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The property was spotless, well equipped and comfortable. We were five minutes walk from an excellent supermarket and fifteen minutes walk from Manziana which had several good restaurants. We would recommend a car as there is loads to do but most of it you need to drive to. Christian was very helpful in recommending visits and we really enjoyed those particularly Santa Severa and Cerveteri. The lake was great, we found a really nice beach and spent a lot of time relaxing there and using the pedalos. We’d recommend using the train service to Rome Christian suggested we purchase a BIRG ticket ( you can get them in the tobacconist in Manziana before you get to the station) this gives you a return train journey and all public transport in Rome for the day. The garden was fantastic and we enjoyed several bbqs and using the hot tub in the garden. We had a great stay and would definitely recommend this property.
Our family of 4 came to stay for a week in the middle of August 2016. Our eldest daughter likes her space and had thought she would sleep alone in the 3rd bedroom, but once she saw the 'attic' twin room, she changed her mind! It's such a lovely room, accessed via a spiral staircase, with windows all around and a toilet and bath on the same floor. The whole apartment is lovely and has it's own entrance at the rear of the house. There is a lovely patio which we sat out at for breakfast. Great for lizard watching! There is no air conditioning inside but the ceiling fans are more than adequate and there are shutters or curtains on the windows to keep out the sun if necessary. The apartment is very clean, comfortably furnished and there is a TV and tonnes of books in every room in English and Italian. Our hosts, Giovanna and Christiano, both showed us around on arrival and left a basket full of tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, beans and parsley, all fresh from the garden. Recycling is preferred and Giovanna makes this so easy with lots of containers in the kitchen labelled with what to put in them and the day of the week for collection.
We had a very relaxing time while we were not sightseeing, either reading or swimming in the pool (which is quite large and situated in the middle of the garden). We had a few trips into Rome by car which took around 30 mins and was very easy (in August when the locals are away). Giovanna was so helpful with maps and suggestions and gave us the route to the perfect car park which was close to everything! Parking can be a nightmare in Rome.
We had a lovely time and enjoyed staying just outside of Rome in the countryside. We didn't explore much around the immediate area but visited the local town, Campagnano di Roma, a few times. The supermarket there is good and there are several other lovely shops in the 'old town'. We had lots of gelati at one of the cafes and a lovely meal one evening at Restaurant Albergo Benigni where the waiter was very tolerant with our lack of Italian! We would love to come back and stay again sometime to read some more books and perhaps explore more. Giovanna also mentioned that there are two top golf courses very close by which would be great to play with friends. All in all, we had a wonderful time with wonderful people and would highly recommend staying here!