Studio della Scala is a perfect getaway for those who want to live the quintessential 'Trastevere' experience. Cozy, intimate, and very Roman!
Located in the heart of Trastevere, on the second floor of a typical historic XVII century building. Surprisingly silent (set on a pedestrian street, its windows and balcony leading out to the courtyard) the studio has been renovated a few years back (maintaining its characteristic charm, of course!) and is very well looked after. Upon entering you'll find yourself in a small corridor, then an open space living room with (working!) fire place, a double sofa bed, table and chairs. In an area separated from the main part is the 'bedroom' area with double bed. On the other side of the room, there's a bathroom (with bathtub) leading out to a small sunny balcony (facing the courtyard and equipped with chairs and a small table)) Exposed wood-beam ceiling, real parquet flooring, a tiny but well equipped kitchenette, a a Microwave, Air conditioning, independent heating, Wi-fi Internet, Towels and Sheets, it's all there, as well as books for you to read, maps, information on the city.
Air conditioning keeps the apartment nice and cool in the summer while the fireplace and bathtub provide special charm during the colder months!
Trastevere is a historic neighborhood just across the river from the more conventional "Centro storico" of Rome. The Tiber river and two of Trastevere's most famous squares, Piazza Trilussa and Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, are each only about a 2 minute walk from the studio, and crossing one of the many bridges you'll be at Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon in no time (less than 30 minutes by foot). Other sites such as the Vatican (about 40 minutes by foot or an easy bus ride), Castel S. Angelo and the Colosseum are also within easy reach.
The neighborhood used to be "blue-collar", and still today there's only small houses (most of them dating back to the XVII century) and cobblestone streets. It's what you imagine Rome to be: narrow streets, old little houses, Romantic piazzas (with warm orange street lights at night!), little cafes and restaurants, Roman lifestyle and of course (especially during high season) some tourists (how could they miss out on such a gem!). It's a nice mixture of 'real' and 'touristy' Rome, and definitely very picturesque.
There's also a lot of cultural events happening in the neighborhood (exhibitions, small movie theaters and theaters), and interesting little unconventional shops all around.You won't miss a thing here (we hope): the kitchenette, although tiny, has everything one would need: pots, pans, cups, wine glasses, microwave, coffee-machine, teapot…
Early or late check-ins will be accommodated whenever possible (depending on check-out time of former guests); for check-ins after 8 pm we might have to ask you for a fee of 25 Euros.
I stayed here for a weekend with my boyfriend and Rosana's flat is absolutely lovely and very comfortable. It is right in the heart of Trastevere with the bustle of life outside and yet it's absolutely calm and quiet inside, with the views from the window opening into a typical Italian courtyard with roofs and neighbouring houses. It is very atmospheric. The flat looks just like in the photographs and has everything necessary. We can't comment on the kitchen as we didn't try to cook (and why would you want to, Trastevere has so many fabulous places to eat!). The power in the shower is very strong, although the water tank is not enormous, so be frugal with the hot water if several of you want to have a hot shower. The bed is large and comfortable and makes for a very cosy place to sleep. We didn't meet Rosana, but communiction with her was very smooth and she helped enormously with the logistics, accommodating our super-late arrival time and letting us leave our bags after checking out until we needed to go to the airport. She gave excellent instructions on how to get from the airport and supplied a driver to get us back there again, which saved a lot of hassle and was very appreciated. Do double-check the driver's fee, though, as we had a small discrepancy between what he was asking and what we had been quoted. The driver (Alfonso) was punctual and very good, though.
The flat, the neighbourhood and the host were all perfect. We had a lovely time - definitely recommended.
The neighbourhood was absolutely perfect, we were on a busy street for pedestrians with only the odd small car but as soon as you shut the front door there was barely any noise at all. There are lots of lovely bars, cafes and gelato places all around - very occasionally I could hear people outside when the bars shut at about 3am. I would also say that if you are going to stay in Rome then this is definitely the best place to be located - it has soul and is only a short walk from all the major tourists sights. Don't be put off by the graffiti on the door, it is fine inside!
I found it a bit odd that we never met the host, just someone who literally just pointed to the boiler and demonstrated switching it on. But we didn't have any major problems and we did have a mobile and email address to contact. The heating seemed to switch itself off a lot before we were actually warm, so if you are cold just keep checking on it and switching it back on again!
There is a hairdryer and extra blankets, disappointingly the wood fire mentioned doesn't come with any wood although we could sometimes smell wood-smoke from other flats in the building.
The fridge is big enough for two although I don't think anyone would actually use the tiny kitchen for cooking. It was nice to be able to have a cup of tea whenever though, and if we had wanted to have cold beers or wine.
The apartment and location were perfect. The apartment was exactly as described. It is also close to tons of good bars and restaurants. We never left the neighborhood in the evenings. Rosana was also wonderful. She arranged a pickup and dropoff at the airport and was very responsive to any and all questions. I would highly recommend staying here.
Rosana's place was delightful: cosy, full of character and in a superb Trastevere location. It's perfect for a romantic weekend for two. Unfortunately, we never met Rosana but communicated with her with ease. She arranged for a driver to pick us up from the airport (very worthwhile and hassle-free) and take us to her place. I highly recommend the driver if you arrive at night as the flat isn't easy to find because the door to the building is very discrete and the streets in Trastevere are labyrinthine. I would definitely stay there again!
It was an amazing apartment with great amenities in a fantastic area. She was very accommodating and helpful with papers on where to go and where to eat!
Trastevere is an amazing neighborhood with lovely restaurants and cafés, we had the best pizza we have ever eaten there. The apartment is cozy and has great italian feeling, which we liked. It was within walking distance from everywhere and the host, Rosana, who welcomed us was very friendly and helpful. Wonderful stay in the best city in the world! Thank you Rosana :)
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Hi I'm Rosana, I love life and I love Rome! Together with my two good friends Laura and Yuli we are taking care of our little gem here in Trastevere. We adore it very much, and hope you will, too.