Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1493: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
May 25, 2005, 6 nights
This lovely apartment is right in the heart of Rome, just steps away from the Campo d. Fiori, Navona, Farnese. It overlooks a small, picturesque Piazza. Restaurants everywhere. The very popular Trattoria der Pallaro is so close, if you lean your head out the window you can check to see whether or not there is a line outside. At the same time, the Via de Chiavari is such a tiny street, it remains relatively quiet since it is not a main thoroughfare.
Everything is within walking distance. A grocery story is right around the corner, but better yet, shop the daily fresh market at the Campo. Great restaurants are so close that you can make a reservation just by shouting to them out your window. No kidding! When we first arrived, I asked Biancamaria to make a suggestion for dinner nearby. She pointed out the bedroom window to one of her favorites. The owner was standing outside, so she just called his name from the window, introduced us as her friends and asked him to reserve a table for us that evening. It was so charming, it felt like we were in the movies.
There is a great historical description on the website with regard to the area and specifically the apartment building (incidently, the pictures and description on the site are very accurate - you will not be surprised). Massimo will give you a little history lesson as he greets you at the building main door. Fascinating - you can picture Michaelangelo, Bernini and the like ascending the very stairs you see before you. I could not tell how many apartments were in the building. It looked like it might be two to a floor. We never heard a soul except for meeting a nice friendly man at the front building door one evening.
No garden, but I agree with a previous evaluation that you enjoy the rooftop gardens surrounding the building.
We found the apartment spotlessly clean, as were the furnishings. A mixture of antiques and Pottery Barn-style, Biancamaria has done a nice job of decorating. Plenty of room for two, comfortably, and four if need be. We had four adults in the living room area for a while, with no problem at all. Plenty of seating in there and around the dining room table. The big beautiful windows invite in the outdoors. There was always a breeze coming in while we were there. The apartment is light and airy, but they have thoughfully installed black-out shutters should you wish to sleep in which we never did.
Large bedroom with plenty of hanging space in the closets. The bathroom was adorable and opens both into the bedroom and the living area. People have commented on the small shower, but we had no problem. It was fine. The bed was very comfy and large.
We only used the kitchen for making coffee a couple of days and opening wine every day. Everything you would need to cook was there, with plenty of utensils, pots and pans. Massimo and Bianca are used to long term rentals, with folks who cook their own meals, so the kitchen works. We even did a load of wash in their compact little clothes washer.
Problems or Bonuses
Of course the bonus with Rome-is-Home are our good friends Massimo and Biancamaria and their adorable daughter Delfina. They are a big part of the deal. You feel like you are a part of their family, they make you feel so welcome. While we were talking about renting the apartment, Massimo called our home. I couldn't believe a real Italian was phoning TEXAS. They are both so fun. I have forwarded several emails I received from them that were so funny I just had to share. One of them was about what to wear so we would not look like tourists! Hilarious! And, when I called from the cab on our way from the airport, I tried to speak Italian - he chuckled, "Oh Lordy!"
Agency and Representatives (and price)
No agency involved. Massimo and Bianca do not rent other apartments, just this one which was once their home. That story is on the website as well.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We will definitely stay here again, if it is available. I would not want to stay anywhere else. We are spoiled!
Things to do in this area
Our favorite restaurant was just steps away, the Der Pallero. But, the most enjoyable thing we did was hang around the Campo d. Fiori every evening eating Gelato!
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