The Irish Times - September 2004

Cook your own breakfast a stone’s throw from the Trevi fountain, or invite friends back for dinner on your terrazzo overlooking Trastevere.

If you’re visiting Rome, your vita can be a lot dolcier if you sub-let a local’s apartment, rather than stay in an impersonal hotel room.

The website contains listings of apartments for short-term lets in central Rome.

Search by district, price or size, then e-mail them your choices and dates. They were back to me within 24 hours, with a great apartment off the Piazza Navona.

They picked us up from the airport for less than the price of a taxi, threw in a baby’s cot for nothing, and even left a few essentials in the fridge.

Prices start at EURO 115 per night for a studio apartment.