Enter this penthouse and the first impression is all "WOW" - and doesn't stop until you leave. From the big terrace you have roof views over ancient Rome, and a Postcard view of key palaces and monuments (Including Palazzo Farnese and San Peter Dome). Open on 2 exposures (South-West), this perfectly duplex apartment has a life of its own, and a buzzy, happy vibe. You have nothing to say but smile while meandering through this sprawling space with shots of surprise, space, view and light at every turn. Steps outside on either of your TWO private terraces in the sun and sights. Ideal external spaces where you can have candle light supper. The interior and exterior spaces read as one, affording spectacular sense of sprawl. Come and see for yourself; its ok if you don't want to leave!
The apartment is at 4th floor recently renovated (works ended on July 2008) and luxury furnished. It's a mix of Contemporary Design and classical style. The walk-up building (palazzetto) is dated 17th Century and located in the most exclusive and elegant area in Rome. Perfect location on a quiet street (Vicolo del Giglio) in the center of Rome, this flat, at the border of two famous squares (Campo de Fiori, Piazza Farnese) puts you within a 10 minute walk to most of the major sites.
The apartment, distributed on two floors, consists of bright living dining open layout with a fully-equipped kitchen , one bedroom, terrace and bathroom at first floor. Fly up the stairs and find the main bedroom, studio and big terrace at second floor. In both the terraces you can enjoy flowers and you can take herbs for preparing mediterranean dishes without worrying to take care of watering them as an irrigation system will work for you.
Campo de Fiori is a large piazza that for centuries now has been a food and flower market with a very appropriate name that in translation means "field of flowers." When you are here, you can imagine medieval Romans walking from one merchant to another, and you are following in their steps. The square is surrounded by buildings, small restaurants, and cafes.
This Square is schizophrenic! By day, it is the seat of Rome's flower market (as the name indicated) and it's really worth seeing as it is the more "traditional" face of the Campo. By night, it's a meeting point for Roman youth and tourists and the Campo manages to be even more cramped that the Porta Portese market at peak hour! Though, a lot of good bars are located here (if you can find a seat!).
Usually, people make a meeting point of the statue of Giordano Bruno that's in the middle of the square. This statue is here because this square has also been in those long gone medieval times the place of mass executions, and Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake here over 400 years ago for his philosophical views that clashed with the religious teachings.
Behind the Campo you can admire Piazza Farnese with the beautiful Palazzo Farnese that is one of the amazing buildings in Rome. It has a very imposing light-colored fa ade and its design has become the prototype for a lot of palaces built in Rome afterwards. A lot of famous artists worked on the building, including Michelangelo, who added the third floor and had plans to connect this palace with Villa Farnesina in Trastevere by a bridge, but that was never realized. It has been the French Embassy for over 350 years. Unfortunately, you are not allowed inside, but in front of the embassy you can see pictures of the restoration efforts taking place inside. They show the original frescoes and how the restoration effort uncovers the original colors that sometimes are so bright that nobody expects that (very much like Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel)....Read more
Left on 05/28/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Marcus and LorraineReviewed May 28, 2012Stayed May 2012
This apartment was everything we wanted it to be. It's in the heart of the Centro Storico with heart stopping views from the glorious and well appointed rooftop terrace. The key sites are in easy walking distance and for anywhere further afield, there are bus stops only a few minutes away. There are some fantastic restaurants and wine bars and a little research (try www.parlafood.com) means that you can easily avoid the worst of the 'tourist traps' in the Fiori and Navonna area.
Carmen and her son arturo were there to meet us and gave us all the info we needed. They provided multiple phone numbers in case we needed to get in touch (which we didn't)
The apartment itself is clean and well equipped. The kitchen has all the equipment necessary to prepare anything from a quick breakfast or aperitivo up to a full meal. The living space was comfortable. We only ate on the terrace but the dining space seemed big enough for four. The master bedroom is a good size with plenty of wardrobe space (there were only the two of us so we didn't use the second bedroom other than to store our cases in). There is a full size bath with shower (we didn't try the jacuzzi feature - not really our thing!) and Carmen had left plenty of 'Lush' toiletries from the store on the Campo. Some might find the number of stairs a bit much, I suppose, but for us it provided the exercise needed to work off the three course lunches and evening meals.
Oh...and did we mention the terrace. Incredible views and atmosphere morning, noon and night (and especially at dusk). This is officially our new 'home in Rome'. We will be back soon.
Left on 01/09/2010 for a stay in July 2009 | KirkviewReviewed Jan 9, 2010Stayed Jul 2009
I want to take a moment to tell you how much we loved staying at your apartment. I feel so lucky that yours is the apartment we happened upon, since no matter how much you research, renting an apartment in a city you don't know is still a big gamble. You had everything we needed - my son even cooked dinner for us there one night - and it was a real luxury to have a dishwasher to do the only work we had to contend with for the week. While the apartment furnishings were comfortable enough, we spent almost all of our time there on your terrace upstairs. Wow! What a wonderful view and such a pleasant spot to sit and read or sit and eat breakfast or sit and drink wine before our evening meal. And we did do a lot of sitting there, but mostly it was to recover from all the walking we did the rest of the time. The location is excellent for almost everywhere you want to go in Rome so we explored a LOT, although our feet were bruised and battered by the end of the day. The apartment was always a pleasant spot to return to at night, offering a fairly quiet location for sleeping - the noisiest sounds were from the birds in the morning quiet, and how nice that is to hear in the city. All in all, perfection! I'm already dreaming of the day when I can return, since I fell in love with Rome, and your apartment is the place I want to return to. I am so grateful that you make it available for rental.
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