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Review 1315: Dolce Roma, Campo de' Fiori
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
November 2004, one week
The Campo de' Fiori apartment was in a very old area of Rome. It was close to the Campo de' Fiori (obviously) and the Piazza Navona. It is in a very old residential area - not a tourist area. The apartment is within walking distance of the Vatican, Trastevere and Ghetto. We walked almost everywhere although there are buses.
The apartment is within a block walk of a grocery store, a pastry shop, a newsagent, a wine bar and many many excellent restaurants.
The building itself was very old. The apartment had been recently renovated. I'm not sure how many apartments were in the building. The building itself was quiet. The street, however, was not. The apartment is not on a major road but there was traffic on it all day and night long. For a Canadian country girl this was noisier than imaginable. I gather that Roman traffic has been a problem for thousands of years and it is obviously part of the charm of the city.
There was no garden. There was a small balcony off an outside door from the kitchen overlooking a courtyard. It was lovely having the door open there, where it was much quieter.
The apartment was in excellent shape and very clean. The furniture was comfortable. There were more than enough chairs and necessities for the three of us staying in the apartment. The apartment was tastefully and charmingly decorated. It was a pleasure to sit around the big kitchen table and the comfortable living/dining room.
The bedrooms were very nicely decorated and roomy. The beds were comfortable. The windows were openable. There were shutters to keep out the light. The bathroom was very nicely decorated with loads of towels and easy to use. There was lots of hot water. It was extremely clean.
The apartment had a very usable kitchen. There were more than enough pots, pans and other kitchen necessities. All were in good shape. It would have been easy to cook full meals in the apartment. There was a stove, 4 elements a full sized fridge -- all the requirements.
Problems or Bonuses
The surprises were the fully stocked kitchen with all the necessities like bottled water, coffee, cookies, milk, butter, jam, bread -- and other things which were so useful when you arrive after flying all night! The other surprises were the extreme helpfulness of the owners. They could not have been more helpful. If we had any queries on any topic they would have found the answers. Other pleasant surprises were being provided with a cell phone and arrangements for being picked up and brought to the airport.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked online directly with Natalia, the owner of the apartment. She speaks beautiful English. The pictures of the apartment did not reflect how very nice and pleasant the apartment was, nor how conveniently it was located nor how charming the neighbourhood.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay there again without difficulty. Rome is a beautiful city it could take years to see it properly. I don't think you could be any more conveniently or pleasantly located than at this apartment.
Things to do in this area
As mentioned, it is close to everything, with loads of restaurants, cafes, wine bars etc. Natalia was excellent in recommending wonderful local and more distant restaurants.
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