Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4407: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
October, 2009, 2 weeks
Ideal location for exploring the historical centre. It is a short walk to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trastevere, the Ghetto and the forum. There is a little shortcut that takes you to Campo dei Fiori in minutes. The 116 bus - a convenient way to get to the Borghese Gardens and Gallery - is close by.
There are some really great restaurants steps away, and a great bakery. For fresh food, there is the daily market in Campo dei Fiori, and one street over there is a supermarcato for basics.
The apartment is in an old palace built on top of Pompey's Theatre. It is on the third floor, and there is an elevator - most welcome after a day of walking. There are some wonderful touches, such as the exposed roof beams in the bedroom, and the terracotta floors. The windows are tall, and the afternoon sunlight pours in, making the apartment bright and airy.
The rooms are a nice size. There is an entryway with a cupboard supplied with a drying rack and an ironing board for those who like to be wrinkle-free. Beyond the entrance is a spacious dining/living room area. The kitchen is well laid out and has a gas stove top. The bedroom has plenty of cupboard space and a very comfortable bed - another welcome feature!
No outside sitting area.
The furniture is very nice. There are a few antique pieces (e.g., the dining room table, an armchair) and a new sofa. There are two armchairs and a sofa bed that comfortably seats two. I didn't use the sofa bed so I can't rate it for sleeping comfort, but is was certainly comfortable for lounging and reading. The dining room table seats four.
The rooms are clean and bright.
The bedroom has the same-sized tall window as the living room, so it is bright. There are inside and outside shutters if you want complete darkness for napping or sleeping in. The bed is comfy, and there are bedside lamps for reading, as well as a radio/alarm clock that is is working order. There is also a desk and Internet access in the bedroom.
The bathroom is fitted with a shower, small but good water pressure and plenty of hot water.
I found the kitchen good for cooking light but full meals. There is no oven, but there is a microwave, which I didn't get around to trying. I found it had everything I needed. There is a large pasta/soup pot, and various other pots and pans.
Problems or Bonuses
This was my second time staying the apartment, and I had no problems on either occasion. When I arrived this time, I walked in and truly felt like I had come home. I love the neigbourhood and the surrounding areas.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are lovely people, and all of the arrangements went smoothly. I was met by the apartment manager who was waiting for me downstairs to let me in and show me around. He and his wife were lovely, and spoke English.
A cell phone is provided, so it is easy to get in touch with the owners if you need to.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again. It is not luxurious, but it is more than comfortable and has a lovely atmosphere and feeling when you walk in the door.
Things to do in this area
I walked just about everywhere from this location, which is one of the things I love about it. Rome is a very walkable city, and the apartment is right in the centre of it all.
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