Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2310: Italy-Accom, Casa Bruno
1bed/1bath apartment in Parioli, Rome
May 2006, one week
We rented Casa Bruno through Italy Accommodation run by a team of Italians and expats from different countries. They speak English and usually respond promptly to e-mails and their page on Rome has pretty good information on supermarkets, restaurants and shopping. They also arrange tickets for papal audiences and offer airport transfers and other services.
Casa Bruno is a modern, well-equipped apartment in a three-storey apartment building. It comprises kitchenette, comfortable bathroom, bedroom with a lot of closet space and comfortable beds and huge terrace. It is economically furnished and although small it doesn't feel cramped. Owner-artist's interest in film, music and video is reflected in the way it is decorated. The three of us liked it and liked returning to it and spending late afternoons and evenings on the terrace.
The apartment, one of about twelve in the building, has everything you need for living but a kettle and a decent espresso pot (there is a small espresso pot sufficient for one miniature cup; if you are two or three you have to repeat brewing coffee two or three times). Pots, pans, cutlery and china are sufficient for simple meals but are dispersed among different cabinets in the kitchenette and the living room, something that in the beginning was a bit disorienting, but it wasn't a big deal. The lack of information about the neighborhood was a hassle, however, we found out everything we needed to know but it took time.
The Italy Accommodation Web site doesn't provide these pieces of information because it covers only downtown Rome and Casa Bruno is located in the Parioli district, home to many embassies and upscale apartment buildings but off the tourist track. We enjoyed the location for it was quiet and not that hectic as the historic center. The fact that we had to commute to all major attractions was only a minor hassle. One afternoon buses on line 52 were running very sparsely and we had to wait for one for more than half an hour. Another day they weren’t running at all due to the strike.
We had asked Italy Accommodation for a car with the driver. He picked up three of us at Fiumicino and took us directly to the apartment. The driver had called ahead and Clemente from the agency already waited for us with keys when we arrived. Clemente showed us around, noticed that hot water was not running and fixed it in five minutes.
We found the terrace, which is almost as large as the apartment, the most charming part of Casa Bruno. Although it faces another apartment block rather than a garden, it is in relatively a quite spot, somewhat isolated from traffic, and we ended up spending much time on it sitting and talking until late in the evening.
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