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Review 3007: Owner, Piazza S.Egidio Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
July 2007, 15 days
This wonderful apartment is in the heart of Trastevere, exciting area of Rome and home to artists and writers, on the delightful Piazza S. Egidio near Pza. Santa Maria in Trastevere. It is privately owned and kept in pristine order. It is on the second (American 3rd) floor of an old building, above a charming cafe and within walking distance from Piazza Navona, Campo di fiori, the forum, hundreds of restaurants, an English bookstore, and more. The area is packed with fascinating art-filled churches and excellent restaurants.
We have stayed in this apartment twice a year for several years now and never needed a car. It is literally within blocks of two excellent markets as well as small (Volpetti) and large (Standa) grocery stores with everything one could want.
The building is quite old but has been maintained and "restored" more than once. The apartment itself is wonderful, comfortably furnished. The living room windows can be opened to let in the entertainment of the streets and the cafe below or closed for quiet dinners, reading, conversations or movie watching on the television. The kitchen is spacious and fully-equipped with every modern convenience a cook could want, including microwave, two ovens and gas range, blender, coffee maker, etc.! The bedroom is quiet as a tomb, and the bathroom, while small, is large and comfortable with ample built-in storage. Their is a CD player with excellent speakers in the central room (the kitchen).
There is no garden or terrace, but the cafe downstairs has a lovely outdoor area under a tree, perfect for morning espresso or drinks until the wee hours. And it is a short walk to the botanical garden!
The furniture is casual and very comfortable, suitable for reading, talking, or TV watching. In addition to the dining table for four in the living room, the kitchen includes a counter island with bar-chairs for eight. The sitting area in the kitchen contains a second sofa and over-stuffed chair. The bedroom has seating for reading as well as a desk and chair in the built-in, well-stocked bookcase. The sunlight invites renters to stay in and enjoy the amenities of the apartment - in the morning or in the evening. The entire apartment is cleaned each week from top to bottom.
The bedroom, with its comfortable mattress, well-stocked built-in bookcases and CD player, and ample closet space, is better than many hotels we have booked.
The kitchen is so well-stocked and the near-by markets so good that we ate in more often than I would ever have anticipated. We easily located every item we needed for cooking multi-course meals, from a complete set of pots and pans, knives, and cooking utensils to colanders, salad spinners, blenders, mixers, and two full sets of dishes and flatware.
Problems or Bonuses
We absolutely love this apartment and will continue to schedule our visits to Rome around its availability.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We learned of this apartment from an ad in the New York Review of Books. The owner, an American, speaks both English and Italian and is an excellent resource should you want information about where to eat, shop, visit, etc. And she can help out if you encounter a problem (our lost luggage, for instance) and need a translator.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We love the apartment and would recommend it to anyone who wants a comfortable, conveniently located, well-equipped apartment in an excellent part of Rome.
Things to do in this area
It is difficult to find a BAD restaurant or night spot in this area; the problem is finding time to eat in all of them. And I'm not exaggerating. The owner co-authored a Rome guidebook for National Geographic, and she has written an "addendum" which points visitors to the best sites and restaurants.
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