Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 4915: Owner, The Jewel of Trastevere
2bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
20 January 2011 to 30 January, 1 week
The apartment is located in a quiet street in Trastevere. Because the building has a spacious internal courtyard and the apartment backs onto an even quieter street there is very little street noise, or noise from the other apartments.
We shopped daily at the market in Piazza San Cosimato which is a two minute walk away - I much prefer this small market to Campo dei Fiori on the other side of the Tiber - the quality of the produce is outstanding and the stall-keepers are very helpful (particularly if you are a returning customer). There are some truly excellent local food shops - my favourite being the pizza shop in Via del Moro. Trastevere itself is wonderful and the rest of Rome is very accessible either by walking or by using trams and buses. We took a bus to the Villa Borghese and a taxi to Terminii but otherwise we walked.
The apartment is large, high-ceilings, light and well-equipped. It suited us very well because we were traveling with our 19 year old daughter and part of the living area converts into a separate bedroom with a real door (and hence privacy). The living and dining area is very comfortable.
All the furniture was solid and the apartment is very clean.
The beds were comfortable. The main bedroom is very spacious and the second bedroom worked well for my daughter. The bathroom is large (proper bath and shower).
The kitchen is a well set up with a proper stove and a good range of cooking equipment although work space is somewhat limited. I cooked a number of meals - roast chicken, pasta con vongole. We did also opt for take away pizza on a number of occasions because we were tired and the pizza was very good.
Problems or Bonuses
We were pleased to find the apartment has WiFi internet access.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Everything went smoothly. Paula is good to deal with and speaks excellent English - responded to e-mails and met us as arranged.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This was the second time we had stayed here and I hope that we can stay there again. We have stayed in other apartments in Rome (one near the Vatican and one in Via Vecchio Governo). Neither of these apartments were nearly as well set up or quiet as the Jewel and I love Trastevere.
Things to do in this area
Antica Caciara Trasteverina (Via San Francesco a Ripa 140a/b) is an amazingly wonderful delicatessen - charming, helpful service.
Fior di Luna - Via della Lungaretta 96 has exceptional gelato - we make a point of eating gelato in Rome even in the depths of winter.
La Renella - Via del Moro 15 - for pizza, bread, tarts and biscuits.
Valzani - Via del Moro 37A - not to be missed for chocolate and traditional Roman sweets and pastries.
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