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Review 2988: Sleep in Italy, Apartment Monte di Pieta
2bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
January 10-17 2007, 1 week
The apartment is in an incredible location, about a two minute walk down a pedestrian street to Campo dei Fiori. The pedestrian street is lined with great shops that range from low-end prices and products, to beautiful shoes and clothes that were way over my budget. From this location it was easy to cross the Lungotevere into Trastevere or to head to Vatican City, Piazza Navona or the Pantheon.
The Campo itself is quite small and is used exclusively as a parking lot. There is a very high-end jewelry store next door to the apartment building and there are "guards" that hang around the front of the jewelry store. They could be seen everyday, all day, hanging around in front of the entrance to the apartment building and the store itself. There’s also a bank, police station and a high-school, in our Campo that lets out at 2pm. I tell you this because if you leave the apartment at 2pm, you will be swallowed by a sea of fashionably dressed, cigarette smoking, teenagers as they spill out of the doorway and cars and motorcycles still try to squeeze through the crowd.
Since we needed to stock up on supplies, we found a very clean little grocery store “I Maestra del Fresco” on Via dei Pettinari, the short alley that connects Campo Monte di Pieta to Lungotevere then the bridge to Trastevere. We purchased Parmigiano Reggiano, salami Milano, olives, crusty bread and wine and for the morning we bought juice and fruit. We also found shower soap, paper towels etc.
Since all the major areas of the historic city center were just minutes away by foot, all restaurants were as well.
Apartment Building: The light blue apartment building is very secure in that in the evening there is a set of huge wooden doors that you must have a key to enter. You have to walk up a small flight of marble stairs to get to the apartment. On the ground floor of the building is an empty, central courtyard of sorts. It actually leads to tiny garages or storage areas for the other apartment dwellers. There's also a small office off the courtyard where the building caretaker resides for a few hours each day.
The apartment: We found the apartment to be very large and quite comfortable. The main door of the apartment is not in use, for some reason. I read other reviews about how this was a problem for some previous renters because it forces you to use a different door that leads into what SIL refers to as the second bedroom. If you have someone staying in the second bedroom and the couch bed is open, they will have to fold up the bed so you can get past them, and into the rest of the apartment. Since it was just my husband and I, that was not an issue.
You can view the property directly: Monte di Pieta.
No garden or pool.
The apartment's furnishings were clean and adequate.
The master bedroom was quite large, with a comfortable queen sized bed and a huge armoire that held both our clothes. The window looks out on a brick wall, but provides plenty of light. The best thing about the apartment, is that it is very quiet at night. I am a light sleeper and often have trouble on vacations, but had none here.
The one bathroom was large and tiled and had a huge shower. The apartment had no soap or washcloths but those could be purchased at the nearby grocery.
The large kitchen runs the length of the wall in the living room/dining room areas. We used the stove top coffee maker but could not get the oven or the toaster to work. We also used the gas cook top to make dinner one night. There were plenty of plates, utensils, pots and pans. There was also a very large refrigerator/freezer. I believe there was a dishwasher but we chose to wash everything by hand. The entire kitchen could be closed off by a series of sliding doors if you choose to do that.
Problems or Bonuses
In the middle of the night, the seal under the toilet apparently disengaged and flooded the floor of the bathroom with each flush. We had no cell phone to call Sleep in Italy and had to rush out that morning to make an appointment for the Scavi Tour. When we returned, we found the building caretaker "Lionel" and he immediately got SIL on the phone and went out and found some plumbers within 40 minutes of us alerting him. Lionel speaks no English, but I looked up the word "broken" and put it with "toilet" and showed him the flooding.
I had SIL and the apartment owner on Lionel's phone while the workers ripped out the toilet and put down a new seal. The owners apologized and told me that he would send over someone with fresh towels and to mop the floor for us.
From start to finish, it only took about 1.5 hours out of our day. I was extremely please with the response.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We were met, right on time, by the Sleep In Italy rep. He showed us everything about the apartment and answered all our questions. The SIL rep spoke perfect English.
We stayed one week in the apartment and paid €160 per night for two people plus €45 for a final cleaning. Heating was covered under the normal rental costs. When you reserve the apartment, you do have to put down a small amount but you must pay cash (in euro) for the remainder when you are met by the representative at the apartment. You will get a receipt.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend it and would consider staying there again. Now that we know where to get supplies, there's no reason I can think of to not stay there.
Things to do in this area
Shopping and restaurants are all around you.
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