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Review 5378: Angeli's House, Roman Forum Palace
studio apartments near Cavour Metro, Rome
July 2012, 1 week
This apartment was located very close to the Roman Forum on a narrow, not too busy street. We liked the neighbourhood which was a mix of residential and commercial buildings including small boutiques, bars and restaurants. We always felt safe and in the midst of real Rome.
Numerous cafes, restaurants and bars on the same street and within easy walking. One block away was a small square that was full of people in the evenings, having a drink from one of the bars that spilled onto the square, everyone engaged in friendly, animated conversation. The Cavour metro station was 100 metres away and a small but good supermarket just a few steps further away.
The apartment was one of four in a narrow old building. Entering from the street through a solidly locked door, you climb a stone staircase to the apartment door, which was thick, very solid and with a modern lock system that seemed impenetrable without the key. This gave the apartment such a secure feel that we were able to leave valuables inside while we were away.
The apartment was very clean, air conditioned and a real haven from the heat and bustle of Rome. The beds were comfortable, the bathroom spacious and we were provided with all the towels we needed. The kitchen was equipped with a fridge, stove top, toaster oven and a full set of utensils including a stove top coffee maker.
Problems or Bonuses
There were no surprises. Everything was as advertised. The main surprises were how fun the neighbourhood was and how secure the building was.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We dealt directly with the owner, Mr Angeli, to make the booking, paying a deposit and the balance in advance using PayPal. We received the damage deposit back promptly (before we arrived home). We took advantage of the proposal from the owner to be met at the airport by a driver for an extra €55. We were delivered safely to the door and were met by Simona, Mr Angeli's representative. Simona spoke great English, showed us all the features of the apartment, described how to find the metro and grocery store and left contact information in case we need anything. Simona was very gracious and friendly and came to the apartment at checkout time to take back the keys.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We absolutely would stay here again and have already recommended it to a colleague. We had a great stay, with no problems.
Things to do in this area
The neighbourhood is busy from early morning to late at night (but the apartment has modern windows that keep the sound out really well). Two doors down, there was a boutique called Edo City whose charming owner makes his own clothes from designs by his business partner. One or two streets over, on Via Panisperna, we chanced on a small restaurant called Antica Trattoria A Monti Srl (di Franco e Mimmo). This trattoria once had Federico Fellini as a regular client (and has a La Dolce Vita dessert named in his honour as well as another for Pope John Paul II who also ate there, presumably before he was pope!). There are Fellini sketches, posters and photos of clients all over the walls. The food was great and the service really friendly and good humoured. A great local experience.
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