Trastevere is an old working-class district on the west bank of the Tiber. Here, picturesque old streets and an atmosphere of ancient Rome colour the scenery. Days start quietly in the mornings here, but liven up considerably in the evenings, when the many terraces, restaurants and bars fill up with Italians and tourists. Actually, this is quite a well-known district already, and finding a Local Hideaway here that was still sort of hidden from the busy nightlife proved to be something of a challenge.
But I discovered Buonanotte Garibaldi, a tiny oasis of tranquility in busy Trastevere, hidden behind a large door. If you didn’t know it was there, you would certainly pass it by without noticing it….a genuine Hideaway. The house belongs to Luisa Longo, a fiber art painter, and it is where she works in her fiber art studio. Throughout the house you come across examples of her work which are also for sale. David, the housekeeper, welcomes me warmly and shows me to my room. It is on the first floor and has a terrific private ensuite terrace with comfortable lounge chairs. The other two rooms are on the ground floor and overlook the lush green patio. All rooms have a classic interior design, are very comfortable and are equipped with a large and comfortable bed, coffee and tea making facilities, desk, small fridge and, of course, an ensuite bathroom (my bathroom was somewhat small, the ones on the ground floor are considerably larger, but then these rooms don’t have that wonderful private terrace).
Breakfast the next morning, served in the dining room with chandelier and laid table, is extensive, with lovely fresh fruit and various cheeses. The homemade chocolate cake is to die for, by the way! Be sure to ask Ascanio, the Guest Realations Manager, for all the best insider tips. He will tell you where to go for lunch or dinner so that you can avoid all the tourist traps!
For me, Buonanotte Garibaldi is a special place, particularly the patio and roof terrace, which are so peaceful and tranquil, with all the beautiful plants and flowers and chirping birds in the background. But when the weather is bad, it must be wonderful to retreat to the large salon with sofas, music and a large library. And to think that you only have to walk out the door to discover Trastevere or cross the bridge to see Rome’s larger sights….This Local Hideaway is a perfect starting point for your city trip to Rome!