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Are apts in Trastevere or Vatican area too far from all the center sites?

Are apts in Trastevere or Vatican area too far from all the center sites?

Jun 5th, 2008, 08:41 AM
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We visited Italy last summer with our 2 sons 22 and 20. In Rome we stayed at Hotel Santa Prisca, just across the River from Trastevere near Priamide. It was a good location for us, very near the train station, bus stop across the street, and neighborhood resturants and shops. Honestly our boys were so tired at the end of the day, they never went out at night! Remember dinner in Italy takes a few hours and usually ends at 9 or 10 pm.They were invited to the clubs by young people, but opted for a good nights sleep. We did everything we could in 5 days and used the bus and train everyday. It was great, they loved it and so did we!
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Jun 5th, 2008, 08:55 AM
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We loved the Trastevere area and saw plenty of young people in the restaurants and bars. That said, we stayed at the Hotel San Francesco, so that was our 'neighbourhood'. I'm not sure how big Trastevere is or where your apartment might be located.

We just hopped on the trolley into the historic centre of town (about 4 stops) and sometimes walked. Only on the rare occassion did we take a cab back to the hotel at the end of the day, and that was just because we were too pooped!
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Jun 5th, 2008, 10:26 AM
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You might want to check out this thread. http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=35120238

Others have told me they were very happy staying in Trastavere, especially with older kids, but we had a young child and wanted to minimize walking (and we were really happy with being near Campo de Fiori).
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Jun 5th, 2008, 03:54 PM
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While in Rome over New Year's we stayed in an apartment in the Piazza Navona area. We found this location to be perfectly located within walking distance of everything. Didn't get to the Trastevere area. But if in the Piazza Navona area you HAVE to check out The Abbey Theater, a little Irish bar that is one of the best I have EVER been in. We met some of the nicest people from all over the world in this one little spot. The bartenders and clientele here totally made the whole trip to Rome memorable. Can't wait to go back..
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Jun 18th, 2008, 02:28 AM
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If I'm not too late to chime in -

The Vatican area really is not as bad as one might think. We had no choice 2 years ago but to stay at the St Peter's Crowne Plaza - the neighborhood was very quiet and a 10 minute bus ride further than the Vatican.

We easily transfered at the Vatican for a quick 5 minute ride into the center of the city each day.

I am booking today an apartment with Realrome in the Vatican neighborhood - the prices are good at 120E compared to the 250E we paid 2 years ago and farther from the center.

Peace, Lily
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Jun 18th, 2008, 05:39 AM
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On our first trip to Rome we stayed very close to the Vatican. While we still walked everywhere, it was so far removed from the "vibe" of the city center that I would not consider staying in that area again. On our last trip, we rented an apt just outside of Campo dei Fiori from www.sleepinitaly.com and absolutely loved it. Trastevere is a great, slightly bohemian part of the city that your teens would enjoy, I believe.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 08:50 AM
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I always stay in the area of the Vatican there are several places on the via Cavalleggeri, via delle Fomaci and near station san pietro. Most start around 80e for apartments that sleep 4. some are small, some are much larger you have to shop around. You want to stay in the general area between the start of the Via Aurelia and the river as that way you can hop right on the bus and be across the river in less than 10min.
All of the posters are correct, most of the sites are on the other side of the river. However I like staying in a more neighborhood type area where you can shop in the small stores, bank is right there, hardware stores etc. enjoy stroll in the evening.
Its a matter of what you like and what you want to pay and of course how you feel about taking the bus to some sites. Many you can walk to.
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Jun 19th, 2008, 02:49 AM
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I have used www.summerinitaly.com for all my Italian vacations. I'm so happy with them that I would recommend them everywhere. Thay have many apartments in the centre of Rome, near Trastevere which is not far at all from the old town centre. I'd suggest to stay near Via S.Francesco a Ripa, Piazza di S.Egidio, Via Cardinale Merry del Val, via Garibaldi... very close to restaurants and pubs, but not as touristy as Via della Lungaretta, for example.

Hope it helps!

Enjoy Italy and have fun,


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Jun 19th, 2008, 03:27 AM
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Our first trip to Rome, we rented an apartment in Trastevere.. just over the Ponte Sisto. We liked it very much.

This Christmas we rented near Campo dei Fiori. I preferred the latter.

While Trastevere is fairly convenient... I found we went out so much more late at night when things were that much closer.

My daughter and I were laying in bed at midnight watching Gladiator on her portable DVD player when she said.. Mom, do you feel like Gelato. With Gelato a few steps down the road, it was so easy to jump out of bed and run down the street.
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