Campo dei Fiori Penthouse
Penthouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Classic show of elegance in old central Rome. Romantic and charming apartment for short stay in the most attractive place in Rome: Campo dei fiori
High standing 2 bedroom apartment with big living room, fully equipped kitchen, upscale bathroom and air conditioning.
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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Roma Ciampino 10 km, Nearest railway: Termini 3 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
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 centre 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.
The Lazio region
Latium was a region of ancient Italy, home to the original Latin people. Its area constituted a part of the much larger modern Italian Region of Lazio, also called Latium in Latin, and occasionally in modern English. The ancient language of the region was to become the basis of Latin.
Latium has played an important role in history owing to its status as the cradle of the Roman Empire and the city of Rome. Consequently, it is home to celebrated works of art and architecture."
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).
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15 Apr 2012
"Fabulous apartment within a stone's throw of all the sights!"
We've just returned from 4 nights in this fantastic apartment. The furnishings are simple but tasteful - and a clever mix of old and new. It is well equipped (LOVE the waffle towels!) and, much to our boys' delight, there was free internet. 1 ask would be for a kettle (for us tea-loving English) though we got by fine with a saucepan on the gas. Also the dining chairs were a little wobbly. There's a microwave and full oven, dishwasher, etc. The beds are firmer than we're used to, but we had no problem sleeping. The apartment is 4 flights up so, although you can hear the buzz of the Campo di Fiori below, it doesn't disturb you. (The stairs can be hard work if you're not used to them but I'm sure it did my cellulite some good.) The top bedroom is accessed via a wonderful stone staircase (which is fully open on one side and so might not be suitable for young children). It's up the stairs and along the landing, then through a curtain and down a step into the room (no door). Also at the top of these stairs is the apartment's highlight - a roof terrace with a view across Rome towards St Peters. The 2 sunny days we had meant we could lounge on this sun-trap, at some point, and soak up the (upper) atmosphere of this wonderful old city. The balcony with herbs for picking on the floor below is rather lovely too! The indoor living space (sofa, kitchen, dining table) is just one open area and isn't huge but the little time spent indoors saw the boys on ipads on their beds anyway so it didn't matter.
There are some great little guide books, as well as novels in different languages, provided. The TV didn't have many channels (all in Italian) and the boys resorted at one point to watching Jersey Shore with sub-titles! By the way, for your information, the TV is in the upstairs bedroom and a DVD player is also provided. We didn't realise this and would have taken some DVDs with us for possible rainy nights.
We were a little apprehensive about the location when we googled it in street view, as you can't see down the street (vicolo) and there seemed to be tons of graffiti everywhere - making it seem a bit seedy. Also, the instructions to pay cash on arrival seemed a little odd and worrying. However, the owners were so friendly and helpful via email and although we got there an hour early, we were let in by the cleaner. Our payment was made and our minds were totally put at rest - we felt completely safe the whole time - the area is home to some great little shops and restaurants and quite buzzy with tourists, etc as it's on the doorstep of Campo di Fiori. There's also a great little provisions shop on the corner of Campo di Fiori which looks expensive and touristy but isn't! Really useful for milk and fresh bread (kept behind the deli counter) and reasonably priced wine!!
There's no Metro close by but the apartment is within walking distance of all the sites you'd want to see. The Piazza Navona is really nearby and at various times we walked from the apartment to the Spanish Steps, to Vatican City, to Roman Forum and Colosseum and to the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain and it was fine (even with my arthritic hip). However, do take a really good map as the piazzas and intricate web of vicolos can be really confusing. You also need comfortable shoes as the streets are really cobbledy. Just a little tip on the whole sight-seeing thing: Best thing we did was to pay more and book our Sistine Chapel tickets online before we went to Rome as we were able to walk straight past the MASSIVE queues. For the Colosseum, buy your ticket at the Roman Forum where the queues are shorter - it's a combined ticket (and take ID for the discounts they offer to EU youths/kids are free).
To sum up, even though we had a couple of really rainy days, the stay was wonderful. Comfortable, unique apartment in a great location! PS Time scale for return of security deposit isn't up yet so couldn't rate that section below.
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