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Review 1530: Underground Viaggi, Via del Pellegrino
2bed apartment near Campo dei Fiori, Rome
June 20 - June 27, 2005, one week
This apartment is on a street right off of Campo dei Fiori. We loved the area. They are all 16th century buildings. The Campo dei Fiori area has lots of restaurants, and you are a close walk to Trastevere (for even better and cheaper restaurants). It felt safe, but you do have to be careful with cars as the street is very narrow. While very convenient to all the tourist areas, it did not feel like it was "crawling" with tourists, if you know what I mean.
In the Campo dei Fiori piazza there are lots of cafes, a daily market for produce etc., and there are plenty of stores for cheese, sandwiches, wine, or whatever. There is a grocery store down the street. They had everything you could possibly need. There is a taxi stand, the bus stops, and an ATM machine nearby on the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele. (Although we walked everywhere except to the Vatican.)
The building was wonderfully historical. The apartment was very nicely decorated and, surprise, surprise, IT WAS BIG! I was really expecting a much smaller place. It had two living rooms with comfortable couches and antique pieces. The beds were comfy. (The ceiling in the loft space with the twin beds is low, but even my 6'5" son didn't mind it.) The kitchen appeared to be well equipped (I didn't cook.) The large bathroom had hot water on demand and all the plumbing worked great.
The apartment is on the European first floor (so it's up one story from the street). It seemed to be very secure. The large windows looked right out on the street, which we loved. It had outer shutters which did a good job keeping out the sun and it had inner shutters too. The air conditioning worked well (we only had it on 3 days - in spite of the fact that it was really hot in Rome).
Understand though, this is in a very old building on a very old street. You will really feel like you are in hisoric Rome, but you will not feel like you are at the Plaza Hotel.
Living room number one had two new couches (comfortable and clean) and a cot kind of thing. It had a kitchen table that had 10 chairs. All furniture was sturdy and much of it was nice quality antiques. Living room number two had a comfortable couch and two comfortable chairs. The apartment was clean.
The large bed downstairs was very comfortable and had nice sheets. I didn't try out the upstairs beds, but I didn't hear any complaints from my kids. The bathroom is large with lots of towel bars and room for everyone to have their toiletries in there. As I said previously, there was hot water on demand. There is also a washing machine (no dryer) in the bathroom, but it is all written in German, so a little vague on how to use that. There is also a large drying rack which worked great. The apartment has lots of supplies - including an iron and ironing board, hair dryer, TV (ask Mauro how to find English stations, we never found any but we didn't care), etc.
Kitchen had a large refrigerator/freezer. Honestly - that's all we used - but it looked like there was probably plenty of stuff to cook with if you were so inclined.
Problems or Bonuses
The street is a busy place. There are voices, barking dogs, motorcycles, cars, and some music. It gets busy at night. I personally loved it, but if you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs. With the windows closed, or the air conditioning on, you really don't hear anything.
A great thing about this apartment is that Mauro picks you up at the airport and brings you back. It was super convenient. He also provides you with a cell phone.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We rented from Mauro Sacchetta Cali. He was great and very friendly. He picked us up promptly and had his son drive us back to the airport. He showed us where to eat (and even drew it on our map) and where the grocery store was. I called him a couple times and he helpfully answered my questions. We paid 1150€ for seven nights, which I thought was a very good deal.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely rent this apartment again, but I suspect it will be a long time before we get back to Rome. If you want to feel like you are actually living someplace you can't beat renting an apartment. If you are the type who likes concierge services, a door man, bell hop, and valet parking you probably won't be happy renting any apartment.
Things to do in this area
Our favorite restaurants were Pierluigi (Piazza de Ricci - very close, need reservations, our best meal), Al Fontanone (46 Piazza Trilussa) and Da Gildo (31 Via della Scala) (both in Trastevere). We also ate dinners at Insalata Ricci (85 Via dei Chiavari - very close, good, cheap), La Carbonara (in Campo de Fiori - nice atmosphere and very close by, quite good food), and Hostario Giulio (19 via della Barchetta - decent).
Mauro recommended a great looking restaurant called Il Ciack at 21 Vicolo dei Cinque (also in Trastevere) which looked great but my youngest son panicked when he looked at the menu. We would have loved to have eaten there. The other restaurant we missed that has RAVE reviews everywhere is Al Bric, which is between the apartment and Campo de Fiori on the right hand side of the street. For some reason, we never made it there either.
We bought cheese and bread every day from a shop on one of the corners of Campo de Fiori. Also bought fruit there in the morning. We liked the baked goods at Il Fornaio, 5/7 Via dei Baullari. There is a sandwich/pizza place very close to the apt on Via Pellegrino that we also bought food at.
This is a great area. You are really right in the heart of Rome, minus the bus tours.
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