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Review 1643: Owner, Piazza S.Egidio Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
August 2005, 1 week
The apartment is in Trastevere, right over Piazza S. Egidio, which is around the corner from Santa Maria in Trastevere. The area is very lively and active during the day, and even more so at night as the restaurants in the area open.
There is a great cafe right downstairs, a frutta verdura on the piazza, a wonderful forno around the corner, too many restaurants to count, and all of Rome at your feet.
The building is several hundred years old, and is in good shape. The outside is beautifully maintained, the hallway and stairway areas boast the usual dings and dents. There seem to be two apartments on each floor.
You enter the apartment into the large kitchen, with a small sofa as well. The living room is small but comfortable, with a window that open directly onto the Piazza. There is a long narrow bathroom at the front of the apartment; and the bedroom faces the much quieter back of the building.
No outside area, but the cafe downstairs almost counts as one!
All furnishings were in good shape and comfortable. You get an excellent sense of things from the owner's website. About the only difference is attractive indian-print covers on the upholstered furniture. It was absolutely immaculate. About the best equipped rental I've ever had, down to guidebooks, huge amounts of books, scissors, pens, paper, phone card, tv and stereo, bedside clock ...
The bedroom was wonderful. Very large, with a comfortable bed. Two enormous closets with plenty of hangers. There is a ceiling fan and an air conditioning unit. When all apartment doors and windows were closed, the noise from the Piazza was just about gone. You do sometimes hear churchbells during the night.
The bathroom is long and narrow, and modern. Tiny shower, but with a shower curtain and plenty of hot water.
This apartment has an amazing kitchen. Fullsize fridge, freezer, good stove, microwave, toaster, all the equipment you could possibly wish for, granite contertops, plenty of room to cook and hang out.
Problems or Bonuses
Given that this apartment is right over Piazza S. Egidio, you do need to be expecting noise and activity around you. The owner's site is very upfront about this, so we knew what to anticipate. The Piazza has a laid-back feeling during the day as people go about their business and tourists wander through. In the evening, handicraft vendors set up tables (jewelry, funky clothing and the like; the vendors were very friendly and well behaved), the cafe becomes active, and more people pass by. We enjoyed hanging out the window to watch the "show" after dinner, and then retreating to the bedroom for some quiet after closing everything up. If you want an out-of-the-way, silent apartment, this may not be a good match for you.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner was a delight to work with, both before and during our stay. Her housecleaner, who will greet you if she isn't available, also speaks English.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd stay here again in a flash, and highly recommend it. My only qualification would be that renters be comfortable with being in a high activity area at times. As I've said, the bedroom remains almost competely quiet when windows and doors are closed.
Things to do in this area
It's Rome! The housebook will give details on shopping and restaurants nearby. For pizza in the neighborhood, we like Dar Poeta, Ivo, and San Cosimato.
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