From this luminous, loft apartment in the characterful Trastevere neighbourhood you can walk to almost everything. And settle down to a slice of Roman life: stroll to the corner bar for a cappuccino and cornetto; pick up fresh bread from the bakery and vegetables from the market; cross the Tiber to the Campo de’ Fiori and explore the Botanical Gardens. Greeted by gracious Cristina, you take the stairs to the second floor and step straight into the bright living space. Instantly the feel is fresh, simply stylish and original. Tall French windows, white walls, bold fabrics, refurbed and new furnishings: a tan sofa, a sanded table, a large mirror. Steel stairs lead on up to the mezzanine loft area divided by an arty screen, an iron canopy bed and a day bed strewn with multi-coloured pillows. The other double is also inviting, in crisp white with abstract floral paintings and a cherry wood desk. The kitchen and bathrooms are compact and practical. Throughout, artwork in different forms is striking and a huge plus too is the slim, stepped terrace with its flowers and potted citrus trees – just the spot for a limoncello.