Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5277: Girasole Weekend, Residence Caracalla
2bed/1bath apartment near Porta Maggiore, Rome
May 2012, 3 nights
At the start of via Casilina, just outside Porta Maggiore. It isn't central; bus 105 goes by regularly to Termini, where one can connect anywhere. It's maybe a 10-minute walk to the Manzoni or Vittorio Emanuele metro stations. Via Casilina has street noise at all hours.
I think there were grocery stores nearby. We used the Miseria e Nobilta' restaurant next door to get bottled water and focaccia bread to have in the morning. There is a coffee/mineral water vending machine on the European first floor. On Piazza di Porta Maggiore there are bars for coffee and a tabaccaio to get transportation passes.
It's described as a restored historic mill, but it looks just like a large modern apartment building. This was on the European third floor, with an elevator.
No garden, but there was an interesting fountain at the complex entrance.
The apartment was clean with comfortable furniture; I think it would be adequate for a family.
Comfortable bed and bedrooms; the one bathroom was full-sized, with a tub with shower hose, and a bidet.
We didn't use the kitchen much, but it looked adequate.
Problems or Bonuses
The main surprise is that we didn't book the place; we'd booked a B&B where the previous guest didn't return the key and the owner couldn't assure our safety if the keys had been lost. So we got a bigger place, but still less central, and it was better for loading our rental car to leave Rome; we could park in the median.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We didn't book with the agency; we were checked in by both the B&B owner and a manager for the apartment. They spoke English, but I didn't need it. We got the B&B price of €90 per night, plus the city occupancy tax; I don't know if that would have been the apartment price in May.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
It was a negative that it wasn't centrally located, but it was nice as a modern comfortable place. I think Residence Colosseo is across the hall; it would have the advantage of facing away from the street and getting less noise.
Things to do in this area
Miseria e Nobilta', next door to the left as you exit, is a nice neighborhood restaurant; they were friendly with us.
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