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Review 826: Domus International, Vicolo della Palle (PA2)
3bed/2bath apartment in historic center, Rome
March, 2004, One month
The apartment was on a very quiet "alley" in the historic centre of Rome, between Via Giulia and Corso Vittorio Emanuele, very close to Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Farnese and Piazza Navona. The apartment was surprisingly quiet for the centre of a large city. We loved the area - the ability to walk to most places in the city - and would definitely recommend it.
We could walk everywhere in the city, which we did several times over. There was a delightful, friendly cafe (Caffe Meloni) at the corner of Vittorio Emanuele where we had coffee and cornetti every morning of our month-long stay. Nearby was a laundry/dry cleaning service, convenience store, wine and olive oil shops, florist, wine bars, churches and banks. Within a 5-10 minute walk, there was a small supermarket, the market at Campo de' Fiori (Monday - Saturday mornings), two excellent bakeries, butchers, delicatessens, a number of restaurants and cafes, and all kinds of shops - many specializing in antiques and art.
The apartment was in a 14th Century building, and the thick walls made it very quiet. We accessed the apartment directly from the street and walked up one flight of stairs. The living room, dining room, kitchen and a full bathroom with tub were on the lower level. On the second level were 2 smaller bedrooms, and one large master "suite" with a closet area and a large ensuite bathroom with shower. It was wonderful having so much space, as there were 4 of us, arriving and departing at various times throughout the month.
We did not have access to a garden or terrace, but we had a lovely view from the front windows over a small walled garden directly across Vicolo della Palle. During our stay, the trees in the garden were in blossom.
We had more than adequate furnishings - a large sofa and two chairs in the living room, and a large dining table with 6 chairs. There were built-in shelves and cupboards in the dining room.
The beds were very comfortable, and there was a small chair in each of the bedrooms, plus various tables, wall units and armoires. In the area between the master bedroom and another smaller bedroom, there was a very large closet area with built-in drawers and lots of room to hang clothes.
The kitchen was small, but adequate. We had a 4-burner gas stove, a good-sized frig, and a dishwasher. There was a good supply of dishware, cutlery and glasses. We bought wonderful fresh produce from the market at Campo de' Fiori and made a number of meals.
Problems or Bonuses
We found the boiler (which provided the heat and hot water) a little mysterious, as we do not have these systems in Canada. However, with a little education, we were just fine. Given the age of the building, the plumbing pressure is a little low - but these are things that you learn to live with, generally without too much problem. It just takes communication!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Stefano and Isla were friendly, helpful, very generous and extremely efficient. Their office was just doors away, and we could drop by whenever we had a question. They always seemed happy to see us. We would definitely recommend their service.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
The location was excellent! We would definitely stay in the area and the apartment again. We would try some of the smaller apartments in the area if we do not need as much space on a subsequent visit.
Things to do in this area
We really enjoyed the market. Apart from Vittorio Emanuele which is a busy street, the other streets are small and it is easy to walk from place to place. We loved Caffe Meloni, as mentioned previously. We also liked a small wine and olive oil shop at Via Giulia 86 called "Apicius", and a restaurant run by an Englishman, at Via Giulia 14, called "Coccodrillo" (Crocodile). Another restaurant which we really enjoyed, which was closer to the Pantheon, was Le Cornacchie (Crows) in Piazza Rondanini. There are so many excellent opportunities to eat well in Rome that it is hard to name just a few.
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