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Review 3206: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
November, 2007, 4 nights
Great location near many of Rome's most interesting sites: Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, the Jewish Ghetto, the Tiber, Trastevere, etc.
Walking distance to everything you would need: a fantastic bakery (Forno Antico Roscioli) is 50 meters down the street, there's a grocery store on the next block, and the Campo dei Fiori offers a green market every morning. Also, lots of great restaurants and other shops in the vicinity.
The apartment is in a 13th century building with charming medieval elements, but the apartment is quite modern and in very good shape. The apartment is on the third (American fourth) floor of the building, but there's a tiny elevator that holds two people if you don't feel like taking the stairs (which you probably won't after walking all over Rome all day!).
No balconies or outdoor seating.
Everything is in great shape, quite comfortable and very clean. Note: bring your own soap, shampoo, etc. or plan to buy it in the local store.
The bed is very comfortable -- on the hard side, which we liked, with a simple duvet cover and lots of pillows. There's also lots of closet space if you need this. The bathroom is clean and modern with a very small shower (pretty typical for Italy).
The kitchen was usable. Its best features were its dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer. We mostly just ate breakfast in the kitchen, so didn't really put it through its paces, but it seemed like it would be a fine place to prepare a full meal in.
Problems or Bonuses
No surprises -- Massimo and Biancamaria, the owners, were very nice and enthusiastic via e-mail in the planning stages of the trip and were just as nice and helpful in person when we arrived. Their website is excellent too as an aid for preparing for the trip: it's filled with good restaurant and other recommendations.
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Things to do in this area
The nicest surprise for me on this trip was the apartment's proximity to the Jewish Ghetto, which I had never visited before, and which we found to be particularly interesting and blissfully uncrowded compared to many of central Rome's sites. When strolling through the Ghetto, don't miss: Bernini's Fontana alla Tartarughe, the Palazzo Mattei, the remains of the Teatro Marcellus (these are so large that they're impossible to miss), and the Synagogue. We ate lunch at a great "hole in the wall" called Sora Margherita (Piazza Cinque Scuole, 30) and had a much fancier dinner at the excellent Vecchia Roma (Piazza Campitelli, 18). We would highly recommend both.
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