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Review 715: Owner, Via Nomentana
1bed/1bath apartment outside the historic center, Rome
October 2003, 2 Weeks
The location was in Via Nomentana, a very elegant part of Rome, the zone where all the noble families of Rome had their "villas". The apartment is easily accessible from Stazione termini by bus in five minutes. In the area there are a lot of things to see: a) Porta Pia, a monumental door of Rome made "only" from Michelangelo. b) Galleria Borghese, probably the best art gallery in the world, jointly with Uffizi in Florence. c) catacombe di S. Agnese, one of the best underground complexes in Rome. d) the better parks of Rome: Parco di villa Borghese, Parco di villa Ada, Parco di Villa Torlonia. c) Casina delle civette, a very fine Liberty pavillon d) Terme di Diocleziano, a part of them where transformed in a Christian church by Michelangelo, and another part has been recently restored to house the Museo Nazionale Romano, with fine pieces of Roman art.
The area is full of services and really pleasant, it is lighty, cheerful and full of life by night, but not noisy (there are bar, pubs and cines, not discos). I never felt in danger coming home late.
In Via Reggio Emilia, just 100 m. from the house there is a big market, and the streets nearby are full of any kind of shops. There is a big cultural - commercial center that has been make recently in the 19 century buildings of an ancient factory (Birra Peroni), between these I liked a contemporaty art center that organized nice expos. A problem is that round there all the parkings are payment one, to find a free parking you have to go towards the end of Via Nomentana (where Catacombe of St. Agnese are). At the end we left the car there all the time and used bus to move (traffic in rome is really caothic, better avoid to drive)!
The building was 150 years old, it was a typical Roman block of flats, with a garden in the back and a corridor linking the apartments in the back front, something like the film "Poveri ma belli", but with a less popular character. The apartment was recently redecorated.
The furniture was new and very fine, the apartment was very confortable and warm, and tastfull decorated. The owner told us that the decoration of the greater part of the house was designed by a famous architect. You can apreciate the history of the family by a huge quantity of ancient photographs. The apartment was clean. One of the rules of the house is: please leave the apartment as clean as you have find it. The owner don't live in Rome, so she cannot always clean it after any guest.
The beds were very comfortable. There was a main bedroom (double bed) and in the living-room there was a sofa-bed for two people and another folded bed in a wardarobe.
A problem for who come from America: linen is not included (always because the owner don't live there and cannot change). The landlady told me that a friend of her has another apartment with the same characteristics nearby, that apartment has linen and final cleaning included.
The bathroom was little but well organised. There are shower, WC, bidet, the washbasin has a marmol-base to put your things.
The kitchen was the better part of the house. It was separated from the livingroom by some columns, so that during the day you could keep it as a unique open space, but if by night the people who stayed in the livingroom wanted more intimacy, the ambient could be separated by sliding doors and opening the doors of the columns-library. A very interesting solution. The kitchen was perfectly equipped of everything, there are fridge (perhaps something little, just for weekly stays, not for loger periods), freezer, electric stove, electric oven, microwave oven, all the pots, pans and dishes to cook.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I loved this apartment, I surely will come back there any time I come again to Rome.
Things to do in this area
There are very good Pizzeria nearby (one at the entrance of the building, and one near Porta Pia), and a fantastic gelateria (ice cram shop). To avoid Chinese restaurants (not very clean). My favorite restaurant in Rome is not in that area, but in a little street near Montecitorio (I think the name is via del Leone, but I'm not sure). The name of the restaurant is "Amatricianella", affordable prices and very good cooking. Sugested plates: spaghetti cacio e pepe, carciofi alla giudia, pagliata, and any kind of desserts.
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