Having never been to Italy, or Rome for that matter, we felt we needed a bit of "hand holding." When I read online that Giorgio could pick us up at the airport, for a respectable fee, it tipped our decision to go with Abitazione Pigneto. Giorgio waited for us outside the airport as we navigated thru confusing directions inside the airport, and we were certainly glad to see him AND that he speaks great English. Our decision to have him pick us up really paid off as he became an immediate wealth of knowledge about what, where, how to make the most of our time and money while spending 5 days there.
I do admit that when we got to the Pigneto Piazza, I wondered if I had erred. Wrong feeling. We were in a viable, family-oriented REAL neighborhood. We were living a middle-class Roman life! Being middle-class ourselves, we immediately noticed all the secure, warm sights/sounds with which we were familiar; from the fresh veg./fruit/fish and personal/home stalls as we walked the 2 blocks to the bus stop in the morning to the the magic of the same streets turning into al fresco restaurants/taverns in the evening with celebrations of tables of foods and people enjoying each other. DON'T MISS THE GELLATO STORE JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE B&B! It was the best we had in the 6 weeks of traveling all over Italy. It is how we ended each day on the bench outside of the store watching the kids play hide-and-seek and ride their bicycles on the streets that are blocked off to traffic.
Giorgio & Flavio were attentive hosts. The 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment on the top floor was clean and well-cared for. You are given your own key for the private entrance, elevator, and front door. We stayed in the private bath bedroom one night & the rest in a lovely room that opened onto the mosaic tiled balcony where we were served our modest but filling breakfast each morning. However, we did share a 3/4 bathroom with another couple, which proved to be no problem. Do make sure you have coins for the bus before you get on. :->
The greatest asset was to have Giorgio review our intended route for the upcoming 5 weeks of driving thru Italy and make suggestions of places to enjoy that we would not have just by reading Rick Steve's book. We took his advice and were not disappointed. The best one being to visit Ostia Antica on the coast near Rome.
I would love to go back to this " neck of the woods." It was like visiting old friends.
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