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. It is composed of two double rooms (one with a small double bed) with an independent and furnished balcony each, a living-room, one bathroom and a well equipped kitchen. Wi-Fi included.
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 by Airbnb) 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
oProtestant Cemetery in Testaccio where Antonio Gramsci and the famous British Poets Keats and Shelley rest in peace
o San Saba Basilica (IX Century)
oCentrale 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 wish that you do the same you would ask a guest coming at your own place: to wash dishes and pans you use and put them back into the cupboard; to throw garbage; to respect the house which welcomes you.