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Review 3527: Owner, Farnesi Apartment
studio apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
May 2008, 5 nights
This apartment is in an excellent location. It is opposite one side of Palazzo Farnese on a reasonably quiet street. Campo dei Fiori is only 200m away.
From the apartment you can walk to many of the major sites depending on your energy levels. I found catching buses to be very easy though, it is only five minutes to Largo Argentina where you can get a bus to just about anywhere. Or there is also a small electric bus (route 116) that runs down the street that goes past the Trevi Fountain area and up to Villa Borghese. If you did want to walk everywhere though, nothing is more than 30 minutes walk away. I always felt very safe in the area. The immediate area is also very pretty, of course the Piazza Farnese, also an old church a few doors away, and via Guilia is a gorgeous street.
Everything is within easy reach. A good grocery store is only a few minutes walk down the road, or you can pick up great fresh food nearby at the Campo dei Fiori markets. There are plenty of great coffee bars, restaurants, bakeries etc. nearby. A bancomat is just around the corner.
The apartment decor is amazing. It was once the home of Biagio Biagetti, who was a painter and a curator of the Vatican museum. The apartment is filled with some of his works, and is very tastefully decorated with some great furniture. It has been kept in immaculate condition.
It is a studio apartment in a small building, on the first floor (one flight of stairs). The bed is in the main room by the window, and the kitchen and bathroom are together down a short passageway. For a studio, the place is plenty big enough.
During the day with the windows open you can hear some of the goings on outside, and the small bus going past at intervals. At night it was quieter, although you are still in an urban area. I had no problems at all sleeping. On Friday and Saturday night you can slightly hear the hum of the nearby campo - I found this charming rather than annoying, but bear it in mind.
No outside area.
The furniture is well looked after. There is plenty of room in the apartment for a couple to live comfortably. Enough sitting places if you wanted to invite several guests as well.
The place was spotlessly clean with clean linens and towels provided.
The large double bed is firm but comfortable to sleep on. The bathroom is small but clean and serviceable. There is no bath, just a shower cubicle.
It is not a full kitchen but kind of a large kitchenette, there are four gas burners, a large toaster oven and a microwave to cook with. I was able to cook a full pasta meal, as well as use it to reheat pizza etc. and make coffee. A stove top espresso maker is provided, also an American style plunger if you prefer. All utensils, pots, crockery and cutlery you need is provided and they are in good condition.
There is a decent washing machine as well as a dishwasher in the kitchen.
Problems or Bonuses
The owners made sure our stay was very comfortable. Most things we needed were provided - coffee, soap, toilet paper, kitchen towel, liquid for the washing machine etc. There is satellite TV, which has some English speaking channels, and a DVD player. Also a shelf full of books including many travel guides. There is an air conditioner installed (we didn't need it). Fast Internet is provided, including a computer, which is a bit old but fine for checking email or websites.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Both the owner, Barbara, and her daughter Michela who work together on the apartment, were lovely to deal with. Sending the deposit and organising the stay was very easy. Being greeted at the apartment by Michela who has a gorgeous smile was the perfect way to be welcomed to Rome. She spoke very good English. She provided us with a great list of recommendations of places nearby to eat and shop.
The pictures and information on the website are an accurate reflection of the apartment. We paid €120 per night in May, which I believe is standard.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, I would definitely stay here again. In fact when I go back to Rome next (and I WILL be back!) I will hope this apartment is available again. It is the perfect base location.
I would only not recommend this apartment if you are especially sensitive to noise, as there can be some noise carrying in. Most people would be perfectly fine though.
Things to do in this area
One of the best gelato places in Rome is nearby at Bar Pica - don't miss it!
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