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Review 3411: Palazzo Minciotti, Apartment
apartments in Assisi, Umbria
March 2008, 3 days
This wonderful apartment (Santa Rosa, 1bed/1bath) is located within the walls of Assisi overlooking Piazza San Rufino and is just a few minutes walk from the parking lot on Piazza Matteotti.
There are other apartments (including the owner's) in the building. The location is fantastic - very close to the popular Piazza Commune - and allows you to walk from the top of the town down to the beautiful Basilica di San Francesco. Of course, you have to walk back up again.
There is a take-out pizza place right across the street and several restaurants as well as an alimentari are very nearby.
Yes, this is a historical building; however, it has been restored beautifully. The apartment was very quiet with double paned windows. The living, dining, and kitchen area is open and spacious with beautiful views of Piazza San Rufino and the Umbrian countryside. There are four other rental apartments in the building and the owner's apartment.
We also noticed that there are mosquito screens in the windows that you could pull down in summer if you needed them.
Anna Maria is a botanist and maintains a beautiful garden. However, it was too cold to sit out when we were there. There is a small above ground pool that we didn't use.
She also keeps beautiful indoor plants all over the apartment and on the stair landings.
The apartment is spotless and the furniture is in excellent shape and very comfortable. There is a loveseat (with pull-out bed) and two comfortable sitting chairs.
There is a television with only Italian channels and a DVD player. There are also several books about Assisi and maps available for your use.
Also, a nice coat closet in the living room. The floors are tiled with several area rugs scattered throughout.
The large bed was exceptionally comfortable. The bedroom is quite spacious with a large armoire for hanging and storing clothes. There are two bedside lamps with convenient light switches on both sides of the bed that also operate the overhead lights. The bedroom window provides great natural lighting. You are also provided with extra bedding (pillows and comforter) if needed.
The petite bathroom is clean and comfortable. There is a shower stall with lots of hot water and good water pressure as well as a toilet and bidet. Also plenty of shelf area to store your toilettries. A hair blow drier is provided.
The other plus is the washing machine with plenty of places to hang your laundry including an ingenious stow-a-way rack behind the door in the bedroom.
The kitchen is very well designed with a full size fridge, four-burner stove, oven, microwave and dishwasher. There are plenty of utensils, dishes, and pots/pans to use and you could easily cook a full meal. The owner also provided Illy coffee, a bottle of wine, and snacks for our arriveal.
Problems or Bonuses
No real surprises. The apartment is accurately described on their website. The views were a real plus as was the location to several conveniences.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I dealt with Anna Maria via email and she was very prompt in answering my questions. She speaks a little English and we were able to get our points across. I also called her when we were leaving our prior destination to let her know when we would be arriving. We paid €130 per night in early March.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would highly recommend this rental to anyone. It was such a pleasant stay and a nice respite between Florence and Rome. Having the beautiful San Rufino church right there to visit at your leisure is also wonderful.
Things to do in this area
The pizza place across the street is great for a quick snack or drink. We ate at Trattoria da Ermino that is very close to the apartment. The food was very good although we felt a bit rushed at the end of our meal. As mentioned the Piazza Commune is a short walk down the hill with a couple of cafes and restaurants including La Fortezza and Pallotta that have gotten great reviews on Slow Travel. Unfortunately, they were both closed when we wanted to eat there.
We also purchased beautiful table linens made in Montefalco at Il Telaio di Assisi on Via Borgo Aretino.
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