Thanks for giving me the opportunity to explain the category of “touristic rental” in which I inserted by apartment on AirB&B. Under Italian law it is absolutely forbidden for owners of this type of rental to provide coffee, jam, etc. – anything which could turn it into a bed and breakfast or “casa-vacanza”or hotel
The owner risks very heavy fines is it were to come out that they are offering anything beyond essentials like cleaning and bed linen. Even extra pairs of sheets are forbidden for the same reason. The host can never be sube whether the guest is a genuine visitor or a person sent to check on our respect for the law. For my part, I always try to provide the best possible welcome, as you have seen, while respecting the law.
On bottles of water, Rome’s civic tap water is of the very highest quality, certainly better than that in plastic containers which – particularly in summer – cannot be guaranteed free from the toxic substances produced by PVC bottles exposed to sunlight and the heat of transport.
And as for your nice comment about the height of the doorways not being enough for your husband, the problem is one of architecture in an area of the 16th century where only the palaces of the nobility had adequate headroom. My apartment is merely part of an ancient palazzo (of which all that remains to be seen is the little door near the kitchen) which has been modified over the centuries.
And about your comment on the hard mattresses, you are the first guest to complain about this. I don’t know how to reply, because this depends on one’s personal habits. I for example sleep on a mattress with a wooden board under it to make it harder, the way an orthopaedic specialist recommended to my father to protect the correct alignment of the spine. I’ll keep your helpful comments in mind, and if anyone else remarks on the same problem I’ll consider making some changes. I’m only sorry you didn’t mention it in time, otherwise I could have offered you an alternative bed to try, which is already in the apartment.
I hope these are satisfactory replies to your comments, which I found very useful. And I’m very happy that you appreciated my helpfulness as I feel myself very happy having had you and your nice family in my apartment. The most warm-hearted regards