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Rome apartments: Porta portese vs Via Giulia Donarelli

Old Oct 27th, 2007, 08:21 AM
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Rome apartments: Porta portese vs Via Giulia Donarelli

Thanks to all the posts here and elsewhere, we have narrowed down our choices between these two apartments in Rome:
1. Via Giulia Donarelli:
http://www.sleepinitaly.com/files/apt_giuliabis.html
2. Rome in the Eternal: Porta Portese
http://www.vbro.com/13169

Franco, I know you love Trastevere..is this too south. Porto Portese is a much bigger 2bd/2ba/balcony and farther out. There are 3 adults. Is it worth it? Thanks for all your help!


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Old Oct 27th, 2007, 08:45 AM
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hi, howdey,

you're really comparing apples and pears aren't you.

you have a one-bedroomed central flat as against a 2 bedroomed one much further out.

if you choose the central one, you'll be close to everything and able to walk to most sights. on the other hand, if the person on the sofa wants to rest or sleep, what do the other two do?

the other one gets round this problem but you won't be walking to the sights much.

how long are you in Rome for? - and how friendly are the 3 adults?

if you're there for a week or more, I'd go for the trastevere one. If for only a few days, teh more central. but can you really not find a more centrally positioned 2 bedroomed apartment?

regards, ann

PS we used www.italyaccom.com and found them very helpful.

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Old Oct 27th, 2007, 08:49 AM
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Howdey, you didn't need to post this twice. Check out your other post. Click on your name at the top of the page to see your threads.
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Old Oct 27th, 2007, 10:06 AM
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Sorry, SusanP...I realized I forgot to put Rome apartment in the title.
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Old Oct 27th, 2007, 11:00 AM
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Hi Annhig...Yes, we are at opposite ends of the earth! Our problem is ME. I'm partially disabled with a fold up travel chair and although I can walk some and maybe do one flight of stairs, it's a pain having to take the wheelchair(folds to suitcase size w/wheels)up and down the stairs. Everytime I think I've found the perfect place, it has stairs w/o lift. I just found out that the trastevere apt is three blocks from Trastevere train station...is that good? And yes, we will be in Rome for a week.
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Old Oct 27th, 2007, 11:46 AM
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aha, howdey, I understand.

please excuse me if I am teaching my grandmother to suck eggs but have you tried e-mailing the various agencies and asking them specifically about access?

also I just googled "disabled in Rome" - there are quite a few sites that look promising. in particular www.tour-web.com/accessibleitaly/

I don't know trastevere terribly well, but the main transport is a tram which i suspect is not wheelchair friendly. My instinct is that you will be better off in the centre, or at least more central where you can get about on foot/wheel.

good luck finding somewhere suitable.

regards, ann
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Old Oct 27th, 2007, 11:51 AM
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hi, again,

i just had a look at the www.slowtravel.it website. it has what looks like lots of good info on it.

hope this helps.

ann
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Old Oct 27th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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Thanks Ann..good info. The good news is that I'm not totally dependent on my chair so I can get away with some things.
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The information about location of the apartment in Trastevere is confusing.
The link says it is at Porta Portese but also that it is three blocks from the Trastevere train station. The latter location would be a lot farther out (south/away from the historic center). Being close to the train station is not a plus for sightseeing.
There is a tram (#8) that runs up Via di Trastevere from the station area and within a few blocks of Porta Portese. It would take you across the Tiber to largo Argentina, a central transportation hub.
However, the other location would be a lot more central.
The choice between a bigger space and a good location is hard to balance.
When we were in Rome this spring with our 16 year old son we definitely appreciated having 2 bedrooms rather than trying to deal with a sofa bed. (Our apartment was a walk up so I won't even suggest checking it out)
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Old Oct 29th, 2007, 04:56 AM
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Howdey, I'm almost sure that the large building in the background of the photo taken from the vrbo apartment's window actually IS Stazione Trastevere. And this means it's definitely too far south. I vote for the Via Giulia apartment.
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Old Oct 29th, 2007, 05:44 AM
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Thanks guys....as always your right. It was way down near the train station. We've opted for looking for a bigger apt. in the Campo dei Fiori area. This takes alot of time but at least I don't feel alone with you guys helping out!! AND we are looking for a ground floor! Thanks to all. I will do a trip report next April.
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Old Oct 29th, 2007, 02:33 PM
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Howdey, Howdey.

this looks like a good idea.

hope you have a great time, and I look forward to reading all about it.

regards, ann
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Old Oct 30th, 2007, 07:39 AM
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Well, the long search is over. We have opted for www.sleepinitaly.com/files/apt_giulia-gold.html

One last question on the subject...they are aqsking for the deposit on my Visa be sent by either email or fax. Which is safer?
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Old Oct 30th, 2007, 09:20 AM
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The fax, definitely. Have a nice trip!
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Old Oct 31st, 2007, 03:28 AM
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the apartment you picked looks very nice and is definitely a much better location than the one in Trastevere.

I agree I would send the info via fax rather than the internet
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Hi Howdey, I too am looking at Via Giulia Gold for Oct this year would be interested in your thoughts. (Not sure whether you have been yet?)
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