Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 433: Underground Viaggi, Emo
apartment near the Vatican, Rome
July 7 -- July 14, 2002, One week
Going to Rome for the first time on our honeymoon this past July 2002, was made an even more wonderful experience because of the efforts of Mauro Sacchetta Cali. We discovered Mauro through the Rick Steves Graffiti Wall. It will be difficult to add anything new that hasn't been written on these pages by others that have had the pleasure of meeting Mauro, but I'll try. Rather than stay in a hotel, we decided to try one of the apartments that Mauro manages; this, based upon the excellent feedback we had read from a number of very satisfied customers.
First, the apartment. The Emo is located on the Via Angelo Emo within both a short walk of the Vatican and Metro station. Walk through the gated courtyard and you leave the street noise behind you. We found the apartment to be perfect for our honeymoon! A very comfortable queen-sized bed bed allows you to relax in air-conditioned comfort (the air conditioning has to be the best in Italy... AWESOME!). The kitchen is very ample for light cooking and the refridgerator kept our wine cold! This very clean apartment also has a nice bathroom and shower. A satellite TV rounds out the amenities (yes...some channels in English). The cost at the time we went was about$80(US) a night. Truly, an excellent value for Rome --- I don't believe you will find better!
But the apartment really was secondary to the services that Mauro and his wife Giulia provided. They picked us up from the airport and drove us to the apartment. All along the way, he gave us advice about what to see and where to go ... all of this in very well-spoken English (Mauro, if you read this, I truly mean it as a complement!). Before leaving, Mauro gave us several maps of the city and a cell phone for our use while in Rome. His instructions were simple - "if you need anything, call me!"
Before leaving Rome for Cinque Terre, Mauro went out of his way to take care of our train ticketing. Being less than fluent in Italian, we definitely appreciated this. By the time we said goodbye, my bride and I felt that we not only had seen some of the best that Rome had to offer, but had met some of it's best in both Giulia and Mauro.
Whenever I think of our trip to Italy, I think of our great stay in Rome; a stay that was made so much nicer by our friends Mauro and Giulia. If you're planning a trip to Italy, please do yourself a favor and see if Mauro at Underground Viaggi can help. His professionalism, candor, and wicked sense of humor will make you appreciate that you did!!! I can honestly say that we will not go back to Italy without checking to see if Mauro has any openings. As Mauro is so fond of saying, "Arrivederci!"
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