Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 260: Palazzo Olivia, Fiorello
apartments in the historic center, Rome
May 2002, 5 days
The apartment at Palazzo Olivia is in an extremely convenient location, just about a block from Piazza Navona and about 3 blocks from Campo de' Fiori. However, it's only about 20 steps down a side street from Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II, a very busy and noisy street.
Via del Governo Vecchio, just one block north, has many restaurants, cafes, a couple of little groceries. Everything we needed was within a few blocks.
The TuscanHouse website says the building is a newly restored 17th-century palazzo. It has been nicely restored, but retains some wonderful touches of the old building, like the beautiful old beamed wood ceilings, tile floors, and some magnificent old doors and shutters that have been recycled for use in the new apartment.
No outside area at all.
Simple, modern, inexpensive -- reminded me of an IKEA showroom. Everything seemed new, and they had obviously taken care to make sure all the basics were there. Our apartment had obviously been renovated as a vacation rental -- there were no pictures on the wall or any of the other homey touches you'd find in an apartment that someone lived in part of the time.
The bedroom was small, but adequate. The bedside lamps were good for reading, which is always important to me. There were extra pillows and extra bedding in the closet.
We didn't cook here. There was a refrigerator, sink, gas cooktop, and coffee maker, along with enough dishes, glassware and silver for four people. There seemed to be enough pots and pans and serving dishes for simple cooking. Everything was new and in nice shape.
Problems or Bonuses
The apartment was quiet when the living room windows were closed, but very noisy when they were open. The window in the bedroom didn't let in noise, but it opened onto a kind of dank airshaft, and it didn't let in much air either. We found ourselves bouncing back and forth between stuffiness and noise.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Zak from TuscanHouse handled our reservations, but in Rome we dealt with the owner of the building, who was very pleasant to deal with and spoke English perfectly.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This was really a very nice rental, but honestly, no, I would look for somewhere quieter next time.
Things to do in this area
It's Rome! We had great pizza and pasta in several of the nearby restaurants, although I'm afraid I'm not a notetaker, so I can't recommend them by name.
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