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Review 2943: Really Rome, Trilussa Suite
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
March-April 2007, 22 days
Located on via d. Lungaretta, one of the main arteries of Trastevere. Note, however, that the street has a split personality, depending on whether you're staying on the west end (heavily touristed and noisy) or the east end (quieter and with a definite "neighborhood" feel to it.) The dividing line between these two areas is the broad, busy, noisy viale di Trastevere. The Trilussa apartment is in the relatively quiet, laid-back east end of Lungaretta.
Greengrocer right across the street (20 feet from the front door). Restaurant on our left as we walked out the door. Bar (for coffee, etc.) on the right as we walked out. Bakery/deli about 100 meters down the street. English-language book store a few doors away. You could even get your shoes re-soled just down the street. "Supermercato" within easy walking distance (maybe a half mile). We didn't try the restaurant since we had heard faint praise for its food, but the bakery/deli provided nice rolls every morning for breakfast, and the greengrocer guys greeted us like neighbors after we had been there a week or so.
This is an older building (as you would expect in the historic center of Rome) but the apartment is bright, clean, modern and beautifully maintained. No elevator, and it's quite a hike up to the apartment. The bedroom is large, with a comfortable queen-size bed and it has more than enough storage space, even for an extended stay. Pull-out sofa in the living room, so the apartment could theoretically accommodate four people. The living/dining area can comfortably accommodate two to four for dinner or socializing. Street noise was almost nonexistent, except for two nights when some overly-enthusiastic teenagers gathered under our window and loudly chatted for a half-hour or so after we had already gone to bed.
We used the kitchen every day (for breakfast, and usually for dinner.) It's cozy, but all of the essentials are there, and nicely laid out. Gas stove, under-counter refrigerator. A reasonable supply of essential pots, pans and dishes, except, oddly enough, no large pasta pot or pasta serving bowl. (Shelley said she would take care of this, and I'm sure she has.) I loved cooking in the kitchen, and it was especially nice, when I realized I was missing an ingredient, to peer out the kitchen window to see if the greengrocer was still open across the street!
Problems or Bonuses
Shelly has tried to think of everything, and she's done a great job on her first venture as a landlady. Complimentary wine and a bowl of fruit when you arrive, basic toiletries in the bathroom, laundry supplies for the clothes washer, the loan of an Italian cell phone, a "library" of fiction and non-fiction, and even - get this - in the kitchen, the complete ingredients for a garlic-laden pasta dinner, complete with recipe.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Shelley is American, recently married to an Italian whose family has lived in Trastevere for decades, so they make a good, knowledgeable couple who know the neighborhood. Nice people!
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay here again. We have rented many apartments, but this was our first stay in Trastevere, and we loved it. In future, this would be our first choice for an extended say in Rome. Highly recommended.
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