I had a spectacular personal shopping experience with Barbara. On my previous visits to Rome, I was always frustrated trying to find my way beyond the tourist fare of Via del Corso and designer names I could get at home. My afternoon with Barbara was like suddenly having a friend with impeccable taste who knows all the best shops, all the best local makers of clothing, shoes, and jewelry, and all the best restaurants and places to go, as well! Shopping was only one small part of the pleasure of getting to see and touch stunning jewelry, hats, shoes and handbags that are truly works of art, and experiencing an insider’s entrée into a community of talented designers and shop curators. I brought home a full suitcase of beautiful things, and receive compliments every time I wear them because they are strikingly unique and well-made. I can’t wait to go back to Rome and shop with Barbara again!
Rene, Washington April 2018
My daughter had traveled to Rome, Italy, but did not pack enough warm clothes and jackets for her Pilgrimage. She is from the Philippines and has not experienced colder weather. I live in the U.S. and received an email from her. She was desperate for assistance because she was very cold and had no time to go shopping with her busy schedule. She had tried to buy some clothing online from Amazon, but they wouldn’t arrive for 3 or 4 days. I went online to look for a personal shopper in Rome and sent an inquiry to a couple of them, hoping for any reply. By some miracle I received an email reply from Barbara’s company Countess Concierge offering to help. She offered her phone number and I called her and was thankful she spoke English, and told her what I needed. We decided on a budget and she went to work, knowing exactly where to go. She communicated with me as she was shopping. She not only bought all the items within our budget, but they were fashionable and she delivered them personally to my daughters hotel with a nice note to her and offering further assistance if necessary. My daughter got back from her events of the day and was totally surprised by the number of shopping bags waiting for her. She wrote me these words; “How did you perform such magic?” She loved them all, and it’s not easy to impress an 18 year old. Barbara made me look like a hero to my daughter by caring about my and her situation. You have to have a heart to do something like that, and it showed that day with Barbara. Thank you for that!
Doug E., California Easter 2018
Dear Barbara,As our family leaves Rome after a year, we wanted you to know that you enriched our experience here immeasurably! Without you we wouldn’t have found the exquisite cottage we called home or been introduced to so many unique people and places that shaped our time here. You helped us with so, so much: from personally showing us the right places to buy everything from groceries to winter coats, to organizing birthday and cocktail parties. Not only did you recommend fabulous excursions for us when we wanted to explore other parts of Italy, you called restaurants and inns that always welcomed us as if we were family. The number of people you know in this country is astounding!For our friends who come to Rome in the future we need only give one bit of advice: here’s Barbara Lessona’s contact info – let her know what you need and she will take care of absolutely everything, without fail. And if you need help deciding what to do or where to go, Barbara will create a truly memorable experience.We’re sure you’ve heard this many times from your clients, but what makes you so unique is that you care. You care and you deliver. Always, and with a smile.Grazie di cuore Barbara! Baci e abbracci,
Tim & Kathy September 2017
Nous avons confié à Barbara Lessona la recherche de la villa ainsi que l’organisation de notre séjour dans la région de Porto Ercole, d’une durée de trois semaines au mois d’août 2017
Grâce à Barbara, notre séjour a été un véritable enchantement.
En premier lieu, elle a su nous trouver une maison qui répondait en tous points à nos exigences, comprenant parfaitement nos attentes et nos envies.
Puis, elle a organisé notre arrivée et notre présence dans la région dans les meilleures conditions.
Ainsi, après nous avoir accueilli et installé, elle nous a accompagné durant tout notre séjour dans la découverte de la région, nous donnant une multitude de conseils et recommandations des plus précieuses, se rendant toujours disponible pour nous accompagner.
Elle nous a organisé des moments inoubliables, des sorties en bateau, la découverte d’îles, nous a organisé des visites confidentielles dans les plus beaux villages, nous a fait enfin découvrir des restaurants confidentiels d’une grande qualité.
Barbara a fait de ce séjour des vacances d’exception, se préoccupant de chaque détail, ce qui a nous permis de profiter non plus en simple touriste mais en connaisseurs de la région.
Nous ne pouvons que recommander vivement les services de Barbara, dont la bienveillance, le professionalisme et l’implication sont tout à fait exceptionnels.
Caroline, Porto Ercole Août 2017
Thank you so much for the magnificent treatment you gave us the other day. You are wonderful!! I am now in love with Fendi, so I will have to come back!
Shannon August 2017
One of the houses I selected for a holiday, short term or long term with important details to make your stay memorable:
The apartment is in the heart of Rome, right at Piazza del Popolo and Villa Borghese, with Spagna and the Prati district a few minutes away (5-10 minutes). While the Metro and bus stop is extremely close with just a few footsteps away (1-2 minutes), it is in a quiet little street without any traffic noise. The apartment faces the east and west side, so you will see the sunrise in the morning and experience the sunset in the evening. You can enjoy both on your private terrasse that has 180° views facing the beautiful green gardens of Villa Borghese and the green Gianicolo hill. As terrasses usually only exist on the highest floors of a building, this is a unique feature. It is even better as you will have some flowers, a table, chairs and electric outdoor lights if you want to sit outside in the evening. The apartment comes with a washing machine and a drying rack, as well as a TV (italian) and a small kitchen with a gas stove (fully equipped). While the lovely owner Marzia lives a few blocks away, her family lives on the same floor and when I closed the door and forgot the keys, they were right there to help me out. While the apartment is pretty perfect already on its own, it is Marzia who truly makes it a home away from home. On my first work day, she texted me good luck and from time to time she was asking if everything was ok. I can highly recommend the apartment both for a long-term stay as I had booked it, as well as for a short sightseeing trip.
