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icon To my favorite landlady, I am writing this with a good deal of ambivalence: I want you to prosper, but also want there to be a place for me when I can get to Rome.

I have done a fair bit of traveling, lodged in a hammock under a thatched roof luand in luxury hotels. But I have never been more content or more comfotable than in your apartment. The rental was accomodating from our first email --cheerful, helpful, businiesslike. The process of renting -- sending off the money, getting a receipt, refunding the deposit --is clear, quick, efficient. Your were helpful and welcoming despite the inconvenient timing of my arrival, and it was good of you to check to see that all was going well. The apartment is attractive, and everything works and is clean. The living room is cozy, and on a lazy day one can sit at the window and overlook the life of the street. The bedroom is comfortably furnished, with plenty of room to stow one's belongings, and is very quiet. The kitchen is well-supplied, and one could easily cook there (thought I didn't). As I like to travel light, I much appreciated having the computer and many books available without having to tote them

Rome is, of course, Rome-- no need to dwell on the history, the art, the cosmopolitan attractions. By foot or public transport (or a driver you can arrange) everything is easily at hand from Piazza S. Egidio. The surrounding neighborhood bustles with the daily activity of Romans and visitors -- places to shop, to eat, to drink, or just sit and watch.

I hope to return soon and often. Non vedo l'ora.

Best regards,

Marged Lindner
Philadelphia, PA

The apartment is clean, pleasant, well-equipped (how nice to find a microwave, hair dryer, salt) and located in a safe, interesting, vibrant neighborhood and also within walking distance of virtually all of historic Rome. We stayed a month and found that the neighborhood had everything we needed, as did the apartment. In addition. trams and buses are very easy to use from this location and the information kiosk is conveniently located and efficiently staffed. We look forward to our next stay.
[ndr: the Candelas have already bookd for a three-week stay next winter!]

Joe and Macyle Candela
E, Pennsylvaniaast Berlin
November-December 2008


Dear Sari:
We wanted to let you know that we received our $300 deposit, and are happy that you found everything in good order.
We did, as you say, "live like a Roman". We were very comfortable in the apartment, and in Trastevere as well, frequenting Attilio the fruttivendolo for carciofi and other fresh items, the Oviesse department store and Standa market for groceries, and a local forno for bread. Anita cooked carciofi several times, and we also ordered them at the local restaurants, all of which served great Roman dishes. We liked the local bars for morning caffeé and cornetti. I can understand your concern about the pizza al taglio shop near your apartment being such a temptation. We visited there 3 or 4 times during the time of our stay, and had some discussions with the owner, Gianni, about my family having come from Abruzzo, and Anita's from Emilia Romagna. Also discussed with him the type of flour he used for his pizze. (I do a lot of bread and pizza baking at home, so these things interest me).
While we were in Rome we did quite a bit of walking in Trastevere to visit the churches, the fruit and flea markets, the Jewish Ghetto, to see the Turtle fountain in Piazza Mattei, and to the historical center of Rome as well. The laptop computer came in handy helping me figure out the bus routes....almost. We used the 125 bus which stops right outside the apartment to get to the Gianicolo, and bus 116 to get to the Campo dei Fiori, and Piazza Navona. Also used tram #8 to get back to Trastevere from Largo Argentina, and the H bus to travel from Viale Trastevere to Termini station.
Although there was an ongoing passeggiata through the streets of Trastevere as well as the Piazza Sant' Egidio, the apartment was always comfortably quiet. We liked your National Geographic Traveler guide to Rome, it was very helpful and informative. Also, Anita read a couple of books from your collection.
I do want to note that Roberto was a great driver, very personable and always on time. Thanks for making the arrangements with him. Lastly, I think you can tell that we had a very enjoyable eight days in your apartment, and would not hesitate to recommend it or use it again ourselves.
A presto,

