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Review 4410: Lividonia, Attico Arcadia
studio apartment near Piazza Navona, Rome
Early September 2009, 10 days
One block South West of Piazza Navona in the Historic Center of Rome. It is around the corner from Piazza Pasquino, which is a statue that is supposed to talk. It is just North of the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, so the 64 bus passes right outside.
You are moments from Piazza Navona, about five minutes from the Pantheon and great Gelato at Della Palmas. Cafe Saint Eustachio is five minutes away - perhaps the best gran cafe in Rome. Groceries are a few blocks away. No nearby farmacia, but banks abound, and restaurants are all around.
This is a fifth floor apartment. Quite, quiet. The elevator is small, as with most Roman elevators; just be thankful there is one! The apartment was clean. The pictures on the website do the place justice. It is small; all one piece. So don't expect privacy if there are more than one couple staying here. There is a small pull out couch in the dining/living room area.
The patio is about 10 ft wide by four feet deep. Pleasant to sit on in nice weather. Some plants, and a moderately nice view. There are some great cupolas and church bell towers nearby. At 7pm the peal is wonderful. You can see the dome of Saint Peter's nearby at night.
Bed was firm and comfortable. There was AC upstairs. It was clean; although after a day or so, we did notice some ants. But not too many; and probably because we left some wine bottles and biscuits on the table. The chairs in the dining area are old, small, and slightly wobbly, but passable. The chairs in the living area are covered with protective cloth, but comfortable. Not pristine, but not dilapidated.
The bathroom had low ceilings. I am 5'10" and had to crouch somewhat in the shower; moreover, the shower had no fixed head, only a hand held wand, so it took some ingenuity to fix it so that I didn't have to hold the damn thing while showering.
There was a usable kitchen, but damn it, this is Italy, go out and eat. We did have several lunches in the apartment. Made hot water with the percolator, despite the lime deposits, for coffee in the morning. Since the Italians don't do breakfast.
Problems or Bonuses
The view from the roof; despite all the satellite/TV antennae, with the sunsets was fantastic. We asked for a bottle of prosecco to be ready on arrival and it was. We should have pushed for more "Honeymoon" treats. This is a small street; some taxi drivers may not know where to go, so know the major landmarks or intersections nearby.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Mr. Guthrie was affable and accommodating. He waved the security deposit, since when I arrived, he said he trusted me. Well, we paid enough for the apartment, so that was a bonus. Less hassle. There was someone to come and clean the apartment on Saturday; they washed the sheets, really cleaned, and took nothing from us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, although the cost was $2000/9 nights. It was probably not that nice of a place for the money; but not far off. The location was great.
Things to do in this area
Pantheon, Jewish Ghetto baked goods, Colosseum, and Capitoline Hill, Shopping, the Vatican (about 15 minute walk), Trastevere (10 minute walk), etc. Buses very accessible.
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