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Review 567: Apartments-Rome.com, Farnese Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment near Campo de Fiore, Rome
October 2002, 7 nights
The location of this apartment was perfect for our party of my wife and I, our two two-year old twins and their willing, but not always able grandparents. It was located on a small side street linking the Piazza Farnese with the Campo de Fiore. The contrast between these two "squares" was very interesting and very enjoyable. We were able to walk everywhere we went. With the kids and my parents' minor health ailments, our trip consisted of short excursions scheduled around naps and eating. This area worked perfect for that. We were minutes away from most of the Centro Storico as well as Trastevere. What was also nice was that the area was bustling enough that being stuck in the apartment with the twins was enjoyable but not too noisy or hectic to interfere with sleeping.
This apartment was very well situated for restaurants, "coffee-shops" and bakeries. Many of the restaurants reviewed in this site are nearby. There were at least two restaurants on the Piazza Farnese, several on the Campo and many on the nearby side streets. Right next door to our apartment there was a store run by an extremely nice woman and her family. We bought milk there every night while the women played with our twins. We didn't find out until after we left that the place was actually a highly recommended coffee shop.
We were steps away from the daily Campo de Fiore market. We also found a good size grocery store on a side street several blocks away.
There were about 10 other apartments in the building, including some sort of medical practice. It seemed to be in good shape.
This apartment had no garden, pool or balcony. This did not matter because we had our choice of the Piazza Farnese or Campo de Fiore for drinking coffee, sitting and relaxing (as much as that was possible with twins) This apartment was also large enough for the kids to explore and play without constricting the adults.
The furniture was in good shape, comfortable and fortunately for its owners, durable. There was a very large table in the main room with several extra chairs. The apartment was very clean.
The beds were very comfortable and our bedroom was roomy enough for a queen size bed and two cribs. My parents said their bedroom was also very comfortable and was spread out enough that our comings and goings did not disturb them. Their bedroom had a bathroom attached and it was just fine. The corridor leading to "our" bathroom had big closets so we did not have to store the car seats and the other ten tons of stuff we brought for the kids in our bedroom. Both bathrooms were clean and had plenty of hot water.
The kitchen was very well equipped, with several sizes of Moka type coffee makers, a toaster of sorts, many pots and pans including several huge pans and pots, recipe books, and a refrigerator with an ice machine. I would have enjoyed cooking full meals in this kitchen but we didn't come to Rome with twins to eat at home!! Actually, we had to fix little snacks constantly and the kitchen worked very well for this.
Problems or Bonuses
The pictures the agency sent us did not do justice to the apartment. It was bigger, roomier and prettier than depicted.
I love to live in this apartment. It was the type of place that I used to dream about staying in when I was a student walking through a pretty square at night on my way back to the hostel.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was very friendly and accommodating, even when we initially balked at paying the deposit (our first apartment rental). Maria Rosa, the woman we worked with, spoke excellent English and was very pleasant to work with. She was very good about responding to our emailed questions and requests. She also obtained two cribs and a highchair for us without extra expense. We were very self-sufficient but I have no doubt she would be very helpful if one needed advice or had any difficulties.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would highly recommend this rental. The only proviso is I am not sure whether this apartment is always available and it was not listed in the web site the last time I looked. Based on my experience with this agency, I would use them again even if this apartment was not available.
Things to do in this area
We spent most of our time walking around, soaking in the atmosphere and scouting out places to eat. Many of the places listed in the reviews are within walking distance. I don't have my notes with me so I cannot list any of the places. We spent a very pleasant evening in the Guilio (spelling?) restaurant and they were wonderful to the young kids.
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