Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2024: Dolce Roma, Roman Forum
studio apartment in Monti, Rome
April 2006, 11 days
Apartment was in the city in the Monti area. It is a block from the Cavour metro station and a five minute walk to the Forum. It's very convenient, and while it isn't upscale, it is rather typical for Rome and quite safe.
There were several restaurants within a few blocks and there was a good grocery store up the steps and across the street. There are coffee shops everywhere.
The building was in good shape and the house was very quiet with the windows closed (there is air conditioning). There are several floors of apartments in the building but you didn't typically hear other tenants. The apartment is a studio but is made more spacious by a slider, painted by the owner in a trompe d'oeil, that separates the sleeping and living areas. There is a kitchen with two burners, a microwave and a frig, and the owner graciously provides coffee, crackers, milk, butter upon arrival.
There is a balcony that overlooks a courtyard and there are flowers on the balcony.
The furniture was in fine shape and everything was very clean. There was certainly adequate furniture for two people.
The bed was very comfortable and clean. The bathroom is a typically small European bathroom and occasionally we had to wait for hot water between showers but it definitely isn't an issue. Everything was very clean and small amenities which are really helpful, such as a hairdryer, are provided.
The kitchen is definitely usable and had adequate pots, pans and dishes. It can be a bit challenging to cook full dinners, because there are two burners and little counter space, but we did cook three dinners and they came out fine. If you're not trying to cook from Gourmet magazine, it is fine! The frig is definitely adequate for breakfasts and lunches too. There is a great pizza place that is very inexpensive just down the street, so you don't need to cook.
Problems or Bonuses
We hadn't rented in Italy before (we've rented a good deal in France and speak the language, but our Italian is marginal at best!). The whole experience was a very pleasant surprise and our apartment, and the graciousness of Walter and Natalia was part of that experience.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Did not use agency. Walter and Natalia went out of their way to be helpful.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Definitely would recommend this rental. Walter and Natalia can reserve a taxi and if you have to arrive or leave very early in the morning, it's wonderful. If you are comfortable with public transport, you can save some Euros by taking the train from the airport to Termini and then it's just one quick stop on the metro to Cavour, where you are one short block away from the rental.
Things to do in this area
Rome? Everything is walkable and fascinating. You're closest to the Forum and Colosseum, but also near Santa Maria Maggiore, and it goes on from there. Restaurants included a pizzeria called Pizzeria Roma Vecchio and Trattoria Ai Monti.
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