Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 318: Palazzo Olivia, Apartment
apartments in the historic center, Rome
May, 2002, 4 days
Palazzo Olivia is located on a pedestrian street in the Historic Center on Via Leutari. It is off Corso Vittorio Emanuele and between the Piazza Navona and the Campo di Fiori - a 5 minute walk in either direction from both. Since it's located off a major thoroughfare it can get noisy in the living room with the windows open. The bedroom was very quiet as it's located in the back of the apartment. Having lived in New York City for 25 years, everything is relative!
On the way to the Campo di Fiori, a vast daily street market, surrounded by other shops and restaurants are great pastry and bread bakeries. Zak, the owner of TuscanHouse, provides very detailed links to restaurants and shops that cater to all your needs in the neighborhood.
This property is a newly restored 17th-century palazzo with high ceilings and large double-glazed windows. There is a modern elevator in addition to the original stone staircase. There are 3 1-bedroom apartments and 3 2-bedroom apartments. The owner lives on the top floor. Lovely wood trim in keeping with the original building abounds.
Each living room has a very comfortable double sofabed, a coffee table, a dining table with chairs, satellite TV and telephone. The furniture was simple (IKEA-type) but new. The apartment was spotless.
The bedroom was lovely. The bed was a queensize with beautiful linens and blankets. The lighting and side tables were perfect. There was another telephone here as well.
The fully-stocked kitchenette was more than adequate to prepare breakfast and lunch and a simple dinner. I don't think I'd want to make a Thanksgiving dinner here!
Problems or Bonuses
We loved staying here. It was clean, functional, very spacious (especially compared to a single room in a hotel) and the location could not be beat. A real bonus is the on-site owner, Stefano, who is very special. He is very helpful and pleasant and tries to solve all problems that arise as well as making recommendations. For example, we had a problem with our laptop when we arrived and he brought his own techies up to the apartment to help us!
He is there to greet you at the front door as you pull up 100 feet away in the Mercedes sedan that meets you at the airport for a mere 40 Euros. He even insists on helping with the luggage coming and going. He would be a friend if we lived in Rome.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Zak at TuscanHouse was wonderful. He returned emails quickly if we had any questions and the lists of restaurants and varied shops in the neighborhood were great.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We look forward to staying here again when we return to Rome. We've already recommended it to close friends whose friendship we value!
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