Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 491: Palazzo Olivia, Apartment
apartments in the historic center, Rome
May 2002, 3 nights
A very nice rental apartment. The apartment is in the center of Rome. Since we were there in May it was not yet hot in Italy and we kept the windows open.
The location is great, you can walk almost anywhere in the city from here. The Piazza Navona is around the corner, there are lots of local places for eating, the shopping is 5-10 minutes away, Stefano sent us to a great wine store. The address of these apartments is Via dei Leutari 15.
The apartment (and the whole building)is beautifully restored and detailed. Much of the old charm is retained. There is a modern elevator, pay attention to the old doors and locks! There are quite a few apartments in the building but we only met one of the other renters once.
No garden. But the building across the way has a sign stating that Rossini wrote The Barber of Seville in that building in 1872!
The apartment was super clean when we arrived, and although the "kitchen" is really in the hall (inside the apartment but not in a separate room), between one of the bedrooms and the living room. One of the bedrooms has an "en suite" bathroom the other (smaller) bedroom has its own bathroom but not in the bedroom (there is a door that closes the hall off between the bedrooms). The living/dining room has a table that is large enough for 4 people, a TV, an armoir and a couch. There was also (I note from photos) a large fan which we did not need. The kitchen was adequate - we did cook one dinner for all 4 of us and we did do a breakfast each morning.
Bathrooms are modern and very nice great shower, and hot water. The beds were very comfortable, but as I said the 2nd bedroom is very small. My only negative comment is that there is not a lot of drawer space, fine for me .. I live out of a suitcase but Priscilla unpacks all her "stuff" every time.
The kitchen was definitely usable and you could cook a full meal, but, if 2 people are cooking its a bit tight.
Problems or Bonuses
Stefano, the owner is great, we felt we kind of "over used" him but he did not seen to mind all our questions. He gets a lot of use out of his cell phone!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would absolutely stay there again and would recommend it to anyone. I cannot comment about the summer heat, we have roasted in Rome on a few occasions. Best to go in May or September!
Things to do in this area
We did have one very funny incident in Rome. We wanted to have a dinner at Di Rienzo in the piazza della Rotunda, so we walked by there and "reserved" a table. We specified that we wanted to sit right on the curb ... in front ... ok. When we get there all the front tables are filled! The others in our group were content to sit in the middle of the crowd, BUT, no, a reservation is a reservation. I found the headwaiter and reminded him that we wanted to sit in front. OK, he said, no problem ... 3 waiters took 2 tables, lifted them over everyone and set them out front ...we were sitting IN THE SQUARE. I have the photo to prove it, the rest of our group was mortified! (but they got used to it and we had a magnificent dinner) Needless to say I think the other diners hated us....
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