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Choosing the type of accommodation, especially when traveling as a group or family, requires a lot of planning and research. Since we all wanted the convenience of having a kitchen and more space for our luggage and to move around, we decided to look for an apartment instead of staying in a hotel in Rome.
We were lucky that this Rome Airbnb apartment is available. It is located near the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Rome is extremely walkable and this apartment is an ideal starting point for exploring the Eternal City. I especially liked the fact that the Trevi Fountain is just a 5-minute walking distance.
The owner, Elvira, is an excellent Airbnb host. She was very responsive to my inquiries during the booking process, arranged our airport transfers and was very accommodating with our needs and requests. We arrived at the apartment a few minutes past 11:00 AM, which is three hours before the normal check-in time but nevertheless we were welcomed and was allowed to leave our baggage so we can have lunch outside and roam around while they finish setting up. Elvira gave us a brief tour around the house, a few reminders about the wifi, garbage disposal, etc.
The apartment is located on the third floor and there is also a (small!) elevator on the building.
The apartment is tastefully decorated, with big windows that instantly brighten up the space.
This is the receiving area/living area. There are actually two doors to the apartment, one is here and the other is in the casual dining area/kitchen (the one we normally use).
There are three bedrooms in total, two of the bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom. The smallest bedroom, which has two single beds is right next to the third bathroom (so technically occupants of that room can have their own private bathroom). Towels, toilet paper, hairdryer, bath soap, shampoo, and conditioner are available.
All bedrooms have plenty of closet space (especially the Master’s bedroom). If you need to change your towels/sheets, you can always get additional supply from the laundry/supplies closet or wash them yourself (you can wash your clothes too!).
There’s also a formal dining area, which we never used because we preferred to eat at the dining table by the kitchen.
The apartment building is located in Largo del Nazareno. No need to worry about street noises at night, all rooms are located at the back of the apartment and frankly, the area itself is not as busy as the main streets.
There is a three-way junction outside the apartment. Turn left to go to Spanish Steps, straight ahead is Via de Tritone/Trevi Fountain and to the right is the grocery Coop and also another way to go to Trevi Fountain. There are many cafes/restaurants in this area. And look, there’s a drinking fountain right outside the apartment.
The nearest Metro station is Barberini, a 10-minute walk from the apartment.
Our host’s recommendations. She also left several travel guides for our perusal.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove, oven, coffee maker, dishwasher and eating utensils. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the kitchen and the informal dining area so I grabbed these photos for the apartment’s Airbnb page. The bathroom photo is the one beside the first bedroom and the street photo shows the door to this apartment (the green one)
Most tourist spots are walkable from this apartment. When we went to Vatican City, we walked going to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, Vittorio Emmanuel Monument and back to Trevi Fountain without much difficulty. Yes, it may seem like a (very) long walk but with plenty of things to see (and eat!), you won’t notice how far you’ve already walked.
There are cafes, restaurants gelateria, a pizzeria and a supermarket (Coop) in the vicinity of the apartment building. It is also close to the luxury mall, La Rinascente (5-minute walk) and the shopping area in Via del Corso (5-10 minute walk.)
The only downside of staying at this Airbnb apartment (or any rental apartment for that matter) is that there is no daily housekeeping (you can request for a fee) which is not really a big deal since we kept the apartment clean anyway and the fact that any problems can easily be communicated to the owner. We actually experienced minor problems (like clogged drains) but it was not enough of a big of a deal for us to bother the owner (although maybe, I should have reported it so they can fix it for the next renters).
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Elvira’s apartment and would highly recommend this apartment especially for a big group like us. The location is perfect, the rooms are comfortable and the amenities are complete.
Hope you enjoy your stay in this apartment like we did.
Check out the rest of my trip using the links below. I have also listed some Rome Travel Essentials you can book in advance for a better travel experience.
Private Transfer between Fiumicino Airport and Rome City Centre
Shared Shuttle Bus Transfer between Fiumicino Airport to Rome Termini Station
Omnia Vatican and Rome Pass | Roma Pass
Rome Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Eurail Global Pass (Flexible Days)
MyWebspot Pocket Wifi Rental – I have personally used their services before and they are great especially their customer service!
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This blog post is part of my Italy Travel Diary Series. To read about the rest of my trip, click on the links below:
Day 1: Arrival in Rome – Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
Day 2: Colosseum and Roman Forum
Day 3: Vatican City (Papal Blessing/Angelus) and the Historic Centre of Rome
Day 4: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Square
Day 5: Naples Bus Tour/Pompeii Tour
Day 6: Arrival in Florence – First Class Guesthouse/Historic Centre of Firenze
Day 7: Barberino Designer Outlet
Day 8: Accademia and Uffizi Gallery
Day 9: Last Day in Rome – Night Views of the Colosseum and Castel Sant’ Angelo