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Review 2313: Sleep in Italy, Via Scalia
3bed/3bath apartment near Prati, Rome
Rome, 4 nights
City Location. Close to the Metro Cipro-Musei Vaticani. In an area with apartment buildings. Walking distance to the Vatican Museum. I don't know if this is considered part of the Prati neighborhood (middle-class) but is close to it.
Bank with bancomat(ATM), small grocery, cafe/restaurant, internet (eu 1.00 per hr)/phone for international calls all in the corner that were open. We were there in August and most small shops were closed. There is a big grocery store the other side of the block and a Catholic church. There is a morning market area a few blocks away that sells fruits & vegetables & others but again some stalls closed for vacation.
It was peaceful and quiet. I beleive most tenants in the building were on vacation. Next door was a policeman so have to be quiet between 10pm - 8am. Had double pane glass and a steel roll-up for security, which I noticed was standard for Rome.
Was on the first floor with lift. Seperate key to enter building. We were instructed to make sure to shut the window & steel roller at all the back windows facing the central courtyard of the building.
Newly renovated apartment, clean, brightly painted rooms.
Shower stalls were small so may be tight to squeeze in for a big boned person. Shower drain/trap were slow but if you pull it out it worked. Bedrooms were large. Beds may be firm for some. My wife piled up two comforters to get some cush, she is used to the memory foam pad at home.
Kitchen was usable. Gas range & oven. No microwave, no toaster. Enough utensils. Just had breakfast and ate out all the time.
Problems or Bonuses
The ceiling fan in the living room was off balance and made an annoying sound at a low setting. Next door neighbor rang us one night when we came home because we had left the fan on the whole day. Didn't know who he was at first and didn't want to open the door. We didn't speak Italian until we finally figured out when he said 'ventilador'. We have emailed the agency to correct this. There were people hanging out by the Metro entrance but felt safe walking with no problems.
The owner let us check out late so we could leave our luggage, since no one was expected until two days later.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Agency was great. Our contact was Giulia and corresponded effectively in English. Pictures were accurate. Owner who met us was French but spoke some English. EU 175 / night for 5 people + eu10 for A/C. We could have fit in two rooms but we were allowed to use all three.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Renting outside the Old City was cheaper considering there were five of us and wanted seperate bedrooms & baths. We were here during the August so a lot of people were on vacation. I would stay here again and recommend it.
Things to do in this area
If you go down the main road: Via Andrea Doria , Via Guilio Cesare which is about 4-5 blocks north of the Vatican Wall or also east of the apartment, there are a lot of restaurants, small shops, take-out, pizzeria, trattoria, gelato,etc.
There is a morning market with vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish. This along Via Andrea Doria a couple of blocks from the apartment. The market is located in the 19th century middle-class neighborhood called Prati, north of the Vatican, where the streets are safe and you shop among Romans not tourists.
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