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Review 5712: Owner, Piazza S.Egidio Apartment
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
February 22-March 1, 2014, one week
The apartment was on the second floor (European, meaning third floor to Americans) of a well kept building on Piazza Sant'Egidio in the heart of the Trastevere district of Rome. The location was ideal for sightseeing on foot, as it is just across the river from the rest of central Rome. It was ideal for those who want a homelike urban feel: the neighborhood feels like a real place, there are markets and services nearby as well as many, many tourist spots, shops, cafes, and restaurants. The thought it was ideal.
There is a friendly cafe downstairs in the same building; outstanding restaurants within a five or at most 10 minute walk; a wonderful outdoor market where we got provisions for lunch or dinner; several super markets for other items.
We don't know the age of the building, but it was charming, clearly of some age but very well maintained. The building neighbors were quiet--we hardly saw anyone. We were on the second story (European--meaning two flights up). There were two apartments on each floor and seemed to be one floor above us. The apartment opens up to an entry and the open kitchen. The living room fronts on the piazza and a lively pedestrian scene.
There was no outside sitting area.
Furniture was in good shape and comfortable. The apartment was spotless and we met the cleaners who were very nice. The furniture was well suited to a couple and we had plenty of places to sit and eat--at the kitchen counter or the table--and to relax on couches and chairs in the living room.
The bed was very comfortable. The bedroom is in the back of the apartment and is utterly quiet, which is important because of the pedestrian scene on the Piazza (charming but constant). The bathroom had been recently updated and although small, was fully equipped (separate shower, no tub) and there was lots of room for toiletries. I should note that the bedroom has lots of closet and drawer space--more than we needed. There is no laundry but there is a folding drying rack that we found useful.
The kitchen had also been updated and was very well equipped--we used it quite a bit for lunches and the occasional dinner. There were important provisions thoughtfully provided and all the pots, pans and implements we needed. The cooking aspect was really a nice feature of the apartment.
Problems or Bonuses
Not a surprise, but the wireless was very good. There was a book of exhaustive instructions on everything. Sorting and recycling in Rome is a complex topic but we were happy to do it.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We worked directly with the owner, who is American, a long time resident of Rome, and who lives nearby. She could not have been more helpful and responsive. She also was able to recommend a driver who picked us up at the airport and took us back to the airport on our last day. This was a great relief--one less thing to worry about.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would totally stay there again unless I needed a larger apartment. I would feel safe recommending Sant'Egidio to anyone (assuming they don't mind a couple of flights of mild stairs to the apartment).
Things to do in this area
This is a prime neighborhood in Rome, just across the river from Campo de'Fiori and the rest of central Rome. If you want to enjoy a wonderful meal you make yourself, go to the open air market at Piazza San Cosimato any morning except Sunday. And there is a fantastic cheese store nearby: Antica Caciara. Really, we could have eaten Signor Roberto's cheese three times a day.
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