Ostiense

Sanguine clubs and pubs sequester themselves in this energetic neighborhood's secret nooks.

If Testaccio is the undiscovered Rome, then Ostiense is the undiscovered Testaccio. Its urban metamorphosis hasn’t quite reached the height of its northern neighbor, but co-ed crowds are beginning to recognize Ostiense's restaurant and nightlife scene as the next cool place to coexist. Hidden markets snuggle up to cramped trattorias where waitstaff call out your order rather than ring it in. It's these little enclaves that elevate Ostiense's ever-rising street cred. Add in the neighborhood's massive train station that ensures easy accessibility, and you'll wonder how Ostiense has kept quiet for so long.

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On the Map

Ostiense is bordered by Testaccio, San Paolo, Ripa, Monteverde Vecchio, Portuense, Garbatella, EUR, and Roma Centro

Leonardo da Vinci Airport: 45 minutes by cab without traffic
Termini Station: 15 minutes by public transit
The Colosseum: 10 minutes by public transit
The Vatican: 25 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
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Real Rome In Real Time

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Ostiense is well-connected to the center of Rome, but it maintains an outsider appeal that contrasts with the classical nature of the city's core.

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The neighborhood trades historical Rome's weathered elegance for a no-nonsense urban aesthetic.

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Ostiense is more tried-and-true than trendy.

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The area's roadways, underground stop, and train station solidify its role as a well-traversed transit hub.

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Despite the people moving through Ostiense, the neighborhood maintains its local identity.

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Ostiense Station is the new hub for the national high-speed trains, and here there is the new great food “hub” Eataly, where you can taste and buy healthy and top quality Italian food. Moreover, Ostiense has a great night life!"

Ostiense's Student Body

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Where students go, street art follows. Or perhaps, it is the reverse.

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Whichever it may be, Ostiense's youthful vibrancy can be attributed to the presence of one of Rome's largest universities.

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Ostiense's cafes, bars, and trattorias fill with students.

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The neighborhood's streets and plazas are enlivened with trade, barter, and craft markets.

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Unpretentious spaces complement unpretentious food.

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Ostiense may be quieter than neighboring Testaccio, but for laid-back nightlife and long conversations, the area is casually raising the bar.

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The zone is constantly changing and it is currently one of the trendiest areas of the city. Staying is a pleasure!"

Green Retreats In Ostiense

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One of Rome's major basilicas, San Paolo, stands in Ostiense.

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The basilica's surrounding gardens provide a serene oasis away from the noise of the area's student-centric streets.

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Photography

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

Thomas Toti

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Thomas Toti is a photographer and director of photography. He has been burning film since he was 15 years old. A fascination for different cultures has led him to travel and this passion manifests itself in his work, where he applies a fresh approach to every shoot. He is intrigued by Rome and loved shooting for Airbnb as it allowed him to pay homage to both the city and its tourists.