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Review 606: Owner, Trastevere Apartment - Property 1740
1bed/1bath apartment in Trastevere, Rome
July 2001, 4 nights
Right on the square of San Giovanni degli Malva, 2 minutes from the Ponte Sixto and just 5 minutes from Santa Maria in Trastevere. It is a 1st floor apartment in a 4 or 5 story building with an elevator. It is right above a restaurant so it was not the quietest of places but we had to have the window open because of July heat. The location was incredible with a 10 minute walk taking you all over Trastevere and up to Campo di Firoi. 30-45 miuntes walking got you to everything from the Vatican, Piazza navona, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Coloseum, Testacchio.
Just in the same block was Checco er Carreteria with a bar/caffe, gelateria and a wonderful restaurant. The restaurant offered traditional cooking heavy on lamb as well as amazing fresh seafood. We dined (4 people) for $140.00 for a huge meal. The most memorable part of the meal was the mixed fried plate with arancini (rice balls) suppli (potato croquettes) fried artichoke, fried zucchini blossom with cheese (one with anchovy as well). Pasta with scampi was a delight because of how fresh and sweet the scampi were.
In the next block was a bakery specializing in take away pizza with a thick, foccacia like crust. There was also a fresh pasta shop with wonderful stuff. It was easy to walk and shop at Campo di Fiori and there were myriad spots to buy produce, cheese and meats in Trastevere itself. We spent several evening wandering Trastevere and listening to the street musicians.
The apartment was in perfect shape. The bathroom was luxurious with incredible, thick towels and loads of hot water. There was a clothes washer in there. Most of the apartments in the building were filled with people living there but I believe there was another small apartment that could be adjoined to that one for mre bedrooms. The apartment had all you need including a boombox, three fans and great kitchen stuff.
No garden but a small balcony off the master bedroom and three windows which made for a cross breeze.
Wonderfully comfy bed, not the typical hard Italian rental style. Fluffy pillows and very luxe linnens. The living room had 2 fold out chair/beds and a couch. They were all comfortable in both their uses. If you folded out everything there wasn't a lot of space. Large dining room table with room for 6 or 8 in a squeeze. Loads of books, a TV, everything you need.
The bedroom has a fresco in it. There was also a small desk and a balcony. This would be a perfect spot for a honeymoon as the bed was that comfortable and the shower was built for 2!
Kitchen was a little small but wonderfully equipped with loads of cooking equipment and gadgets. It was easy to prouce multi course dinners there. I loved it, the best kitchen I have had in Italy so far. I had to use the counter/bar as holding areas to have enough room to cook fully. The refrigerator was not too powerful, a spot to put things in after shopping and before cooking that night. I would not try to cool down a pot of soup for serving the next day! Great dishware, placemats, glasses, dinnerware.
Problems or Bonuses
The bonus was Orlando, the caretaker for the apartment. Aside from recommending a bar with the worst caffe, he took care of us. He picked us up at the car rental drop off in EUR and piled all our things into his car. We had to have a cab follow us because we had so much stuff. Orlando also took us to the airport. He was always around the square making sure we were having a good time. He spoke not a word of English but we communicated well. I think he was the mayor of the Piazza.
The bathroom was another treasure as was the kitchen.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Virginia Bellisario was the booking agent. The web site is a by owner site. You deal direct with the owner or with the owner's agent. The agency 1001 Villas is just a advertising agent.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
This is a wonderful place to stay. It goes for about 180 Euro a night and is available by the night. I would never dream of staying anywhere else in Rome unless it was booked. It was booked for the dates of our next trip! Dang it!
Things to do in this area
It's Rome! There is too much to describe, but you simply must go to Campo di Fiori in the morning for the market and to Testaccio fo Volpetti, the best cheese shop I have ever been in (and I have been in the cheese/food business for 20 years).
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