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Review 4960: Comfortitalia, Farnese I
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
April 2011, 2 weeks
This apartment is right on the Piazza Farnese. It is a peaceful and beautiful piazza (designed by Michelangelo, we read). It is a wonderful location. Across from the lovely French Embassy (originally the Palace Farnese) and above a good restaurant. There are two beautiful fountains in the Piazza and a cafe that is great for morning cappuccino, afternoon snacks, and especially people watching. We loved the area and its convenience to so much of historic Rome.
We walked everywhere. There was great cappuccino at the Cafe Farnese. We bought snacks at the little "convenience store" next door. There was good variety at the cheese store a few doors down, and a beautiful array of fresh vegetables at the daily market at the Campo dei Fiori. There was a grocery store a few blocks away for basics. We got daily bread and pizza at the corner near Campo dei Fiori. There was also a meat market there. You could live your life within shouting distance of the apartment.
The #116 bus goes right through the Piazza and you can take it as far as the Gallery Borghese, the Via Veneto, etc. We walked to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Jewish Ghetto, and over the river to the Trastevere neighborhood.
It is an historical building. It was very quiet considering the location. There is a nice sized living room with big windows overlooking the Piazza. It is up one flight of stairs. It sits above a restaurant.
The outside is the piazza. This is a city apartment.
The furniture was in good shape. There is a good sized dining table with a lot of chairs. There are three couches. Very spacious for our family of four and also spacious the one time we had guests for the day, for a total of nine people.
The beds were comfortable. The bedrooms were a good size. There is a master bedroom and a second bedroom with a loft. The bathrooms are basic.
The kitchen had everything we needed. We cooked a few meals with produce from the market. It had the basics and was certainly adequate for our needs.
Problems or Bonuses
The furniture and pictures are fun and eclectic. We were surprised at just how central it is and how lovely the piazza is. And we were constantly surprised to seemingly have all of Rome right outside of our door.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Helen was very responsive to our questions. She arranged for us to be picked up at the airport and then we were met at the apartment. Aside from that, we were on our own.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I can't wait to return!
Things to do in this area
We very much enjoyed the Cafe Farnese, where we went at various times of the day. The wine bar at another corner of the piazza was fun late at night for people watching. We had a good dinner at the restaurant right under the apartment, Osteria da Giovanni ar Galleto, and a good lunch in a side street off the Piazza - Osteria della Quercia - on a beautiful square. At the corner (turn left out apartment door) towards the Campo dei Fiori there is a good place to get bread and pizza. Buying fresh vegetables at the Campo market was a treat. The best way to spend time in the area is people watching, exploring the back streets, which have interesting shops, and sitting in the cafe on the piazza.
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