The 10 Best Airbnbs in Rome, Italy

get under the skin of the Eternal City by staying in one of these unique Airbnbs
get under the skin of the Eternal City by staying in one of these unique Airbnbs | © Alexander Spatari / Getty Images
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30 July 2020

Brimming with endless lodging options, Rome has something for everyone. From creative apartments to lavish penthouses, find your next home from home with Culture Trip’s list of the best Airbnbs in Rome.

Wooden Villa in Trastevere

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Wooden villa in Trastevere
Courtesy of Airbnb / Andrea Kim

Right next to the Botanical Garden and close to some of the best restaurants in town, this quiet wooden villa is a 10-minute walk from the Vatican. This is remarkable and stylish accommodation, where wooden beams feature throughout with a solid wood dining table and an ornately decorated wooden wardrobe. Chandeliers offer an unexpected contrast, and the balconette is the cherry on top. Roomy and stylish, the villa can host up to five people including small children. Breakfast is available and guests can drop off their luggage if arriving before check-in. Explore the city by using the bikes that are available for guests.

Roof apartment near Piazzadi Spagna

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Courtesy of Andrea / Airbnb

With lavish marble pillars, ornate ceilings and baroque arches, this three-suite apartment feels more like a palace than an Airbnb. The owner takes the experience to the next level, offering a maid service and a personal chef, who enthusiastically prepares home-cooked meals and wine pairings for guests. Children are welcome, with parents being offered babysitter recommendations – allowing them to get some alone time near the Trevi Fountain. Breakfast is included and can be enjoyed by the whole family in the light of the fireplace and stained glass windows, or even better, on the private rooftop terrace.

Colourful Penthouse near the Colosseum

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Courtesy of Maria Alberta / Airbnb

This penthouse apartment looks like a Renaissance painter’s palette, covered from head to toe in vivid vermilion red, azure blue and Naples yellow. Romanesque plinths and vases, and contemporary mirrored furnishings, are scattered throughout its two bedrooms, one of which has a queen-size bed while the other has a king. It’s only a couple of minutes’ walk from the Colosseum, so hitting Rome’s biggest sights is a breeze, and you can take your Nespresso out onto the sunny terrace each morning.

Trastevere book lovers’ haven

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Curl up by the wood fire and get lost in a story.
Courtesy of Airbnb / Francesca

While the surrounding Trastevere district is bustling with street artists and wine bars, this cosy home provides a delightful retreat from the city. Bookshelves feature prominently, inviting you to curl up by the wood fire and get lost in a story. The enormous space feels relaxed, with wood beam ceilings, terracotta floors and arched doorways. The Valentino tiles in the kitchen are a lovely detail to enjoy while using the coffee maker, and the secluded terrace is an extra bonus if you fancy taking your coffee and book outside.

Arty apartment with Vatican views

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Courtesy of Marzia / Airbnb

Nothing can beat a room with a view, and the whole family will love gathering on the balcony overlooking the top of St Peter’s Basilica. Located in the medieval neighbourhood of Borgo Pio, this apartment full of character is situated just behind the Vatican. The homely, arty apartment has a laid-back vibe, exposed timber ceilings and period furnishings, while the colour palette in the bathroom matches a Renaissance painting. The washer-dryer is a nice extra, and the well-stocked bookshelf in the attic bedroom will provide something to read while you’re soaking in the bath.

Period apartment near Via Veneto

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Courtesy of Nicoletta / Airbnb

Parquet flooring, period furniture, chandeliers and heavily draped windows add romance to the interiors of this 10-guest apartment, while the oil paintings lining the walls nod to the Eternal City’s rich artistic heritage. The building has retained plenty of period features and the grand dining room is an atmospheric setting for a homemade Italian meal. The sleek kitchen and bathroom, on the other hand, epitomise the crisp contemporary design that Italy is now famous for, and the apartment’s mod-cons include a Jacuzzi bath, dishwasher and flatscreen TV.

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  • Frescoed artist’s loft in Central Rome

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    This apartment has exposed brick walls and the original 18th Century Fresco.
    Courtesy of Airbnb / Frank & Soledad | Courtesy of Airbnb / Frank & Soledad

    This pet-friendly and chic loft is situated close to the Termini train station. Couples and singles looking to escape the main tourist areas will appreciate this quiet yet diverse part of town with authentic trattorias and old school gelaterias. The loft makes cooking at home a breeze with its well-equipped kitchen, while the bedroom has heaps of wardrobe space and the living area is flooded with natural light. But the stars of the apartment are the exposed brick walls and the original 18th-century fresco.

    70s-style apartment in Trastevere

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    The 70s Style Fashion Apartment
    Courtesy of Airbnb / Ekaterina

    This super cool retro-themed apartment looks like a page taken straight from a 1970s copy of Vogue magazine. Faithfully decorated with Mary Quant-style wallpaper and colourful kitchen linoleum, the detail extends to striking portraits of Italian actresses hung along the living room wall. The apartment is brought into the 21st century with modern conveniences such as an espresso machine, memory foam mattresses and a sleek gas oven. Guests with mobility needs will find the apartment easily accessible and can use a specially reserved disabled parking spot. Families can make use of the crib and high chair or the nearby playground in the lively Trastevere neighbourhood.

    Sky terrace penthouse by the River Tiber

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    Watch the sunrise over Rome from this incredible sky terrace
    Courtesy of Airbnb / Marco

    Early birds will love watching the sunrise over Rome from this incredible sky terrace, while runners will appreciate its proximity to the River Tiber for a pre-sightseeing jog. A 15-minute walk from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, this sophisticated apartment is airy and bright with charming ink sketches dotted around the walls and exposed wooden flooring. Travelling families will enjoy this apartment as children are well-catered for with a selection of books and toys.

    Historic apartment near the Trevi fountain

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    Ideal for couples
    Courtesy of Airbnb / Raffaella

    This is so close to the Trevi Fountain you can practically hear the tinkling of the water and snapping of tourist cameras. The rustic apartment is quite lovely, with traditional stone floors, low beamed ceilings, and stylish marshmallow sofas. The air conditioning ensures guests can stay cool in the Roman summer heat and the memory foam mattress gives a good night’s sleep. Ideal for couples, the apartment is near to Via del Corso and the Piazza di Spagna, one of Rome’s most famous squares.

    This article is an updated version of a story created by Emma Law.

    These recommendations were updated on July 30, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.