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Review 2989: Owner, Rome Is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
March 2007, One week
Fantastic location by Campo di Fiori. Easy to walk anywhere in Rome from the apartment.
There were several grocery stores in the neighborhood and coffee shops down the street.
We were on the top floor of the building. It was very airy and bright. There were a handful of apartments in the building yet we rarely ever saw our neighbors.
No garden, but Campo di Fiori is a very entertaining place to sit and is right around the corner.
The apartment was charming, clean and well furnished.
The bed was an very comfortable and king sized.
It was a fine kitchen. We ate out most meals, but could have easily entertained in the apartment. The washer/dryer was a nice bonus as was the American style coffee pot.
Problems or Bonuses
We were surprised how hard it was to leave. We fell in love with the apartment, even in just one week.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners were very accommodating and spoke perfect English, as well as beautiful Italian!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
My husband and I were interested in traveling to Italy back in the spring of 06. I had read about Rome-is-Home on the Slow Travel web site and was so enchanted with the description of the apartment, that I was committed to staying there, unfortunately it was leased for the time that we were able to travel. We decided to hold out and wait a year and it was well worth it. We were only able to stay a week in March 07, but we share what many have said in reviewing the apartment, that it was like our home, but better as it was in Rome!
As you will discover when you read about the apartment, Massimo, Biancamarie and their daughter Delfina are the owners. We found them to be, above and beyond, the finest hosts one could ask for. They could not have done more for us. From the help with transportation from the airport, their greeting and orienting us, their recommendations of sites, restaurants, etc., we felt well taken care of throughout our time. They guided us towards less touristed, more Roman experiences. We felt very fortunate to have had their attention and care. Our only regret is that we couldn’t move in forever. But then, that would dissuade future travelers, wouldn’t it!
There are so many reasons to love this apartment. It is beautiful, well situated, bright, and cheerful. The location is a stones throw from Campo di Fiori, the Tiber, the Jewish quarter. It’s near fantastic restaurants and the best bakery in Rome. It’s not necessary to list the neighborhood’s greatest hits as the Rome-is Home web site is an encyclopedic guide. On the site, Massimo and Biancamarie offer great recommendations, good nuts and bolts and how-to information (tipping, cell phone use, traffic) for those that may be first timers, and it’s a great read! Massimo likes you to know that Caesar was killed behind the apartment!
A few small recommendations: I am a great lover of my guide books and insisted on bringing my library of Rome guides. Please note that the apartment is well stocked with great, current guides. I regret that the 25 pounds of books in my suitcase of books could have been much more happily replaced with cheese and olive oil on the return trip.
One small, nerdy recommendation and this is from someone who prides herself on a good sense of direction. I wish I would have brought a compass. This part of Rome gets very twisty and loses the Roman gridded plan. I found myself turned around easily. Often, I was sure I was going towards the Tiber and found myself at Piazza Vitorio Emanuel.
We strongly recommend this rental! Book your reservations soon! My husband and I may be living there permanently one day!
Things to do in this area
A few of our favorite things:
Sora Margherita--Associazione Culturale Piazza della Cinque Scole30 tel 06.6874216 It's open for lunch only. It looks like a place that you'd sneak in to make illegal bets but it's very local, very good, very entertaining. Don't be put off by the decor; it's really something! They'll make you "join" the cultural society; just fill out the card, it's free. Amazing soups, Roman artichokes to die for! It's in the Jewish ghetto. You may want to find it on Google maps before you go. As I said, it's a little twisty in this part of Rome. Go early (12:30), or call for reservations.
Also in the ghetto, around the corner from this restaurant is a bakery (no sign--but you can find it in the morning because of the huge lines coming out from the entrance.) They make the most fabulous torta di ricotta with wild cherries or chocolate, and little almond squishy cantuccis; they're squat biscottis. It's in one of the main piazza's in the ghetto.
Near Campo di Fiori : Great Bakery "Roscioli" Via dei Chiavari, 34 Potato Pizza, Jam filled pastries, foccacia. There are beautiful and fierce knife wielding women working there. Beware! The same family also has a nice deli/wine bar on Via dei Giubbonari 21/22, at the end of the street (away from the campo) that serves dinner in the back and in a wine cellar downstairs. We had great fish here.
"Le Scale Parione" Via dei Cappellari, 74 tel #06.68309530 Very charming, not touristy ... features seafood. Great fish with a crusty potato topping. Wonderful antipasto table, very sweet owners, it was our favorite in Rome. We were so happy there, we went twice in one week.
One other small culture tip, the Borghese museum is now open. It was closed forever for renovation; make reservations in advance. We got a special private tour of the "depositi" the top floor of the museum. It's their storage. It has a lot of copies in varying degrees of quality, but it was very interesting to see artists quoting each other. When you pick up your ticket at the entrance, you can request a tour for €2 extra. Ours was in Italian, but they offer it in English if you request in advance.
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