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Review 4707: Palazzo Olivia, Apartment
apartments in the historic center, Rome
July, 2010, 11 nights
Via Leutari is a one-block narrow street bounded by the busy Corso Vittorio Emmanuele and the quiet pedestrian street Via Governo Vecchio. It is in the Centro Storico of Rome about a five-minute walk from both Piazza Navona and Campo di Fiore.
The Via Governo Vecchio contains all immediate necessities: a large supermarket, a Panini shop, a gelateria, several restaurants including two excellent pizzerias, and many other shops. These are all less than 10 minutes from the apartment. As for coffee three of the best cafes are less than a 15 minute walk: Caffe della Pace, St. Eustachio, and Tazza d'Oro.
The apartment is on the third floor (fourth North American) of a 17th century Palazzo that has been entirely renovated by the owners. It is in excellent condition and immaculately clean. There are two apartments per floor and a total of seven available. The owners live on the top floor. While the Corso is quite noisy, the Palazzo Olivia faces a very quiet alleyway and we could not hear any traffic noises. The apartment has a lift, which is a good thing because I wouldn't want to walk up the narrow staircase.
There is no outside area beyond the Via Leutari itself which is not a particularly attractive alleyway but the Piazza Navona is so close it doesn't matter.
The furniture was in excellent condition. The two sofas and four chairs were quite comfortable. Everything was immaculately clean. During our 11 day stay towels were changed three times and the entire apartment was cleaned once. It couldn't have been any cleaner if we had lived there ourselves. There is more than enough room for the two of us and we could have fit in two children if necessary. It is a push for two couples to manage but the apartment is intended for two people. There were two air conditioners, one in each room, and they were more than sufficient to deal with a Roman July.
The bed was both firm and more than large enough for the two of us. The bedroom is quite large and contains a wardrobe and chest of drawers as well as a sofa and a writing table. Lights are numerous and sufficient. There is one good-sized bathroom with a real walk-in shower -- I always hate those bathtubs with those half-glass partitions for showers. The shower was large enough for two of us at the same time, if we were friendly. The apartment has its own hot water heater so hot water is immediately available and sufficient for two consecutive showers (unless both are washing their hair). Water pressure is excellent.
The kitchenette is in the sitting room along with a sleeper/sofa, table and chairs, and satellite television with an enormous selection of channels. There were enough plates, pots, and utensils for at least six eaters. There are two electric burners. The refrigerator is more than large enough for its purpose and kept everything cold. The microwave was useful for reheating panini we bought to take back. We never did cook lunch or dinner (it's a vacation!) so can't speak to the kitchen's ability to manage them, but nothing was missing in case we had tried.
Problems or Bonuses
We had read good things about the Palazzo Olivia so our positive experience was not a surprise. I can't think of anything bad to say about the apartment, surprise or otherwise.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The only fear we have ever had about renting apartments involves uncaring and/or absentee management should something go wrong or should you arrive to a dirty apartment. In the instance of the Palazzo Olivia the manager/owner, Carla, is available every morning in a downstairs office to both help you with your visit or any problems with the apartment. She lives on the top apartment of the building so would be available in an emergency. Every dealing we had with her from first email contact until departure was pleasurable, honest, capable, and helpful. She is a delight and her English is excellent.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend the Palazzo Olivia to anyone who does not require the constant attention of a hotel. When we return to Rome we will certainly return to the Palazzo Olivia. There are no qualifications with this recommendation.
Things to do in this area
There are countless things to do in this area. Too many to detail. For us, the best was the almost immediate proximity of our favourite place in Rome, the Piazza Navona, which has something going on 24 hours a day and contains three of the most magnificent fountains you will ever want to see. A taxi stand is a block away and there are many buses on the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele. An ATM is around the corner. Both Pizzeria Montecarlo and Da Baffeta Pizzaria are less than a five-minute walk. You are at the centre of most everything including bridges to both Trastevere and the Vatican.
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