About this listing
A charming apartment for experts entirely wood made by the sure touch of a local old craftsman – Sir Fausto – who lived and worked in “Campo de’ Fiori” area at the beginning of the twentieth century. The apartment is especially cozy because of the recent remodelling.
The “Bollo” is a magic, enchanting place; It will be like living on a boat in the heart of the city, far from any noise even you are less than one hundred meters far from Campo de’ Fiori where every morning (except on Sunday), starting from the dawn, you can see the most characteristic and coloured market of flowers, fruit and vegetables in the city.
The “Bollo” is a perfect lovely nest, enriched by its ancient vault-ceiling, the original sixteenth century peperino-marble capitals (peperino is a volcano tuff which is grey with black little grains like peppergrains; this kind of stone is found in the Albani hills near Rome), the porthole-windows – in peperino marble as well – which belonged to the ancient fifteenth century convent, basis of the recent building.
The apartment consists of one room perfectly acclimatized (air conditioned) and endowed with an elegant cooking alcove.
Free wifi Internet connection!
The flat can accommodate up to four people; the two sleeping areas furnished with refined upholstery and both fitted with a comfortable double bed are positioned on two typical wooden lofts which look each other, reached by two staircase-wardrobes that are in harmony with the open space.
The apartment is situated on the ground floor facing a characteristic courtyard where you can see a nice little fountain. Completing the loft a modern dining-table and a comfortable sofa which coverts into another double bed.
The bathroom, like the whole floor of the house is made of pricks. It contains a shower and is well stocked with everything that guests need (towels, soap, shampoo).
The location of the apartment is exceptional as you are extremely close to all the classic sights of Rome. Castle Sant’Angelo, Saint Peter’s, Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and the Pantheon are all no more than an easy three minute walk.
Vicolo del Bollo goes from Via del Pellegrino (the ancient road travelled by the pilgrims who used to reach San Peter’s) to via dei Cappellari (where still today the last roman real carpenters go on doing woodwork).
The toponym of the lane comes from the “Ufficio del Bollo” established in 1608 by a notification which ordered the jewellers to work just pure gold and silver and masters of the mint to check and brand (or seal) the works. The jewellers lived in via del Pellegrino; after finishing their works they used to go “al Bollo” right to seal their works. At the beginning of the lane there is a sacred image which is protected by a glass.
The perfect starting point to best enjoy the best of the eternal city!
Queste non vogliono assolutamente essere regole di comportamento, sono semplici consigli di buon senso ed educazione.
These are not behaviour rules, but just some advice of good sense and education.
Cerca di rispettare il silenzio di vicolo del Bollo e di questo condominio, i “tuoi” vicini lo apprezzeranno molto.
Try to respect Vicolo del Bollo silence and the quiet of this condominium, your neighbours will appreciate it very much.
Usa la cucina a tuo piacimento e cerca di lasciarla in ordine per chi verrà dopo di te.
You can use the kitchen as you want but please leave it in order for the next guests.
Ricordati di spegnere sempre le luci ed il condizionatore d’aria quando esci dall’appartamento: il risparmio energetico è un problema che riguarda tutti.
Please remember to turn the lights and the air conditioned off when you leave the flat: saving energy is a problem which regards everybody.
Evita di fumare nell’appartamento, proteggerai il legno, la tappezzeria e rispetterai chi, magari non fumatore, lo abiterà dopo di te.
Try not to smoke in the flat. In this way you will the wood and tapestry too. You will also respect people, perhaps not smokers, who will live the flat after you.
Grazie e buon soggiorno
Thank you and have a nice holiday
The charming boat in Campo de Fiori is indeed very charming! It`s small , but big enough for a family of 4. Just as I expected from the pictures. It was clean , well equipped and surprisingly quiet considering the excellent location. Campo de Fiori is a piazza with a very good and vibrant atmosphere both day and night. We had everything within walking-distance , including the Vatican , Colosseum , Spanish Steps and Trastevre.
Communication with Ale on beforehand was easy with quick replies and we were well informed by his wife on arrival. Coming back to Rome , I would come back to the boat! Thank you :-)
We had a great stay. The location was perfect. With Campo di Fiori just around the corner, we bought great produce, wine, groceries and even beautiful flowers at great prices and made ourselves at home in Roma! Piazza Navona is just another block away as are so many other Roman highlights. We had no problem with communication with Ale and he even left us some nice cookies from the campo bakery. At night, the apartment is secure and quiet which is great if you have severe jet lag and need to inadvertently sleep until 10 am. With all that said, there are a couple small things I feel I have to mention just because I think it is important to keep Airbnb reviews real. First, in my opinion this place is not big enough for 4 people. My husband and I stayed and it was tight for the two of us. Maybe we are just giant Americans who need lots of space but just know, the place is tiny and the beds are tiny. Second, the hot water heater is small and runs out of hot water quickly. Again, probably not a problem for two people who shower quickly aka 3 minutes each. Lastly, one of the main reasons I booked this place was for the courtyard as I get claustrophobic being shut up in hotel rooms. Unfortunately, the courtyard is not well maintained and is more of a garbage can storage space for the entire building than a pleasant space to hang out after a day of seeing the sights. I think this issue could be easily rectified with some elbow grease and TLC around the courtyard and some simple screens to hide the cans. All in all...worth the stay but this place could be so much better with just a bit more care.
