About this listing
I am happy to welcome you at my place, a cosy and comfortable apartment situated at the 1st floor of a Thirties building in the charming and central neighbourhood of San Saba, near the Baths of Caracalla. You'll stay in a nice room with a small double bed, an independent and furnished balcony and Wi-Fi. The bathroom is shared with me. My kitchen, my guitars and piano, and my books are for guests' use. Rates are 40 euros for single use, and 60 euros for double use.
From home you can easily walk to Circo Massimo and to the Colosseum. Furthermore, you just need a five minutes walk to reach Piramide Metro Station and the bus station of several lines heading to the historic city centre (phone number hidden) and 280) and in ten minutes youl'll reach Ostiense Railway Station (trains to and from FCO airport).
A few steps out of the flat and you can admire the beautiful Basilica of San Saba. If you feel like shopping in the picturesque open market of the neighbourhood, walk to the tree-lined square nearby where you can also find a newsagent’s, a theatre and some nice bars. There is a supermarket (a discount) just round the corner.
In San Saba and in the nearby district of Testaccio (10 minutes walking) you will be able to choose from a wide range of typical Roman restaurants and also find banks, ATMs and a post office (designed by the Functionalist architect Adalerto Libera, 1932), surrounded by the Parco della Resistenza. From San Saba you could also walk to the popular and picturesque district of Trastevere (20 min.).
San Saba offers you plenty of pleasures…
…for your eyes (and soul):
o Piramide Cestia
o Protestant Cemetery in Testaccio where Antonio Gramsci and the famous British Poets Keats and Shelley rest in peace
o San Saba Basilica (IX Century)
o Centrale Montemartini (a Roman art museum built within a disused power station, an outstanding example of postmodern architecture).
…for your ears:
Casa del Jazz Concert Hall (15 min. walk)
At my place you'll find a familiar and quiet atmosphere and, due to the crucial position of the Casa, the opportunity to walk everywhere.
In addition to Italian…
On parle français
Man spricht Deutsch (nur ein wenig!)
But who was Faustina?
It is not actually clear which of the two Faustinas gave name to the street where my house is situated:
Annia Faustina maior was the beloved wife of Emperor Antonino Pio. After her death, the Emperor commemorated his loyal companion through the foundation of institutes for young women, further known as puellae Faustinianae, and dedicated to his wife a temple in the Forum, a Christian place of worship in the VIII Century, later turned into the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda (beginning of the XVII Century).
Out of curiosity: The columns that supported the temple were so obstinately sturdy that they resisted any attempt to be demolished: you can still detect the signs of the ropes that were bound around the columns to knock down the arcade.
Annia Faustina minor, the daughter of the above-mentioned imperial pair, she had a stormy youth (as narrated by historical sources) until she became the devoted spouse of Marco Aurelio. Fondly in love with her husband, she escorted him throughout every military campaign and eventually lost her life during a battle in Cappadocia (176 A.D).
Out of curiosity: She was widely known for her gift to transform any military tent in a comfortable and warm hearth.
I am happy to share my kitchen with you. I wish that you clean it after you use it and that you wash your dishes.
Tiziana is an extraordinary host ! Lovely, kind, educated and always in a good mood. Her house is clean, enhancing art and culture and located in a very nice area of Rome, the room is spacious and has a balcony where guests can have breakfast.
Very near to metro "Piramide". Tasty and affordable restaurants nearby (we loved "Da Enzo"+"Taberna Persiana" ... Grazie Tiziana !)
I found the room and the apartment to be exactly as described and presented in the photos in the listing. Tiziana was an incredibly warm and welcoming host, and constantly encouraged me to make use of anything she had available in her home, including her very well-stocked kitchen. When there was an issue with the washing machine, she called to have it repaired immediately.
The apartment is in a quiet area just north of Piramide metro station, so look elsewhere if you want to be surrounded by nightlife. I would absolutely stay here again the next time I am in Rome.
Tiziana was a wonderful hostess, especially for my first AirBnB experience. She was very warm and welcoming and we got on so well and started chatting about lots of topics straight away. We had further opportunities to talk later and she was very open, knowledgeable and informative.
The room was great with a comfy bed. The apartment had a great atmosphere and personality (the opposite of a boring Ikea showroom). The private balcony off the bedroom was a great bonus: lovely to have breakfast or a bite for dinner there, looking at the quiet neighbourhood. The area was nice too and very convenient for transport.
Fabulous host and a great location. Tiziana was a joy to meet. Very friendly, helpful and made me feel very comfortable. I would totally recommended Tiziana's Airbnb.
Tiziana is the best host you can imagine. She gave us such a warm welcome and prepared everything very nicely. She is friendly, helpful, smart and fun! It's a shame that we didn't have the chance to spend more time together. Also, her flat is really charming, with nice decoration and furniture that makes you feel like home. Plus you have your own balcony for a perfect breakfast in a beautiful, green and quiet neighborhood but in walking distance to Testacchio, Trastevere, Ancient Rome and all the other must see places. What else can you ask for? Go and book this!
Tiziana was very warm and welcoming, helping in every way possible before my arrival and during my stay. She truly bent over backward to be helpful so arriving from the airport was very simple. The flat is very comfortable, nicely decorated and clean. She very kindly even provided some basics for breakfast. The neighbourhood is very close to FAO where I had meetings, so was very handy, and the other woman staying in the flat was also attending similar meetings so we had a lot in common, which was great. The only downside was the mosquitos that somehow snuck into the room but there is a mosquito net which took care of most of that problem.
Tiziana made me feel so welcome, she was so kind. I was a little worried how I would find this place, would it be difficult, would she even be in or would I spend my night outside...but no issue - Tiziana was there to greet me, made me tea and welcomed me in good Italian style. The room was very comfortable and it was great just to do my own thing, cooking if I wanted to. I was made to feel at home. Location wise, this place is absolutely great - walking distance to everywhere and a quiet neighbourhood with good local restaurants. Recommended if you would like to make that connection with your local hostess and get away from hotels to an authentic side of life.
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About the Host, Tiziana
I am 44, I translate and I sing. These are my passions, beside French and Catalan literatures, cooking and eating, and drinking fine wine. I speak French, English, Catalan. I studied Japanese and German, but I forgot almost everything. I would sell my soul to the devil if I could learn a new language every year (now I'm learning Czech) and have a voice as beautiful as some Opera singers I like (Felicity Lott, Elina Garanca, Susan Graham, for example). If tomorrow I'll get up with such voice, it means that the devil has read this message!
Airbnb asks for my motto. I would say that it is the last sentence of "Candide" by Voltaire, when Candide says "Cela est bien dit, mails il faut cultiver notre jardin" (This is well said, but we must cultivate our own garden).