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Review 1939: Comfortitalia, Farnese II
studio apartment near Campo de' Fiori, Rome
Sept - Oct 2005, two weeks
I was lucky enough to win a week's stay in Farnese II from the last Slow Travel contest. I decided to extend my stay another week. The apartment is pretty much perfectly located, at one corner of the beautiful and calm Piazza Farnese, one short block from the bustling Campo di Fiori. Fabulous location.
Very good restaurant, dar Galleto, in the building. The beautiful, and rather expensive, Caffe Farnese was my regular breakfast stop. Very good Despar grocery store maybe seven minute walk from the apartment, plus all the wonderful food stores and bakeries scattered in neighborhood.
The apartment is on the second floor of an old building, with an unprepossessing entryway. The apartment is quiet, as it is in the back of the building. Probably 6 - 8 apartments in the building.
There are French doors opening onto a tiny balcony overlooking a little courtyard, nothing fancy, but nice to have a scrap of outdoors. But the Piazza Farnese was my front yard, so to speak.
The place was spotless. Air conditioning and satellite TV. Chair, couch, big bed, coffee table, bookcase. Not as big as the place I have usually rented, but plenty fine for a single or a couple.
Very comfortable bed, and a nice new bathroom up a couple of stairs. Water pressure a little weak in the shower, but that's pretty much the only drawback.
The kitchen is narrow, with enough equipment to whip up simple meals, and a marble table for two, totally fine. I don't think two people could really work together cooking, but I found the kitchen perfect for my purposes.
Problems or Bonuses
Nice high ceilings, comfortable, the balcony a plus, certainly no bad things I can thing of.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Well this is where the stay really stood out. I have never had such attentive rental service. Prudence was the person I dealt with, and she was fantastic. Told me everything I needed to know to fit into the neighborhood.
One problem arose. I booked for 15 days, as I like to leave on a Sunday, but in the second week of my stay I received a phone call (they provide a cell phone) from Prudence, telling me that they had forgotten that a regular customer was booked to arrive my last Saturday; they had simply forgotten that I was booked that last night. They arranged to move me by car to an incredibly luxe apartment in the via Veneto, and gave me a free car service to the airport the next morning. Things like this will happen, and I was perfectly calm about it all, which I think they appreciated, and I was wowed by the efficiency with which they handled it all. Every thing was handled in an equally professional manner.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, by all means. It is small, but bigger than most hotel rooms, and there is a nice kitchen. Perfect location. I'd love to stay there again, but I will move back to my less convenient and not so nice apartment for this years stay, as it is much cheaper. If you travel with a group, Farnese I, which I saw, is huge and beautiful and would combine with FII to make up a perfect family compound.
Things to do in this area
Dinner twice at Ditirambo. Dinner twice at dar Galleto. Right by the little electric bus #116, two blocks to corso vict eman, and then five minutes to the Piazza Navona, ten to the Pantheon. I love the neighborhood, now my favorite in Rome.
And I want to thank Helen and Prudence for their generosity in giving me a week, and a shout-out to Slow Travel for the contest! Thanks, everyone.
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