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Review 2022: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
April 2006, One Week
Great location in the middle of historic Rome, wonderful flat within walking distance to Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona, Jewish Ghetto, Pantheon. The flat is in a residential area so it is a great way to immerse yourself in to the culture.
The beauty of the flat, along with the unique Roman style living, is the location. Right outside the door of the flat you have your pick of great places to eat, shopping at the outdoor market (five minute walk) and all other things at your fingertips. Great coffee bars and of course great people watching.
The apartment building is historical, being on the foundations of the Tearro di Pompei. It is typical Roman style w/ shutters to open and close for privacy. The windows open in to enjoy the air and feel the true sounds of the streets. There is an elevator but the stairs ensure walking off the gelato. The building was clean and very safe. We saw a few residents but barely heard anyone inside.
No garden but the apartment has almost floor to ceiling windows which give you the feeling of being outside. It is bright & airy. The views of the rooftops and terraces of nieghboring apartments are great.
The flat is ample size; the bedroom alone is much larger than any hotel in Roma. The flat was furnished with some comfy Ikea pieces and some antiques. A CD player and TV with DVD are in the main room. Lots of books and maps of Rome. We especially liked the dining area to write postcards and eat a wonderful meal from Roscioli's after a long day of sightseeing. We never used the kitchen to cook but to open wine and cheese. There were ample plates & cookware but why cook on vacation???
No need for heat. April is the best time to travel because there is no need for windows to be open at night, otherwise it would be noisey.
The bedroom is bright and large w/ plenty of closet and storage space. There is a king bed that is comfy and good lighting to read.
The bathroom is adequate; the shower is typical for Italy but has great hot water with good pressure. The shower tends to stay moist which can cause some mold, so leave the fan on.
Kitchen was cute and had all the stuff you need. Bonus was the washer and dryer.
Problems or Bonuses
The flat looks just as on the web sight. No surprises. Massimo & Biancmaria are wonderful people and that was a bonus!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are English speaking and very helpful. They will give you as much info as you want/need. It just depends on how seasoned of a traveler you are. Some people need a map of where to go and eat. Others like to explore. For us Massimo & Biancamaria were generous and easy to talk to. We enjoyed our time together.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, would stay here again. This flat is an opportunity to live as the Romans do in a residential area. It is a "locals only" area. For us it was great. No CNN, no phones, no Americans talking about what was going on at home just Italians living, eating, shopping and being. If you want all the other stuff stay in the other touristy areas with touristy prices.
Things to do in this area
Where to begin, Arnaldo's downstairs is wonderful. Insalatta Ricca on the corner of Via dei Chiavari & Corso Emmanuele has wonderful HUGE salads. You have to stop at Bernasconi's eveyday for a latte and a cornetti. Cafe Farnesse is fun to sit outside and watch the world go by. La Mashere (on the same lane as Punto market) is good. Ai Balestrari is quaint and tastee right of the Campo dei Fiori (Via dei Balestatri 41). Antico Roscioli is a must everyday for something to eat! The final pick is Camponeshi in Piazza Farnesse. If over by Spanish Steps Nino is excellent. No matter what, 12 days in Italy we did not have one bad meal. Just go with the flow, smile and learn a few basic Italian words; it makes life so much more fun. Ciao.
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