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Review 3001: Sleep in Italy, Via Natale del Grande

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Review by opaldog from MA

1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome


When

May 2007, 4 nights

Location

Our apartment rental on Via Natale del Grande was a great location in Trastevere. The street had a neighborhood feel to it with restaurants, bakeries, tabacchi, cheese stores, clothing stores, etc. The street is parallel to Viale di Trastevere which has tram number 8 running along it. At one end of the street is Piazza San Cosimato which also has a daily morning market and a small playground. There are several restaurants around the piazza. At the other end is Via San Francesco di Ripa. This is a street filled with stores and restaurants.

Nearby Amenities

Everything was in easy walking distance. There was a supermarket on Viale di Trastevere, a block away.

The House/Apartment

The building was old and in good shape. There was a small elevator and stairs right next to the elevator. The building was fairly quiet, although you could hear people preparing food and speaking.

The apartment itself is on the second floor looking over a courtyard. There is a small art gallery on the bottom floor of the courtyard. The only negative about the courtyard location was that it made the apartment darker than I would have liked. I also enjoy the action of a street scene out the window.

The apartment had a very nice private entrance with a stained glass (I think) door. You enter into the large living room which is filled with wall to wall glass enclosed bookcases with art pieces and books. The owner has decorated the apartment with art and collectibles that are obviously special and personal to him. There are also old family pictures that are particularly sweet. The walls are covered with artwork. There is only one window in the living room onto the courtyard, which made the room appear dark. There is a dining table and up one step is the fully equipped kitchen. The ceilings are high, giving a larger feel to the apartment.

You can view the apartment directly: Via Natale del Grande.

Garden

There was no area to sit outside. There was a private entrance.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The furniture was old, but in decent shape. The apartment was neat and mostly clean. The bathroom was spotless and the kitchen was clean.

There was no phone in the apartment, but a few blocks away there was a laundromat/Internet/phone place.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

The bedroom was large and had a window that opened into the living room which really did not give any light, just some ventilation. The bed was comfortable. There was a TV, but we never used it. We did use the TV in the living room. The English channels were limited, so we gave up on watching it. We didn't miss anything by not using it. The bedroom had a large wardrobe for hanging clothes and a dresser.

The large, clean bathroom with shower is off the kitchen area. We did have one experience where the owner came to explain that the shower had leaked into the apartment below. He was very nice about it. We were very surprised as we had been very careful about the water use. We had not noticed any spilling or overflowing of water. We took it to mean that the plumbing in the walls was the problem. It was handled well by the owner. It happened on our last day there and there was no problem with it.

Kitchen

The kitchen was very usable. There was a full size refrigerator, stove/oven, coffee maker, and microwave.

Problems or Bonuses

The apartment number (street address) given to us by the agency was not correct. The driver from Rome Shuttle had a cell phone and was able to call the agency. The owner was on the spot almost immediately, as he was waiting for us in the neighborhood.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

The agency couldn't have been easier to work with. We dealt with Giulia. She and her co-workers were very responsive to all of my many emails.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I would stay here again and would recommend the apartment. I however, prefer an apartment with a street view and would look for that in the future.

Things to do in this area

We went to a nice restaurant in Piazza San Cosimato (I can't remember the name). We also went to Alle Di Fratte in the street of the same name.

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