Buonanotte Garibaldi

Trastevere Rome, Italy Book from Book from £180 per night

A wonderfully unique and tranquil artist’s villa, filled with silk paintings, sculptures and antiques, set in atmospheric Trastevere, Rome's ‘Left Bank’
Buonanotte Garibaldi feels like you’ve been invited to stay at an artist’s mansion. Designer and artist Luisa Longo’s beautiful 1960s villa is set around a terracotta-paved courtyard that’s filled with orange and tangerine trees and shaded by magnolia. There are only three guest rooms: stylish, sophisticated and full of works of art. In reception, a petal-like silk top adorns a tailor’s dummy and there’s a floor-to-ceiling organza painting pressed between plexiglass. The luxurious sitting room has three sets of tall French windows, edged by long pale-silk curtains. There’s a piano, two long sofas, rich rugs on the floor, paintings, and sculptures. Beautiful art books pack several long bookshelves. Here you can sit and read, and be served with drinks and homemade biscuits by the smiling staff.

As for Trastevere, it's Rome’s most charming district, all ochre-and-orange 17th-century buildings, tangled ivy, narrow cobbled lanes and inspiring piazzas. You're midway between the Vatican and the Colosseum (20-30 minutes' walk from either), and just 15 from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon on the opposite bank.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.


  • A real Italian gem, with beauty, style and tranquillity in equal measures, plus it's perfectly located in Trastevere, near the sights but away from the tourist hordes
  • Beautiful and elegant rooms, with an intimate atmosphere and lots of attention to detail
  • Gorgeous sitting room with art books and artworks
  • The chance to visit Luisa Longo’s atelier and buy her work
  • We loved the Italian buffet breakfast (particularly the Parma ham and homemade cakes) - an unusual and delightful surprise in Rome!


  • Rome Room's smaller bathroom lacks a tub
  • Pin-drop peaceful, so if you want a lively stay, look elsewhere
  • Closed for two months each year due to government regulations regarding B&Bs
  • Mosquitoes are Rome's summer menace, though each room has an electric device to kill them
  • Rates may increase significantly based on availability or at peak times

Best time to go

Anytime, but September, October, April and May have the best weather - sunny skies but not too hot. However, these months are also high season (and busy). The city gets very hot in July and August, but also vibrant, with free open-air festivals. In August some businesses close (though not in the tourist centre).

Our top tips

All the artwork displayed around the B&B is for sale - if something catches your eye, just ask! You're also more than welcome to watch Luisa at work in her atelier next door.

Great for...

City Style
  • Boutique B&B
  • 3
  • Breakfast + drinks
  • All ages accepted
  • Closed: 7/Jan/2020 - 7/Mar/2020
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


The three themed rooms have dark wood floors, abstract silk paintings, antique furniture, white linen, silk bedspreads, and flat-screen TVs with Netflix. The simple, abstract bedheads are all designed by artist-owner Luisa. Bathrooms are stocked with bathrobes, Ortigia toiletries and hairdryers.

Downstairs, the Tinto Room overlooks the courtyard, where we stayed on our last visit. The kingsize bed, with its mustard yellow and blue headboard, lies alongside a wall covered in beautiful hand-painted prints of theatre costumes from around the world. This room has the largest bathroom which features an inviting tub.

The Chocolate Room is the largest and opens directly onto the courtyard. Inspired by woodland colours, the furniture is upholstered in rich browns and coppers, with glass lamps at either side of the huge kingsize bed and a pretty bronze-coloured headboard. A little antique desk finishes off the decoration. There’s a walk-in wardrobe and the bathroom has a tub.

Upstairs in the Rome Room was our favourite of the trio. It also has a kingsize bed, as well as an Yves Klein blue rug, a walnut circular table and an antique chest of drawers. But it’s what’s on the outside that really made our jaws drop - a huge, enchantingly pretty terrace that’s plant-filled, sun-dappled and dotted with comfortable and chic loungers.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


Breakfast is taken in the dining room around a large oval table, with hand-painted table mats and napkins, overlooked by delicate works of art. A modernist chandelier, resembling swirling silver fireflies, throws tadpole-like silhouettes onto the walls (it’s by a Paris-based Algerian artist). A set of sliding doors conceal Luisa's art workspace.

