Bed and Rome and Breakfast

domenica 23 luglio 2017


Pantheon, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture

Hadrian was one of the greatest emperors of Rome, for sure the one that, more than anyone else, patronized arts, literature and philosophy. By many, he is considered to have be the most wise emperor.
Nowadays we can still admire its legacy in many works, starting from the Hadrian's Wall, one of the most important landmark in Britain, to Hadrina's Villa in Tivoli, near Rome, to its mausoleum, now known as Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome.
However the most impressive among the buildings that were erected under Hadrian's rule is for sure the Pantheon in Rome. He rebuilt the temple dedciated to all Gods, originally built by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa during the empire of Augustus, that was destroyed by a fire in the year 80 AD. What remains of the original buildg is the inscription in the front part and the to massive bronze doors, each one having the weight of 7 tons.

Before going on , I wish to ask you a question: whinch of the two walls in the picture below, both built essentailly using the same technique, brick binded by concrete, is the older and what differences do you observe? The walls are located few hudreds meters away one from the other, so weather conditions are the same. You can place your answwer in the comments. 

martedì 18 luglio 2017



Come to Rome to celebrate your birthday and reserve your room with us at
If your birthday is on one of the days of your stay, including the day of departure, you will be eligible for our special offer HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
  • 2 nights stay: 15 € cash back
  • 3 nights stay: 30 € cash back
  • 4 nights stay: last night will be free
  • 5 nights stay or longer: price of last night plus 5 € per day of stay cash back
And, if you come with your relatives and friends, the offer will be applied to all the reserved rooms!
The offer is valid only for reservations made using our official web-sites or contacting us by phone/mail. It is not valid for the reservation of one room only with single occupancy.
All discounts will be applied at the moment of your stay.
In your reservation please indicate in the notes HAPPY BIRTHDAY and the name of the person. birthday.

Note: the offer is not valid in the following periods
  • From December 24 to January 6
  • From the Monday before Easter to the Tuesday after Easter
  • From April 23 to May 2



Festeggiate a Roma il vostro compleanno soggiornando presso una delle nostre strutture
Se il vostro compleanno cade in uno dei giorni del vostro soggiorno, incluso il giorno di partenza, avrete diritto alla nostra offerta speciale BUON COMPLEANNO.
  • 2 notti di soggiono: vi sconteremo 15 €
  • 3 notti di soggiono: vi sconteremo 30 €
  • 4 notti di soggiono:l'ultima notte sarà gratis
  • 5 o più notti di soggiono: l'ultima notte sarà gratis più 5 € per ogni notte di soggiorno
E se venite con i vostri parenti ed amici l'offerta sarà estesa a tutte le stanze prenotate.
L'offerta è valida solo per prenotazioni fatte attraverso i nostri siti web ufficiali o contattandoci per telefono/mail. Non è valida per prenotazioni di una sola stanza ad uso singolo.
Tutti gli sconti verranno applicati al momento del vostro soggiorno. Nel caso di tariffa prepagata, la somma vi verrà restituita in contanti
Vi preghiamo di indicare nella prenotazione BUON COMPLEANNO e il nome della persona che compie gli anni.

Nota: l'offerta non è valida
  • Dal 24 Dicembre al 6 Gennaio
  • Dal Lunedì prima di Pasqua al Martedì dopo Pasqua
  • Dal 23 Aprile al 2 Maggio

domenica 9 luglio 2017


The walking tour we are presenting in this post starts from the St. John Villa. It touches some of the most famous sites of Rome, Colosseum, Santa Maria Maggiore, St. John Lateran.
The hidden jewel of the tour is the Ckuvus Scauri with the Roman Houses of the Celio. Clivus Scauri (Clivo di Scauro) is a street named after the officer that built it, ha kept its name since the end of the II century BC. The Roman houses offers a view of the daily life in ancient Rome.

Walk with us

lunedì 3 luglio 2017


As well as every city, and even more, Rome is a city that must be discovered walking. There are so many places to be seen, such a long history and so much art that, jumping from one of the main spots to the other does not allow to understand it fully.
We have already prepared and presented some walking tour and we have presented those in the series One week in Rome.
The walking tour that we have prepared for this post, starting from Villa Borghese Guest House, is in the north side of the center, inside and out side the Aurelian Walls. With the exception of the Ara Pacis and of the Mausoleum of Augustus, it does not include sites of the ancient Rome but to the period going from the XVI to the XX century.
You will go from the quiet Villa Borghese to the crowded shopping paradise of Via Condotti, visiting some of the most famous squares of Rome, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Barberini. At the end of the tour one will see two important architectural works, Porta Pia, designed in the XVI century by Michelangelo Buonarroti and the building of La Rinascente department store.
La Rinascente has been awarded the prize of "Best World Department Store" during the Global Department Store Summit 2016 held in Zurich.
A curiosity about Palazzo Marina (Palace of the Navy): the two anchors at the entrance door are from th dreadnought battleships Tedetthof  and Viribus Unitis of the nay of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. My father, that was a civil employee of the Minintry of Defence, worked for many years in that building and had in his office the safebox from Viribus Unitis.


