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Review 4430: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
October 2008, 5 days, 4 nights
The apartment is in the perfect location -- we rarely took a taxi anywhere, and found it very easy to explore from this location. The apartment itself is on the top floor of the building and extremely quiet and private -- I believe we only saw one other resident in person the whole time we were there! (And she was very sweet to us!) It was really marvelous to stay right within view of the curve of Pompey's Theater -- if you are interested in history at all, explore the length of the theater to find the steps, where the cat sanctuary is now located, upon which Caesar was allegedly slain.
There were several stores within short distance, maybe the equivalent distance of a block or so; and no amenity was so far as to make driving necessary.
The building was in lovely shape, and very quiet, as I mentioned. The main room is long, with lovely terracotta flooring; the kitchen is in a nook opposite the entry, and good-sized. Fully equipped as well. the bedroom was in the opposite corner from the kitchen and SO comfortable. Shutters covered the windows and really helped control the temperature -- when the sun shone hot, we closed them, and we kept them open in the evenings for fresh air. The bathroom was fully equipped and comfortable as well, plenty of hot water. This is the kind of apartment you'd like to live in yourself!
There was no outside seating -- but with so many cafes around, we did not care one bit!
Everything was very well kept and comfortably decorated. We rarely ate there, but when we did we had enough for the two of us, with plenty to spare.
The bed was delightful. It was difficult to drag ourselves out of it! The bathroom was perfectly clean and nicely decorated. Fluffy rugs, towels, the works.
The kitchen was wonderful! We used it mostly for coffee, snacks and quick breakfasts, but it was lovely to have. Very well equipped, and everything you would need for cooking and cleaning.
Problems or Bonuses
No bad surprises. It was much nicer than we'd anticipated -- and we had expected a lot! As I said, this is the kind of place we'd like to call home ourselves. Perhaps the biggest bonus are the owners themselves -- Massimo and Biancamaria (and Delfina) were so lovely and welcoming, and helped us with everything we could possibly need. Every detail was attended to, but they were not at all overwhelming -- just so clearly there if we needed them, and so, so kind. We haven't been in touch much since our stay, but they are inextricably tied to our experience of Rome, and I include them in all our fond memories.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owners, and I can't stress enough how lovely they are. It's more like arranging to stay with friends than renting a place. The business end is handled very deftly and with professionalism, yet they want to get to know you as well, and it's not at all an uncomfortable or worrisome process. The rates were extremely reasonable, especially considering where you stay and what you get. I would (and have) recommended this apartment to many people, and will continue to do so!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
HEARTILY! Wholeheartedly, and repeatedly. I can think of no reason for anyone to stay anywhere else in Rome, in fact. Why would you?? I've traveled overseas before, and this was my second trip to Rome, and it was by far my favorite overseas experience -- thanks largely to Massimo and Biancamaria. Should I come back (and I intend to), I would never wish to stay anywhere else. It truly is a home away from home.
Things to do in this area
You are very, very close to the Pantheon, and you should go explore. We went there almost daily. Also, find Da Baffetto -- it will be the best pizza you have ever had. And get recommendations from Massimo on food. We tried several places on our own, and none were as wonderful as the ones he recommended to us!
Do explore the cat sanctuary a few streets away as well. Largo del Argentina, I believe it's called. the tour is free and it's historically very relevant, and helps place the area in which you are staying within the city's ancient history. I had never heard of it and had no idea of its history, and was fascinated!
The Forum, Capitoline museum, etc. are all very nice to visit, of course and the Vatican museum as well. But I do think I had far more fun wandering and exploring than I did doing everyday touristy things -- we came across the loveliest shops and cafes and places to relax and just look at things while we were wandering, and I quite enjoyed it. Stop for coffee breaks often, pace yourselves and enjoy your stay in this lovely apartment, and you cannot go wrong!
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