Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2266: Owner, Rome Is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
July 2006, 6 nights
The apartment is right near the Campo dei Fiori. A friend had recommended this neighborhood, and it was ideal. Central to just about anything you'd want to go see. I walked everywhere, never needed to take public transportation.
Everything you could want was within a couple of minutes' walk. As noted above, the Campo dei Fiori, which has a market each day (except Sunday), was three minutes away, so I could go grab fresh peaches or berries in the morning. A smattering of bakeries, I made it a point to try several, were also nearby. As is a grocery store, though I never went to it. There's also a lovely tea shop just around the corner, which sells gorgeous, high-quality teas. Many good restaurants in the neighborhood, and for the occastional email check, an Internet point just across the street.
The building was amazing. Built in the twelfth century, I think. I was there in late July, and before going I was worried about the heat. Massimo (the owner) had told me that the apartment stayed comfortable, owing to the very thick stone walls. I crossed my fingers, but it was absolutely true. While my building in Brooklyn was positvely sweltering, I was in Italy keeping miraculously cool, without AC. In addition to the stone walls, the wood shutters, which I'd close each day when I went out, did a fabuous job of keeping the place cool. It was in the 90s and even over 100 when I was there and I only slept with the fan on once!
Apart from this, the building is gorgeous. I love the doors! The apartment is just as it appears on the website -- light, airy, clean and simply but tastefully decorated. The best thing about the place, though, for me, was the windows. They're huge, and waking up to the sight of blue sky and tiled rooftops is an experience that is going to be hard to beat. At night there was occasional noise, because I kept the windows open. Late one night, I heard some noisy revellers. But overall, it's a pretty quiet street, but with enough life that hanging out the window and watching the goings on beneath was fun.
No garden, as you're on the third floor. But great windows (see above).
The furniture was comfortable and in excellent shape. This place was for a long time the owners' home. They love the apartment, and you can feel that when you're there.
The bed was comforable. I slept well. The bedroom had ample closet space and even a small desk. And that window! Bathroom is small but perfectly adequate.
The kitchen seemed pretty well stocked, but I didn't cook at all, and really didn't look around. I used the fridge and that was about it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I really felt that I had the best spot in all of Rome. Massimo and Biancamaria, the owners, greeted me and showed me around. I picked their brains for suggestions of things to see and they were generous with their help. They also called to check in a couple of times, which was great. They were warm and welcoming and made themselves available by phone should I need anything.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone. I was already planning my next stay before I'd even left.
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