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Review 751: Underground Viaggi, Emo Apartment
studio apartment near the Vatican, Rome
October 1 - 4, 2003, 3 nights
This apartment is very near the Vatican. It was located in a great neighborhood near a cheese shop, gelateria, restaurant, bancomat and supermercato. However, although it is in a busy area the apartment was very quiet. We LOVED the location, especially since our main focus during our short stay was St. Peter's and the Vatican. There was also a metro stop (Cipro) just a few blocks away that took us to see the four jubilee Basilicas and other main sites of Rome.
As mentioned above the grocery store was just a few minutes walk from the apartment. There were also a few pizzerias and gelaterias. La Rustichella is a great restaurant located just a few blocks away and the Millineum Gelato is next to that.
It's kind of a funky little studio apartment. I don't think the building is historical but it is in good shape. There are a few other apartments but each with it's own outside entrance (you don't have to walk through a building). You must pass through a locked gate to get to the apartment located off of a small courtyard.
There is a sitting area, but it is not private. However, we did not see another soul during our stay.
There are only a couple of wooden folding chairs to sit on if you choose not to sit or lie on the bed. There's also a little table that can be extended as well as two end tables on both sides of the bed. The apartment was very clean with a dresser for your clothes and a weird little closet that had a deep floor to it. As with many Italian homes/apts the lighting was a bit dim. There is air conditioning that kept the apartment comfortable since it was still warm in October.
The bed sits up on a platform with a few stairs leading up to it. It's pretty comfortable. There is one small bathroom with a shower that you walk through the kitchen to get too, but it more than served its purpose. Lots of hot water and good water pressure.
We did not cook in the kitchen, but it was fully equipped. There is a small fridge and a cook top.
Problems or Bonuses
The best feature of this apartment is the location. We were just minutes from the Vatican museum entrance and metro stop. We loved being in an actual neighborhood and walking amongst the locals. The price is great too, only $80 a night (3-night minimum). It was also nice to have Mauro there to pick us up at the airport. He did take us for a quick spin around around the neighborhood and recommended a couple of places to eat.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Mauro was very prompt in responding to the many emails that I sent with questions and revisions. He spoke excellent English. The apartment looks exactly as it does on the website.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I don't know if I would stay here again. Mostly, because I think I would like to have a place that had a separate bedroom with a sofa and chairs to lounge in after a long day of site-seeing. However, I would recommend it to friends, especially if they're traveling on a budget and want to be close to the Vatican.
Things to do in this area
As I mentioned the Vatican and St. Peter's is very near; both magical and beyond beautiful. If we had more time we could have discovered more places. I understand that there is a great market on via Andrea Dorea that is just a couple of blocks away. Our favorite restaurant was La Rustichella which was filled with locals at night and has a great antipasti buffet. We also loved the cafes on the pedestrian street Pio Borgo near St. Peter's. A couple of the cafes were mentioned in the Rome article in Gourmet magazine.
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