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Review 1698: Comfortitalia, Farnese I and II
apartments near Campo de' Fiori, Rome
August 2005, 3 nights
These two apartments (can be rented separately) are in a wonderful location. They are right in the heart of old Rome. The apartments are on a small street/alley that connects Piazza Farnese with Campo di Fiori. Everything in the Ancient Center of Rome is a short walk away.
There is a cheese shop on the little street across from the apartment. There is a butcher shop and a bakery right around the corner. My kids found a great pizza place right next to Campo di Fiori where you choose the choose the type and amount of pizza that you want and it was delicious. There is gelato place within a one minute walk! A farmer's market has lovely fruits and vegetables and is in the Campo in the mornings. At night there is a giant party going on around the corner just outside your door.
The building and apartments are very nice. We loved the big dining room table in the main room. It is one of those long thin old tables - just wonderful for a lovely long home cooked meal. The apartment had heavy windows that kept out the noise outside if you wanted it quiet. The AC worked perfectly if you wanted to close the windows. When you opened the windows in the morning you can hear the piazza come alive.
The two apartments are connected by a door that can be locked if they are rented separately - each apartment has its own entrance. The apartments are up a flight of stairs if that is a concern.
There is a restaurant right below our window. We never ate there but it was always busy and it looked great.
No real outside area. One window (facing out back) had a small deck - enough room for a chair or two - but it didn't look very well used.
The apartment was very clean and in good shape. I think we had to bring one chair to the table from the sitting area to accomodate nine people. No big deal. The big couch in the living room was very comfortable. The living room and dining room are really one large room off of the kitchen.
The beds were comfortable and the rooms were nice. The rooms were really large. The place really feels a bit like a part of an old palace with its high ceilings and paintings on the wall. Each room had unique furnishings or paintings and a character of its own.
The kitchen was great for my amateur cooking! The only thing that we found that was missing was a good bread knife. We were going to buy one but forgot each time we went out for the day. The kitchen had plenty of pots and pans and we enjoyed cooking two out of three dinners in the kitchen. The kitchen also had oil and vinegar, some dried mushrooms and some other supplies. It is not a large kitchen but plenty of space to work.
Problems or Bonuses
We loved this place! I can't say enough good things. It was so much better than I ever expected.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency is great to work with. We only met Prudence who is wonderful, English speaking and very helpful. We spoke by phone to Helen (the owner of the agency) when we arrived at the train station and she directed us to call Prudence. Helen was very helpful before the trip with suggestions about transportation to and from the apartment.
The only drawback is that you have to pay your balance by cash when you arrive at the apartment. We ended up taking euro travelers checks because I did not want to have to think about money at the end of our vacation. That worked out fine.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely! We would stay here again in a heartbeat. I would definitely recommend to my best friend to stay here and I would come along!! We loved this area so much. I wanted to be awake with the earliest farmer's market folks and close the evening out in the bar/cafe in the Campo. The only problem is lack of sleep!
Things to do in this area
So many things to do and see. We loved the pizza around the corner, the butcher shop, the bakery and the cheese shop on the street. All of ancient Rome is right outside the door.
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