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Review 2782: Underground Viaggi, Reginella 2
2bed/1bath apartment near Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome
May 2007, 4 nights
The apartment was in central Rome. I was a little worried about this before leaving as I didn't know if the area would be too noisy and not safe etc. As soon as arrived I realised that we were in a very nice part of the city, on the edge of an old Jewish part of Rome which was very peaceful and very safe. EVERYTHING was nearby too! The Tiber Island was no more than five minute walk away, the Vittorio Emanuele leading to Forum/Colosseum was a 10 minute walk away to the left and to the right was a two minute walk away to the Largo Argentina where the trams are, and just beyond that was the Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Navona! We walked to nearly everything and didn't have to catch a taxi once!
There was a cheap and tasty Italian restaurant at the bottom of our cobbled street less than a minute away and a really cheap and delicious Chinese restaurant (set menu for €6.70 although everything was so cheap we ordered our own food), which was only two to three minutes away on Largo Argentina. Three doors down from the Chinese restaurant, was an all day pizza shop where you can grab a snack and a drink for €3 - we always stopped off on our way back to the apartment for a slice of pizza!
"De Spar" was the local grocery shop which was a two minute walk a couple of back streets away; we bought everything we needed in there (great for picnics & wine and the staff were really helpful considering we don't speak a word of Italian!). My boyfriend bought all of our vegetables and fruit at Campo dei Fiori in the late morning and there were bakers, off licences, delis etc on the street leading up to it, which catered for all of our needs.
The building had white washed walls and terracotta tiles on the roof although it has been recently refurbished to a very high standard. Our apartment was on the third floor, so there were a few steps to climb but there is another apartment below which means only about 10 steps to get to it.
The cobbled street was quiet, and the main bedroom looks over it with double shutters that open inwards with a wrought iron safety fence/balcony - very pretty and very Roman. There are three apartments in the building, one on each floor - I believe that one was owned by the same people as ours and the other is private. The main entrance led to the front room with sofa, coffee table TV, dining table and a huge old sideboard for storage. To the left were a couple of steps up to a small but well equipped kitchen (we only ate in on our first night) which had a lovely view of old streets. In the corner of the front room was a staircase leading to the upstairs where there were two single beds and a wardrobe & air conditioning unit. Also plenty of space for ironing, suitcases etc. At the other side of the front room was a hallway leading to the bathroom and double bedroom with more storage in there than you could ever use!
You can view the apartment directly: Reginella 2.
There was no outside area as it's an apartment, but opposite the front door was a window and ledge you could sit in and look out of, and with the kitchen window open you could sit on one of the chairs up there and breath in the Roman air and listen to the birds.
Everything was in perfect condition. I think a lot of it was new - the old furniture was in the style of antiques (or antique) and fitted in perfectly with the apartment. The mattress on the double bed was quite hard but apart from that, no complaints! There is also a folder full of useful info that the apartment owners leave for you - this also includes a feedback sheet, where you can report anything that you have broken or changes you feel might be necessary to improve the apartment. They also leave their contact numbers in there so you can call if anything stops working or if you need anything.
No cooker but a microwave and four-ring gas hob (i.e., stove) & toaster. Plenty of pots, pans and dishes to use - more than enough for the size of the apartment. Also coffee, powdered milk, sugar, salt, cooking oil and other useful items were there to use already.
Problems or Bonuses
Don't buy beer or food at the main squares such as Piazza Navona etc. As it was my boyfriend's first time in Rome, I decided to treat him by having a beer there - cost us €18 for two! Could have had a meal for that at the Chinese! Definitely was not worth it! Be very careful about restaurant prices in the main squares; there is always somewhere much cheaper and better two streets away!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agent made the holiday special. He collected us from the airport, took us straight to the apartment and showed us around and dropped us off on the last day. We were able to call him if we needed, while we were there, and he was a great source of local knowledge for attractions, restaurants etc.
We paid £95 (€145) a night for the apartment, very reasonable considering the location and standard which were much better than previous apartments I've stayed in (this was my third visit to Rome).
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Yes - you would be bonkers not to stay here!
Things to do in this area
Trastervere is a 10 minute walk away by crossing the Tiber - highly recommended for food and bars - very romantic if you are a couple. The Chinese was nice and the pizza shop was great for snacks!
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