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Review 1585: Owner, Cassia House
2bed/1bath apartment outside the center, Rome
June 2005, 6 nights
This apartment is located on the northern outskirts of Rome, Italy, just outside the ring road and near two suburban villages. We liked the immediate area of the apartment building very much, and we liked the two nearby villages, each of which had a station for the train that goes straight into Rome. There is a bus stop on Via Cassia right at the end of the street that runs in front of the apartment building, and that was convenient. One can walk from the apartment to the nearest village/train station in about 10 minutes (or less) if one opts not to take the bus, but the sidewalk is narrow and the traffic is busy.
There is a nice Argentine restaurant that is a very short walk from the apartment - maybe 75 meters. There is a snack bar on Via Cassia by the bus stop and it has pastries, gelato, beer and wine and soft drinks. A grocery store is not far away in the nearest village - I walked there twice during our stay. There are Italian restaurants very close to the grocery store. We ate at the Argentine restaurant and both Italian restaurants during our stay and enjoyed each one of them.
The building is about 35 years old, was in good shape but some renovation work in the lobby was underway during our visit. The apartment itself is clean and well-maintained. The building has four floors and four apartments on each floor. The building was quiet - I don't remember hearing any of our neighbors when we were in the apartment.
The apartment has two balconies, and the larger one has a very attractive view of the countryside (and has a table and four folding lounge chairs. The grounds of the apartment complex are pretty and well-maintained but I don't remember an outside sitting area. There is no pool.
The furnishings were in good shape and were comfortable. The apartment was very clean and is well-furnished but is not cramped. There are two chairs and a sofa in the living room and so there was sufficient seating in the living room for our family of four. The kitchen has a table with four chairs. There is a table in the living room that also seats four.
The double bed in one bedroom is firm but comfortable. The two single beds in the other bedroom seemed comfortable to our teenage children. My 16 year old daughter also slept on the sofa-bed and she thought it was great.
There is one bathroom, and it was fine. It has a bathtub with a shower attachment.
The kitchen is small by modern American standards but seemed very usable as a place to cook meals. We did not cook except for making coffee in the morning and so we can't say anything about the pots and pans and dishes except that the kitchen was supplied with them.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment building sits atop a hill and the street from the main road with the bus stop to the apartment is a pretty good uphill walk. The nice aspect is that we enjoyed a gorgeous view of the countryside from the apartment, but one needs to save a little bit of energy at the end of a day to make it up the hill without getting tired.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We dealt directly with the owner and we could not have been more pleased. He kept track of our arrival in Rome, met us at the apartment entrance only a few minutes after we arrived by taxi, then explained everything we needed to know about the apartment and the area, including taking me on a short tour of the neighborhood in his car. He is a very kind, conscientious and helpful individual.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I recommend this apartment.
Things to do in this area
We didn't pay much attention to interesting things to do or sights to see in the area where the apartment is located. Instead, we just headed out each day to see Rome.
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