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Review 1560: Rome Sweet Home, Villa Fortuny - Campidoglio Apartment ref#1451
3bed/ 2.5bath apartment, near Piazza del Popolo, Rome
June 25 - July 2, 2005, one week
This apartment was just about 2 blocks past the arch in the wall of the Piazza del Popolo, Rome. You cross a busy street (via l. di savoia) and are on the via flamina (not sure if that is the correct spelling) - this is a residential/business district which looks a little deserted at night but we had no problems. We turned onto an alleyway – Via M. Fortuny - (which was very deserted, one or two day businesses here) and walked up to the top of alley/street (rather steep at the top). The apartment is part of a villa complex and it has an electronic gate. Very private and safe once inside the gate.
We liked the area a lot. It was nice to be just outside the busy walled-in section of Rome. At the end Via Flamina (going back toward the Piazza del Popolo) is a bar and we had our morning coffee/espresso there. Very nice barman & barwoman. Folks in this area do not speak much English but that only added to the charm of this area. Day market on same street and an upscale market that sold more exculsive goceries. We did not find a larger gocery store in this area. Several restarants and a bank on this street too.
This was an older villa, at least 100 years old, and it was quite lovely. There is a superindendant on site and we asked him for more towels and linens at one point which he provide after the second request. There are at least 5 other apartments in this villa but we hardly saw or heard anyone. The villa twists and turns so much and it has much ivy covering it - it was difficult to make any sense of the overall layout. The villa seems to back up to a cliff-type area.
We had a top apartment (one of the larger) and there was a lift to get to it (there are also outside stairs - many turns). Once in the foyer the laundry room/half-bath is to the left and it lets out into the kitchen. From the foyer you can also go straight down a hall that runs along the kitchen and lets out into the living room. Again in foyer but turning to your right you go down a short hall with one double (two twins pushed together) room on the right and another double to your left and also the main bath - a great big bath with a large new tub and and a hand held shower. This bathroom was great! A few steps further down the hall got you to the master bedroom - nice size - and the master bath - smaller and with a shower, no bathtub.
At the far end of the living is a set of stairs with an electic door in the ceiling that opens and will lead you up the terrace - a great space - there was another apartment's terrace at the end of of our terrace but it was fairly well blocked with climbing plants. No pool.
The apartment was clean and spacious. Almost all furniture is white (sofas have sheets covering them). The living room has a very good air conditioning unit that cooled the kitchen/living area (no a/c in the bedrooms). Large round table for six (but extra chairs in the hall) at one end of the living area and five(!) sofas. Once we slept in the living room on a particularly hot night. TV only received Italian stations (much to my teenaged daughter's annoyance).
Beds were comfortable and enough storage for clothing (much storage space in the master bedroom). All bathrooms clean and modern.
Kitchen was a good size and included a dishwasher (which we didn't use). There appeared to be enough cooking utensils but we did not cook while we where here.
Problems or Bonuses
There was a washer in the laundry room which was a plus. Clothes iron did not work. A lot of original art work in this apartment. Steep alley may be a problem for older folks or very young children.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I was nervous about dealing with Rome Sweet Home after I saw the poor reviews this company received on Slow Travel, but we had an OK experience with them. The only problem that we encountered was when I recieved an email a few days before we arrived informing me that the balance of payment would need to be made in cash instead of be charged to my card. They gave us a 5% reduction in the total price and informed me that this was a requirement to the villa owner - not their company policy. I don't know what that was all about but everything was fine. We needed to give the onsite manager 100 euros as a key deposit and recieved it back when we left (he didn't even look around the apartment). Onsite manager spoke English. Our cost was 2220 euros for the week (high season). This company posted a few pictures of the apartment and it was as it appeared in the photos.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We really liked this apartment, the villa, and the area. As noted before I was nervous about giving cash to this agency but everything when smoothly. There are six beds but if you have a couple of more people in your party (we had six - 3 adults and 3 teens) and they don't mind sleeping on a sofa then you can get even more value for your money. While a great apartment for a family the white furnishings may make some nervous!
Things to do in this area
As mentioned before the bar at the end of the street was nice. If you get to the bottom of via m. fortuny and look directly across the street (an electric trolly/bus runs down the middle of this street) there is a restaurant on the corner that my friend and her husband went to one night (sorry don't know the name). They served mainly seafood and my friend said the owner was so proud of his food that he brought them each dish himself! She said the food was good.
For a nice dinner go to Bolognese on the Piazza Del Popolo (next to Rosati - which we did not like). The night we where there, there were only Italians eating. Have the fruit dessert filled with each fruit or nut's ice cream - it was beautiful as well as delicious!
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