Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5190: Angeli's House, Penthouse A
2bed/2bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
October 26-29, 2011, 3 days
Conveniently located in the Trastevere section of Rome, this apartment is a 35 minute walk from the Vatican and 25 minutes from the Colosseum. On a typically narrow street, it is near shopping, dining, and transportation. While the Trastevere is a busy area, the apartment is located in a quiet building across from a church. There are steps involved (three floors up) but the terrace is worth the hike.
The area abounds in cafe/bars and restaurants. A supermarket (Billa) is located in the lower level of a department store on the main street -- approximately a 15 minute walk.
Like most of Rome, this is in an historical area but a vibrant one. The building is old but the apartment completely updated while retaining its antique feel (original floors, shutters). The new windows and top floor location make it quiet throughout the day.
We selected this rental based on its terrace. It is shared with one other apartment owned by the same gentleman. There is a shaded area with table and chairs as well as lounge chairs for sunny days. It is accessed by metal stairs that would be difficult for people with mobility problems. It is a perfect location for lunch, dinner or wine in the evening.
While the interior of the apartment is small, all of the space is used efficiently. It is well-appointed, has a washer, televisions, and WiFi. The interior dining area accommodates four but we used the terrace for meals and as a common area.
The bedrooms, while small, are comfortable and both are air-conditioned. The bathrooms are normal by European standards. Our fifth occupant had a "Harry Potter" bed under the stairs that worked out well. Suitcase storage was available under the bed.
Galley-style kitchen with stove, oven, refrigerator and dishwasher. Adequate for breakfast and snacks. We were not in the apartment for dinner so can't speak to making full meals.
Problems or Bonuses
We were without hot water at first (due to a recent flood in Rome) but Alessio responded immediately (in minutes) and corrected the problem. The best surprise was Simona who greeted us, showed us how everything worked, made dining and shopping suggestions, and answered our mayday when we were short on hot water.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked directly with the owner who speaks excellent English (he surfs in Hawaii when he can). He answered all of our questions immediately. Simona also speaks perfect English.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This is a quality apartment in a very convenient and non-touristy area. I would absolutely recommend it to friends and family. Do expect the hustle and bustle of everyday Roman life -- it isn't in an historical district. Pay particular attention when crossing the main streets!
Things to do in this area
There are many local restaurants but the best one was Marco G's on Via Garibaldi, 56. The owner made room for us when we had no reservation and the food was great. Mostly locals were dining.
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