Via Dandolo, an early 20th-century street, winds its way up the slopes of Rome’s Janiculum Hill from Trastevere to Monteverde Vecchio. Along its sinewy path are villas built for elite families during the 1920s and ’30s. Leafy gardens are abundant with jasmine and shaded by palms. This is a part of the city that visitors rarely get to experience, but Angelo Angius has transformed the top floors of a villa into an attractive B&B providing a unique peek into a secret side of Rome.
Il Boom’s three spacious, light-filled rooms are each named for an Italian actress—Sofia Loren, Monica Vitti, Anna Magnani—and have artwork to match. Loren has a view of the surrounding gardens, Magnani has a view of Rome, and Vitti has a private balcony. The common areas include two panoramic terraces outfitted with umbrellas, deck chairs, and tables. There are three cats and five turtles that hang out in the communal garden.
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Il Boom sits on the edge of Trastevere near the base of the Janiculum Hill, a gorgeous residential district known for its early 20th-century villas and lush parks. Just down the hill in Piazza San Cosimato, a daily market and Gelateria Fatamorgana offer delectable local flavors. A short walk away, the historic nucleus of Trastevere is a beguiling maze of medieval and Renaissance streets packed with bars, restaurants, and shops. The 12th-century church of Santa Maria in Trastevere in the eponymous square is stunning. Farther along, the Villa Farnesina, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, was decorated by Raphael and other 16th-century masters. Heading away from Trastevere and across the Tiber, the neighborhood of Testaccio appeals to gourmet travelers in search of authentic local flavors.
Need to Know
Rooms: 3 rooms. From $111. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: A continental breakfast with homemade cakes and cookies is included in the price, and gluten- and lactose-free options are provided with advance notice. There is no on-site restaurant, but guests receive a discount at Meridionale, a nearby trattoria serving Southern Italian specialties. Spa and gym details: No spa or gym, but two public parks, the Villa Sciara and Villa Pamphilj, are just up the hill and are wonderful for jogging and walking.
Who’s it for: Families, couples, and cat lovers. Our favorite rooms: The Magnani room has a large bathroom, complete with Jacuzzi. Good to know: This B&B is on the third and fourth floors of a lovely, early 20th-century building without an elevator, so plan accordingly.