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Dear guests, we are very happy to welcome you to our home!

Let us introduce ourselves: we are Riccardo & Valeria, a Roman couple of enthusiast voyagers who especially love Polar regions and off-the-beaten-track destinations. We are looking forward to share our passion with you and exchange knowledge and culture.

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Riccardo is a historian and musician fond of cooking, while Valeria is a photographer and official tour guide in Rome with an architectural background.

The 3rd member of the family is Snorri, a medium size dog who really behaves!

Our Bed & Breakfast is located in a renovated historical building in the city centre, right on top of one of the Seven Hills of Rome.


The Opera House of Rome from our window

We live in front of the Opera House in a nice and well connected area: the closest station is 4 minutes walk, a handful of stops away from the Colosseum, Trevi fountain, Spanish steps, etc. all reachable in about 10 minutes.

As you can read in the description below, we can accommodate up to 5 people.

Unexpected Rome: our rooms and services


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If you are very tall, don’t be afraid: our beds are 2 m/6,56 ft long!

Double room with a private bathroom. We call this space “Courtyard room” because overlooks the inner courtyard and it has a little balcony.

As you can see in the photo above, we have also a laptop pillow for you, a folding table and a folding chair.


All beds are suitable for tall guests: Riccardo is 1,97 m – 6,5 ft – tall!

Double room with private bathroom and sofa bed; a folding table and a folding chair are also available. This big space faces the Opera House and it is decorated with Valeria’s watercolors and pictures of Rome taken by her.

Sunset over the Opera House

Private bathrooms & other services
We have two twin bathrooms for our guests, for this reason I share only one photo for both. We do have a bidet as everybody in Italy: ours is a wc-bidet integrated system.

Furthermore you can use a professional hairdryer.

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Elevator. We live at the III floor.

Home made apple pie for breakfast. Yummi!

Breakfast in our private house
Every morning we will open our private living room and kitchen and Riccardo will prepare breakfast for you.

Our dog is not greedy at all, lives in our side of the apartment, and usually is out for a walk during breakfast time. It follows that you won’t meet him, unless you would like to!

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Check-in & check-out: Arrival: 2-8 pm; Departure: within 11 am (but we are flexible)

How to get here & What’s around

As you can see on the map, Unexpected Rome belongs to the historical Monti district.

We are right in front of the Opera House, just behind us there is the Papal Basilica of S. Mary Major, the Thermal Bath of the Emperor Diocletian – photo below – and the stunning National Roman Museum, just to mention a few examples.
As regards our most famous landmarks: 

  • Colosseum. 10 minutes by underground (19 min. on foot).
  • Spanish Steps. 8 minutes by underground (18 min on foot).
  • Trevi Fountain. 13 minutes by underground (16 min on foot).
  • Vatican Museums. 20 minutes by underground.

If you’re looking for aperitivo, shopping and great food, you’re in the right place, as well!

Monti district is famous also for vintage shops and bars; furthermore in Termini station there is the Central Market: a paradise for foodies!

From the airport

Pick-up service available. Fiumicino International Airport is about 30 km/19 miles away: to reach our place it takes about 40 minutes, it depends on the traffic.

By train and by bus

We live 7 minutes walk from Termini, (the main station), where you can both catch a train to Florence or Venice and take the underground – A and B line – to explore Rome.

The closest metro stop is Repubblica – A line – that it is only 4 minutes away.

Buses are never on time, but there is plenty of them around our home: we have bus stops both by Termini and in via Nazionale by via Torino.

By car

If you are doing an on the road trip, be aware that driving in Rome is a bad idea. There is lack of parking spots and our street – as many others in the center – belongs to the “Limited Traffic Zone” where only taxis and cars with special permissions are allowed. Furthermore people drive in a crazy way and roman roads are bumpy.

Prices (official & launch ones): overnight + breakfast

Low season (From November to February, Christmas time excluded)

  • €  54  →   € 45  for the “Courtyard room”
  •  54  →   € 45  for the “Opera room”

High season (From April to the beginning of June; II half of September; Christmas festivities)

  • €   90  →  € 80 for the “Courtyard room”
  • €   90  →  € 80 for the “Opera room”

Peak season (From June to the half of September)

  • € 101  →  € 90 for the “Courtyard room”
  • € 101  →  € 90  for the “Opera room”

Shoulder season (March & October)

  • €   72  → € 60 for the “Courtyard room”
  • €   72 € 60  for the “Opera room”
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Our world map at the entrance

Unexpected Rome: contacts

We are also SUPERHOST on Airbnb! There we have three ads: one for the “Courtyard Room”, one for “The Opera Room”, and another one for both (up to 5 people). Unless you don’t have Airbnb credits, direct booking is more convenient for everybody.

In the meantime that our website will be online, you can write us at info@valeriacastiello.com and on Instagram – @unexpectedrome – where you can find our reviews.

Please, come and visit us!

Valeria, Riccardo & Snorri

Unexpected Rome – Bed and Breakfast  – SCIA prot. n. QA/2020/34906