We chose this as our first Airbnb experience in big part due to Ale's stellar reviews, and he deserves every one of them. Ale is the ideal host: prompt, conscientous, helpful, gracious. He helped us with restaurant and supermarket recommendations, and arranged a taxi for us the a.m. of departure. The apartment is ideally located, very central. About 30 minutes to the Colosseum, 30 minutes to the Vatican, 45 minutes to Galleria Borghese, and surrounded by restaurants, bakeries, and 3 minutes from a co-op supermarket. Yet it is very quiet. The apartment itself is very comfortable...the AC kept us cool even though it was unusually hot (about 95 degrees) and humid outside. The beds were comfortable and the shower was hot. Everything was immaculately clean. The kitchen comes equipped with a refrigerator, a microwave oven, a stove, and plenty of dishes and cutlery. If you are tall, it can feel a bit cramped (I am 5 ft 10 and had to duck on occasion but no bumps). If you are mobility challenged, the climb up and down the stairs to the sleeping lofts can be tricky so I would suggest running it by Ale to see if the apartment would be suitable. The apartment is well maintained and so very charming---you really do feel like you are in a boat! WE would definitely stay here again (or at one of Ale's properties if this is not available) when we return to Rome.
Alessandro and his wife Kana were incredibly welcoming. Before the trip Alessandro was very helpful, always replying very quickly, and Kana met us at the front door to show us in and point out all the major sights. We visited them for part of our honeymoon and they had kindly left us a package of delicious pastries from a bakery on Campo dei Fioiri, which were very much appreciated!
Their flat is perfectly located for all the major sights - we walked everywhere - but is situated in a quiet courtyard, so was great to come back to after a long day sightseeing.
It is a small place but was the perfect size for the two of us!
A great start to our honeymoon, we'd love to stay again in future. Thanks!
The apartment was great! We walked to the Vatican, Colisseum, Borghese park , Spanish steps, Pantheon and Trevi fountain easily in 20-45 minutes at a leisurely stroll depending on the location. We never used the metro, bus or taxi since getting around on foot is more pleasant and was very easy to navigate. The apartment is located just a few minutes from a fun area Campo d Fiori with many bars, restaurants and a lively market in the morning. I would not recommend this apartment if you have difficulties going up or down steep stairs since you must do this to go to bed (1 flight only) but that was no problem for us. It is quiet despite its great location. Alessandro gave us a map and tips and was punctual. We would definitely stay here again. It was perfect for us.
We visited Rome during the hottest time on record. The temperatures reached around 39C. What a wonderful relief it was to come home to the little boat house in Campo De Fiori, with it's wonderful air conditioner. From the start we found Allesandro to be very fast with any communication and information we requested. When we arrived, although he was at work at the time, he organised for someone to be there to welcome us. The accommodation is adorable. Small but has everything you could need. Regarding the area, it could not be more (website hidden). Peters, the Pantheon, Piazza Nivona are all within easy walking distance. We had dinner at a Pizza restaurant recommended by Allesandro which was wonderful. There are plenty of really good local restaurants in the area. We are confident that anyone booking this delightful apartment will not be sorry. We also know that on our next visit to Rome (at a cooler time of year!) we will not hesitate to book with Allesandro. Mille Grazie Allesandro :) ... As an extra little bit of information which may be useful to other people visiting Rome, We made the mistake of buying a CitySightseeing Red Hop on Hop Off ticket. What a waste that was. We would recommend getting a Metro Ticket which is far more useful.
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About the Host, Alessandro
I am Alessandro, born in Rome and in love with my city... I am on call 24/7 and do my best to help people have the best experience possible during their stay. Archeology is my first passion, then food and good wine (my wife is a sommelier).
I think that living in Rome means… walking through the streets of history, where around every corner you come upon an architectural wonder, written about in history books, or a museum rich with original and important works of art – all objects of beauty that were created for your enjoyment by artists throughout more than two thousand years of history... discovering that, even during winter – when the entire peninsula is under snow, from the Alps to Sicily – you can enjoy sun-drenched spring-like days, guaranteed from the affectionate and protective embrace of the Abruzzo Apenines. Rome is the only city in Italy where the sun is always brilliant and the moderate temperatures never end....To experience the constant struggle between christianity and paganism; to worship the beauty of the eighteenth century churches while bowing to the graces of the ancient temples. ... To stop in at the local shops and chat for a while with real Romans who can be sceptical, are often impatient, but underneath it all they’re big-hearted.
What I wanna say is that no one of my guests should come away from a visit to Rome, eternal city of history and art, without having relished the experience completely, in the best way possible, and with a full understanding of her finest characteristics…