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Review 5206: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
November 2011, 4 weeks
Rome is Home is a delightful little apartment in an older building only a few steps from the Campo dei Fiori, one of Rome's main fruit and vegetable markets - and the site of the burning of Bruno. It is a terrific base for visiting Rome, being in walking distance to almost all of the principal sights, but also having ready access to many major bus routes.
There is definitely no need for a car here, with shops, restaurants and the market itself literally at the door.
The building itself was built around 700 years ago. Despite being close to the Campo, noise was generally not a problem from the street - with a couple of minor weekend exceptions. We rarely saw any of our dozen or so neighbours. The layout of the apartment was simple - and is easily seen from the excellent website - a small entry area with a well equipped kitchen (including a washer/drier) to the left, flowing into a dining area and sitting area with sofa bed, TV and stereo (and WiFi!), with a double bedroom off that. The owners, Massimo and Biancamaria even provide a mobile phone which you can top up with credit while you are there, and which makes local communication a breeze.
The apartment is scrupulously maintained each week, and everything is in good working order. There is plenty of furniture for up to four adults.
The bedroom has a massive timber beam across the ceiling - a reminder of the age of the building. It is a good size, with a desk and a comfortable bed and plenty of wardrobe space. The bathroom is small but perfectly adequate, with access via bedroom or living area.
The kitchen has everything a traveller could want. Plenty of pots and pans, a four-burner gas stove (no oven), a microwave, a full sized fridge and plenty of crockery and cutlery. With the market so close it was great to be doing our own cooking with the occasional foray to nearby restaurants and cafes.
Problems or Bonuses
The great surprise was the very great care and genuine hospitality extended by Massimo and Biancamaria (who both speak excellent English). Nothing was ever a problem, and their charm extended to calling every week or so to check that we were OK. There is a small library of books of interest to tourists in Rome, and a whiteboard with important telephone numbers - including the owners'.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Having read other reviews on Slow Travel and other sites, we had high expectations of Rome is Home. They were met and exceeded.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We hope that one day we will be able to return to Rome is Home, and would recommend it to anyone looking to stay right at the heart of things in Rome.
Things to do in this area
Our favourite place was the Cafe Banchi Vecchi, on via Banchi Vecchi - about 10 minutes walk and away from the tourist traps of the Campo. A real "local" venue, with very few tourists. Prices low, quality high! As for quality meals, don't miss Antico Forno Roscioli - both the bakery itself and its nearby restaurant.
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