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Review 4727: Domus International, Piazza Trilussa
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
27 June - 10 July 2010, 2 weeks
Following a short vacation in April, when I took my children to Italy to do some scouting for my upcoming weeks of work abroad, we returned to Rome in June. After renting a two bedroom apartment in the historic center, which was fine for four people on vacation, my wife and I decided to take a smaller apartment in Trastevere. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the narrow streets with laundry hanging between old palazzi. We decided to rent from the same agency again and this apartment in Piazza Trilussa was indeed a good choice.
Some very nice bars and restaurants nearby. We had easy access to the Campo dei Fiori market right across the bridge, so that was handy for cooking (since we “lived” in Rome this time, as opposed to “stayed” in Rome, my wife did quite a bit of cooking, which is something we highly recommend to anyone spending a while in Rome).
The building was in a better shape than many around, although Trastevere has quite a unitary look. The apartment was quiet and its little terrace became our private oasis.
The strength of this apartment was definitely its view, with windows lined across the walls of the living room.
I have to say that the terrace was the first thing that made us pick this apartment. We saw it before, during our April trip when Stefano from the agency showed us around, and we really enjoyed this tiny terrace, just enough for our early breakfasts. It faces on the back of the building, on the green Janiculum hill.
The apartment was clean. However we had this certainty because of renting from Domus in the past and experiencing the professional service offered by the agency during our previous trip.
We slept comfortably.
As for the bathroom, there is no bathtub, which we initially thought would be a bummer. We actually never missed it since Rome was so terribly hot that all you wanted was a quick cold shower at the end of the day.
The kitchen was not huge but enough for two, it had the basic cooking supplies. We were missing a ladle because Italians apparently do not eat soups during summertime. As soon as we asked for one, the agency provided it.
Problems or Bonuses
We didn’t have any surprises concerning the apartment since we were already prepared by our previous trip. I think it is important to get to know the agency that you rent from and understand whether what you see on the website is what you’re getting in the apartment.
The only incredible aspect was heat, but fortunately there was air-conditioning in the apartment. One thing worth mentioning is that electricity is very expensive in Italy, so appliances such as laundry and A/C are real cannibals. Since we kept A/C on a lot, we ended up paying €50 for the electricity count (it was necessary and a life savior).
Agency and Representatives (and price)
All helpful! I rode a Vespa for the first time in my life when Stefano from the agency kindly offered to drive me around and show me some properties in view of my longer stay. I had a lot of fun and I wish I rented one myself during my stay. We were treated very well and were given a small discount on the regular seasonal price, since we were renting for two weeks.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
The nicest thing of this experience is that we feel we have made friends with some people in Rome, including Stefano who is very reliable and made us feel more like we were staying in his private home rather than renting and having a simply professional relationship.
I would recommend Domus as an agency and since we already rented twice from them, I can say that we got exactly what we expected and were treated promptly.
Things to do in this area
There were some stands with knickknacks in Piazza Trilussa which my wife enjoyed. We also went to the flea market on Sunday which is always fund (it is a 10 minute walk from the apartment).
We really enjoyed the crispy Roman style pizza of Dar Poeta restaurant, would definitely recommend.
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