Ripa

Perched upon one of Rome's seven hills, Ripa whispers rather than roars.

San Saba's relaxed pace evidences itself in every detail. From its subtly wider streets to its slightly fancier apartment buildings, this bucolic neighborhood rests easy. It's far from being Rome's sassiest place for a state-of-the-art cocktail or all-night dance party, but it's tough to top when it comes to the simple enjoyment of seeing children riding bicycles and seniors reading their early morning newspaper.

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On the Map

Ripa is within Roma Centro and bordered by Sant'Angelo, Campitelli, Celio, Testaccio, Trastevere, Garbatella, San Giovanni, and Ostiense

Leonardo da Vinci Airport: 40 minutes by cab without traffic
Termini Station: 20 minutes by public transit
The Colosseum: 10 minutes by public transit
The Vatican: 30 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Quiet Oasis Near Central Rome

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Ripa nestles itself into the hills of Rome.

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SAN SABA MARCO GIARRACCA
SAN SABA MARCO GIARRACCA

Despite its nearly central location, the neighborhood remains far away from the chaos of the city below.

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The view of the city in the distance might take your breath away.

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Up in Ripa, it's not often you rub shoulders with other old Rome spectators.

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SAN SABA MARCO GIARRACCA

It's quiet in Ripa.

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Mostly, the neighborhood focuses on rest and relaxation.

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Ripa feels like a small town.

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You know your shop owners.

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You gather in the town square to sip, read, and shop.

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Italy San Saba PSB

In Ripa, the only pace is a slow pace.

The neighborhood is quite a unique setting in Rome, and considered quite chic. It's walking distance from a lovely park which has become a place for jazz concerts. A very convenient place from where you will easily discover all Rome's awesome sites."

The Built Environment

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Ripa's stylishly weathered exteriors hint at the neighborhood's elegantly worn-in aesthetic.

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The neighborhood is known for its well-tended private gardens.

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Public gardens make their place in Ripa, too.

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When you have such a lovely public garden, it's important to have a lovely bench.

Spirituality In Ripa

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Ripa's famous for the San Saba church, a peaceful and historical gem.

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Ripa's sincere tranquility accentuates its spiritual buildings. It works to preserve its serenity. Here, there are no nightclubs, no looming stores.

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In Ripa, simplicity reigns supreme.

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.

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.

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.