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I plan on spending 10 days in Rome and can't decide on a vacation rental or hotel. I would like something in the Prati, Piazza Navona, or Campo di Fiori districts and maybe Trastevere depending on how far it is from tourist attractions.I am assuming I can walk to the above districts. If i choose a vacation rental I need to be close to supermarkets, delis, bakeries, etc I am travelling solo (58 year old woman). Any suggestions would be helpful.

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For a 10 day stay, I think an apartment is much better suited. Meal times in Rome are pretty strict and eating out by yourself 2-3 times a day for 10 days will get old pretty quick. Rome's historic center is pretty small - in 1/2 hour you can kind of cross it end to end. Staying in Prati will add some time on to that, so if you want a fully pedestrian experience, I'd suggest Trastevere, Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona or area around the Pantheon. If you give me dates I can perhaps suggest something more specific as to where to stay.

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It's really a matter of personal taste and how independent you are. I myself much prefer hotels, although I rent apartments when traveling with a family group. If you rent an apartment, you'll have to carry a large amount of cash to pay the balance due (usually 2/3) on the rental before you get the key. You have to make an appointment with the keyholder and have a way to notify her if you're running late. You also usually don't have anyone to speak to immediately if there's a problem. And you normally have to do your own housekeeping.

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Hotel vs. apartment is a personal choice. It seems the major factor would be self-suffiency. I prefer apartments. I don't need concierge services or housekeeping.

I've rented from two different agencies and had no trouble with either. I never rush the "check-in" process. I make sure I can opperater the appliances - especially if it is a washer/dryer combo machine- open both the street entrance and apatrment doors. Insist on a 24 hour contact number.

There is just something about staying in an apratment that makes me feel more a part of the city as opposed to a transient hotel experience.

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Hi there

You could try the homelidays website.

Kind Regards


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For stays of that length, go for an apartment. The extra space, free wifi, washing machine, ability to prepare some food etc win it for me every time. 3-4 days in an hotel is fine, but European hotel rooms are small, there is often nowhere but a bed to sit and I would go stir crazy staying 10 days.

We stayed at Apartment Orbitelli, within walking distance of the Vatican and Campo dei Fiori and it was marvellous. See www.sleepinitaly.com

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Thanks everyone for the advice/suggestions. LindaatTheBee - I was thinking somewhere between Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Navona. I have business to do in the Prati district (via Tibullo 10). My dates would be May 7 - 16. I have stayed in both vacation rentals and hotels before, but I find that the things I want to see and do were done the first week. and the last week I just laze around close to either rental or hotel. A hotel room can get boring at times but so can a vacation rental. Both can drive you stir crazy. As for meals, I would prefer making my own but being catered to is nice also. My ideal place would be a hotel with kitchenette, that way I could have a little of each. I don't know if such a thing exists in Rome.

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If the things you want to see and do in Rome are done in a week, you are remarkably efficient. I've spent over 40 weeks in Rome over the years, and I still haven't seen and done everything I want to.

You don't need an in-house restaurant in order not to have to make your own meals. The Campo/Navona area is almost wall-to-wall restaurants and cafes where you can have any meal you like, including breakfast.

Why would you sit in a hotel room or apartment and go stir-crazy in Rome? Go outside, sit in a cafe and people watch,

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