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Review 1942: Comfortitalia, Farnese I
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
January 27 - Feb3, 2006, one week
Farnese I was on Piazza Farnese, across from the French Embassy - with Campo dei Fiori around the corner. Location, location, location. The Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palentine Hill, Pantheon and Travestere only a 10-15 minute walk away. Actually a fairly easy walk from Villa Borghese back to the apartment wandering down through Piazza del Popolo, by Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps and then by the Pantheon.
Buses and taxi stand close by with Electro Bus #116 that passes just outside the door and can take you to all almost sites except the Colloseum.
Excellent pastry, bread and pizza at The Forno, just 1/2 block away on Campo di Fiori. Bought wine, coffee, cheese, olives, sliced meats at a store and beautiful fresh produce from the farmers market on Campo dei Fiori. Bars all around Campo dei Fiori provided expresso and people watching. Excellent restaurant (we ate three meals there), Osteria da Giovanni "ar Galletto" underneath the apartment.
Farnese I and Farnese II are separate but connected if you want to combine them and are the only rentals on the first (second in US) floor. Farnese I has three bedrooms and two baths. The apartment is decorated in an attractive, ecclectic style and it has an updated, modern kitchen with good appliances and a washing machine. Other apartments are upstairs and I believe have local residents living there.
You enter a large living area with one bedroom off the living area and the other two down a short hallway. Bedrooms are large with queen size, typical european beds (hard). The two bathrooms are across this hall from the bedrooms and have plenty of unevenly flowing hot water. The apartment is plenty big for six or seven people.
No outside sitting area but with Campo dei Fiori around the corner and Piazza Farnese outside the door, no problem. Open the windows, pull up a chair and look out on the beautiful world.
Furniture was in good shape and well maintained. Two loveseats (small sofas) and one large sofa faced a modern TV that had BBC for English language news. The apartment was very clean and had maid service during the week.
Nice bedrooms, hard beds, typical of what is found in most European rentals. Bathrooms were small but functional. Bathrooms were more than adequate. Bathtub for back bedrooms was small and deep, so handheld wand very handy. Front bathroom shower functional but hot water flow unevaen.
Kitchen was well appointed and although we didn't cook meals, we could have. Plenty of coffee cups, plates, wine glasses, water glasses and eating and cooking utensels.
Problems or Bonuses
Having never been to Rome before, the location exceeded my expectations. The late night noise from the restaurant downstairs will be a problem for an early to bed, light sleeper. The front bedroom and the living area would not warm up but we had rather it be cool than hot. Not a real problem.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Comfortitalia was easy to deal with - Helen and Prudence speak English. Prudence was waiting on us when the taxi they had arranged delivered us to the apartment. The apartment was exactly as pictured and the euro 2,400 for seven nights was more than we wanted to spend, it was well worth it. If we had a third couple, it would have been a steal.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This is an excellent rental but if you are thinking of it being equivalent to a luxury hotel, no apartment will live up to your expectations. I would recommend this apartment to anyone, except an early to bed, light sleeper.
Things to do in this area
The Forno for pastry and pizza. Osteria da Giovanni "ar Galletto" was excellent and shopping for fresh vegetables at the farmers market on Campo di Fiori was really fun. The food shop at the far end of Campo dei Fiori had excellent meats, olives, wine and cheese attractively displayed and easy to purchase by pointing. Found an excellent shop down a side street selling fine wooven goods and clothes.
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