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Review 640: Palazzo Olivia, Apartment


Review by llopez from Chile

apartments in the historic center, Rome


July 2003, One week


This property is in a very convenient neighborhood in Rome, right between Campo de Fiori and the Piazza Navona, walking distance to many great restaurants, delis, small local markets, museums. The building was originally built in the 17th century, bought by the current owner's father in 1954, and restored recently into vacation rentals, preserving original windows, ceilings and some interior doors. It is extremely comfortable and simply furnished. We won't stay anywhere else in Rome from now on.

Nearby Amenities

As mentioned above, you can walk to everything. Great restaurants, trattorias, best pizza in Rome at Da Buffetos, internet café, bakeries, cafes, delis, gelato were not more than a five-minute walk down very romantic and charming streets. The area still feels like a neighborhood, not a tourist area.

The House/Apartment

As mentioned, it is historical. The restoration was very well done, supervised by the owner, Stefano. It was impeccable. We especially appreciated the washing machine in the bathroom for washing clothes.

I believe there are four floors, two apts. per floor. Some of them are larger, for six people.


No garden.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Furnishings were very simple, brand new, in great shape and comfortable. Plenty of chairs. Very clean.


The beds were indeed comfortable, even the sofa bed in the living room which our kids slept on. The bathroom was large enough for the four of us. Plenty of water pressure and hot water.


The kitchen was very usable, plenty of pots and pans, all brand new, plenty of light. I indeed enjoyed cooking there. We used it for breakfast and light dinners. I may not have cooked a Thanksgiving turkey in it, but for everything else it would be fine.

Problems or Bonuses

No surprises, but the property has been mentioned on this site before regarding its main negative, which is noise. Yes, the area is noisy, mainly the Vespas that never seem to stop. With the windows closed, it's not a problem, but we liked to keep them open since it was more refreshing in the summer heat. We all spent a lot of time looking out the window at the foot traffic below, which was pretty interesting since many artisans still live and work on the street. The noise didn't bother us. My advice would be that anyone considering this property should consider the noise factor only if they have major insomnia problems, and only if they would be visiting during the hottest part of the summer. Otherwise, it shouldn't be an issue.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The reality of the place was better than reflected on the website. We were pleasantly surprised.

We booked directly with the owner, via e-mail. His property manager, Carla, was very efficient, helpful and friendly, and even arranged for us to be picked up from the airport. She spoke English, and did the owner, Stefano, who arrived the last day to do the credit card charge. They were both very personable, and helpful and seem to genuinely like foreigners.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I'd stay here again in a heartbeat. I've already recommended it to many friends. I also felt the cost, about 180 Euros per night, was reasonable. It also helps that they will rent for less than the full week, for a minimum of three nights.

Things to do in this area

We particularly enjoyed Navona Notte, which is in the neighborhood and serves up some great mussels. Da Buffeto for the best pizza in Rome, Cul de Sac enoteca for light wine and cheese type of meals.

The best gelato in Rome is San Crispino, which is near the Fontana Trevi, second best is Della Palma, very near the Pantheon.

This review is the opinion of a Slow Travel member and not of slowtrav.com.

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