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Trastevere Neighborhood in Rome?

Steve doesn't sound too happy with this neighborhood, calling it "gritty". It sounds kind of cool to me, but I have never been to Italy before, so what do I know?

I am considering an apartment rental for 4 days in Trastevere. We are a casual 50-60's couple, traveling with our 26-yr old son and his girlfriend. We'd like to stay somewhere:
1. Affordable, but "nice" accomodations (meaning showers!)
2. More than one bedroom, if possible
3. Not too far from the major sites (walk or bus)
4. Nightlife for the "kids", who stay up late
5. A true Italian experience, with local cafes and shops.

I found what looks like a great place on "Homelidays" holiday rental website. Any comments from people that have either used this service, or who have stayed in Trastevere?

Thanks!

Posted by
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We've not stayed in Trastevere but were just in Rome last week. Walked through the area and ate dinner. Seemed very nice but as Rick Steves a little Bohemian.
We were talking to a young Italian woman who lived in the area and she told us there are 3 hospitals nearby and well as heavy traffic and it's very hard getting a good night's sleep because of sirens and traffic noises. Don't know where the rental is you're investigating but just wanted to let you in on our conversation.

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we have rented a 2 bedroom apartment close to the vatican with seperate bathroom (shower over bath)laundry and kitchen /lounge cable tv on 7th floor with lift pictures on website look great close to public transport and 2 blocks from area that contains pubs restaurants cafes and nightclubs it was 320e for the week plus a cleaning charge on 7th floor with lift through the website sleepinitaly they have been extremly helpful in providing maps of the area , instructions on how to get there from the port and as we have an early flight have arranged a deadlock on the door so that the keys can be left inside on departure we too our in our 60s and this is what sleepinitaly advised (an apartment instead of a hotel) mainly because we can come and go with ease hope you have a wonderful time

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As has been noted, Trastevere is quite noisy. Personally, I would recommend something near the Vatican. It is out of the way of the tourist center, yet not far from anything and everything you could want. I stayed at the Resdience Vatican Suites for 3 months and loved it:

www.tassoni.it

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Hi Jayne...
I stayed at a hotel in Trastevere and have to admit that I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Rome...it was amazingly friendly, definitely bohemian, and fun. It offers wonderful non-touristy restaurants, great places to sight see and grab a glass of wine, and some of the most real people I met! I can't say enough good things about it. As for the noise, we walked all day and into the evening, so by the time we hit the pillow we didn't hear anything...and that was with our windows left open!
Enjoy your trip!