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Review 2901: At Home in Rome, Porta Cavalleggeri
3bed/2bath apartment near the Vatican, Rome
5 nights, 5 nights
The location of this apartment is right near the Vatican (about two city blocks). It was also near many bus lines, although a bit far from the Metro. It was about a 10 minute walk across the Tiber to many attractions (Piazza Navona, Pantheon).
Apparently the apartment is handled by different agencies, it's address is 12 Via Santa Maria della Fornaci, if you search by different agencies, ask for the exact address to know what you are renting.
A large, well stocked supermarket was about two short blocks away. There were plenty of small shops and restaurants nearby, one restaurant was right next door.
The building was typical for older Rome apartment buildings. There were five floors, we were on the fourth. There was no elevator and it was a hike getting up the stairs. There were three double bedrooms, two of them were very large and could easily accommodate a cot (we had seven people, so we did use a cot, which was comfortable for a teenager or child). The layout was such that there was a long hall, the two large bedrooms on the right of the hall and then past them on the right was a kitchen with table and a sofa. Just past that was the smaller bedroom and two bathrooms (no baths, just showers). There was no living or sitting room per se.
No pool or balcony.
The furniture was in fair shape (there was only a sofa, table and chairs for the table).
The beds were comfortable and two of the bedrooms quite large. One bedroom was smaller but still comfortable. When we got there the linens were clean, but one set on the bed had a blood stain which appeared old, but it was still gross. Luckily there were lots of linens and towels in the apartment, so we changed the sheets. There was a washing machine, and you could dry your clothes on clotheslines on the roof.
The kitchen was small but usable. There was a cook top, sink, dishwasher, espresso machine, and microwave. No stove, but there was a large counter top oven. It was nicely stocked with coffee for espresso, a very nice touch.
Problems or Bonuses
Just wish it had been a little cleaner in the bathroom. Otherwise, it was perfectly adequate.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was OK. They gave us lots of good information by email before our arrival. The on site person (Monica) appeared to be the owner and was very nice. The only glitch we had was that we had trouble finding the apartment at first and some of the numbers we were given by the agency did not work (like the owner's cell phone) and the agency would not pick up their phone, nor did they call us back after we left a message.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I might stay here again if I could not get a location for my large family across the Tiber, as when you are at the Vatican you are a bit far (although it is walkable) to the main areas of interest. I would however, check the bathrooms carefully for cleanliness before I handed over my money. I recommend doing this anyway in any apartment.
Things to do in this area
We visited the Vatican and the museums, shopped at the nearby flea market, went to a small 'fruteria' to get wonderful fresh fruit (on the cross street Via della Fornaci), went to an absolutely delicious sandwich shop on Via della Fornaci.
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