Anita and Donald Civitella
April 2008
Netcong, New Jersey

For five weeks in February and early March of 2009, my husband and I found a perfect home-away-from-home in central Rome. Our apartment on Piazza S.Egidio in the Trastevere area was a perfect location for us since we love to spend our days walking and exploring. Within a five-minute walk of our front door were a multitude of dining and snacking choices, delis and little supermarkets, an outdoor market, shops and boutiques, and one of Rome's more beautiful medieval churches. Within a 25-minute walk were many of Rome's central tourist attractions, including the Vatican in one direction and the Roman Forum in another.
The apartment had 3 rooms in which we found all the comforts of home. The front room, or living room, overlooked the square, the sounds of which could get rather lively at times. But we never found it a problem with the windows closed. The back room or bedroom was absolutely quiet, except for the church bells which sounded every 15 minutes and which after a while we stopped even noticing. The middle room or entry/kitchen was well designed with comfortable seating, all the modern appliances you would need, and ample storage and counter space. In fact, every room had lots of storage space with built-in closets and shelves. One entire wall of the bedroom was outfitted with shelves filled with books mostly in English.
One of the apartment features we appreciated the most was the very effective heating system, as we found the weather in early February unseasonably cold and wet. Another welcome feature was the very comfortable bed. The apartment also came with once-a-week cleaning. If we ever needed anything or had any questions, the apartment's owner was only a local phone call away.
Should Rome ever call to us again, the apartment on Piazza S. Egidio would be our first choice.

Kathy and Richard Baxter
Washington, D.C.
February 2009
My 9 year old son, Will, and I now feel that Piazza S. Egidio is our second home! As we returned from our daily excursions, we felt such comfort to be back in Trastevere. The apartment was wonderful, and my son appreciated being able to unwind by watching cartoons. I simply enjoyed watching Roman life go by through our window overlooking the piazza
below. The landlady was extremely helpful and the drivers she arranged to pick us up at the airport and then and take us back there were extremely reliable; they came early and were waiting for us both times. In other words, when we return to Rome we will definitely want to return to our new "home."

Andrew Berner
November 2006
Carrboro, North Carolina
The Sant’ Egidio apartment is everything we had hoped for and more. The lively and colorful neighborhood, in the heart of Trastevere, offers a myriad of restaurants, shops, and caffes. In the course of two weeks, this apartment really became our home. We could relax in the comfortable living room, watch TV, listen to music, cook in the fully equipped kitchen, and, of course, step outside and become completely involved in the activity of the neighborhood. Despite all the hustle and bustle below, we were delighted to get a really good night’s sleep in the quiet bedroom located in the rear of the apartment. Many of Rome’s famous sites are within walking distance of this location. The apartment is in excellent condition and the owner, who once occupied the apartment, still lives nearby and is available to answer any questions. We definitely plan to return to Trastevere and this cozy, well-kept apartment.

Ina Mazer and Robert Galla
October 2006
Boston, MA

"My husband and I loved this wonderful apartment and its location. Rome is fabulous and the apartment made our holiday perfect, more a home than just a hotelroom. We looked forward to coming "home" in theevenings after a long day of trekking through the cobbled streets of Rome. It was nice that the kitchen was complete although we did not need to cook as there are loads of restaurants in the area and we were spoilt for choice. We were pleased to find this apartment on the internet and so lucky that it was available. We would definitely recommend it to our friends."
Suki and Huey Ng
June 2006
This Trastevere apartment, at Piazza S. Egidio 14, is a charming, convenient, and comfortable headquarters for visiting Rome.The apartment is clean, well-cared-for and well-appointed. The kitchen is modern and easy-to-use; the bedroom is quiet and book- lined with plenty of closet space; the living room has comfortable spots from which to listen to music, watch TV, eat, or read; the blue-tile-lined bathroom works well and comes equipped with terry cloth robes. We were always happy to return there after a day's sightseeing.
Trastevere is a lively neighborhood with shops, markets, and restaurants nearby.
Some historic sites are also within walking distance as are the essential bus routes that take you elsewhere in the city. Upon our arrival in Rome, our American landlady arranged for a car to meet us at the airport and deliver us to the door. Another day, the man who cleans the apartment once a week took our laundry to the local laundromat and returned it washed, dried, and folded. Our hostess goes out of her way to help her tenants have an enjoyable stay in Rome. With us, she really succeeded.

