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Review 4881: Dolce Roma, Campo de' Fiori
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
21 November 2010, 5 days
The apartment is located on via dei Banchi Vecchi, just behind the main thoroughfare Vittoro Emanuele where public transport is convenient to all the main sights of the city. We found ourselves walking most days as the Piazza Navona, Pantheon, the Trevi fountain and numerous side streets full of shops and restaurants are all within walking distance. Even the Vatican and St Peter's Basilica is an easy 25 minute walk away. We absolutely loved how central we were to everything, and when we departed, we were able to just walk round the corner to take the express bus to the train station.
Groceries and bakeries can be found within a two to three minute walk from the apartment, the nearest coffee shop is just across the street. We loved the forno in Campo de Fiori, in the square just behind the market. It is very popular with locals and the pizzas and breads are fresh and wonderful. Two doors away and run by the same management is the bakery for cakes and pastries and my children loved their canoli, and strawberry tarts. There are many little gelatarias, restaurants, and pizzerias that are reasonably priced and really worth trying on the other side of the main street just off the Piazza Chiesa Nuova.
The building is historical and in good shape, the apartment is on the second floor up some narrow stairs. It was quiet as there are only two other apartments with occupants in the building. There are two bedrooms on the left of the entrance, followed by the living room on the right. The kitchen is at the far end off the living room. There are two bathrooms, one just off the living room toward the kitchen, and another at the other corner of the kitchen. Both bathrooms are reasonably sized and are fully fitted with modern amenities.
There was a little balcony just off the kitchen overlooking a courtyard, but other parts of the apartment had different views - one direction overlooks the Tiber River.
The apartment has all the modern amenities of heating, satellite TV and WiFi, as well as dishwasher and washing machine amongst other modern day conveniences. The living room is comfortable and fitted out with two sofas and TV, sound system and the kitchen has everything you could need. There were more than enough comfortable lounging areas for the four of us, and best of all there was plenty of resources and travel guides for the city and different things to do in Rome.
There are two bedrooms to the left of the entrance, both with double windows to keep the noise out, and heating/air conditioning. The master was spacious with a big bed and large armoire, the second bedroom had two singles and a small cupboard. It is very comfortably furnished and clean. Finally two bathrooms with heated showers, towels and hairdryers.
The kitchen was well fitted with all the dishes, utensils and pots and pans we needed to make both simple and more elaborate meals. There is a microwave and oven, stove, and best for us, the moka for great Italian coffee all the time. Basic spices and condiments, butter, olive oil and jam were also left for our use, as well as detergent for laundry.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked the apartment directly with the owners Natalia and Walter on their website for Dolce Rome. They were absolutely wonderful about getting everything ready and advising us on what to do, where to go, and how to go. They have a box of recommendations, reviews and resources left behind by previous visitors and it was a source we tapped on for most of our stay.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely stay here again, and have in fact recommended it to friends who have expressed interest in visiting Rome. We found our stay a wonderful experience, and enjoyed it much more than staying in a hotel. It felt like a home away from home.
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