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Review 770: ComfortItalia, Gallo
2bed/1bath apartment near Campo de' Fiori, Rome
Jan. 13 - 17 2004, 4 nights
This apartment is located on a tiny side street connecting two easy to find piazzas - Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese. Each has it's own character and is only steps away from the apartment's front door. Campo dei Fiori's open air markets featuring fresh fruit, seafood, vegetables and more creates a picturesque setting while you sit at the sidewalk cafes and drink wine or cappuccino. On the other hand, just a few steps in the other direction leads you to the Piazza Farnese, home of the French Embassy, and the source of a heightened police presence which I found comforting, although unnecessary.
The apartment itself is not fancy. But it is very clean and offers not only all the essentials, but the "feeling" of living in a real Roman apartment. Helen Yeh is the English-speaking manager who lives in the next building (which I understand has an even nicer, but more expensive apartment right on Piazza Farnese) and she was very helpful when our baby became sick and when we needed assistance calling cabs or checking our email.
If you like watching students with back-packs chatting on their way to school, or seeing the little old lady sit by a fire as she peels her fresh vegetables for sale, or just taking in life away from Rome's upscale shopping districts (which we did) then check out this apartment, or other's that Helen manages.
One caution. I don't think the apartment has air conditioning. Of course that wasn't a factor in January, so I can't speak to how noisy it is on summer nights. But I felt completely safe allowing my teenagers to be out at night. They found nightlife in the block surrounding the apartment, without having to travel across the city.
Everything you need is within 100 yards, cheese shop across the street, wine shops, grocery stores, cafes, open air fresh fruit, vegtable, & seafood market.
I don't know if the building is historical, it's cute, with an inner court-yard, but one not big enough to sit in.
There is not outside sitting area in the apartment or building but two piazzas are literally just a few steps away.
The furniture was in good shape, although plain and rather non-discript. There are four chairs around the dining table and a couch and TV. Bring your own travel alarm clock!!! The kitchen has everthing and there is a very nice bathroom with a washing machine (also there is a dry cleaner across the street).
The beds were very comfortable and when our baby was sick, Helen sent a cleaning woman in to replace the sheets and towels at no charge.
The kitchen was usable and had all the basics. The quality was all basic and I actually never used the stove or oven. I did, however, make great use of the refrigerator, microwave, and sink. We ate lots of fresh fruits and veggies from the nearby market, drank our fair share of wine, and make great use of the cheese shop right across the street. There is a super shop that carries all essentials, at a reasonable price, just off of Piazzo Farnese. Each morning, I went to a local cafe and brought home fresh pastries and "to go" coffee - a strange concept for the Italians - but a homey comfort for many traveling Americans.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Helen Yeh was the on site representative and she is a New Yorker by birth, so there were no language barriers, and in fact, she was very helpful to us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I recommend this apartment and will stay there again.
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