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Review 1339: Sleep in Italy, Via Brunetti
2bed/2bath apartment near Piazza del Popolo, Rome
March 2005, 5 days
This apartment, on the 4th floor (no lift) of an old building, is centrally located for travelers in Rome one block from the Corso and from the Piazza del Popolo. My husband and I stayed there for a little less than a week in March 2005 (a good time to visit Rome - beautiful sunny cool weather).
The apartment, which is owned by an economist and a poet (their books line the wall of the living room) is very comfortable and quiet and the furnishings make it feel like someone's home rather than a hotel. There is a basic kitchen (with a very Italian assortment of utensils and implements), 2 small baths (including one with a tub) and two bedrooms, one small and one large. The terrazzo floors are radiantly heated and thus warm to the feet in the morning - a nice feeling. There's a large table for dining, and two couches (both a little lumpy) for "hanging out."
The apartment has French doors that give out on a very narrow balcony where there are a few plants and a washing machine (hidden in a cabinet).
The price was inexpensive, especially compared to hotel rooms in the same area, and provided us with lots of room to spread out and feel at home, especially after long days walking around the city. There is a metro stop a few blocks away (Flaminio), a travel agent able to make train reservations down the street, and convenient bank machines and restaurants everywhere.
Our only problem in this apartment was finding grocery stores nearby; the closest one we could find that wasn't an expensive gourmet shop was a 15-minute walk away. Nevertheless, we economized by cooking in and were able to eat wonderful meals while the faint sounds of the city drifted in through the open windows.
The four floors of stairs leading up to this apartment (72 in all) are a little daunting, but we joked that we were becoming more fit every day - and that every trip up and down justified (part) of the next gelato we'd order.
The apartment is very convenient for several tourist musts: the Villa Borghese, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi fountain, churches of Piazza Navona, the Vatican, and the Forum/Colosseum are all within a 15- or 20-minute easy walk.
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