The sideboard, underneath an abstract silk-organza panel, groans with an immaculate buffet breakfast, including coffee or tea, orange juice, fruit salad, Parma and cooked ham, cheeses, homemade cakes and biscuits, pastries, yoghurts and different breads. Room service is available for an extra charge.

You can also enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace before you head out to sample Trastevere's many restaurants and family-run trattorias.

There are countless great eateries on your doorstep; Trapizzino is just around the corner and serves Roman street food including supplì (deep-fried risotto balls with oozing beef ragu and mozzarella centres) and pizza pockets overflowing with fillings such as aubergine parmigiana. It's worth joining the queue for Tonnarello: we loved the carbonara served in a pan and be sure to order the rosemary focaccia.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • One of the best activities in Rome is to wander. Pretty Trastevere, with all its bars, restaurants and little shops, is a great place to hone your strolling, lounging, eating and quaffing skills
  • You’re minutes from the Piazza Santa Maria, Trastevere’s main square, with its beautiful church fronted by gold mosaics
  • Sashay southeast and you’ll find the Basilica di Santa Cecilia, the church of the patron saint of music. Here Cecilia’s statue reclines as if asleep - apparently a rendering of her miraculously intact body, found when her tomb was opened 1,369 years after her death
  • If you want to cycle, staff can recommend a nearby place to hire bikes. Roughly one Sunday a month central Rome is banned to traffic, so if you’re around on one of these special days, it’s a great idea to pedal through the usually traffic-clogged historic centre
  • Staff at the B&B can also arrange private guided tours of Rome, taking in the main sights (including the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Vatican, Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain), as well as hidden squares, little-known churches and peaceful parks

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets


Buonanotte Garibaldi isn't ideal for children because of all the art and the hushed atmosphere. It’s not that they don’t accept children (a cot is available, and apparently older children have often stayed here); rather, it’s too much of a grown-up haven to be a prime choice for a holiday with kids.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available


Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Kid Friendly:


Buonanotte Garibaldi is in the buzzing, bohemian Trastevere district, on the west bank of the Tiber just across from Rome’s historic centre, and within walking distance of many sights. The nearest metro station is San Pietro (15 minutes' walk), but there are lots of bus routes along the Lungotevere (five minutes' away).

By Air:
Rome is served by two airports: Leonardo da Vinci/Fiumicino (30km away), where most international flights arrive, and Ciampino/G.B.Pastine (23km away), for domestic and a few international flights. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
It’s 30 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic) from either Fiumicino or Ciampino airports. Buonanotte can arrange a taxi transfer for you from the airport, the price depending on the number of people, the amount of luggage and the traffic (taxi fares are now fixed by the government and posted at the airport). Alternatively, use public transport. From Fiumicino, the best way is the FS train to Fara Sabina, which leaves every 15-30 minutes between 06.30-23.30 and stops at Trastevere station, a short taxi ride from the hotel or hop on the number 8 tram. A less handy alternative is the Leonardo Express train to Termini station, which is non-stop and more expensive, but Termini is further from the hotel. From Ciampino you can catch the airport bus and then the local bus or metro.

By Car:
Taking a car into Rome is no picnic, but if you're driving, parking is usually possible in the streets close to the B&B, or there's a private garage nearby. If you do want to hire a car, see our car rental recommendations. Note: there are traffic restrictions in central Rome.

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More on getting to Italy and getting around


  • Rome - Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino 30.0 km FCO
  • Rome - Ciampino 23.0 km CIA


  • Beach 25.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests


We loved the courtyard, David’s chocolate cake and Noa the dog. The location is excellent and we enjoyed being able to retreat behind the doors to the quiet after dealing with the crowds elsewhere in Rome. It is very well located for the number 8 and number 3 trams which take you into the Centro Storico. The restaurants up the hill (as opposed to down in the busier area) from the hotel are very good and less frantic


Terrific location to access main sights in Rome. Buonanotte Garibaldi is a calm oasis in the busy and interesting area of Trastevere. The private terrace off the Rome room was a fantastic place to relax after sightseeing. Louisa is a charming host and we were well looked after by David. Breakfast is exceptional.


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