Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5543: Owner, #p397029
3bed/2bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
March-April 2013, 8 days
Located on Via dei Pettinari directly across the street from the Ponte Sisto hotel. Via dei Pettinari is a pedestrian small pedestrian street only (with some exceptions) that is connected to the Ponte Sisto which leads to Trastevere. Walk in the opposite direction for a few blocks and you'll be at Campo dei Fiori. The apartment is located on the fourth floor and is served by an elevator in a building that is secured and attended by a doorman (during most of the day). There are other apartments in building but we rarely saw and never heard anyone.
This is an extremely convenient location. There is a small supermarket across the street that has most needs including a very good selection of salumi and cheeses. There are several bars in the immediate neighborhood including one with a bakery that is run by the owners of the family (Bernasconi). A wonderful bakery that features Sicilian treats is a block away - killer canoli!
Restaurants are very close in all directions. A short walk to Trastevere and Campo dei Fiori opens up all sorts of possibilities as well as many others within walking distance.
The building is in excellent condition and is well maintained. No noise at all from other occupants. However we were there over the Easter holiday and there was considerable street noise until the wee hours of the morning on the long weekend - Friday night - Monday night. Otherwise very quiet.
One enters into an entrance hall that immediately is connected to a sitting room with two sofas. A hallway leads to the three bedrooms - three queens and a queen sofa bed in one of the bedrooms. There are two baths near the bedrooms including one en suite. The kitchen is at the end of the hallway.
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No outside area or pool.
Furniture was in good shape although not the most comfortable. The apartment was very clean except for that noted below. Plenty of chairs available in the living room and dining area in the kitchen.
Beds were comfortable and the bedrooms were of decent size. There were six of us: four adults and two grandchildren and were quite comfortable. There is a stall shower in one bathroom. It's small but is okay. The second bath is larger with a tub and overhead shower fixture. A washing machine is located in the second bathroom.
The kitchen was in need of some loving care: it could use a little refurbishing and more useable utensils. Compared to the many other rentals we've experienced in Italy, there was absolutely no starters provided like basics such as bread, butter, etc. It wasn't horrible by any means but could used some help.
We did not cook any meals except breakfast and prepare evening antipasti such as cheese, salumi, wine.
Problems or Bonuses
No, it was pretty much as advertised and the photos were representative. The comments listed on the apartment site were all positive and were accurate.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We corresponded with Luca who represented the Bernasconis who are the owners. It was a stress free dealing and he was quick to respond and help us with such things as transportation to and from the airport. The Bernasconis live in the same apartment building and were available when needed, which wasn't often. We saw them frequently and they were always willing to help, etc. Mrs. Bernasconi managed the cleaning of the apartment and was there when we arrived. She speaks no English but her son does and avoided any communication problems. She was very nice and afforded us the opportunity to use our limited Italian We paid €1618 for eight days and there was a €200 deposit, which was refunded before departure. We thought it was a very good value. For comparison on our last night in Rome we stayed at a hotel near the Spanish Steps that was the size of a broom closet for almost €200.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
The six of us were pleased with the apartment and felt there was enough room for all of us with enough privacy available. It would accommodate up to eight people although more crowded. One thing that should be noted was that there was no deposit requested; only a verbal commitment by both parties. This could be scary but based on the comments from previous tenants we felt comfortable. The rent was due upon check-in in cash. That's a lot of money to be carrying while traveling but they offer no other means of payment.
Things to do in this area
We did everything! Our 17 year old grandson had never visited Italy so we went the full tourist route: Vatican museum, Colosseum and Roman forum, Navona, Ostia Antica, Trastevere, Lazio/Catania Serie A futbol, etc. A once in a lifetime experience was attending the papal Easter mass at the Vatican ... Pope Francis' first. We had secured tickets in advance for seating privileges which was very helpful. Just the six of us and 250,000 of our closest friends!
Restaurants we enjoyed were Maccheroni in Piazza delle Coppelle and Da Sergio alle Grotte at Vicolo delle Grotte 27 in Trastevere. Da Paola der Pallaro very close to the apartment - a trattoria where you eat what they are cooking that day, all the courses including wine for €25 each. Not gourmet but worthwhile and a good bargain and a fun place.
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