It's been a few months now since our visit. This review has been a little slow in coming as we were hit by more than a few surprises at home after spending a month in Italy. So...here's the scoop....
My wife and I stayed at Navona Gallery for the first time in 2009. We did a lot of research, planning the best location for seeing the sites, and wanting a place that offered value but was also special. Well...it wasn't just value...it indeed special. It was perfect! If you locate NG on the map and compare it to the major sites, such as the Vatican, The Forum, Trevi, etc...you will see it's perfectly located to walk to most all of the sites. 15 minutes to the Vatican for example. If that doesn't work a taxi stand is 2 minutes away. The location is charming, on a great street, near tons of restaurants, awesome gelato...which we had to have every day several times (Frigidarium)...and near Piazza Navona....one of the most beautiful piazza's in Rome. NGS has an authentic feel. It was once the residence of the Cardinal of Rome and has been split into several wonderful rooms/apartments.
So....when planning our recent return visit this past May it was an easy choice of where to stay. With this said, you always worry that a return visit might not be the same as previous. Well, this was not the case....it was the same....with the exact same charm. It was maintained to be exactly as we remember from our visit 5 years ago.
This recent visit only added to our impression as we became more connected with the staff. Traian deserves special mention for his willingness to help when I clumsily lost my cell phone. Over multiple days, in different ways, he worked to help us get to a resolution. He went above and beyond. It should also be mentioned that the rest of the staff is also excellent. They are kind and willing to help make your stay enjoyable.
What you get is a nice B&B feel with the ability to have more of an independent stay. You can ask for help... and it's there...but you can also feel like you have your own apartment in Rome.
During our two stays we had the opportunity to stay in 3 different apartments. All were cozy, nicely decorated and very comfortable. When we return to Rome we will go back to NGGS. We consider it all as mentioned in this post....a great place... run by people who we consider more like friends.
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