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Review 1203: Italy Perfect, La Giulia
studio apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
10/16 - 10/23/04, 1 week
The apartment was located near Piazza Farnese and Campo de' Fiore. I cannot give enough positive feedback about how perfect this location is for exploring Rome. Ponte Sisto, the pedestrian bridge to Trastevere, is about 5 blocks from the Apartment. Piazza Navona is also very close. Although there is no subway service to this part of Rome, the Largo Argentina (a major train/bus center) is located nearby. The apartment is very close to the Jewish ghetto which has great food options. The street that the apartment is located on is only one block long, so there is not a lot of traffic. Nevertheless, there is some noise from pedestrians and motorcycles. When the windows were closed, I had no problems with the noise.
There was a supermarket about 4 blocks away, but the open air market at Campo di Fiore is a little closer. There are some wonderful restaurants, bakeries and cheese shops along Via di Giubbonari, which is about 5 blocks away from the apartment. A good internet point is located on Via Portico d' Ottavia next to the Jewish bakery.
The building was in good shape. I'm not sure, but there were at least 10 other apartments in the building (I rarely heard any of my neighbors). La Giulia apartment used to be the apartment of the building concierge and entry is at the front of the building and then up one flight via a circular staircase.
No garden or pool.
The furniture looked fairly new and very clean. It is not a large apartment, but the layout and decor was extremely well planned and executed.
The bed was very comfortable and had good lighting for reading in bed. The bathroom was fine and was one where the shower is located in the middle of the bathroom and you pull a shower curtain around. The water goes down the drain in the middle of the floor. I was amazed at how well it worked as I had never seen one quite like it.
The kitchen was small but I was able to cook very simple meals. The number of pots and pans and other equipment was less than ideal.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was as described in the ItalyPerfect website, so there were no real surprises. I was given the use of a loaner cellphone which was very helpful. I was given a handy guide to restaurants, shops and points of interest. There were a few guidebooks available for my use.
I understand that English-language television stations are now available although they were not working while I was there.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Francesca met me at the apartment at the appointed time. Francesca is fluent in English and took the time to show me around the neighborhood. She told me to call her if I needed any assistance, but everything went smoothly, so I didn't need to.
Lisa Byrne, the owner of ItalyPerfect, is very responsive to all email inquiries. The website has many, many photos of the apartment and the neighborhood, so interested persons can get a very comprehensive description of the experience of staying in La Giulia.
I paid $900 for one week which I felt was an extremely good value compared to hotels in the area.
I received my refund of the damage deposit a few weeks after checking out and there was no "nickel and dimeing."
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This is a great apartment for one person traveling alone (as I was) or for a couple. The location cannot be beat for convenience to major sites, restaurants and food shopping. I would definitely stay here again.
Things to do in this area
Favorite restaurants in the area were:
La Taverna del Ghetto on Via Portico d'Ottavio 11 (Roman-Jewish specialties)
La Tana de Noanti-in Trastevere behind Santa Maria in Trastevere church (Piazza Egidio). The penne amitriciana, grilled lamb are superb, as is the service.
Jewish bakery on Via Portico D'Ottavia - the pizza ebraica are to die for!
I went on two tours with the tour company, Scala Reale (www.scalereale.org) which I definitely recommend. There is an English language cinema called Nuovo Pasquino in Trastevere in Piazza San Egidio. Almost every evening, I went out to Piazza Farnese and Campo di Fiori to watch the people and have a gelato. Great, inexpensive fun!
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