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Italy: Apartment review, Rome

March 15, 2010

Rome – Palazzo Olivia, Fiorella apartment

This was an ideal location, off Via Vittorio Emmanuele and just a few blocks from both Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori. It’s a one bedroom, with a sleeper sofa in the living room. There’s a kitchen nook with stovetop, microwave and refrigerator, none of which we actually used, and a dining table. The bedroom wasn’t spacious, but was sufficient for the bed, bedside tables and a wardrobe. The bathroom had a separate stall shower and bidet, along with a non-working washing machine.

We felt very secure in the apartment, with a locking outer door to the building, a locking door to the two apartments on our floor, and the door to the apartment. We were on the 2nd (3rd American) floor, and after the endless walking around Rome, we mainly used the teeny tiny elevator rather than climb the stairs.

Pros: Carla was very nice to work with and responded promptly to emails. As mentioned, the location was great, and the apartment was mostly quiet. There was some noise in the living room, which might be a problem for someone sleeping on the sleeper sofa, but maybe not. The bedroom was very quiet. There was a tv with one English-language station, CNN.

Cons: The entire apartment was dark. Compact fluorescents didn’t give off much light, and we wound up taking off all the lampshades to give us more light. Granted, we’re kind of nuts about wanting lots of light, so it may not matter to others, but it was a definite negative for us. Also, there wasn’t anywhere to put your feet up in the living room, as the coffee table was too high.

Lastly, the lock on the apartment door was tricky; within the same lock, there were two locks, and if we fully locked the door, it was a bear to get unlocked. Hard to describe, but there were a couple of times when we came home after a full day needing to go to the bathroom, and couldn’t get in for five or more minutes as we took turns trying to unlock the door. Can you say trouble?

Overall recommendation: we would recommend this apartment, though if we went back, we would find higher wattage light bulbs.

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