Sarah and Ed Brash
Brooklyn, NY
February 2006
We were lucky to find this apartment for our third visit to Rome, and we can't imagine staying anywhere else our next trip there. The location is terrific, just a block to Trastevere's main piazza and a short walk across the Tiber to Campo dei Fiori and the other delights of Rome's historic center -- we found that the Colosseum and the Pantheon were within easy walking distance, and public transportation is also nearby (as well as countless cafes, restaurants, pizzarias, shops, etc.). The apartment itself is accurately portrayed on its web site, although we were still pleasantly surprised by many of its features.
The bedroom is spacious, with a good bed, huge closets with lots of hangars, a dresser, and a comfortable chair by the phone -- PLUS books galore and blissful quiet at night. The living room is attractively furnished, with satellite TV and a great view of the endlessly-changing
action in Piazza S. Egidio. And the kitchen is probably the best we've had in years of renting apartments and houses in Italy and France: fullsize major appliances, an abundance of small appliances, ample granite counterspace, and a chair and sofa nearby so the cook doesn't have to work in isolation. The apartment offers that rare combination of being comfortable, cozy and "homey" without feeling cluttered by the owner's possessions. The owner, (co-author of the National Geographic Traveler's guide to Rome), is the perfect landlady, willing to share her knowledge and love of Rome -- and extraordinarily helpful and concerned when a serious eye injury caused a problem for us during our stay in Rome..

Ann and Paul Misura
October 2005
Haleiwa, Hawaii
Thanks to the charming S. Egidio apartment we had one of our best trips ever and one of the finest Christmas' we can remember. The apartment , smack in the middle of Trastevere , was truly a "home away from home", more or less perfect in its furnishings and comfortable from day one thanks to the starter supplies that the landlady leaves in the kitchen. In the mornings it was great to be able to get up and make coffee and toast. And the place is so cozy - lots of books and satellite TV - that it was a joy to come back to after walking for hours during the day. We would enjoy a glass of wine and study the maps and books that come with the apartment to decide what would be in store for the next day. Rome surpassed all of our expectations and it was great to be able to walk just about anywhere. We're already planning our next visit!
Ida and Greg DeMaagd
December 2005
Carmel, California
Each year we look forward to "Living Rome like a Roman" at Piazza di San Egidio 14 with all the conveniences and amenities of the 21 century. We find the kitchen to be functional with generous equipment, the library copiously endowed with an eclectic selection of books,guidebooks, tapes and maps and the over-all furnishings comfortable and attractive with the added bonus of satellite TV. The Trastevere neighborhood is vibrant and offers desirable and varied opportunities for food shopping, boutiques browsing, museum visiting and restaurant sampling. No Roman ever lived as well as we live at Piazza di San Egidio 14 assisted by the caring and solicitous owner!
Joseph and Barbara Lasala
March 2005
Portsmouth NH

As nice as the apartment at Piazza S. Egidio 14 appears to be on the website, I found it even more appealing in person. It is an attractively designed space, with Indian cloth spreads on the comfortable furniture and Kilim carpets on the floors. The kitchen is very well equipped and cooking at home there was a pleasure, especially after shopping in the nearby open air market or at one of the other several excellent food shops. The living/dining area is furnished with sofas, which were a perfect cozy place to curl up and read or watch TV. The bedroom is very comfortable and quiet with lots of storage space. The apartment has a look and feel of being a home with lots of good books on the shelves, some good video movies and cassettes to listen to music. We were very impressed by how well run the apartment is. The landlady is a very nice and interesting person who made herself available for any kind of help or advice. It was a thoroughly enjoyable two weeks there.
Perhaps what we loved most about this apartment was its location. It’s right in the middle of Trastevere so we would walk out the door and be within a short walk to the interesting churches, palazzos and parks right there in our neighborhood, which we never got tired of exploring. For going further a field in Rome, we were a short walk to the buses, which virtually went everywhere.
Priscilla Derven and Stephen MacDonald
February 2005
New York City
Key West, Florida

“Your apartment was a joy; it helped us really enjoy our two and half week stay in Rome. It was immaculate-- both spacious and cozy at the same time. The fully appointed eat-in kitchen was a real plus. We prepared a lovely breakfast there every day and even a few dinners. While the streets of Trastevere can be quite hectic and active, when we came back to the apartment each day we felt it was an oasis of calm and serenity. The bedroom really is quiet—the only sounds we could hear from there were the chimes of the Basilica's church bells. We really felt it was our apartment while we were there. We would highly recommend it to any and all prospective visitors to Rome.”
Ron and Charlene Friedman
November 2004
Menlo Park, California