Johanna (24 y.o.) June 2017 (2 month stay)
I arrived in Rome a month ago and Barbara founded my apartment. The location and the kind of apartment was exactly what I was looking for. She helped me to leave everything set up before started living there, she told me a list of things I could find around and took my telephone number. The week before she agreed certain things to put in the apartment with the owner in order to make me feel more comfortable and she came with me to find anything I needed. She also found me a housekeeper who perfectly matches with my preferences: in terms of personality, discipline, cleanness and friendly. Today Barbara came to my apartment to fix something it wasn’t working and she stayed with me until the problem was solved. She has a big capacity to face any situation and to find a solution the fastest possible trying to find a good agreement between both sides. She is emotionally intelligent so always knows how to approach the guest and how to read the guests expectations in order to save time and to get closer to the goal.I am still in contact with her and whenever I have a question I can count on her and know she will try to find the solution.She is one of that people who I can feel comfortable living in Rome because I know there is somebody I can be in touch with during my stay.Isabel R.
Isabel, stageur from Spain June / November 2016
We all arrived home safely.Thank you, thank you for our amazing shopping adventures. You are so sweet and so knowledgeable, You made the day super fun for all of us. I loved all of your insight and stories.The evening visit to Benedetta’s apartment was so incredibly humbling. She is so talented and sweet and interesting!
Kathy, New York January 2017
Wonderful and unique experience in Rome. Barbara made our fantastic stay possible, finding me a place in a strategic location with sweet landlord Marzia who prepared a welcome drink at my arrival from tuscany. Very central, where everything is nearby in just a few minutes on foot. The small boutiques she recommended and the special places which I would not have otherwise seen as a tourist were fantastic. Because of her tips, I discovered enchanting places beyond imagination.
Kind and reliable, Barbara is always magical! I strongly recommend her, the will make your stay in Rome an amazing and unforgettable experience.
Esperienza bellissima ed unica a Roma. Barbara ha reso possibile un soggiorno fantastico, mettendomi a disposizione un appartamento in posizione strategica, accolta anche da dolcissima padrona di casa Marzia che mi ha preparato un aperitivo di benvenuto. Centralissimo da cui tutto è raggiungibile a piedi in pochi minuti. Fantastiche le piccole boutique che mi ha consigliato ed i luoghi speciali nei quali altrimenti, da turista, non sarei mai andata. Attraverso i suoi consigli ho scoperto scenari incantati, lontani da ogni mia immaginazione.
Teresa, Tuscany December 2016
Fabulous photos Barbara. Thank you so much for the memorable day!! Our friends loved it and so enjoyed spending the day with you. It was their favorite experience in Rome!Un bacione
Katie, Boat Ride and Wine Tasting in Maremma September 2016
You are amazing. Wow they are such a beautiful couple. Thank you for making everything so special for them. I am so grateful and you just make everything better and better. Rome will be amazing for the dinner! Xx
Christine, Luxury Bike Ride and Wine Tasting, Montalcino area in Tuscany October 2016
Daniel & I really enjoyed staying at the apartment on Via Margutta. Thank you for taking on our booking at the last minute. Paolo picked us up ahead of time and got us to the airport smoothly – he was great – very professional and warm.
We really enjoyed the apartment – it’s location was great and we did come to love the neighbourhood just as you predicted.
Sharon, Accommodation on Via Margutta September 2016
Dear Barbara,Thanks for your kind mail.I trust you are doing well.We have very much enjoined the shopping tour with you. Anne has received the items from both shops… when we came back to the hotel my wife has tried each of the items and she was so satisfied that she wanted to call and thank you.We have realized that immediately from the beginning of our first meeting with you, you have precisely felt her taste and that is why the tour with you was so successful.Many thanks again and hope to see you in our next trip to Italy.
Gaby, Shopping in Rome October 2016
Barbara took me under her wing when I was working in Rome for six weeks in 2009, and made my stay in Rome truly memorable, showing me a side of the city I’d never explored before. She is warm, funny, generous and thoughtful, and took me to places that she knew would suit my interests and needs (I was researching shopping in Rome for Lonely Planet guidebooks). As well as helping me scout out some absolutely one-of-a-kind places, Barbara is a great person to spend time with: she knows everyone, knows all the best places to buy the most exquisite things, and is charming, witty easygoing, and fabulously organised.
Abigail Blasi Travel Writer
You ARE the best!!!! Wooohoooo!!!! Thank you so much! Can’t wait to see the hotel! Sounds like a dream… Xoxo
Domizia’s apartment is located in the perfect area to be based to see all the must see sights of Rome. The accommodation itself is very comfortable, modern and has all the essential comforts of home. All the rooms are quiet and the terrace is ideal for al fresco dining. What also comes with renting this property is the possibility of having local and priceless knowledge from Domizia’s,Barbara. She is amazing, in that she catered all of our stay to are personal need’s. Anything is possible,from airport transfers,personal history tour guides,authentic italian restaurants,cafes,bars to a unforgettable private dinner cooked by our own private chef with breathtaking views of Rome.l would highly recommend staying in Domizia’s apartment,and contacting Barbara to tailor your stay to your needs.Thank You so much Peggy and Justin (review from AirBnB)
Peggy & Justin
Dear Barbara, I’m am so excited that you were available to work with us!
The service was impeccable we loved all of the suggestions Barbara gave us and will surely recommend her to our friends.Well done