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Review 2263: Owner, Villa Vanda

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Review by PotenzaRon from CA

2bed/2bath house near Tivoli, Lazio


When

Spring 2006, one week

Location

Five kilometers from the town of Tivoli, within easy commuting distance from the center of Rome. The location near Tivoli has the advantage of a pastoral seting with a peaceful spot on a hilltop surrounded by fruit trees.

Nearby Amenities

The town of Tivoli has the conveniences one would need including restaurants and services of various types within easy driving distance.

The House/Apartment

This is a holiday house in every respect. Recently renovated, the house has everything needed for a restful stay in a wonderful part of Italy that is near historical sites and Rome. It has the benefits of a quiet location as a free-standing house.

You can view the house directly: Villa Vanda.

Garden

The wonderful setting beckoned us to enjoy the outdoors with a covered porch for eating and relaxing. It's a quiet outdoor area for one's private use.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Very clean with the appropriate funishings including televison and washing machine. House is large enough to comfortably accomodate five persons. In addition to the main living room there is another smaller living room with a fireplace. Towels and lines are furnished.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The main bedroom has a king sized bed with the smaller bedroom furnished with two single beds and a single sofa bed in the large living room. Beds are quite comfortable. There are two bathrooms each with a shower.

Kitchen

Fully equipped with pots/pans/dishes suitable for normal food preparation and cooking. While one of the joys in Italy, in my opinion, is the wonderful eating-out possiblities, the location and and fully equipped kitchen begs for you to try your hand in food preparation. We liked the benefits of choice, eat out or have the ability to cook Italian in our own kitchen. We did both.

Problems or Bonuses

No problems of any significance but a huge bonus is to be able to rent a vacation home in a lovely area but still be able to quickly reach Rome.

We traveled two different ways into Rome, by car for approximately 40 minutes to Pietralata metro station which is only a 10 minute ride to the center of Rome. A second option was to drive and park the car at the Tivoli rail station and catch a frequent train (usually every 30 minutes) which goes to the Termini in Rome from which all sorts of transportation is available. The train ride is about 40 minutes, as I recall. Both are convenient and much better than driving all the way into Rome; we didn't try that!

Obviously a car is needed to enjoy this vacation home.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The home is owned by a warm and friendly family all of whom speak English very well from having lived in the states for four or five years. They live nearby in Tivoli and are quite helpful and available for advice, etc.

The price varies for the duration of the stay but for four people is 600 Euros weekly.

Information including photos can be accessed by going to www.tibursuperbum.it then go to services/accomodation/holiday houses and finally Villa Vanda.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Absolutely! To enjoy a holiday home for four people for about $100 daily that includes all the benefits of the above home is an economical way to enjoy the Rome/Tivoli area.

There's a dual benefit in this rental in my opinion, easy access to Rome and peaceful, quality country living in a very pleasant area.

Things to do in this area

The proximity to Rome opens up all sorts of possibilites of course. Nearby Tivoli is a treasure chest of interesting attractions such as Villa d'Este, Hadrian's Villa, the historical center of Tivoli, etc. And as we did, spend some time at the house, reading, taking in the view and sipping wine on the porch.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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