Strolling around San Giovanni neighborhood with Rome’s hosts

Airbnb hosts from Rome organized a Merchant Walk to support small shops in San Giovanni’s neighborhood. It was the first of its kind in the city and followed Milan’s recent leadAlessandro gathered the hosts’ tips and led participants to some of the best shops in the area, discovering the authentic soul of the San Giovanni neighborhood. In each shop, they left “recommended by Airbnb hosts” stickers which shop owners proudly placed in their shop windows.

Hosts got to know about these sort of initiatives last December, when they organized a dinner at Baijka, a small business managed by Anna and Adam, Airbnb hosts. Their restaurant serves traditional polish cuisine. To get there, you need to get off at the Battistini subway stop: it’s a suburban area, with few public spaces, so the restaurant acts as a meeting point, a kind of hospitality that reminds hosts of the philosophy of home sharing. The Airbnb community rewarded Anna and Adam for their entrepreneurial vision by giving them the first  “recommended by the hosts” sticker in town.

San Giovanni is definitely more downtown and is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Rome, packed with local markets, Renaissance buildings and workshops that have creatively approached traditional craftsmanship. Let’s find out more about the shops we visited…

Officine San Giovanni

A concept store that mixes good food with motorcycles because Fabrizio, the owner, is fond of both. This is the perfect place to sip great cocktails surrounded by vintage motorcycles, wood pallets and vintage chairs while listening to live music and a dj set. The Officine is often used as a meeting point by the local Home Sharing Club.

Johnny’s Off License Bottleshop

This artisanal brewery managed by two Irish guys is a gem of its kind. After 10 years in business it is a safe bet for locals. Here you can find over 1,000 different beers, but also wine and spirits. A must visit!


Not far from Johnny’s Off License is Anticafè, a special place. You could call it co-working, but it’s really a pay-per-use cafe. Here, anyone is welcome and can eat whatever there is in the kitchen: you are only charged for the amount of time you stay. It’s a new take on spaces where people can stay, work or meet other people, something very much in tune with Airbnb home sharing philosophy.

Punto e a Capo

“Back to Square” is a leather shop on Via Appia 133. Ferruccio, the owner, is an experienced craftsman himself. His products are one-of-a-kind gems, created with high-quality materials and a lot of love. Ferruccio promised he’ll make a Belò-shaped keyring, homaging the Airbnb symbol.

Trattoria Etruria

The only way to properly celebrate our fun stroll through the neighborhood here in Rome was with a carbonara! Here you can find great service, great traditional cuisine and photos of famous Italian actors. Find the dishes of the day on the blackboard and pick your favorites. Guests love this cuisine!

Do you have any suggestions for the next Merchant Walk in Rome? Do you want to meet other home sharers and help your neighborhood? Join the Rome Home Sharing Club!

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