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Review 5277: Girasole Weekend, Residence Caracalla

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Review by Andrew from MO who is a SlowTrav Contributor

2bed/1bath apartment near Porta Maggiore, Rome


When

May 2012, 3 nights

Location

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.

Nearby Amenities

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.

The House/Apartment

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.

Garden

No garden, but there was an interesting fountain at the complex entrance.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was clean with comfortable furniture; I think it would be adequate for a family.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Comfortable bed and bedrooms; the one bathroom was full-sized, with a tub with shower hose, and a bidet.

Kitchen

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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