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Review 3502: Owner, Piazza S.Egidio Apartment

www.liveromelikearoman.com

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Review by chao_sweetie from FL

1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome


When

April 15th 2008 - April 25th 2008, 11 Days

Location

Located in Piazza Saint Egidio in the heart of the Trastevere. Everything is within walking distance. It is a very nice location and very secure. There were always two to four police officers on the right side of the apartment in the piazza. So I felt safe, as I was there alone. There are a lot of stores and shops everywhere to replenish your supplies if your on a budget. All of the major attractions are a 15-45 minute walk if you would like to experience the magic of Rome. The neighbors were very very nice and invited me to a party, but I returned home too late to go. There is also a Museum right across the street.

Nearby Amenities

  • There is a restaurant right down stairs of the apartment.
  • From the entrance to the apartment if you turn right, pass the restaurant downstairs, you will see a little fruit stand and another restaurant in front of you.
  • To the right of the fruit stand and restaurant there is a road leading away from the Piazza, take that road, once at the end, second road from the right, should be VIA DEL CINQUE (roads names are on the building, so look up for it). Down this street there are restaurants and shops. On the right side near the middle of the street is a grocery store(store takes debit/credit).
  • Traveling on VIA DEL CINQUE - there is a excellent Gelato shop on the left. It's so colorful you cant miss it. This ice cream has the best price of the other places. Make sure you combine flavors ... it's really good.
  • Still on VIA DEL CINQUE - there is a shop on the left, near the end of the street. The shop has yellow writing on the door frame, BE WEARY OF THIS SHOP !! I got ripped off twice. I caught it the last time, the girl there short changed me by 2. The desserts were good, but the pizza was really bad.
  • At the end of the street, turn left into Piazza Trilussa to your left is a pizza shop. They have really good pizza and pasta. Great place to stop on your way home from walking.

The House/Apartment

The apartment building is really nice. There is a little trick to get into the building and apartment. The neighbor helped me get in when I couldn't open the front building door ... lol. The stairs are steep, making it so good for your calves, but if you can't make it. They have a little chair thingy, to take you up the stairs. The neighbors were nice.

The Piazza is really lively, especially after 9pm. It seems like the people here doesn't sleep. But once you go into the bedroom it's really quiet. You can open the window to let the cool night air in. You can also hear the Santa Maria church bells. I thought it runs every hour but I found out it doesn't really have a schedule. So it was fun to check the time to see if you could find a pattern.

Garden

There was not an outside sitting area. However, the apartment has beautiful flowers and little gardens that you can water. It took me a couple days to realize that that the plant in the living room was real and not fake. The tree was so pretty and structured it looked fake.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartment was the same as in the photos on the website. There were ample seating and space. The sofa was comfortable when I took the day off to rest my feet. The place was very clean and warm. Like a home away from home.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

There was so much closet space in the bedroom, I couldn't believe it. The bedroom was nice and comfortable. There was ample lighting in the bedroom.

The bathroom was long and narrow, but it gets the job done. The shower was really small, compare to my shower and I had to maneuver so I wouldn't turn the handle on hot by mistake. The water gets really hot. There was also a bidet. I had no clue how to use it at the time, so I just didn't use it.

Kitchen

The kitchen was fully equipped and everything was in reaching distance. It is a good size too. I thought I would cook for myself, but I was so wrapped up in everything else, I didn't cook at all.

Problems or Bonuses

Good -

  • The owner is very nice and flexible.
  • Again, walking distance to major sites.
  • Apartment was beautiful.

Bad -

  • None for apartment and owner.
  • As my first solo trip, I was approached by a few men that where under the impression that ALL American women would sleep with them, so there were incidents that where not to my liking outside of the major tourist areas, when I got lost.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Owner speaks fluent English and Italian. She also wrote travel guides on Rome, so she knows her stuff. She is very detailed and has a great collection of guide books and reading material in the apartment for you to use.

The apartment was a great price and she was very flexible with me.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I will be back ... next time with friends. It was a good experience for my first time out of Florida and she offered sound advice. Thank you.

Things to do in this area

  • Piazza Trilussa has a lot of street vendors at night that are selling Prada bags, necklaces, glasses.. My advice BARGAIN! Ask the price! Do not let them put the item in your hand! No matter what price they say, start off with 5. Say, "I will give you 5 or you give me two for 5?" Watch how they will bargain with you. Try to get them down under 10 euro or two for 10. I got sunglasses that he wanted 25 a piece to two for 7.
  • If you go to the busy street that runs in front of Piazza Trilussa, If you turn left and head straight you will be heading to Vatican City or
  • If go across the street and bridge that goes across the river called Ponte Sisto. Cross the road carefully (no eye contact to driver, wait til light says you can go). Head straight across the bridge (on the right in the distance is Saint Peters Basilica) cross the bridge and the head straight down the street VIA DEL PETTINARI. There is another Gelato shop on right and little shops everywhere.
  • When the road ends, you have two options. The left road is Campo Dei Fiori or the right takes you to VIA DEL ARENULA (turn left on Via Del Arenula, until you get to Largo Arenula.) You have two options, cross the street, to the buildings with the orange awnings on the windows. Take any side street on the sides of this building, straight ahead is the PANTHEON! Or turn right on the street and keep walking until you come to (on your right) Piazza Venezia. (Huge Piazza with Huge White building and statutes) Beautiful! But facing the building, if you go to the left and go around the building, you will see the Colosseum in the distance. Yep! You are near the Roman Forum and the Colosseum entrance, just follow the street.

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