This apartment (which we reserved through booking.com) has two major advantages: it is in a very Italian building in an authentic Rome district, and the location is excellent in many ways.
Prior to travelling, Valerio, who manages the property, contacted us with useful information on getting there (taxi from Ciampino as we were arriving quite late) etc. He met us at the property, clearly explained everything, answered all our questions and took payment. During our stay, Valerio was available by email, phone or SMS and indeed came over to fix some minor maintenance issues that we reported.
The apartment is in a normal, working-class, 19th century (I think) apartment block. We love staying in classic housing in such cities. It is on the third floor, but there is a lift.
The location is superb from many points of view. Firstly, there is every shop you might want within a very short distance. The small supermarket directly across the road has almost everything you need for day-to-day, including good bread of various types, nice hams and so on. If you can’t find what you want there, there are 2 fruit and veg shops with 50 metres, two more supermarkets a couple of minutes away, and on or nearby the square next to the apartment there is a pharmacy, two butchers and a very good artisan bakery. There are also numerous small tobacconist type small shops (from which you can buy bus tickets) etc. There are many restaurants close for fairly near (see separate reviews), including trattorias, gelateria (ice cream), pizzeria etc etc. You can also find two theatres and a cinema fairly close by.
Secondly for transport. When Valerio said we could catch a bus to anywhere in Rome from via Marmarata (nearest main road), it’s true! Or at least, every destination we wanted, including Stadio Olympico for rugby, we found we could reach directly. Metro is 750m away and we didn’t use it.
Thirdly for walking. The major sites of central Rome are 25-45 minutes walk away if you like to keep fit and get to know the city more intimately than you will on a bus.
I stressed the location first because we really liked it, but the apartment itself was fine. It was very clean unless you looked between appliances, say.. The bedroom and living/dining rooms are spacious, the kitchen and bathroom (shower only) are adequate. The bathroom, including toilet, does open directly on to kitchen, which isn’t legal in UK, but this didn’t concern us.
Accessories are themed a bright green; however, the floors and walls are normal pale colours so the green is not overwhelming.
The bedroom has more drawers and cupboard space than you could possibly use on vacation and the bed was comfortable. One slight disadvantage is that it can be a little noisy at ‘go to work’ time if you are not getting up at same time as the surrounding district, and rubbish vans seem to collect at this hour as well. Although weather was mostly cool, the apartment stayed sufficiently warm without using the heating, nor did we try the aircon. The main room does not get much natural light, having only a small widow to the access-courtyard area, but the artificial lighting is adequate throughout.
Ladies may wish there were a mirror in bedroom or living room – the only one is in the bathroom. Hot water was unlimited, and the shower was fine.
Kitchen equipment is generally good. Fridge freezer is large. There is a dishwasher, microwave and washing machine – we didn’t use any of them. I did think that a kitchen towel and tea towels should be included in any apartment rental – we aren’t going to bring those from UK – but they weren’t. It would also be a nice touch if the kitchen had a few more basics like pepper, cling film and paper kitchen towel which we had to buy.
Note that there is only one small “traditional” espresso coffee maker and if you like filter or cafetiere coffee you might want to take or buy equipment. The kettle is for use with the stove (i.e. not electric and takes a while to boil). There are no small bowls for fruit salad or cereal, say, but you can sue the large bowls.
Living area has a dining table with four chairs as well s two sofas. The TV has numerous channels but none in English, unless a US/UK film is being shown on Italian TV. An English news channel would have been nice, but with mobile devices this is no longer so important. The wifi worked well.
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