Both the apartment and Rome exceeded our most optimistic expectations. The apartment had such personal warmth that Laree and I felt that you were sharing your home with us rather than just renting a vacation space. It was a special delight to browse through your library and see so many familiar books as well as being able to jot down books I do not have for my future reading list. Laree and I are already planning to return to Rome for a longer stay and, if this materializes, we will be in contact for use of your apartment again. We intend to recommend your apartment to our friends and professional colleagues if any are planning a trip to Rome. Thank you again for making the week such a wonderful experience. If you are ever in the Chicago area, Laree & I would be delighted to get together with you for conversation over wine and/or dinner.
Best wishes,
Dr. Larry Morgenstern
August 2003
We consider ourselves fortunate in having found Piazza S. Egidio 14 in Trastevere. In 2002 we spent two weeks there, in 2003 three weeks and are looking forward to our third visit this March. Even though we go to Rome every year, we are so comfortable here that we would not even consider staying elsewhere. We have even begun to think of it as our apartment in Rome. Superbly located on the Piazza San Egidio, it is only two minutes from Trastevere’s main piazza, Santa Maria in Trastevere. The first time we went, we wondered what the apartment would be like. Would it live up to the photos on the net? The answer—more so. The apartment is comfortably and tastefully furnished, including cable TV, stereo, a good collection of tapes and a book-lined bedroom. Lots of towels, sheets, even terry-cloth bathrobes. The kitchen is equipped to the max. Good bathroom with shower, lots of hot water. And the owner, an American journalist and the author of an excellent guide on Rome, has been the perfect person to have as a Roman landlady.
Estelle and Irving Smith
October 2003
Montreal, Canada
We found the apartment delightful! It is roomy, yet cosy, and furnished most comfortably. The kitchen was a wonder! Every imaginable cooking aid at hand. And, as for thoughtful details, you offered everything one could possibly need, down to the last band-aid (for protection against Rome's inevitable walking blisters).
Marge Benjamin
May 2003
Washingon D.C.
I just wanted you to know that if I could choose to live anywhere in the world, it would be your apartment in Sant’Egidio. The space is comfortable, homey, and set up perfectly for cooking and for entertaining. Best of all is the location, in the midst of a neighborhood full of surprises, perfect for walking and hanging out, easy for shopping, and accessible to any area of Rome. What I remember with longing from here in the fog of San Francisco are the sounds-- of Santa Maria in Trastevere chiming the quarter hours, of the itinerant musicians in the evening--and the shades of pinks, reds, oranges in the square outside, and the warm light coming from the front window.
I'd love to come back.
Janet Thormann
July 2003
San Francisco, Ca.
We want to thank you for your apartment, your advice, your most interesting guidebook and library. We have had a wonderful experience that would have been impossible in any other circumstances. For a few days at least, we've been able to pretend to be dwellers and not just passers-though. Shopping in the market, cooking - even carrying down the trash - contributed. And your apartment is so congenial and comfortable - no hotel could offer the equivalent luxury of freedom and belonging in equal measure. I do hope you'll continue to make it available and that we will someday be able to return.
Jill Sellers
September 2003
Dayton, Ohio
"The three weeks my husband and I spent in your apartment in Trastevere were thoroughly delightful. We felt completely at home in the comfortably furnished surroundings and very much enjoyed all the amenities of home. The bookshelves had a wide range of offerings, from guidebooks to novels and even cookbooks. Being able to shop at the local open-air market (wonderful fruits and vegetables) gave us a chance to use the splendidly appointed kitchen—and keep our own bottle of frozen grappa! This is no ordinary tourist apartment but truly a private home, which makes one feel that one is indeed living like a Roman.
"The weekly cleaning crew keep the place immaculate so that one really did not have to think of housework beyond picking up after oneself. The self-service laundry around the corner was an added convenience, one that is often hard to find when one is travelling.
"Ample closet space, a desk in the bedroom, and a table in the living room that we used as a second desk made it possible for us to install ourselves most comfortably and conveniently. We could thus both work without being in each other's way. For a small apartment, this one is very well laid out for maximum use of the space. Even in the heart of Trastevere, the bedroom, which faces an open courtyard, is quiet.
