, we hope we will be able to stay in the same wonderful neighborhood and, if we are very lucky, in the same wonderful apartment.
You could easily walk to numerous coffee bars, salumerie, enoteche, shops of almost every kind. Although there were supermercati in the area, the Campo de' Fiori is perhaps the biggest open-air market in Rome, and negotiating the purchase of fine produce and other items with the proprietors under the umbrellas each morning is tremendous fun. Though our stay was only ten days, we got to know many of the Campo merchants and they became very friendly to us.
There were many terrific restaurants close by, including Le Maschere, Ristorante Arnaldo, Piperno, Dal Pompiere, Ristorante Montevecchio. We felt the nearby fast-food place, Filetti di Bacala, was highly overrated (too much breading, not enough Baccala), but you can make up your own mind.
The apartment is on the fourth floor of a charming building, a 16th century palace with an elevator, an amenity rarely found in Rome apartment buildings. It was well-cared for, and quite secure. I'm not sure how many other apartments were in the building, but I would estimate that there were 8 or 9.
The view out on the red-tiled roofs overlooking the Via dei Chiavari was marvelous and transporting. Many local establishments make claims that they are situated on the very location where Julius Caesar was assassinated by Brutus, and the theatre of Pompey was apparently right on this site. So in this very building, as throughout Rome, history surrounds you. The apartment was beautiful and contained everything we could need. Check out the owners' web site. The pictures there are very accurate.
There was no garden, but we found ourselves enjoying the roof garden across the street at the Largo di Pellagro, between our apartment and the Palazzo Pio Righetti. Finally, after several days of observing it, we noticed the gardener caring for it. Amid the red-tiled roofs, it was quite beautiful.
The furniture in the apartment was attractive and comfortable. As noted, the unit contained all needed amenities, and we found the apartment to be very enjoyable. Sometimes in the evening, we watched the T.V. news in Italian (the picture was great), and it was a lot of fun.
The bedroom was quite comfortable, with plenty of closet space, and it included the same wonderful red-tile roof view as the living room. The bed was comfortable, the linens clean, and a little desk could be used for working out the next day's plans. The bathroom was small, but very nice. Sink, shower with movable showerhead arm (no bathtub), bidet, and toilet. It was nicely tiled in a checkerboard pattern.
The kitchen was very usable, and we cooked several times. It included a sink, cupboards, a fine gas cooktop, a stand-alone oven, a dishwasher, a clothes washer/dryer, and all the required plates, cups, bowls, glasses, and cooking and eating utensils. It also included several staple food and spice items. Like the bathroom, it had a lovely checkerboard tile decor.
Problems or Bonuses
We were very happy in the apartment, and hope some day to return there. This was a very special place. We also very much enjoyed meeting and getting to know the owners, Massimo and Biancamaria. They are musicians and artists and wonderful people, who used to live in the apartment but later moved to the countryside when their daughter was born. Although they were both born in Rome, Massimo and Bianca spoke English quite well (I believe Massimo has spent some time living in the U.S.) and Massimo also spoken Danish. We had the honor of going out with them for coffee, and we really liked them. We found them to be open, supportive, and extremely trustworthy. I hope we will be able to keep up our acquaintance and friendship with them.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We recommend this vacation rental very highly. We would recommend that our family and friends stay there, if they had the opportunity to do so. We understand that Massimo and Bianca usually seek long-term tenants, but we were very fortunate and were able to stay in their lovely apartment for just ten days. We hope we will one day be able to stay there again.
Things to do in this area
Probably the three best restaurants we found were Le Maschere just around the corner(a must!), Ristorante Montevecchio (just beyond the nearby Piazza Navona), and Piperno (in the nearby Ghetto). We walked to almost everything in the city -- the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti shopping area, the Via Veneto area, Trastevere and the Vatican, the Piazza Venezia, the Foro and the Colloseo, and even the Piazza del Popolo and the Villa Borghese. The location simply could not be more central and in still in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Rome.
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