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Review 1327: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
March 2005, 1 week
This lovely apartment is centrally located just steps from the Campo dei Fiori and is within easy walking distance to everything in the center of Rome as well as to Trastevere. We stayed for a week and walked everywhere; we did not get into a car, bus or subway once.
There is a grocery store behind the apartment building (Via d. Monte della Farina) where you can get all the basics -- toiletries, pantry items, dairy, etc. The daily market in Campo dei Fiori has vendors who sell the most beautiful fresh fish and shellfish, vegetables and flowers. More places to stop for a caffe or drink than we could count. We found a few spectacular restaurants nearby (though the guidebook-recommended spots were more disappointing). There are two internet points nearby where you can check/send email too. The closest one is on Via Arenula.
The apartment is on the 4th floor and is accessible by either the elevator or the stairs. The elevator is really convenient when you have groceries or luggage to bring up, but we actually liked taking the stairs. The apartment itself is on a small street and is neighbors with the S. Andrea della Valle church. You'll hear church bells ringing from half a dozen different churches every hour -- and feel like you're really in Rome. The apartment itself is quiet; you will never hear a neighbor's footfalls. View of the roofs of surrounding buildings, which all seem to be just a bit shorter than the apartment. Great afternoon sunlight drenches the two rooms - perfect for catnaps.
No outdoor area associated with the building.
Not a large apartment, but very clean and comfortable, especially for one or two people. Furniture is a mix of neat old pieces and modern. Beautiful tiles floors throughout. Black-out shutters if you need to sleep off last night's late dinner. Heater worked fine (we did not need the AC on our trip). Dining table with 4 chairs; couch + 2 lounge chairs; desk with 1 chair in bedroom.
Comfy queen(?) bed with plenty of closet space. Good water pressure and hot water supply (we never ran out). The shower is quite tight, which is very typical for Rome. My husband is 6 feet and slim, and he was comfortable.
We mostly used the kitchen for slicing cheese and opening wine bottles. Everything looked fine, but we never even turned on the stove.
Problems or Bonuses
We were surprised that the location was as good as it was. We were not expecting to walk, literally, to every major destination in Rome. Don't miss the fun little passageway that cuts the commute to Campo dei Fiori down to 2 minutes.
One note; there is no phone in the apartment. We were happy to slip away from the world for a while, but if you need to check voice mail with any regularity, you should make arrangements in advance to rent a cell phone, or be prepared to use pay phones. But ask the owners first - they may have a better solution for longer term renters.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
It was incredibly easy to arrange our stay. We communicated with Massimo by email and he, Biancamaria and their daughter Delfina came to meet us at the apartment to give us the keys and show us around the apartment. Massimo met us again at the end of the trip to take back the keys and put us in a cab to the airport. Both of them speak excellent English; as well, make sure you check out all the pages on their website because there is useful information about the neighborhood and travelling to Rome.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We loved it here would absolutely stay again.
Things to do in this area
Just downstairs on the same street, Arnaldo has terrific pasta and veal. In the Campo dei Fiori, stop by the bakery in the western corner of the square on your way home from a day of shopping or sightseeing and get a slice of pizza bianca, toasted fresh bread with sea salt and olive oil. It's delicious.
Our favorite meals were at Osteria Romana on Via S. Paola alla Regola. They have a menu but we had their tasting menu. Pick either fish or meat and sit back as the waiters bring you course after course of amazing food. Enjoy a bottle (or two) of their house wines and finish with homemade desserts or a digestivo, which are included in the price (40 or 50 Euro per person). Near the Pantheon, make a point of stopping by the Bar Sant'Eustachio for a coffee. It's apparently quite well known, so in the afternoon it gets very crowded with tourists as well as locals, but go in the morning and you'll have the place to yourself.
Take a very short walk across the Ponte Sisto to Trastevere for a fun morning or afternoon roaming its maze of small ancient streets.
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