A Family Home Turned B&B in Rome by

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 14, 2013

A Family Home Turned B&B in Rome

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 14, 2013

A stay at Arco dei Tolomei includes velvet furniture passed down through generations, charming floral-wallpapered rooms, and a dapper Italian hotelier.

At least that's what Design Tripper's Meghan McEwen had to say when she stayed at the guest house a while back. Longtime owners Marco and Gianna remodeled their old family house into a B&B comprised of six bedrooms. Marco has designed the house with a classically Roman flair in line with his own demeanor. McEwen describes him as, "a true Italian gentleman, who wears button-down shirts under sweaters and looks absolutely dashing at all times."

Arco dei Tolomei is located at Via Dell'Arco de Tolomei in Rome's laid-back Trastevere neighborhood; for more information, visit them online.

Photography by Design Tripper (except where noted).

Arco dei Tolomei paintings and portraits

Above: The breakfast room is decorated with portrait paintings and antique furniture and lighting.

Arco dei Tolomei breakfast in Rome, Italy

Above: A marble-topped buffet decked with silver serving ware and a potted rhododendron.

Arco dei Tolomei in Rome wall plates

Arco dei Tolomei Bedroom

Above: Each room is named after Rome's Great Consular Roads: the Appia, Salaria, Flaminia, Nomentana, Cassia, and the Aurelia. Shown here is the Appia room; photography courtesy of Arco dei Tolomei.

Arco dei Tolomei Bedroom

Arco dei Tolomei balconi

Above: A number of room feature a tiny terrace overlooking cobblestone streets and terra cotta roof tiles below.

Arco dei Tolomei in Rome, Italy

N.B.: Looking for more places to stay in Italy? See our Italy City Guide for 23 more locations.

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