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Franco or someone who knows neighborhoods in Rome--please give advice

Old Dec 18th, 2007, 01:03 PM
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Hi Sacc--

I'm just wondering if this is the place your friend rented and you are thinking aobut. It is the one I'm thinking aobut. Id does appear to be charming.

http://www.liveromelikearoman.com/apartment.htm

I'm also interested in your comments that you decided to move in to a more touristy, bustling place because you think there will be more availability of bakeries, delis and veggie places. This is exactly what we are looking for because we know we ill be eating most of our meals in. So the Navona place is better for that type of thing than Testravere?

Bardo1--

I'm interested in your comment, "while the Via del Governo Vecchio area simply oozes charm, it doesn't come cheap." Does this mean that rentals are more expensive in this area or that basic food supplies etc. will be more here? I already assumed restaurants would be more. I'm asking because all the rentals are about the same price.

And, Franco--it sounds as though no matter which option I take public transportation will be fine. Thanks again!

I've also found another option I am considering in the more eastern part of Trastevere right by Saint Crisocono church.

I so appreaciate all the help you've all given me. I just need to sit down and make a decision within the next 18 hours.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 01:56 PM
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julies, Piazza Navona is certainly not a place where you could buy an apple - but it's also not the Governo Vecchio neighbourhood. Piazza Navona is the eye of the typhoon, regarding nightlife and tourism in Rome. Via del Governo Vecchio is far enough to be in a quiet surrounding; sacc is certainly referring to Campo dei Fiori as far as vegetable shopping - Rome's central market, not far from Via del Governo Vecchio. But as far as small shops, Trastevere is the better choice - there are more groceries, no doubt, in Trastevere, than in the Governo Vecchio neighbourhood. It's just the Campo dei Fiori market that makes shopping attractive there, but as far as shops, you would find more antiques than bread or vegetables there.
Also Trastevere has a wonderful market each morning btw, on Piazza S. Cosimato.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 01:59 PM
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...far AWAY enough..
Sorry, I'll never learn to preview!
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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Franco (or any others): May I please interrupt with a question about neighbourhoods?:

We would like to rent an apartment in March, 2008 in the Bulgari Building at Lungotevere Marzio 10, near the P.zza Nicosia.

I have walked along that part of the Tiber several times. I thought it was not too noisy -- and windows would be closed in March.

It is not the MOST beautiful part of the Centro Storico but it has the Mausoleum of Augustus, Ara Pacis et cetera.

Have you an opinion on that area?

Others: Sorry for hi-jacking the thread!!

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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 04:36 PM
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tedgale - if you don't mind the traffic, this is certainly not a bad position. It's on Lungotevere (see above: good public transportation), and the neighbourhood south of it is among Rome's nicest (actually, the Governo Vecchio area, see again above). The part north of it, with the Ara Pacis and the Mausoleo di Augusto, is NOT nice - this is a Fascist eyesore in the centro storico...
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 05:06 PM
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Julies, I don't know anything about Roman neighborhoods but very much like the look of the liveromelikearoman.com one. In fact, I'm bookmarking for future reference, but I can't seem to find the price. Do you know it? Thanks.
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Old Dec 18th, 2007, 05:29 PM
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I agree with the "Fascist eyesore" description, although I greatly admire some of the buildings of that period.

We walked across the Ponte Milvio in March, then walked along the Tiber to the Foro Italico. What an incredible structure and what statues -- "pazzesco" but impressive!

But The Eyesore really does NOT belong in that historic district.
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Old Dec 19th, 2007, 06:21 AM
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Thanks much! We have finally made a decision. And, in the end, it came down to the money as the deciding factor.

We are taking the one Franco told us not to take in Trastevere.

http://www.liveromelikearoman.com/apartment.htm

The owner had a last minute cancellation that met our dates with a little tweeking. The price we were offered was SO atractive that we couldn't turn it down. It worked out for both of us this way. She is filling what would have probably been a vacant time and we are getting a real deal. For an American dealing with a weak dollar this makes a major difference. Plus, there were several favorable trip reports about this apartment in Slowtrav.

Once again. Thanks you all so much!
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Old Dec 19th, 2007, 11:35 AM
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Julies, that is indeed the apartment my friend rented in June. I was only in it for a few minutes to have a look around, since I was thinking of renting it, but it seemed very nice and very well-kept. My friend was really pleased, found the owner great to work with. So I think you'll enjoy it.

As Franco says, it is really close to Santa Maria in Trastevere, but my friend said she wasn't really bothered by noise (except with the windows open, hopefully not an issue in January!) Having a computer in the apartment was also a nice touch.

There was a good grocery store just around the corner from that apartment, and as Franco has said there are lots of other places to shop in Trastevere. I think I am biased towards the Campo de' Fiori area because I've stayed around there in the past (altho I wouldn't stay right on the campo), so it feels a bit more familiar.


Have a wonderful trip!
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Old Dec 19th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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Julies,

Nice apt - and much larger than the typical ones in the Campo/Navonna area.

Looking forward to a full report in a couple weeks...
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Old Jan 20th, 2008, 02:35 PM
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Dear Franco,
I was hoping that you could give me some advice on my apartment neighborhood rental in Rome. Here are our options right now. Iíve been really hunting for Trastevere apartment option based on this thread. I'm traveling with my parents and my 18-year-old brother. I would appreciate any suggestions on the locations of these apartments that you might be able to offer.
Thank you!

This one is supposedly by the Sweden Queen Christina botanical gardens (which Iím having difficulty locating)
http://www.vrbo.com/34951

This is a second option.
www.vrbo/13169

This one is near the Trastevere train station. Is that OK?
http://www.bestrentrome.com/eng/apar...id=214&name=In
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Old Jan 20th, 2008, 03:45 PM
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Eliza, both the 2nd and 3rd apartment you're asking about are near the station of Trastevere, and that's a VERY inconvenient location - too distant from everything to consider. So just the first one is in a commendable location. The Botanical Garden (Orto Botanico) is on Via Corsini, which is easily traceable at www.viamichelin.com
(Do you know my "favourite Roman accomo...districts" thread? Might give you more precise ideas on Roman neighbourhoods.)
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Old Jan 20th, 2008, 04:07 PM
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hi Franco. thanks for your advice. I actually thought I was posting on that longer thread about your favorite districts. that is the thread that I was referring to. We've been studying it! Hopefully, we'll get this settled soon, then move onto the thread outlining your sightseeing suggestions!
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