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Review 4738: Owner, Penthouse in Campo de' Fiori (#215521)


Review by Podie from FL who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/2bath apartment on Campo dei Fiori, Rome


8/2-8/6/2010, 4 nights


This apartment opens right onto Campo dei Fiori, and you enter the hall and stairway right on the Campo. The 72 steps are difficult with heavy luggage but I'm in good shape and had no trouble running up and down them the rest of the time. The location is spectacular, on the Campo, two blocks from Piazza Navona and steps away from many restaurants. We enjoyed coffee every morning at Bar Farnese, which is inexpensive and incredibly friendly. Lots of space in the apartment and they arranged for a driver from FCO for 50, which was handy since he walked us right to the door and introduced us to the agent. Perfect for two couples or families. A little noisy at night with the windows open, but enjoyable. The location could not be better.

Nearby Amenities

Right on Campo dei Fiori so there were at least 50 places within a few blocks! Punto Grocery a few blocks away, and the friendliest coffee bar in the world, Bar Farnese, was perhaps 100 yards away. Restaurants were right outside the door.

The House/Apartment

Older building (right on the Campo, so of course it was old) but in good shape. 72 stairs to get into the apartment - penthouse apartment. Perhaps six other apartments in building.


Nice private terrace with table and chairs.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Clean and in good shape. Pictures on VRBO were exactly correct. Plenty of seating including two sofas and a love-seat.


The two beds were fine. There was also a roll-away in the closet and the two sofas and one love-seat all appeared to have pullout beds. Air conditioning only in one bedroom. Low beams did catch our two tall (6') men unawares several times, especially when they tried to take a shower in the bathroom with tub. Beam at about 5' in that bathroom. They simply showered in the other bathroom after that. Large storage closet with shelves in the hallway.


We did not cook and did not use the stove. Washing machine worked fine but we couldn't get the dryer portion to work; hung out clothes on clothesline.

Problems or Bonuses

The biggest surprise was that previous tenants praised the air conditioning yet the main thermostat was disabled and there was only air conditioning in one bedroom. Even with all the windows open, the apartment was very hot during the day. Having the two big windows open on Campo dei Fiori was a tremendous bonus as the show never stopped! Another pleasant surprise was the large living room and dining combination - very roomy!

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Reserving over the Internet was easy. Rent was 200 per night (800 total) in August and I paid one night's deposit via PayPal, rest in cash to agent. Everyone I dealt with spoke English.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

For just one couple, it's very big. If there had only been two of us, we would have rented Rome-is-Home again. You can't beat it for four or more people. I would absolutely recommend it and would stay there again.

Things to do in this area

Bar Farnese for coffee and pastry, tiny but wonderful place. Shopping in the morning market outside the door was fun. Way too many good places to start making recommendations, but we did enjoy lunch and/or dinner at Insalata Ricca many times.

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