An apartment in Rome

Posted on October 25, 2012

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As I previously posted here finding accommodation in Rome can be a bit overwhelming as there are thousands of hotels and quite frankly… where do you start?

First we decided on the location. We wanted to be in the Centro Storico (historic centre) so we could easily walk to all the main sights plus enjoy the atmosphere of being in the heart of the city.

We decided to rent an apartment. There were lots of good hotels in the area but for a family of 4 it was going to be expensive and more than a little bit cramped.

There are lots of specialist apartment rental websites so I did my research to ensure which were the best and most trustworthy and weeded out the ones that didn’t seem quite right.

Eventually I narrowed it down to a website where you deal directly with the owner of the property.

VRBO.com (Vacation Rentals By Owners) is part of the HomeAway group.

The apartment we decided upon was owned by a lovely lady called Fiora.

Our email correspondence was efficient and friendly. Fiora only wanted a small deposit in advance with the rest of the rental fee to be paid on arrival.

The driver organised by Fiora, the charming Fabio, met us at the airport and as we arrived at the “Via dei Leutari” apartment Fiora’s assistant Nur was waiting for us.

There were quite a lot of stairs to the apartment but this didn’t worry us at all (especially after many pizza & pasta dinners). At the top of the stairs this was the view of the apartment.

Inside the apartment was just as charming as in the photographs on the website. And as we had been travelling for a number of weeks it was great to have plenty of space plus the kids were able to have their own rooms.

The apartment was very comfortable and well equipped. Fiora provides a very professional service. There was a fantastic compendium in the apartment with all the information you could need about the apartment and the neighbourhood.

Via dei Leutari, like many Roman streets in the Centro Storico, is quite small. There is only room for pedestrians, smart cars and scooters. At the end of the street is the gorgeous little Piazza di Pasquino with lots of restaurants to choose from. A few minutes walk brings you to Piazza Navona, which is lovely to stroll around (though we preferred eating out at our smaller, quieter & cheaper local piazza).

Another few minutes in the other direction brings you to the glorious Campo di Fiori, which has a lovely morning market with lots of fresh produce…

As well as many beautiful fiori…

It was so lovely going to the market to buy groceries and enjoying the experience of living in Rome – if only for a week.

We were sad to leave our lovely Rome apartment and are already looking forward to our next visit.

Travel Notes:

“Cosy & Comfortable at Leutari” is listed on VRBO.com

Click here for the full listing

Click here for the owner’s other rental properties

We paid Euro 200 per night (the apartment sleeps 7 in 2 double bedrooms, 1 bunk bedroom plus sunroom with day bed)

Driver from Rome airport costs Euro 60 (4 persons 4 suitcases) in Mercedes Mini Van – contact Fabio D’Orazi via email f.dorazi@gmail.com

Official Rome Tourism website click here

Map of Via dei Leutari

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