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The 11 best Airbnbs in Rome

From luxury pads overlooking the Colosseum to rooms with more charm than Sophia Loren

By Time Out editors |
We've rounded up our favorite Airbnbs across Rome.

When it comes to a seductive slice of la dolce vita, few cities serve it up better than Rome. Historical attractions from the days of Ancient Rome, dazzling art galleries, chic boutiques, fabulous restaurants and super-luxe hotels—you’ll find them all in the Italian capital.

But if you want to really get under the skin of this glorious city and feel like a local, check out our list of the best Airbnb venues in Rome, where we’ve pulled together everything from luxury pads overlooking the Colosseum or the Trevi Fountain to all those Airbnbs with more Italian charm than a particularly smooth waiter in a high-end Rome restaurant. 

Best Airbnbs in Rome


Rustic studio in the centre of town

The location here is a winner – it's ten minutes from the Colosseum and most of the big landmarks are within walkable distance. But you don’t even have to walk out the front door to experience a genuine slice of Italy – this rustic little studio flat is full of authentic character and charm. It boasts exposed-brick, barrel-vaulted ceilings, shelves lined with earthenware pots and a veranda flanked with ivy.

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Loft garden in San Lorenzo

This property is located in San Lorenzo, a university district of Rome, and one that consequentially is packed with bars, places to eat and trendy hangouts. This loft apartment is a real gem, decked out with fun, retro furnishings and either floor connected by a spiral staircase. (We love that print of the big cat too!) But best of all is its large outdoors garden space, filled with plants and a table and chairs for you to sit out with a glass of vino. Perfect!

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A four-bedroom apartment overlooking the Colosseum

Any apartment this close to the Colosseum (the views are incredible) is on to a good thing, but this place doesn't rely on the proximity of its neighbour. It’s a great-looking spot, with modern art, super-sleek design, black-and-white decor and loads of space. It’s a belter. There’s even a billiards table in the recreation area, so you can get ball-happy!

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‘Flying Home’ at Spanish Steps

This bright and breezy – and very cool-looking – Airbnb apartment is close to the Spanish Steps, so close to the Trinità dei Monti and right in the heart of another of Rome’s most popular tourist areas. It’s spacious, decked with contemporary furnishings and with nice big windows to let all that Mediterranean sunshine in. But we reckon guests here probably spend most of their time here outside on that incredible terrace...

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Modern loft in a former glass factory

This swanky new loft apartment is housed in a building that was once home to a Roman glass factory. The design is all very modern, which means an ace combo of high-end contemporary fixtures and fittings against original features such as exposed brickwork and imposing arches. It’s one very cool apartment. Plus, if you’re travelling in and out of Rome by train, this one’s a good shout – Termini station is just a ten-minute walk, or cheap cab ride, away. 

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Three-bedroom loft apartment

This three-bedroom, split-level, design-led apartment is a corker, mostly thanks to some quite frankly awesome floor-to-ceiling windows, massive skylights and a gorgeous mezzanine. The hosts describe the various spaces as ‘intercommunicating’, which is certainly a nice way of describing the open-plan layout. A great finish, lovely art and a tucked-away location in the heart of town round it all off very nicely.

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Trastevere cottage

A cute-as-a-button cottage close to Santa Maria in Trastevere. Perfect for two, fine for four, this might be one of the more affordable option on our list of Rome Airbnbs but it’s also one of the most charming. The antique furniture and bookcases give it a homely, welcoming vibe. It’s got a ton of great reviews, too.

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Luxury apartment on Trevi Square

This super-sleek apartment has just about one of the best views of the Trevi Fountain as you're going to get – it's almost right opposite, so you're pretty much getting a full frontal. Not a bad way to start your day, for sure. Inside it's very white – almost entirely as white as those iconic travertine sculptures outside. And the chandeliers might be a novelty for some, but too bling for some. Otherwise though, this property’s a doozy.

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Luxe four-bedroom apartment on Piazza di Spagna

Six floors up, spacious, chic, a bit glitzy – with its airy, white and cream exterior and artworks and prints across the walls, this is a very good-looking apartment indeed. It’s also great for large groups: it can host up to ten guests, if you and a bunch of pals have a city break in Rome planned. The location’s a good one too, with the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain just a gentle wander away.

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A five-bedroom townhouse

Well, if you're looking for something pretty special and just a little out of the ordinary, then this might be your bag. Simply stepping into the entrance hall will make you feel like a bona fide member of Italian nobility. It’s a very grand, very opulent old Roman townhouse spread across three floors, with an incredible roof terrace to boot. Plus, every room is en-suite and it's on Piazza Navona Square, so you're right in the heart of it all.

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