Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5255: Owner, Residenza Sansoni (#p286001)
studio apartments near Piazza Navona, Rome
December 2011, 5 days
What a fantastic apartment! If anything, it is under-advertised. The location (just a minute or two walking from Piazza Navona) cannot be beaten. It's a beautiful apartment right in the heart of the city. This place is as central as you can get. I loved staying here.
You can pick up the 40 bus right in front of Chiesa Nuova. This is unbelievably convenient for getting around Rome when you are tired. It will take you to Termini Station via Piazza Venezia or to St. Peter's Square, depending on which direction it is heading. It will also drop you off right in front of the church at the end of the day.
You can walk everywhere from this apartment. There is a grocery store just around the corner from this apartment.
The apartment is actually two units in one. A family can rent both rooms, each with their own kitchen and bath. I believe they are both one bedrooms and are in fantastic condition. Very clean and tidy within an historical building, across the street from Chiesa Nuova.
The apartment is elegant and very clean. It comes with a very large bathroom, a kitchenette, a true double-bed that is so soft and comfy. It has just about everything you might need for a vacation in Roma, including free WiFi.
It is not for people who have difficulty navigating stairs, since there are a few flights to get up to the apartment.
There is no outside sitting area but there is a convenient line outside the window to hang laundry to dry.
The place was spotless. It even has a heated towel warmer!
The bed was extremely comfortable and large. The best I slept in during my 38 day tour of Italy.
The bathroom has a gorgeous vessel bowl sink.
I didn't cook a lot, but there is a microwave and a two burner stove along with an electric kettle, etc. Olivia also stocks (free of charge) a few breakfast items for you. Yogurt, coffee. If you're lucky, she'll bring you a yummy fruitcake from her farm.
Problems or Bonuses
The only surprise was the elevator in the building that residents are not allowed to use. It is for private use of a business housed in the building. It would be nice if the owner could negotiate a deal with the company to allow renters to use the elevator. The stairs are steep and the apartment is three flights up. But this is a small price to pay for being right in the heart of everything. It would not deter me from renting this apartment again.
Also, free WiFi! Not the strongest signal, but it worked for me to access Google maps for planning and to call home via Skype (not video Skype, just regular voice Skype).
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Olivia, the owner, owns a farm and is into the "slow food" movement, so she definitely understands the slow traveler state of mind. She is fantastic to deal with and a lovely, modern, independent Italian woman who speaks perfect English. She takes great pride in her apartments and is full of wonderful advice on offbeat places to visit and where to eat "real" Roman food in the area.
Olivia was wonderful. The sweet bread she brought for me from her farm was amazing! It saved me when I woke up with jet lag the first morning. She was available to answer all my questions via email. Upon arrival, she met me at the apartment with no problems and even recommended some great places to eat in the neighborhood. And what a neighborhood it is! It just doesn't get better than this.
As a single traveler during off-season, I paid a deposit of €116 (via PayPal), then €272 in cash upon arrival, for a total of €388 for five days ... or €77.60/night.
Olivia will negotiate with you and I believe discounts are available for longer stays, etc.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This apartment is incredible value for the location and the quality of the premises. I visited Italy for five weeks this winter and stayed in several apartments. This one was by far the best value and my favorite. I would definitely stay here again. I would recommend this apartment without hesitation to anyone wanting to enjoy Rome from the heart of the historical center as long as they don't have difficulty negotiating stairs.
Things to do in this area
This apartment is within 10 minutes walking distance of Piazza Navona. It's perfectly located for exploring Rome on foot.
My favorite restaurant in the area was La Danesina. It's right around the corner. In fact, you can see it from the window of the apartment. The specials are out of this world and they make fantastic tiramisu. Very reasonably priced, too.
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