sabato 1 luglio 2017


In realtà non solo in estate, ma durante tutta la bella stagione, cioè da metà marzo ai primi di novembre, soggiornando presso St. John Villa ci si può rilassare in giardino o in terrazza. Che poi, A Roma, l'inverno non è che sia così freddo da impedire di sedere all'aria aperta. Durante i mesi invernali, comunque, sotto il gazebo mettiamo una stufa riscaldante.

D'estate spesso si viaggia in macchina o in motocicletta. Presso il St. John Villa troverete anche il parcheggio.
Cosa aspettate allora, per la vostra vita da b&b, a prenotare la nostra offerta speciale per l'estate?


domenica 25 giugno 2017


Pizza, supplì and...

When talking about fast food restaurants, one thinks immediately to brands like McDonald's or Burger King.
Actually tere are not many places from those brands in Rome. Nevertheless there are plenty of places that may be defined fast food restaurant.

mercoledì 21 giugno 2017


Ma cosa mai ci vorrà a mandare avanti un b&b o una guest house? Beh, magari se è un b&b piccolino da un paio di stanze può anche essere, ma quando si parla di più attività, le cose si complicano un pochino.

venerdì 16 giugno 2017


Do you think that visiting Rome should be something different than the overcrowded Colosseum and Vatican?
Do you think that the Eternal City, the city with the lagest artistic, historical and cultural heritage in the worl might well offer something worth to know almost at every corner?
Do you like the stories I am writing abou Rome?
Well, if your answer to the above questions is yes, that is for you


This special package offer is thought to allow you to know Rome in the way its citizens live it

I will accompany you half a day, but also something more than possible, to discover some places in Rome that are not the ones most commonly visited by tourists, such as:

- Clivus Scauri
- Museum of the Aurelian Wall
- San Pietro in Vincoli
- San Saba neighborhood
- Panoramic view fro the Zodiaco terrace
- Coppedè district
- Appian Way
- Aqueducts around Rome

- Basilica of Santa Sabina
- Via San Teodoro, behind the Forum
- Testaccio neighborhood
- and others

The package for two people includes
San Lorenzo Guest House
  • 3 nights stay in a double room, bed & breakfast
  • bottle of wine or fresh fruit basket at the arrival
  • 3 days pass for public transportaion for both people
  • half day accompanied tour around Rome (schedule to be mutually agreed - Italian or English language - translation to Russina accordingto availability
In addition to that we will assist you in the selection of restaurants so that you may experience Roman and Italian cuisine without becoming a victim of tourist traps

Prices and conditions

Villa Borghese Guest House
Prices are total for two people and do not include city tax

The package is on sale till July 31, 2017, according to availability. An advance payment of 100 € is required. It may be reserved only by mail or phone through the following contacts
St. John Villa
  • +39 340 1586022
No matter where you will stay, I will also be happy to welcome you for a drink together in the garden of the St. John Villa.

In any case you may still normally reserve your room at

The lemon tree at the St. John Villa

giovedì 15 giugno 2017


In tutte le città che hanno più di una squadra di calcio militanti nella serie maggiori, esiste una fiera rivalità. Sarà perché tutto ciò che riguarda Roma è unico, nessuna rivalità come quella tra Roma e Lazio è così sentita tanto da essere diventata simbolo delle rivalità stracittadina ed essere entrata nella cultura popolare venendo ad essere messa al centro di numerosi film e telefilm famosi a partire da Un giorno in pretura degli anni '50 del XX secolo fino a I Cesaroni, recente serie televisiva e anche Mangia prega ama, film americano del 2010 con Julia Roberts.
Aldilà dell'unicità di Roma, cosa ha fatto sì che questa rivalità diventasse tanto accesa?

domenica 11 giugno 2017



Back to part 14

Tramway Lines in Rome

While writing Part 10 of this diary, I mentioned that combining the use of tramway lines 3 and 19 allows the visitor to see several important sites as well as  hop oon - hop off bus.
Indeed that is true in general when considering the entire tramway network of Rome.