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Review 4783: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
September 5-11, 6 nights
Once again we enjoyed this great apartment in Rome's historic centre. As we'd visited last year, there were no surprises for us - everything is close; the Campo dei Fiori markets, Pantheon, Navona, Campidoglio and the Forum.
The apartment is in a well-maintained 13th Century building and is about 76 steps up - three flights from the ground floor. There is a lift for those days when you really don't feel like climbing, or are carrying heavy shopping.
The location is extremely convenient - the markets are five minutes away, there is a supermarket around the corner, an excellent bakery in the same street as the apartment. If you enjoy walking, as we do, you will probably go everywhere on foot.
The building is old, and is comfortable with a little gentle wear and tear. For central Rome, the area is quiet. We are both light sleepers and we found we slept well, even with the windows open. Note there is some late night noise as people leave the bars and restaurants around the Campo. With the windows and shutters closed this shouldn't be a problem.
There are perhaps eight apartments in the building, and this time we didn't see or hear another soul.
There is no outside garden. The tall windows in both the sitting room and bedroom let in a lot of light and give good views of the surrounding rooftops.
The apartment is comfortable and clean. There is a dining table that can be extended to seat four to six people; the sitting room has a sofa and a couple of easy chairs.
The bed is enormous and comfortable. We tended to stretch out and use this space more than the sitting room for reading and early morning coffee. The bedroom also has a small desk for catching up on email, skyping and so on. The bathroom is small with a compact shower, washbasin and toilet/bidet. I particularly liked the overhead rack for storing suitcases - so good to get them out of sight!
The kitchen was fairly good - it is a great space for cooking with ventilation and natural light from the window which overlooks a light-well. There were no spices, salt etc (I suspect there had recently been a clear out) so be prepared to stock up with a few essentials.
Problems or Bonuses
Massimo and Biancamaria continue to communicate with efficiency and good humour. Everything was handled easily, and coming from Australia, we were exhausted after a 20+hour flight, with added airline delays. We didn't reach the apartment until 10pm and Massimo and Bianca's representative, Jinky, was still waiting for us. Massimo arranged a driver to meet us at the airport; something else that makes the journey a little easier.
Additionally the WiFi is a bonus that helps us keep in touch with friends and family; we love this!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Smooth and easy to book and communicate. We had a reasonable rate for high season. Off-season rates (we previously stayed in February) are very good.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes, we recommend the apartment. The location cannot be beat. It is a comfortable place to base yourself. We personally find Sunday is not an ideal check-in day for us, particularly as all the supermarkets are closed and we therefore cannot stock up with essentials, but the arrival day can possibly be negotiated, or alternatively, a request made to provide a few provisions.
Things to do in this area
We walked everywhere, had dinner and coffee locally, shopped at the Campo markets. We love the Piazza Farnese for breakfast and people watching.
Favourite restaurants are Ditirambo (just off the Campo piazza) and Ar Galetto in the Farnese. Sant'Anna is reliable and easy for jet-lagged people to negotiate. Again we visited the three-level church of San Clemente, walked up to the Palatine and took our nightly strolls through the Pantheon and Navona squares.
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