Long story short (and let me assure you, that whilst people are tremendously helpful, arranging things in Italy does take a long-ish time!), I found a great sounding apartment with Atena’s help. “Mini apartment with living room, kitchen corner, and 2 armchairs, TV; bedroom with 2 beds, window and desk; bathroom with shower and washing machine. The apartment is on Via Cesare Caporali, on the second floor.” Checking the map, I established that my mini apartment was indeed in a top spot!
I wanted to check out the town, where the uni was, and where my apartment was. I was amazed and excited to discover the apartment and hotel were 2 minutes walking distance from one another, and that the apartment building looked great. Of course when I went inside the building I was stunned because it had the biggest lift – huge that I had ever seen in Italy – 3 times the size of the ones you get in hotels in Rome! Having reached the second floor, my attempts to figure out which one was THE place because all of the doors were discreetly anonymous. Still, I found myself imagining swanning up to any of the doors and opening one of them onto a new, even if short, life in Italy.
There was also an under bench fridge; a wooden dining table and chairs to seat 4; a couple of tub chairs, tiny TV and bookcase; a full bathroom with modern fixtures, including bidet; new washing machine; good sized bedroom with desk – and of course, that window! – in fact 2 lovely casement windows with obligatory green shutters to let in the warm, yellow light; and lots of storage, including an Ikea shoe cupboard.