San Lorenzo

Thrift shops, street art, and an active student population imbue San Lorenzo with youthful energy.

Gritty San Lorenzo puts “shabby” in Roman chic and “counter” in Italian culture. Locals are more likely to spray-paint a colourful mural rather than admire a Caravaggio and shop at a thrift store rather than indulge at a designer boutique. A massive student population lends San Lorenzo its effulgent energy, and its creativity is rapidly patching the scars of post-industrial decline. San Lorenzo's young soul contributes to its rising reputation as the Eternal City’s au courant spot for the avant-garde.

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On the Map

San Lorenzo is within Roma Centro and bordered by Castro Pretorio, Esquilino, and Pigneto

Leonardo da Vinci Airport: 30 minutes by Leonardo Express from Termini Station
Termini Station: It's walkable
The Colosseum: 20 minutes by public transit
The Vatican: 45 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Difficult

New Soul In an Ancient Neighbourhood

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San Lorenzo's paint-peeling buildings and DIY clotheslines lend the neighbourhood its old-world ambiance.

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Its rustic environment is mostly trafficked by university students, artists, and creative types inspired by long nights and lounge-worthy mornings.

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Based on San Lorenzo's public spaces and outdoor canvases, it's easy to imagine that its students, thinkers, and artists are often dreaming of their next big piece.

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Their expressiveness lives everywhere.

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Political views, public conflicts, and creative statements seem to adorn every surface.

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San Lorenzo isn't all vigour and novelty.

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Rome's largest cemetery is located in the neighbourhood. Its geometric construction still strikes a fine balance between San Lorenzo's old-world allure and youthful vibrance.

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A very lively district. The taste is a little bohemian, and the lights of the local craft shops and artist studios make it a vital area of the city. It's own small country where people love to live in the streets and squares both day and night."

San Lorenzo's Distinctive Local Flair

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San Lorenzo's narrow streets leave little room for big-name brands.

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Instead, the local barber knows your name.

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The local boutique attendant knows your size.

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And the local trattoria knows your order.

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Generations live easily with one another in San Lorenzo, a neighbourhood where aperitivos and conversations go together like style and substance.

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San Lorenzo's cafes and clubs cater to a student-centric population, and their prices reflect the thin wallets of their clientele.

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Have a seat and sip awhile.

The most colourful and young quarter of Rome. During the day, you can enjoy the popular flea markets, little restaurants of all types, and unforgettable views. In the evening, you can hear live music, drink with a lot of new friends or simply walk under the moon between street artists, music, and history."

Nightlife to Last Until the Morning

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Famous for its nightlife, San Lorenzo fills up with students looking for live music and lively chatter after dark.

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The neighbourhood's bars, clubs, and osterias stay open late.

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When its establishments finally shut down in the early morning hours, people still hang about at cosy corner tables or sidewalk cafes.

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San Lorenzo's endless activity gives it the reputation as one of Rome's noisiest neighbourhoods. It's known for having no bedtime at all, and waking the neighbours is not often an option.

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Your neighbours are still awake, too.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kristina Gill

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Kristina Gill is a food photographer, food and drinks editor at Design*Sponge, and cookbook reviewer at Mattbites. While shooting Rome she was struck by how well some Roman neighbourhoods have preserved traditions and family businesses while others are in constant renewal.