Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 2759: Rentvillas, Nerone
1bed/1bath apartment near the Forum, Rome
April 25- May 9, 2007, 15 days
Nerone is in a small neighborhood that backs to the Forum and the Palatine Hill. It is in a complex we were told was formerly a convent. It is probably one of the quietest places one can find to sleep at night in one of the noisiest cities on the planet.
This tiny neighborhood has a very friendly grocery, a bar (Italian definition: coffee, light meals & drinks), a cafe and two nice restaurants within 200 feet of the front door. Walk half a mile to more restaurants than you can count.
The building is a beautifully renovated convent, age uncertain. The unit is one flight of stairs up from the street and entered from the most formidable security door we've ever seen. It is on the top floor. Only one other unit shares this entrance. The decoration was tasteful and exactly as shown on the web site. The condition was very good and very clean. There are apartments all around but we never were disturbed by neighbors. Sometimes we could hear singers in the nearby church. It was lovely. If you need more than one set of keys, be sure to ask for them before you get there.
Nerone has two private terraces. The largest one off the kitchen looks over the patios of adjacent condominiums. The upper terrace off the bedroom overlooks the Forum and the Palatine Hill. It is very private.
All furnishings were in very good shape and very clean. Seating was adequate and lighting for reading was good. TV channels were local. This apartment is best for two people.
The king bed was comfortable. The bathroom was in good condition but the headroom in the shower was low.
The kitchen was quite small. It has a small refrigerator & freezer and a four burner gas cook-top but no oven. Pots, pans & dishes were adequate but nothing special. For breakfasts and an occasional simple supper it worked well. We learned to make toast in the frying pan. There is no clothes washer.
Problems or Bonuses
We were delighted with the serenity of Norone in the midst of hectic, noisy Rome. The best thing was that it is so close to all the things visitors want to see. These two 65 year-olds walked everywhere we wanted to go and never felt our home base was a great distance from anything in the ancient part of the city.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The Rentvillas agency was straightforward, honest and helpful. The on site person spoke fluent English and was helpful and efficient. The property was exactly as described and photographed on the web site. Clients are often told they will be billed for electricity. Our charge was a flat €10/week.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again and recommend both the apartment and Rentvillas. The main reasons would be night time quiet for peaceful sleep, the very convenient location and the lovely views off the terrace at sunset when the choir is rehearsing next door at the church. Add a nice bottle of wine and you can't beat the experience.
Things to do in this area
The Forum, Palatine Hill & Coliseum are within shouting distance. Trastevere with all it's restaurants and night life is less than 1/2 mile. Most of ancient Rome can be reached on foot in less than thirty minutes and there are many bus lines very close by. We enjoyed an afternoon trip by the subway to Ostia Antica. Look it up. I call it the poor man's Pompeii. It was a nice afternoon in a lovely green area after feeling like herded cattle at the Vatican. The adjacent walled town has a nifty castle and a very nice restaurant just outside the walls that serves good seafood items.
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