Lovers of music will love trilingual Laura, and vice versa. She throws private concerts in the garden villa, displays emerging artists and the house ivories are dying to be tickled – by musicians and amateurs alike. Laura’s personal touches in this leafy, residential quarter of Rome make the charming Urbani sing. Its trees are filled with birdsong and colourful parrots, and the soundtrack continues inside with jazz and classical collections – select your soundtrack then sink into a generous armchair to enjoy it. The early 20th-century building retains original features like Art Nouveau stuccos and frescos, and the comfortable lounge is home to fresh or savoury breakfast treats; take to the rooftops in summer. Cool high-ceilinged bedrooms (all upstairs) range from the family-sized to a small stylish single; coordination, comfort and care are in evidence. The Orange Room sports geometric patterns as light and garden views rush in, the Gold room greets with warming, damask-patterned walls, and the family suite has a Japanese leitmotif. Bar-hop in lively Trastevere, or reserve a table at top restaurant Antico Arco moments away.