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Review 2616: Domus International, Lungotevere Flaminio
3bed/3bath apartment north of Piazza del Popolo, Rome
February 2007, one week
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, tells us an old dictum! This is exactly what we decided, together with my family and therefore researched and found, through the info provided by SlowTrav, this fantastic Roman style apartment, situated alongside the Tiber River. The location was great, just a few blocks away from the Piazza del Popolo - once you are there you are within the proximity of all the overwhelming historical things that only Rome can offer.
The place is really charming. Being a residential neighbourhood it is not too busy with touristy stuff such as bars under your windows. If you want to experience the more bustling atmosphere of the Roman streets, you find it very close by. You are in the very center of Rome, but you feel quite outside the classical tourist routes - which I personally enjoyed. There aren’t many coffee places around, but the ones around Piazza del Popolo compensate. As for groceries, there is a small, family own supermarket right around the corner and other small fruit and vegetable stands along the surrounding streets. There are some entertainment amenities around such as a sports camp where myself and my husband played tennis - we like to try tennis courts in each city we visit - and it was fabulous. We also tried a cinema - Cinema Fandango, a small cinema -club which we found out about as being more artsy than usual cinemas. They also have movies in English therefore making it really appealing to foreigners.
The apartment was in an enchanting historical building and located on the top floor. In fact, the wonderful part of it is that it has a terrace where you can enjoy sunny Roman days (if it’s warm outside but we were lucky a few sunny days when I managed to drink my coffee and check emails on the terrace). The building doesn’t have an elevator which makes you feel the historical side of it, but the apartment itself seemed fresh out of a design magazine, quite modern but warm in style, contrasting with the more traditional type of building.
Definitely the terrace was my favourite part since not only do you get a cosy place to sit, under a lemon tree, but you also get a nice panoramic view over the river.
The apartment was in perfect condition, the design is actually really accommodating with brand new decorative objects. Both the kitchen and three bathrooms were extremely clean and well equipped. One of the bathrooms even has a bath tub while the other two bathrooms are shower only - and tiny small, in accordance to Italian style.
The beds were very different. There was a queen size, two twins and one single so everybody in my family was able to run around and pick their favourite one.
The kitchen was equipped with all we could think of and also what we couldn’t think of. In an obvious and lovely Italian style, there were two devices for coffee making. We were also very pleased to have a dish washer that is ingeniously fitted in the small space of the kitchen. We used it quite a bit and everything was fine apart the fact that we realize how expensive electricity is in Italy. Anyway Stefano, who personally welcomed us and offered us a “tour” of the apartment and a virtual speed guide through Rome, made sure to point out all the details on using appliances and all the precautions that should be taken when using the electricity based things.
Problems or Bonuses
The most rewarding surprise was that we rediscovered Rome by living sort of a daily life, through the dynamics that renting this apartment gave to our vacation. This was our second time in Rome (first was five years ago, staying in a hotel) but we saw the city in a completely different light, much more “real.”
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I was very impressed by the promptness of the Domus team on our first encounter. Actually I have emailed a couple of other places the day I started my research and Isla replied within a couple of hours. Then everything was smooth concerning the deposit, my husband didn’t have any problems making the payment. We then arrived at the apartment Stefano checked us in, giving us two sets of keys and pointing out on a map and other useful brochures everything he thought was of interest for us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely recommend this vacation rental to anybody interested in having the real Roman experience. I actually already dream about our next trip there!
Things to do in this area
I inevitably mentioned most of our favourite places and activities before. Two other attractions were Villa Borghese and the Explora Children Museum that our three children really enjoyed.
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