Rome is unique. No other city has its super abundance of artistic, architectural, and historical richness spanning the Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras.
And if you can stay in Rome for a week or so – long enough to see half the essentials, if you hustle – then consider staying in this apartment rental.
I’ve been to Rome seven or eight times, each visit a wonderful experience, but our two vacations in this apartment have been the most memorable and enjoyable. Staying in an apartment has its charms over hotels, and this particular apartment has charms not seen in most rentals.
The location is almost perfect. Trastevere is your neighborhood. To get to the ancient city center you just walk out the front door and cross the bridge (Ponte Sisto). The Vatican and Castel Sant’Angelo are just a good long walk up the boulevard along the Tiber.
So in the mornings you cross the Tiber on a 600-year-old footbridge to buy groceries and goodies at the Campo dei Fiori open-air market. In the evenings you get dinner and gelato at terrific places in Trastevere that are right under your bedroom window. And your days are filled with Rome’s magnificence.
Every night you return to a place that feels like home. (I think this is the only rental in the building). Big windows give it bright natural light during the day. The dining and living room windows have views of Trastevere streets that are postcard material. The apartment, the building, its location, and the city have an enchanting quality that can only be known by staying there.
For fellow Upstaters: US Airways and Continental have convenient flights that currently are affordable. Depending on the airline, you go GSP > Newark/Philly > Rome. Same itinerary in reverse. You leave GSP late morning, and you’re in Rome early the next morning. Fly Tuesdays/Thursdays for less expensive tickets.
Recommendation: Along with the usual suspects, see the Galleria Borghese – it is a jaw-dropping museum. And Santa Maria Maggiore is a must-see cathedral for cathedral lovers.