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Review 1976: Sleep in Italy, Castel Sant'Angelo

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Review by AmyW from US

2 bed/1 bath near St. Peters, Rome


Looking north from the apartment., photo by Amy Welborn

When

2/25-3/6 2006, 9 days

Location

The apartment was located at 20 Borgo Vittorio, in between Vatican City and Castel Sant'Angelo. The street is one street over from the more well known Borgo Pio, the site of many restaurants and religious souvenir shops. While there were many business on Borgo Vittorio, it was not heavily trafficked. The location was excellent for us, as we wanted to be near St. Peter's for both personal and professional reasons.

Nearby Amenities

Everything one needed was in walking distance - restaurants, although one should be wary of many of the restaurants on Borgo Pio, many pizza places, some adequate, but a couple really excellent, bakeries, delis, two internet cafes within a block of the apartment, and a decent-sized grocery store about 4 blocks away. There was an excellent restaurant - one of the best I ate at in Rome - La Laconda di Borgo - in a basement just across the way.

The House/Apartment

The building looked to date from the 19th century, and was in excellent shape. The apartment was actually very spacious - a full-sized kitchen with all that one would need, including a washing machine. A courtyard off the kitchen with a clothesline. The master bedroom had a large bed, very comfortable. The smaller bedroom had one single bed and a desk (plus plenty of storage, which the whole apartment had), and the living room had a fold-out sofa bed. The floors were of beautiful wood. The linens provided were ample and of excellent quality.

Garden

No balcony or sitting area - the big windows looking out on the streets below afforded plenty of entertainment, though!

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture was in excellent shape, all very comfortable. The apartment was spotless, with plenty of seating. The kitchen had a table and chairs for four. Two couches in the living room, one of which functioned as a fold-out bed.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The beds were comfortable, of high quality, including the pillows. There was one bathroom, which was fine. The bathroom had an excellent, fully enclosed shower and is recently renovated.

Kitchen

Kitchen was fully equipped, and would be excellent for cooking full meals.

Problems or Bonuses

The one surprise were the two restaurants directly downstairs. The weekend nights were quite noisy, which didn't bother me, but might bother others. The weeknights were mostly quiet.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency was excellent, and Giulia was very patient as I decided between apartments. I was worried because we arrived at the apartment about an hour before I had said we would - it took us no time to debark, go through customs and find our driver at the airport, and traffic was very light coming into Rome - but the manager was there waiting for us, nonetheless, and gave us a thorough introduction to the apartment and the area.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Yes. I'd love to stay here again, and would recommend it. I know that many people traveling to Rome prefer to stay in other areas across the Tiber or in Trastevere, but this location was great for us - I felt very comfortable here, and my husband liked being able to walk to Mass at St. Peter's every morning at 7am! (The best time to see St. Peter's anyway...)

Things to do in this area

La Locando di Borgo, across the road at 92 Borgo Vittorio, was an excellent restaurant - we ate there twice. The food was great, and the proprietor was quite patient with our young children!

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