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Review 1904: Owner, Piazza S.Egidio Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
October 2005, 1 week
The apartment is in Trastevere, in the Piazza San Egidio, a short block from Trastevere's main piazza, Santa Maria in Trastevere.
Numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops of all kinds are either in the piazza downstairs or within a couple of blocks.
The apartment building is quite old, with a lovely exterior and in good shape inside, with the usual signs of wear-and-tear one finds in nearly all apartment buildings in Rome (at least all I've seen). The apartment is on the second floor, European-style (third floor, American), with no elevator, and there are 2 apartments per floor.
No terrace, but there is a cafe downstairs which offers an outside sitting area.
The furniture is in excellent shape and comfortable, with ample seating in the kitchen area and in the combo living/dining room, and the apartment is one of the cleanest we've ever rented.
The bedroom is really spacious, with a comfortable bed, huge closets, a dresser, and a comfortable chair by the telephone. Since we were there in late October and it was chilly, the windows in the living room, which fronts the piazza, were closed, and there was absolutely no noise in the bedroom. I don't think noise would really ever be a problem, though, since the bedroom has a ceiling fan and A/C. The bathroom is beautifully tiled, with a large basin, plenty of counter space for the usual bathroom paraphernalia, a smallish shower, and also a bidet. It is long and narrow, but there was plenty of space for us to stand side-by-side in front of the basin/counter area.
The kitchen is probably the best I've ever found in a rental, with fullsize appliances, all the small appliances you could possibly want, loads of good pots and pans and dishes, and counter space galore -- plus a chair and sofa in the kitchen area so you don't feel isolated while you're cooking.
Problems or Bonuses
I think the apartment achieves the ideal mix of feeling comfortable and cozy, with nice personal touches all around, without feeling cluttered by the owner's possesions.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We rented by dealing directly with the owner, an American, via e-mail, and she is delightful. She is the co-author of the National Geographic Traveler guide to Rome, a long-time resident of Rome, and more than willing to share her knowledge of Rome. The reality of the apartment matches the published info exactly, especially since the owner is upfront about the location of the apartment above a busy piazza.
See their Slow Travel Classified #1933.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I doubt that we would ever consider staying anywhere else in Rome after finding this jewel of an apartment, and I've already recommended it to several friends, without qualification.
Things to do in this area
The restaurants in the area are too numerous to list -- and it's noteworthy that it's only a short walk across the Tiber to the restaurants and shops in the Campo dei Fiori, etc. The owner has an extensive housebook with lots of suggestions.
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