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Review 5617: Owner, Rome is Home
1bed/1bath apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
August 12 to 19, 2013, one week
We had an unforgettable one-week stay at Massimo and Biancas’ Rome is Home flat August 12-19, 2013. All communication with Massimo was by email prior to our arrival and he explained the details of the rental clearly and concisely. Massimo and Bianca were waiting for us at the apartment when we arrived, and took time to explain various details of living in the apartment as well as providing us will a cell phone, which proved to be extremely helpful during our stay. The flat was well appointed, tastefully decorated, and roomy enough for our family of four.
The apartment is on the top floor of an historic building, formerly a palace built on the ruins of the Pompey theater, now converted to apartments. The windows overlook the terracotta roofs of Rome’s historic center, and bathe the apartment in natural light. Though it was hot during our one-week stay in August, there was a lovely cross breeze in the apartment in the evenings and because we were rarely home during the day, heat was not a problem. Fans were also provided. We had no problems preparing meals as the kitchen, which was well stocked with dishes, pots and pans. We ate many meals in, and as other reviewers have noted, the apartment is just steps away from a wonderful bakery, Roscioli’s (try the pizza bianca), and a wonderful gourmet deli of the same name just a bit farther along the street. There is a very good daily produce market at Campo dei Fiori, just around the corner from the apartment where we found fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as cheeses, oils and spices, and various and sundry other edibles. There are also two grocery stores an easy walk from the apartment. Did I mention the gelato? The apartment also houses a large number of Roman guidebooks and maps, of which we made extensive use.
The location could not really be better. Many popular destinations are within a 20-minute walk of the front door; Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Jewish Ghetto, Trastevere, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain, to name a few. Also close by are many less well known hidden gems, such as Largo Argentina, Via Guilia, Teatro di Marcello, Piazza Mattei, and a number of churches housing important works of art. The Rome walking tour card deck in the apartment provided details about many of these, so check these walks out if you stay. Massimo suggested we visit nearby Crypta Balbi, a National Museum, which helped us understand that Rome is built in layers upon its ancient foundations, which are often a visible component of the buildings one sees today. Check their website as well, for a wealth of information about the apartment, its history and the area, along with many other helpful tips about living and eating in Rome. There is also a well curated reading list on the site (click on the “Books about Rome” icon at the bottom of the site and then on a category link on the left sidebar). The list is well worth browsing.
Masssimo and Bianca are true connoisseurs of Rome and very gracious hosts. Near the end of our stay they very generously made time to spend an evening with us, and we enjoyed getting to know them and their charming daughter Delfina. In short, the Rome is Home apartment is the ideal place from which to explore Rome. You can stay within walking distance of the apartment and literally never run out of places to explore, or venture farther afield using the bus and subway. Many buses and trams stop nearby the apartment on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and at Largo Argentina. I would not hesitate to stay at the Rome is Home apartment on future visits, and can recommend it without hesitation.
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