Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1184: Real Rome, Luce Split Level
apartment, sleeps 2, in Trastevere, Rome
October 2004, 5 days
Located in Trastevere, just across the Tiber from Campo de Fiori (crossing via Garibaldi bridge) within walking distance of the major piazzas in central Rome. In the middle of the busy restaurant district of Trastevere, with lots of colour and excitement. Although we had many restaurants surrounding us, including one right underneath, the apartment was quiet at night, having double glazed windows.
Many choices of restaurant, bar available, very close. Excellent internet point around the corner, with helpful, English speaking owner. A good supermarket 10 minutes away by foot. Delicatessan and greengrocer 1 minute away by foot.
A very modern apartment in a very old building. Being on a corner, it had more light than in many apartments we have rented. On the first floor, with only one other apartment across the landing.
Inner city Rome ... no garden or pool, but who needs it with all the colour of Trasavere?
The apartment was spotless and well furnished, including a CD player which we missed in other locations. There was also a clotheswasher/dryer which is a wonderful facility in a small apartment with no drying space.
The bed was comfortable and we had the luxury of two toilets, one in the bathroom and one in the laundry. The queen bed and bathroom were on a mezzanine level with little head-room (you need to bend unless you are very short) ... this was the only shortcoming of the apartment, but we found it only a minor inconvenience against all the other good features of this location and this apartment.
The kitchen was small but efficient, and well stocked with equipment, including a dishwasher.
Problems or Bonuses
Yes, the owner Laura stocked the fridge and pantry with some goodies and gave us some good advice on restaurants and location of various amenities. The washer/dryer was a real boon, and we were grateful for the double-glazing, because in inner Rome there is a lot of noise.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Very good. Tim Pearson from the agency was very helpful & efficient by phone & email. The owner Laura was on hand to help us get settled. Both speak English. The description of the property on the Real Rome website was accurate. We paid 600 euros for 5 nights in November (the rate goes down for longer stays). We thought the apartment was good value.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
WE would recommend it and we would stay there again. Recommendation has 2 provisos: 1. We think it is really only suitable for 2 people. 2. Because of stairs to the mezzanine sleeping area, and the low ceiling height over the sleeping area, you need to be moderately fit and agile ... the stairs and low ceiling could be a bit of a hazard for an elderly person.
Things to do in this area
There are lots of eating places locally (probably 20 restaurants within a 100 metre radius of the apartment). Just walking around Trastevere, especially in the evening, is a treat. Lots of funky little shops very near by. And the major tourist attractions of Rome are withing walking distance (if you like walking), or easily accessible by bus or tram.
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