Portuense

A sedate southwest Roman neighborhood made for residents, by residents.

Romans revel in the fact that Portuense is anything but pretentious. Demure and dignified, this reserved residential neighborhood comprises pizzerias instead of famous piazzas. Portuense's simple street markets and large apartment complexes ensure that its residents eat well and sleep soundly–a difficult feat in one of the world's busiest and most beloved international cities.

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On the Map

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

Leonardo da Vinci Airport: 40 minutes by cab without traffic
Termini Station: 30 minutes by public transit
The Colosseum: 25 minutes by public transit
The Vatican: 25 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Possible
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Residential and Reserved In Outer Rome

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Compared to Rome's central neighborhoods filled with ancient ruins, Portuense doesn't attract sightseers or history buffs.

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Instead, this sedate neighborhood attracts real-life Romans.

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They value Portuense for its affability, its approachability, and its sense of camaraderie.

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Portuense's local markets and small shops bring together generations of residents.

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Young families and seasoned souls blend together along its avenues.

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A feeling of familiarity follows you everywhere when in Portuense.

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The neighborhood's homes and houses of worship make modest statements, too.

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Many of them rest in the shade of trees along the river's edge.

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Portuense's Local Market

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Fresh flowers, fresh produce, and fresh pasta contribute to Portuense citizens' casual evenings.

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Its markets may not draw outside crowds, but they offer the neighborhood's residents everything they need.

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Feeling local feels lovely.

Photography

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

Kristina Gill

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Kristina Gill is a food photographer, food and drinks editor at Design*Sponge, and cookbook reviewer at Mattbites. While shooting Rome she was struck by how well some Roman neighborhoods have preserved traditions and family businesses while others are in constant renewal.