Borgo

This heavenly neighborhood's glow emanates from the bright lights of its pizza parlors, souvenir shops, and a church unlike any other.

Not every neighborhood envelops an entire country, but Borgo is nearly otherworldly. This crowded-by-day neighborhood cultivates a soul of its own even as it embraces Vatican City—a pilgrimage destination that offers Borgo a truly universal claim to fame. Most of Borgo's inhabitants are administrative workers, trinket sellers, and officials of the Catholic Church. The serenity that emanates from St. Peter’s Basilica permeates the neighborhood and leaves little room for retail (other than the souvenir kind) or after-dark entertainment.

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On the Map

Borgo is within Roma Centro and bordered by Ponte, Trastevere, Aurelio, and Prati

Leonardo da Vinci Airport: 60 minutes by cab without traffic
Termini Station: 20 minutes by public transit
The Colosseum: 30 minutes by public transit
The Vatican: It's a short walk away

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The Gateway to Vatican City

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Standing at the threshold to Vatican City, there is perhaps no neighborhood whose superintendency is holier than Borgo's.

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Every year, thousands of vistors arrive in San Pietro square.

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Italy Rome Borgo PSB
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They gather to gaze in awe of St. Peter's Basilica, stand in line for their own moment with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and let the words of the Pope fall upon their ears from the Baroque-style structure's balcony.

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You don't have to be Catholic to be moved by the beauty, structural integrity, or domineering display of passion present in Vatican City and Borgo.

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Italy Rome Borgo PSB

You don't have to be religious to appreciate it, either.

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Borgo's natural beauty impresses in its own right.

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The neighborhood skirts the Tiber river and its panoramas offer a moving experience of their own kind.

The Borghi In Borgo

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Unlike most other streets in Italy, Borgo's sinewy side streets and alleys aren't called "vie." In Borgo, they're referred to as "borghi."

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The borghi brim with small shops, restaurants, and everyday residents going about their business in the shadow of the Vatican.

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Italy Rome Borgo PSB
Italy Rome Borgo PSB

Religious shops and commemorative souvenir stalls intersperse throughout sidewalk tables and modest apartments.

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BORGO MARCO GIARRACCA
BORGO MARCO GIARRACCA
BORGO MARCO GIARRACCA
Borgo represents a very nice and interesting meeting place for tourists and Romans because of the plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants that fill the narrow streets. Especially during the warm summer evenings, this area is joined by young people from all over the world."
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On the Street In Borgo

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In Borgo, the Vatican appears omnipresent.

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Italy Rome Borgo PSB

The neighborhood can attribute its crowds to the number of visitors headed for one of the world's most famous churches.

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Everywhere you go, it seems someone is journeying from or journeying to the basilica.

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Italy Rome Borgo PSB
Italy Rome Borgo PSB

Those that congregate in Borgo are more than admirers and pilgrims.

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Many of them are also dedicated to servitude.

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Italy Rome Borgo PSB
SANT EUSTACHIO MARCO GIARRACCA

Time for an epiphany?

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Walk this way.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Pauline Boldt

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Pauline Boldt is a freelance photographer and creative director who works globally. She takes pictures of where she is and what is around her. While spending two weeks in Rome photographing for Airbnb, she loved getting to know the historic city intimately. Pauline's current work can be found on her internationally featured blog, 26mertonroad.com.

Marco Giarracca

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Marco Giarracca lives in Rome and works around the world. After four years studying music he took up photography in 2001. His work mainly focuses on interiors, architecture, food, still-life, and portraits. When he’s not working he loves good food, hiking, climbing, traveling, and meeting new people. He was delighted to photograph his beautiful home city for Airbnb.