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Review 3417: Residenza Giubbonari, Yellow Apartment
3bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
May 2007, 2 weeks
The Yellow apartment was on the top floor of an apartment building along the Via Giubbonari, about a block from the Campo dei Fiori. There were several other vacation rentals in this building, but the majority of the apartments were rented by Italians. The area was absolutely perfect for seeing Rome. We were close to everything!
Cristina, the owner, provided a notebook with a map of the area. On the map, she located the nearby grocery store, Internet cafe, bakery, etc. Right outside our door were several shops for pizza, sandwiches, coffee and GELATO! Of course, the Campo itself was the place to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and meats. Ringing the Campo were several trattorias. We sampled almost all of the nearby eateries and were never disappointed.
The apartment building's history is well documented on its web page. The yellow apartment was very convenient for two couples. Each of us had our own bedroom and bath at opposite ends of the main hall. A third single bedroom at the top of a steep flight of stairs wasn't used.
The double glazed windows helped keep out the noise from the busy street and Campo, but if you need fresh air or are a light sleeper, the noise might be an issue. Partying ends just about in time for the farmers to start setting up. It is not a quiet neighborhood, but we had no problems.
One of the best parts of the apartment was its patios. The outside spaces were outstanding! We often sat around the patio table in the late afternoon, sipping wine and listening to the bells from the nearby towers. We could even see St. Peter's in the distance. In the morning, we drank our coffee and smelled the aroma of fresh-baked bread from the Forno around the corner. Someone came to water all the plants on the patio, so all we had to do was enjoy the view. Although the patio was a private one, several others abutted ours.
The apartment was well furnished and offered ample seating for us. It was cleaned right before we arrived and cleaning supplies were provided for keeping the place tidy.
I need a very firm mattress and very hot showers to keep limber. I wasn't disappointed in this apartment. The beds were firm and the bathrooms typical for Europe. There was always enough hot water and ample pressure for showers. One bathroom was smaller than the other, but both were sufficient.
I love to cook and was looking forward to preparing full meals during our stay. The well appointed kitchen made cooking easy. We had a full oven, a two burner range and a microwave. There were enough pots, knives, cutting boards, etc. to prepare almost any meal. I even kept a fresh basil plant on the sunny window in the kitchen. The kitchen had a glass top table and several sets of dishes, so we never had to run the dishwasher until it was really full.
The kitchen also had a full washer and dryer, but be patient if you use the dryer. It isn't as speedy as American dryers. We found a drying rack and often just hung our clothes out on the patio.
Problems or Bonuses
You can rent this apartment with total confidence. Everything on the web page is exactly true and accurate.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Cristina, the owner, spoke excellent English and was there to greet us when we arrived. She even arranged transportation for us to and from the airport. All and all, this place was a great bargain. I can't imagine staying in a hotel after this experience.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would return here in a heartbeat. I cannot imagine any place in Rome surpassing this place. The amenities, the location, the friendly owner -- what more could you ask for?
Things to do in this area
From our location, we walked all over Rome. When we needed public transportation, the bus stop was only a block away. In one direction you could walk to the bridge over the Tiber that led to Trastevere; in the other you were only .25 from the Piazza Navona. Be sure to get an archaeological pass that allows you to ride any public transportation and to visit any museum. It is a great bargain.
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