We first were introduced to apartment rentals as an alternative to hotels last year during our Mongol Rally adventure. Our teammate Sherry Ott had set us up with a sweet deal downtown London, England for a week where we enjoyed cooking our own meals and watching Top Gear on the Telly while working on the old travel blog.
It was a couple of days later that we were contacted by Roomorama to work together during the Mongol Rally and they became our official sponsor for our travels through Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
We had the chance to stay in an array of apartments from shared accommodations with kitchens in Romania to luxurious hidden gems in Kiev to the ultra modern high rise apartment in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
So now whenever we are traveling the world, they are our go to people for a place to stay!
When we booked our accommodation in Rome, we had no idea about the layout of the city. We just thought, “if we’re close to the river, we must be close to everything.” Little did we know we were booked in one of the most charming areas of the City.
The Trastevere area of Rome is central and free of crowds. It has the atmosphere of feeling completely local and if I were to recommend staying anywhere in Rome, this would be the place. Littered with Trattorias, Osterias and Pizzerias you will find that authentic Rome you’ve always been looking for. It is here where people still are allowed to hang their clothing across the street and it is here that you will still see groups of elderly gentlemen sipping cafés while talking loudly to one another.
Directly center to all the attractions, you can put on your hiking boots and check out all the major sites without having to hop on a bus or hire a taxi. 20 minutes to the Vatican and 20 Minutes to the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. We couldn’t believe that we could stroll anywhere we like and truly take in the charm of the city by foot!
Our apartment was small yet super sweet. The owners were so completely nice and welcoming.
I love the little details about apartment living. Unlike some of the other apartments we’ve stayed in recently, this one actually felt like someone was living in it. There were several books and magazines for us to peruse, candles and the ever important wine opener.
The bathroom was so clean that we could forgive the fact that our shower was right over the toilet. (We’ve travelled South East Asia, we’re used to that). It is €79 to stay at our apartment in Trastevere and that includes wifi, a kitchen, coffee and tea.
The kitchen, albeit small, was pristine with a spotless stove and sink and an array of dishes and pots and pans to make even the most gourmet of meals.
If you are travelling with close friends, it is a good choice. It sleeps 3 people but it makes for a very tight squeeze. However to be able to split the cost (a 3rd person only costs an extra €20 per night) it makes for a very cheap stay in Rome.
I recommend hanging out in the area for at least a day to enjoy a cappuccino (but only before 11:00) see the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria one of the oldest churches in Rome and the Ponte Sisto bridge dating back to the time of Marcus Aurelius. (You know, the guy from Gladiator)
You have to walk along the waterfront towards the Vatican. It is a wonderful walk and you can pop into the Castle Sant Angelo. One of the most magnificent things about visiting Rome besides witnessing all the monumental historical sites, is to walk through the city and take in the vibe and energy of the locals. In our opinion there is no better place to do that than in Trastevere and there is no better place to stay to actually feel like a local.
For more information on Apartment Rentals Visit Roomorama to book your next trip.
For this particular apartment visit The Charming Apartment in Trastevere