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Review 1779: Owner, VRBO #25034
1bed/1bath apartment, Trastevere, Rome
Oct 15 - 22, 2005, one week
The apartment is located on Via Portuense is the Trastevere section of Rome about 2 blocks to the rear of the Trastevere rail station. While that street is a major throroughfare, at the point of the apartment it becomes almost an alleyway with a dozen or so stalls selling primarily fresh produce, meat and bakery items. The appearance of the street may be intimdating to some but we felt it was quite safe ... just not appealing.
We would not rent again primarily because of the location. It is about a 30-40 minute walk from the apartment to the Garibaldi bridge so it is not convenient to walking to the historic center. There is however good bus and tram service; the tram in particular is convenient to the Largo Argentina.
The apartment is located on the first floor (our second) and overlooks the food stalls. After the first couple of nights we learned to keep the bedroom window closed as the day starts early for the food stall proprietors ... around 5:30am. Not too much noise from traffic however.
Food stores and bars are plentiful within a two block area. Restaurants are available but to get a good selection it is necessary to go to the center of the Trastevere section where there of course are plenty from which to choose.
One added plus is that a well run laundromat which is also an internet point is only one block from the apartment.
The rental apartment is located in a complex of three of four buildings each with its own entrance. The apartment is up one flight on stairs that is easily rreached from the main entrance. The apartment opens onto a combination sitting room/kitchen with eating area. There is a king size bed in the small bedroom which is next to a convenient and modern bathroom which has a stall shower. There was absolutely no noise from nearby apartment inhabitants.
No garden or outside sitting area.
Very clean apartment with up-to-date furnishings. There are four kitchen chairs and two futon-type sitting or sleeping items in the sitting area.
The bed was quite comfortable with plenty of pillows, blankets and lights for reading. The bathroom was quite modern and furnished with more than enough towels for bathing, etc.
Kitchen was quite adequate. Plenty of pots, pans, and dishes. The owner furnished the apartment with a varied selection of food to start off the renters' stay. Provisions included wine, beer, juice, eggs, lunch meat, cheese, bread, coffee, milk, and more. Provisions were the best and most ample of any of the many places we have rented in Italy.
Problems or Bonuses
The major surprise was that the apartment was not as convenient to the center of Trastevere as the owner indicated. We frankly wanted to walk more than take public transportation but that was not feasible. However we share at least some of the responsiblity in not researching the location before committing. I did ask the owner for specific walking distances but he did not respond accurately (in my opinion).
The food stalls outside our bedroom window was a surprise but not a significant problem or downside to the apartment.
We were provided with telephone numbers of contacts (airport taxi service, nearby resident who spoke English, owner's mother, etc.) however all the numbers were for mobile phones but the apartment phone would place only "land" phone numbers.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked through VRBO (#25034) and details were handled by the owner. He was quite responsive during the planning process to our questions although as I've indicated, not completely accurate. He was away on a trip during our stay and his mother greeted us with her orientation. She was quite friendly and helpful although she spoke no English whatsoever. Fortunately we know enough Italian to understand her and the information she provided. However it would be very difficult for renters who do not talk or understand Italian.
The price for one week in October was 800 euros which was a value if one doesn't mind the location and necessity of public transportation.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would not stay in this apartment again for the location reasons mentioned earlier. I would not recommend the apartment to anyone who wanted to be more in the center of Trastevere. However the apartment is a good value and quite comfortable for anyone who doesn't mind a heavy dose of trams, trains and buses to get around Rome.
In retrospect we feel that it would have been worth the additional cost incurred to be in a more central location in Trastevere (primarily near the Piazza Santa Maria Trastevere) or in the historic center such as Campo di fiore, Piazza Navona, etc.
Things to do in this area
Very little time was spent in the immediate area of the apartment. Because of the location, we typically did not leave and return more than once or twice during the day.
We ate at restaurants in the center of Trastevere and the historic center usually having the main meal at midday with breakfast and a light supper in the apartment.
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