This is our AirBnB apartment in Formia, Italy where we will stay until the end of January 2017.
After two house sitting opportunities that went belly up through no fault of ours, we decided to book something bit more secure! We love house sitting and will continue to offer these services, however this time we needed a place to stay and most house sits available were for short-term which is not our cup of tea. Thankfully AirBnB still had lots of places available.
I sifted through the site and narrowed it down to a handful of places and decided on this place in the small town of Formia which is an hour north of Naples and a couple of hours south from Rome. It’s directly on the coast which we love and since being here we know it’s surrounded by mountains.
We haven’t explored much yet, due to Moni not feeling well. But our plans are to go see Gaeta which is the town next to Formia, visit the islands of Ischia and Capri etc. Moni has told me about Ischia for years and now it’s time for me to see what all the fuss is about.
Our AirBnB apartment in Formia
The place looked really nice and bright on the photos, but it’s actually not that bright at all 🙁 that could be due to it being winter.
Thankfully a plumber came on our third day to fix the central heating as it was damn cold inside let alone outside.
The place is lovely and warm now and comfortable. It has two decent sized bedrooms one double bed the other a queen. Plenty of storage space for clothes etc and ample lights.
Having chose the queen bed in the larger room for the first week we then moved into the other bedroom. The reason is that the building is so ‘ringhörig’ (in German) or poorly soundproofed in English. You can hear everything and we couldn’t sleep well with the neighbours TV sounding like it’s in our room.
The same goes for the other end of this apartment, the lounge. Here you can listen to the neighbours conversations, the opening and closing of doors etc, it’s really bad 🙁 thankfully they are not at home all the time.
The balcony is a nice space where we get to enjoy the morning to early afternoon sun before it gets blocked out by the surrounding buildings. I open those blinds up to allow for more light, only now, all the neighbours can see in 🙂
We are situated among other four or five-story apartment blocks in a cul-de-sac street that is surprisingly busy.
The bathroom is quite large with a tub, shower, toilet & bidet oh la-la… the toilet flush is very loud and would wake anyone in the night!
As for supplies, we have never seen so many bottle or containers with so little product in them, I’m not sure if they are just there for show or maybe seriously the last people here used each item exactly to the minimum, whatever the reason, if that was me I’d dump them and put in fresh, especially the used sponges…eeeeee yuck 🙁 I mean, who does that?
The kitchen is ok, nothing more nothing less. It has a decent gas stove & oven but no bench space! The cutting board rests on top of the washing machine. There are no electrical sockets to plug in a toaster for example, probably why there is no toaster hahaha 🙂
There are a few pots & pans but no bowls to mix things in or wooden spoons or tongs… bla bla
There is a sit at bar which is good for a morning coffee & read, the view is good looking at the wall 🙂 but the balcony is perfect when warm to enjoy a meal.
There are a few shops around as well as café’s post office etc. No big supermarket chain in walking distance, a small coop is about 12 minutes away.
The seafront is a 15 minute walk, if that, and there are plenty of restaurants around. The center of Formia has more shops if that excites you and probably more everything, which we are yet to discover.
Well that’s it from this update about where we are staying in Italy. How do you like our AirBnB apartment in Formia? Have you had any AirBnB experiences good or bad?
Let us know in the comments below.