"I have been telling all my friends that this is the place to stay in Rome. We will never again stay anywhere else in Rome."
And I mean every word!
All the best,
Benedicte Gilman
May 2002
Los Angeles, Ca.
We had a great experience at your apartment. It is in a great location, an easy walk across the Tiber, a half-hour walk to the Trevi fountain and anyway there were buses to most places we wanted to go.
As to noise, it was surprisingly quiet as the bedroom is at the rear and there was no noise heard. We didn’t spend much time in the living room but found no problem with noise there either.
What we liked about the area is the fact that it is so active with many nice cafes and restaurants; the cafe down below is quite nice for a cappuccino or espresso. The place is quite spacious, the stairs posed no problem and we can’t wait to return. We loved the place and appreciated the fact that you were always so helpful.
Lee & Barb Aurini
June 2003
Toronto, Canada
We stayed in the Piazza S. Egidio apartment for three weeks in May 2002 and again in 2003 and will be going back there this May. We find it great in every way. It is very comfortable, delightfully furnished, and scrupulously clean. It has a good bed, a well-equipped kitchen, a good, if a bit cramped, bathroom with a real shower, and excellent air conditioning.
The location is fantastic. The apartment is literally around the corner from S.Maria inTrastevere, one of the beautiful and important churches in Rome. There is an excellent outdoor food market in a nearby piazza, and there are lots of food shops right near by. It is a short walk from the Tiber, where there are busses and from Viale Trastevere, where there are trams, but it is also excellently situated for walking to all sorts of interesting places.
The owner is a lovely person and a great landlady. The first time we stayed in the apartment, she asked if I needed anything, and I said a teapot would be handy; she instantly went out and returned, within the hour, with a teapot! We recommend it to everyone.
Pam and David Benson
December 2003
Mansfield Center, Connecticut
Hi. I have thought of you often as I enjoy the memories of my "homecoming" to Rome. Your cozy apartment became very quickly my own little nest.. Having lived in Rome or three years in the 70's and having visited there often since then, staying with friends, I wanted to have somehting different, a little nest of my own to come and go as I pleased, to rest between long walks and peregrinations. The location was perfect. I could visit churches and museums all morning, come home to rest, then start out again in the late afternoon, refreshed, and without a major commute.
All the little things were part of the joy of it. Returning home one warm day, I dropped by the restaurant on the corner of Piazza Santa Maria and enjoyed a cooling fresh orange juice served over ice while they prepared the most wonderful luncheon salad. Another day a flurry of activity and many flowers outside Santa Maria attracted me. I sat down to rest in the back of the church and was privileged to observe a lovely wedding from beginning to end. And I must not forget to mention my daily lemon ice from the little gelateria nearby.
From the apartment I could walk anywhere in old Rome and in doing so I came upon places I had long forgotten, not to mention all the newly opened museums and restored buildings that had opened in time for the 2000 Jubilee. And just across the street from the apartment I discovered an nteresting little museum - areal gem - which then had an exhibit of paintings of life in Rome in the Middle Ages. And of course it was lovely to come back to an apartment that had a great library to choose from. I read several of your books during my stay there.
Thanks so much,
Mary Jane Stickley
September 2002
Arlington, Va

The best thing about staying in Piazza S. Egidio 14 is that it doesn't feel like you are renting an apartment, but more like you are borrowing it from one of your friends with good taste. The décor was tasteful and pleasant, the bedroom being particularly nice and quiet and we always slept well. There is ample closet and drawer space. And if space in the bathroom, as in many in Europe, was a bit tight, we certainly did not have any trouble coping.
In addition, the location is lovely. Less elegant, less touristy, than the other side of the Tiber and livelier, with real life. We ate every night in Trastevere -- in easy walking distance -- and ate well. And the little neighborhood shops are supplemented by a decent supermarket hidden in a basement not far away. We could and did walk to pretty much every part of Rome we wanted to see. But there was very good public transportation three or so blocks away, and we also used that to save some time. The only potential problem with the apartment, for people with ambulatory problems, is that it is up two flights of stairs. And it would have been nice to have a better selection of VCR tapes, although – really - who cares, particularly as there is a large and good selection of books.
David and Ruth Seidman
May 2002
Washington, D.C.