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Review 2914: Owner, Rome Is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
April 2007, 1 week
The apartment was near the Campo dei Fiori in Rome - wonderful location - could go to the Campo for coffee and pastries and to the market in the morning - within walking distance of many of the sites and close to taxi and bus if you were tired of walking.
Grocery store a few blocks away, restaurants everywhere, many on Campo and many others in general vicinity.
Building in excellent shape, apartment on fourth floor, and there was an elevator. I have a bad back and the elevator was very important to me not only so I didn't have to climb the stairs all the time but especially for my luggage. I noticed in perusing rentals that many buildings don't have elevators.
Building was quiet and apartment was one bedroom (where my two friends slept) and pull-out bed in living room (where I slept) for sleeping. Nice kitchen - could cook all you wanted there but we were usually on the go and so used it for snacks, hot drinks, etc.
No outside sitting area but fabulous views from the windows over the tops of other buildings. Had the windows open one night and experienced a wonderful thunderstorm and rain accompanied by the bells of the churches ringing and opera music on the radio!
Everything in good shape, comfortable, very clean, enough chairs, etc.
Beds comfortable, bedroom very nice with good storage in closets, one bathroom that had two entrances (exits) which made it very convenient.
Everything necessary in kitchen - as I mentioned we were just on the go too much to use it much - my dream is to go back and have a quieter week and do some cooking because you can buy fabulous meat, fish, produce, bread, etc. at the markets in the Campo dei Fiori.
Problems or Bonuses
How much I loved Rome even though it's such a big, noisy, busy city - what a wonderful city with friendly, cheerful people.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Massimo and Biancamaria and their precious daughter Delfina met us when we arrived. They speak English and showed us everything in the apartment and then showed us around the area, pointing out restaurants, the back entrance to the Campo, etc. They provided us with a cell phone that we could buy additional minutes for and this came in handy in trying to chase down lost luggage with the airlines and in checking on various reservations we'd made for the Vatican museums, Pope's Audience, Borghese Gallery, etc. They were also available by phone throughout the week and were there in case we needed any help or had additional questions.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, in fact I'm hoping to get my husband over there with me and we'll rent it again.
Things to do in this area
As mentioned above, spent time every day at the Campo and often ate there at night (La Carbonara was a favorite on the nights we were too tired to walk one more foot!). The Jewish ghetto is nearby and then you can cross the Tiber River from there over to Trastevere. The Pantheon was also pretty close by - we walked everywhere - to the Vatican, to Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, to the cat sanctuary, to the Forum and Colosseum (took a taxi back!). I also loved just puttering around the neighborhood - there are artisans and their stores everywhere and it's such a refreshing change from the States where it's the same chain stores in every city. There was an Internet cafe out the main door of the building and across the narrow street - extremely convenient.
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