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Review 5536: Owner, Piazza S.Egidio Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
January-March 2013, 3 months
In the heart of Trastevere, on a little piazza close to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. Piazza Sant'Egidio is a charming square with a "local" feel, enhanced by the Museo Di Roma opposite the apartment and the Ombre Rosse cafe below. Five minutes walk takes you to the Ponte Sisto from where you can access the Campo dei Fiori, Largo Argentina, Piazza Navona and the Corso Vittorio Emanuele.
Numerous good eating options, cafes, wine bars and the excellent Volpetti for fresh pasta and cheeses, olives, wine and oil. Two large supermarkets are close, on or near the Viale di Trastevere.
The apartment is located in a well maintained character building on the second floor. It is immaculately kept and has all amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. There are three floors and perhaps seven or eight apartments in all. We rarely met other tenants on the stairs, and did not hear other occupants when inside our apartment.
There's no garden although the sitting room windows let in the life and colour of the piazza below. And of course, there are many piazzas close by to enjoy watching the Romans at leisure.
The apartment is extremely comfortable, warmly furnished with books, artwork and textiles, and there are plenty of seating options. There are easy chairs and sofas in both the sitting room and the kitchen area. We particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to cook and talk with each other, with one of us busy at the kitchen bench and the other sitting with a glass of wine close by. Weekly visits from Al and Abigail keep the space immaculately clean and everything is in top-notch condition.
Both bedroom and bathroom provide plenty of storage options. The bedroom is a large, book-lined space with a comfortable and firm bed and an easy chair by the window overlooking the rooftops. There is a small desk area (with good lighting) for studying or using the computer.
The bathroom is a well organised space, with a good shower and usual amenities. There is a large, well lit mirror over the vanity unit.
The kitchen is extremely well organised and has a double oven and new five burner stove. There is a full-sized fridge, microwave, and an American coffee maker (as well the traditional coffee mokas). There are abundant pots, pans, knives, utensils, cutlery and crockery, all in good shape. We are keen cooks and found the space provided all we needed to cook substantial meals as well as prepare simple snacks. We enjoyed sitting at the granite benches for meals rather than using the dining table in the sitting room.
Problems or Bonuses
All good surprises. I was studying in Rome for three months, and always found the apartment a peaceful and cocooning haven to return to after school.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner, Sari, takes good care of her guests and is very quick to respond to any issues or queries. The apartment is well represented by the website and accurately reflects the size and comfort of the space. The rental rate is extremely reasonable for the central location and quality of the accommodation. All of Rome is at your fingertips.
Throughout our correspondence with Sari, and subsequently on meeting her, we found her to be warm, sociable and engaging - and a great authority on Rome, having written both guides and articles on her city.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Highly recommended apartment. This is a very livable place; it is not a sterile and austere rental. Everything is new, clean and works. Extra touches like bathrobes and hairdryers add a layer of comfort that was much appreciated.
Things to do in this area
We enjoyed our central location and often ate at the local restaurants in the Via della Scala, our own piazza and the Piazza Santa Maria. We had a marvelous meal at Glass Hostaria just around the corner. Additionally we enjoyed evening drinks at the Antico del Moro and the Caffe della Scala in Trastevere. Ditirambo in the Piazza della Cancellaria is still very good for lunch or dinner. A new restaurant discovery for us was the Provicia di Roma, which overlooks Trajan's Market.
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