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Review 2250: Dolce Roma, Campo de' Fiori
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
June/July 2006, 2 weeks
The apartment is on an small historic street, near the Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese. Very neighborhood feeling for being in the center of Rome which is so touristy now. Also lots of good restaurants nearby. It is one block off Corso Emmanuelle so it is close to many bus lines too. Piazza Navona and the Pantheon are a 10 or so minute walk, Castel Sant'Angelo and St. Peter's less than that in the other direction.
Everything was nearby: good restaurants, a small but adequate grocery store, bar, newstand, pharmacy, laundry, and wine bar all within one block.
Very historic building, from the 12th century, but had all modern conveniences. In the front, on the street side are two bedrooms, both with air conditioning and very quiet when the windows are closed (even after the Italian victories in the World Cup!). A small living roon, very nicely decorated led past the first bathroom and into the kitchen. Off the kitchen is the second bathroom. There were two or three other apartments in the buiding, but we never saw or heard anyone.
There is a door off the kitchen that overlooks the courtyard but no real balcony to speak of. The kids loved sitting on the window ledge in the kitchen and looking down into the courtyard.
Very comfortable and nice looking, and clean. I wouldn't entertain there, but there was certainly enough space for us (two adults and two children).
The master bedroom was very spacious, the second bedroom a bit smaller. Both very pretty with lots of light. The bathrooms were fine -- about like most I've seen in Italy, which isn't big. Both had showers, no tubs. Plenty of nice towels too.
We did use the kitchen a lot since we were there with the kids and it had everything we needed, including plenty of plates and glasses. The dishwasher was a perk. Plenty of pots and even American coffee maker and electric teapot for those who want it. It was also well-stocked with breakfast items for the first day: coffee, tea, various biscuits and toast, butter jam. A very nice and welcoming touch.
Problems or Bonuses
It was nice to have a dishwasher. I thought there was a washing machine though I discovered just before we left the states that there wasn't. But Natalia let me know where a laundromat was and even offered to take the clothes to a place near her own house for me! In the end I used the drycleaner across the street, which had a wash and fold (and iron if you want) service. For a week's worth of laundry for myself and the two kids, I paid eight euros and it was done within a few hours. I didn't need it, but it was nice that Natalia also provided a cell phone for use in Rome and to reach her.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
In the end the reason I chose this apartment over the many others I saw, was that the owner, Natalia, had received such great reviews on this site. I was not diappointed. She arranged a ride from the airport for us, helped me get a hotel for the first couple of nights when the apartment was not yet available, and was completely at our disposal on the few occasions we needed something. As I mentioned, she offered to take care of the laundry, and she also delivered a foam mattress pad when I mentioned that the bed was a bit hard (my husband and I have bad backs and after that the bed was perfect). I thought the price was good; she gave us a discount for staying two weeks.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I absolutely would stay here again and recommend it to anyone going to Rome. Its such a cute place and the location was fantastic. Natalia herself is the clincher. I will stay here again or in one of her other properties without a doubt.
Things to do in this area
We loved strolling down to the Campo dei Fiori for gelato in the evening, and trying the various restaurants, of which there are many great ones within a few blocks. The wine bar across the street is meant to be one of the best in Rome, though we never made it with the bambini in tow.
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