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Review 2463: Owner, Rome Is Home

www.rome-is-home.com

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Review by macdebbie from MA

1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome


When

10/28/06-11/4/06, One Week

Location

This apartment could not be in a more perfect location. We struggled with where to stay in Rome, and I must say made the best choice. The apartment is just steps away from Campo dei Fiori, but on a quiet side street so you are sheltered from the noise.

Not only is the apartment within walking distance of anything you would want to see, but you have your own little community right here - restaurants, outdoor cafes, supermarket, ATMs, shops, pastry shops, bread stores, cheese shops, fish shops, delis, and of course the daily (except Sun) fruit and vegetable market of Campo dei Fiori.

Buses/taxis just a few streets away - a very easy walk.

Nearby Amenities

Grocery store is on the street just behind, with all the basics you need. Coffee shop a few steps down on the left, bakery a few steps down on the right, gourmet food store at the end of the street, restaurants all around, and one especially wonderful one just a few paces out the front door.

The House/Apartment

The building itself is very historical - lovely restored stenciling and fresco work inside the entry. Keyed front entry door with buzzer system, so completely safe. The building has an elevator which was a saving grace after walking all day!

There are probably about six or so other apartments in the building, but we never heard anyone else.

The apartment itself is very quiet. It has amazing floor to ceiling windows, with a view that will take your breath away when you enter. The couch is positioned to take advantage of this view, as is the bedroom. I spent many a night lying in bed, just gazing out at the moon. The windows are great for letting in lots of light so the apartment is sun-drenched. You can leave the windows closed and open just the shutters when it is cooler. We found when the apartment was warm from the sun, all it took was five minutes of the windows being open to cool it off.

The apartment itself is like a little jewel box. This is definitely not your standard rental. It is a home filled with love and wonderful special things - but not so that you are worried about moving around.

The furniture is comfortable and very tasteful, with a mix of antique pieces. The floors have beautiful handmade Tuscan tile which feels great under your feet. There is a combo living/dining area with a TV and CD player, and a good selection of music. There are many guide books and reading books, and a whole helpful basket of maps, web printouts, restaurant recommendations, etc.

The kitchen is cute and very well equipped. It even has a washer/dryer - a rarity in Rome! The bathroom opens into either the living room or the bedroom, making it very convenient. Water pressure is excellent. The bedroom is huge with a king size bed that is extremely comfortable, two huge built-in closets with pull-out drawers, and stocked with extra blankets. There is also a writing desk in the bedroom. There is a sweet entry hall with a coat rack - great to drop your things as you come in the door.

Garden

No outside sitting area, but it is not needed here. Sitting on the living room couch, you have a great view from the floor-to-ceiling window. Great place to hang out and read, listen to the sounds of Rome unfolding below, have a glass of wine before dinner.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Impeccable in every way. The owners have exquisite taste in furnishing and decorating. It is a very special place. There is a couch in the living room, with two other chairs. Could easily seat four.

The dining room table is good-sized also and could easily accommodate 4+ people.

Very comfortable and "upscale" without being stuffy. Very, very clean, and smells delicious. Perfectly decorated for it's size and style. I could have easily moved in here permanently! This does not feel like a "rental" - this feels like a home.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bedroom is huge and has a king bed. It is probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on. Very simply and tastefully furnished. Just right - not cluttered or spare. There are nightstand tables on each side of the bed with reading lamps. The bedroom ceiling also has beautiful exposed beams, lending a cozy charm.

Bathroom very conveniently opened to both the bedroom and livingroom area. Sink/shower area, and bidet and toilet on the other side of the room. Water pressure was great. Sink area is large, allowing for lots of room to put cosmetics and toiletries.

Kitchen

Kitchen is adorable. Cute tile, and a sweet yellow Kelvinator refrigerator. Bright and cheery. Marble counters. Window in the kitchen to let in light. Plenty of cookware, dishes, glasses, etc., and a dishwasher. Also as mentioned prior, the apartment has a washer/dryer.

We did not cook, but there is a stove, and also a microwave, as well as an American coffee-maker. You could easily create meals here with no problem.

Problems or Bonuses

Our only surprises were good. We were at first hesitant to not go through an agency, but there was nothing to fear.

Massimo and Bianca, the owners are very efficient in taking care of transactions which went through Pay Pal.

One arrival, we immediately felt "at home" here. The owners greeted us warmly, showed us around, and took a great amount of time showing us their "special" places, introducing us to shopkeepers, making restaurant reservations for us. They are gracious, loving, warm people, who both speak impeccable English, and a very big part of what makes for a wonderful stay. They met us again before we left and again generously spent time with us to show us other special things.

There are a couple of other "extras" that make this a special place. There is an umbrella and hairdryer in the apartment, so no need to pack this. The owners also lend a cell phone for your stay, which is great to have. They check in to make sure things are running smoothly, and you are free to call them in need be.

When we walked in the door, we noticed a white board with a "Welcome Home" message with their signatures, their cell phone numbers, the taxi number, and a few other helpful things.

We could not have been happier here. This is truly a very special place, reflective of the very special owners. (They also have a daughter who is very sweet, well-behaved and lovely) who we were fortunate to also meet. We actually rearranged our travel dates to stay here, and I am glad we did. We will recommend this apartment highly to everyone and would never consider staying elsewhere when in Rome.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The website does not do the apartment true justice. It is that which is there and so much more.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Without hesitation. We cannot wait to return, and to tell everyone we can how wonderful and truly special this place is. Massimo, Bianca, Delfina and the apartment are the four things that made our stay in Rome so very special. Here Rome truly IS home. We will hold onto our memories of our little "Roman Home" for many years to come.

Things to do in this area

Eat at Arnaldos, right out the door, very romantic, lovely owners, great service, food and prices.

Roscioli Bakery and Roscioli Alimentari - Great gourmet food at the latter, cheese, wine, and a lovely restaurant in the back. The bakery has great breads, and some say the best pizza in Rome - buy it by the "etto" and eat along your travels.

NamasTey - Piazza del Paradiso - has great imported teas from all around the world. Lovely owner, tea accessories, and a great tea room upstairs where you can unwind with a special cup of tea and home-made cakes.

Sciam/Vetro Soffiato - Via del Pellegrino 55 - Our very favorite shop - full of the most beautiful glassware.

Libreria Del Viaggiatore - Via del Pellegrino 78 - A great travel bookstore with English titles.

Grappolo d'oro Zampano - Piazza Cancelleria 80/84 - great food at very reasonable prices. Right off the Campo.

Bar Farnese - A favorite spot for morning Cornetti and Cappuccino

Campo de Fiori Market (daily except Sunday) - great fun!

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