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Review 2761: Dolce Roma, Campo de' Fiori
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
May 17 to May 21 2007, 4 nights
The location of the apartment is paralell to the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, just two minutes walk to the Chiesa Nuova and a couple of minutes walk to the Campo dei Fiori square.
Could not ask for a better location, ten minutes to the Piazza Navona/Pantheon, 20 minutes to the Trevi Fountain, 10 minutes to St. Peters Church, 15 to 20 minutes to the Vatican museum and about a 20-25 minute walk to the South-East to the Forum and the Colosseum.
Very trendy neighbourhood, very safe to walk around at any time of the day with lots of little curio and antiques and art shops.
Grocery store three-minutes walk from apartment, two really nice bakery shops within two-minutes walk, cafe about 150 meters away. Plenty of restaurants within a ten minute walk radius in all directions.
The building (14th century) has a preservation order on it with the original wooden door still in place. Medieval staircase (remember they had smaller feet in those days-so take it easy!) . The apartment itself is in super condition, very spacious (about 70m squared), very comfortable, with the decor in keeping with the age of the building and lots of nice interesting touches added.
Very quiet given how lively the area is at weekends, with soundproof windows in addition to the normal windows. Also very cool considering how hot it was when we were there - did not need the air conditioning even though temperatures averaged in the low 30 degrees Celsius range.
There was a very, small balcony off the kitchen overlooking the courtyard, but you really can't do anything on it, other than walk out on it, turn around, and walk back in. However, this is clearly mentioned on the website so don't expect to sit outside.
Everything was spotless especially the kitchen and the two small bathrooms. All of the couches and furnishings were in perfect condition and there was plenty of space for sitting or lounging around.
The bedrooms were really comfortable (I mean really comfortable - we slept like logs). Plenty of linens, covers etc. The bathrooms were small but perfectly equipped, lots of very nice towels provided.
Very handy having a second bathroom. No problems getting our daughter to sleep as the bedrooms were so quiet and cozy.
The kitchen was great if you needed to cook, even though we only used it for breakfast and making coffee. Every conceivable utensil, cutlery and also pastas, olive oils and condiments etc., provided.
Problems or Bonuses
The owners Natalia and Walter met us on our arrival at the apartment, helping us to get our bearings and had many suggestion regarding interesting places to visit. They also supplied numerous guides and literature, which were much appreciated (especially the Enjoy Rome guide).
The transfers to and from the airport that they arranged for us worked perfectly and all of their dealings with us were very professional and reliable.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Walter and Natalia were brilliant both before and during our stay. They speak great English and were very interesting. We paid €720 for four nights in the middle of May (exactly as stated on their website with no unexpected surprises or extras).
We felt this was very good value as most hotel rooms we have previously stayed in Italy were small, claustrophobic and hot. Even though we did not spend a lot of time in the apartment (apart from mornings and later at night), it was great to come back and relax.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment to friends, family, colleagues etc. Was very good value and in a really nice area.
Things to do in this area
Highlights were the visit to La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (it had everything -fantastic paintings and sculptures), Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Time Elevator Rome cinema (highly recommended for kids over 5), the clowns and mime artists around Campo Fiori and Piazza Navona.
We also discovered a really nice restaurant La Locanda del Pelligrino in via Pelligrino nearby, where we enjoyed beautiful dinners on our last two nights.
We visited the Vatican Museum (don't go on a Saturday - two and a half hour queue from 8:30 in the morning to get in) and took a bus trip around Rome on our first afternoon.
There is a trendy wine bar across the road (Vino Olio) where you can go for lunch or apperitives. Visited the zoo in Borghese park which was a bit old fashioned compared to the one we have in Dublin but right at the end there was a newer part worth visiting with all tropical animals and reptiles.
One final tip - just pop in to any of the local churches in the area if they are open; you will find spectacular paintings and decor inside.
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