Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2683: Belvedere Italia, Residenza Giubbonari (Red and Yellow Apartment)
apartments near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
April 6-13, 2007, 1 week
Location, location, location! Residenza Giubbonari is a short walk from Campo Dei Fiori in the heart of Rome. Just over one mile walking to the Vatican or to the Spanish Steps and the several treats and sites in between; Less than a 0.8 mile walk to Capital Hill, the monument to King Victor Emanuele (aka Wedding Cake) and more and maybe another .3 mile to the Forum and Colosseum. Just a fantastic location! Walk every where or "try" to figure out the bus routes :) We used bus routes 81, 116, and the 40. (We intentionally stayed away from the 64).
Campo de Fiori is literally 500ft north of Residenza Giubbonari. Many restaurants, cafes, etc. In the morning there is a market with fresh fruits, fish, bread, etc and some trinket vendors. Pizza Navona is maybe three more blocks away. A grocery store is two blocks, bakery is right around the corner. Just a excellent location to stay!
The building is historical, yet has been updated. Both the Red and the Yellow units were as advertised. See Residenza Giubbonari website for details. The bedrooms in the red unit are very quiet, the living room was loud for sleeping on Friday and Saturday nights. The yellow unit's bedrooms were loud since both bedrooms are on the street, but its two patios made up for that minor issue. It appears that four of the 12 (or so) apartments are vacation rentals. The building was quiet, secure, and free of internal noise. It was very nice. You are right in the thick of Rome!
The yellow unit has two fantastic private access patios that we used. Waved to the neighbors, had coffee, etc. The other units have no exterior access other than windows. No pool, it is a city level apartment in historic Rome!
The units are very nice. Solid clean usable furniture, working stove, small refrigerator and microwave. Both Red and Yellow units were clean by my standards. Table for six, sleeping for six. Two baths, satellite TV, telephone, had all that we needed.
Beds were great, even the two sofa sleepers. Pillows in the closet were fine. No funny or funky smells. Linens were clean.
The yellow Unit has one queen bed in a separate room, two twins is a separate room, one twin in a separate room/area up one level, and a twin size sleeper sofa/chair.
The red had a master bedroom with full bath w/ shower and a queen bed, a bedroom with two twin beds and then a queen size sofa bed that was, in a word, surprisingly comfortable in the living room. The hallway bath had a nice shower.
RED Unit: Efficiency kitchen that made the living room larger. A nice space, after a full day walking (and trying to figure out the bus routes :) it was perfect to sit at the table, unwind and play cards.
Yellow unit: Separate kitchen, thus smaller living room. But, nice and as stated. We preferred the openness of the red unit, but loved the patios of the Yellow.
Problems or Bonuses
Really, no surprises. It was mentally troublesome to rent an apartment in Rome, putting 50% down and then balance upon arrival in cash. But that is how it is done (over there, we assume) and it worked fine. Bernard and Amanda from Belvedere Italia were our booking agents and were professional and very patient with our concerns at booking. We used paypal for a greater level of comfort.
Cristina, the host at Residenza Giubbonari was awesome as well. She setup airport transfers for €50 per trip, no hassle, picked up and 'delivered' right to the apartment. We used €15 of electricity for the week and it was handled per the contract. Really, no surprises with the units.
(A TRIP BONUS was Rick Steve's ROME 2007 Book. We kept referring to 'the book'. Rick Steve did a GREAT job on the book; Eating, walks, tours, etc.)
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked in January of 2007 for €2200 for the week for sleeping six. Since our trip was Easter week April 6-13, 2007 we were accommodated by two units. Both units were as advertised per the previously mentioned websites. The agents and host spoke excellent English (Amanda cheated, she is from the UK :) We expected the apartments to meet our needs better than two or three hotel rooms and we were correct. The location, history, functionality of the units was so much better than hotel rooms could have been.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, we all would stay here/there again and we would recommend our BEST friends to stay there. Cristina has a great little business and cares about her clients! We loved it!
Next Trip to Europe/Italy we will do more homework on how the buses work. Being a country hick, bus travel in Rome was difficult until we figured out the stops and streets.
Things to do in this area
Did not have a bad meal in Rome. Followed Rick Steve's suggestions to get a block or two away from the main sites. We got 'roped' by a (very nice) gentleman advertising his families restaurant by the Trevi Fountain (forgot name but it is on Via d Modelli, you cannot miss it since it is the only one on the street (right had side if coming from the Trevi)). Franco is the papa, speaks enough English and we had a lot of fun and the food was amazing!
This set of six greenhorn Rome travelers had a blast!
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