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Review 3693: Rome Accommodation, Mastai (AP35)


Review by David R from CA

3bed/2bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome


3/5/08-3/13/08, 8 days


The apartment was on the fourth floor of an apartment building facing Viale de Trastevere. While the trip from FCO to the apartment had us worried (a lot of graffiti and inner-city feel south of Trastevere) it was a perfect place for us.

We had our 85 and 75 year-old grandparents, and three 30-40 year-old adults to sleep. Even with our very different needs, the apartment met most of them. Trastevere is a little gritty especially on this the main street, but we always felt safe. It is away from the main hustle of the tourist spots, but still close enough to get anywhere in the city by foot or tram/bus.

Nearby Amenities

We all could walk to all the food we could ever eat, a farmers market a block to the north, a Farmacia, markets and shops. Standa supermarket is half a block away (in a basement!) and there are two great Alimentari selling gourmet cheeses, meats and breads. The No 8 Tram stops a half bock away so we could get anywhere in the city if we wanted to, but you could easily spend a week just getting to know the neighborhood. There is a huge array of ristoranti and osteria in the area. Definitely use ST to decide where to go, not all are great, but some are mind blowing.

The House/Apartment

The bedrooms were comfortable, even with "Italian beds." The separate living room and kitchen were nice places to get away from each other, make a meal, play a game or eat on the full sized dining table.

There is noise from the street below. Most notably the ambulances going to Regina Margherita hospital just behind. Double paned windows and the metal shutters help a lot, but it honestly takes a couple days to get used to. The street noise isn't bad at all other than the ambulances. One of my fondest memories is just standing on one of the balconies on our last day, soaking in some sun and the bustle and sounds of a working Roman (OK Trastevere) neighborhood.

The lift works great but is small. People really live here, so be considerate when using the stairs late at night. The clothes washer is tough to use if you're used to N. American style appliances. It's still a nice feature.

You can view the apartment directly: Mastai.


Just balconies on the front and back. Back balcony looks out onto a rather dreary looking, working courtyard. The view of the Giancolo Hill behind and some great plants on your neighbors' balconies are your only garden.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

Furniture is mostly Ikea or gently used antiques and older furniture. It's comfortable, but not overly so. There is tons of space in the apartment and you can really escape if you need to.

The apartment (and really the whole building) are very clean.


Bathrooms are, I guess typically small. All of us used the larger of two showers after out first attempt in the smaller one. Very clean with newer fixtures.


It was great to be able to cook a light breakfast every morning! I even cooked a full meal of pasta, salad and contorni from the San Cosimato market once. But it is an apartment kitchen and is limited by its size. Good selection of pots and enough dishes to serve six.

Problems or Bonuses

The only bad surprise was the ambulance noise and a little construction noise our first two days.

The good surprise was the agency staff who were very professional and really saved us when we had a mishap on the way to the airport. My grandmother left her purse (with medication and passport) in the apartment after we'd locked the keys in. Even though it was 6:00am when we discovered this, the agency was able to find a worker to ride over with a key and get me in by 7:40am and I was able to get to the airport just in time to get her through customs and all of us on the plane.

This was really more than I would expect from an vacation rental company and they (and my Mario Andretti cab driver) saved us from a bad ending to a gret vacation.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

Price was great, especially for a large group. Main staff spoke some English, and Stephan (I think that was his name) spoke well enough to give us a full run down on the apartment and the area. My savior on the scooter the morning we left spoke no English, but that was just fine!

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

Yes, we would come back. We'd pack less, and go to the farmers' market more. This place isn't a good choice if you're looking for a peace and quiet villa style rental. But it was great for our group that wanted to be close to the center of Rome without being in touristy areas. It is a little gritty, a little noisy, but overall makes you feel like you are living in Rome, not just visiting.

Things to do in this area

There's so much, just a few:

  • go hang out in Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere
  • Walk up the Giancolo and see the view of the City
  • have gelato at Fior de Luna

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