Testimonial Thursday…A Home within a City

At Love Home Swap, we love receiving testimonials from participants. A recent vacation found Grant from Chelsea, located in the western part of London, England, in Rome. Rome - a central point in Italy's history and culture. It is home to...

At Love Home Swap, we love receiving testimonials from participants. A recent vacation found Grant from Chelsea, located in the western part of London, England, in Rome.

Rome - a central point in Italy's history and culture. It is home to historical monuments, such as the Coliseum, the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.

However, this home swapper got to experience a different side of city living. "[The home was situated in] a great area - residential but very chic and nice not to be in the tourist bustle," Grant said.

At LHS, we hope that people are able to experience a different element to vacationing - one that allows individuals to truly feel as if they are part of their new surroundings.

Grant even expressed surprise at how lovely the apartment was. "The apartment was fantastic - even better than the photos. What a wonderful kitchen - would have loved to have cooked more, but hey, next time!"

For some people, having the option of being able to cook and experience the market culture in a new country is an added bonus of home swapping. For example, in Rome there are a wide variety of markets available.

The Roman Road Market ranges from antique shops to food to street performers. Then there are markets dedicated to food, such as Campo de' Fiori or Piazza Vittorio. Campo de' Fiori is known for its vegetation and floral offerings, while Piazza Vittorio has offerings for international food lovers.

If you want the historical side of market life, check out Trajan's Markets. This was believed to be the center of market life when Trajan was emperor in A.D.

Having only spent a long weekend in Rome, Grant believes that he saved between 1200 - 1500 Euros. (Approximately $1,900 U.S. dollars or £1,200).

Grant also had the added bonus of meeting the family that he swapped homes with upon arrival. While each experience is different, and not everyone meets family or individual they swap with, it has happened on a handful of occasions.

To find out more about the home in Rome, click here.

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