Extremely tiny apartment in Rome

This is a five square meter apartment in the center of Rome. Formerly a porter's closet, it's just been listed for sale at 50,000 Euros. From the Croatian Times:
 Tmp Wordsmalll Described as a "compact bedsit" the property is in one of the city's smartest districts right next to the ancient Pantheon and with Italy's billionaire Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as one of your neighbours.

Mind you, all you can see from the one tiny window is an alley, and only after you have climbed up a ladder to get to the sleeping platform and then crawled across the bed to get there.

Downstairs is a standing-room only bathroom with a shower, sink and a loo behind a folding door.

"Flat rate for world's smallest apartment" (via Fortean Times)



  1. This is brilliant. Anyone who loves travel and has some creativity could buy this place and have a primary or vacation residence. The modern idea of a home as a palace is useless for many people, unfortunately many jurisdictions worldwide forbid affordable housing alternatives like this. Combine this with a folding bicycle, some touring gear, and a laptop and you can live a very interesting life.

  2. Sounds like the place to live if one have functional VR. Who cares where the meat is, the brain is anywhere but…

  3. The sleeping platform would count toward square footage, so it looks more like 8m^2. Replace the folding door with a slider, so less space is required when the door is opened. Make the stairs be drawers, so you’re basically climbing up a dresser. Get a membership in some club that has a shower, so you can reclaim that space, maybe for hanging clothes. Put built-ins on all walls, for storage, fold-down table, etc. Think like a boat builder: fiendishly clever with space, and everything gets put away when unused. Polished wood and brass everywhere.

    1. I agree with your ideas (and have used some of those details myself in the past), except I’d like to point out that the “shower” is almost certainly just a nozzle attached to a flexible hose with a drain in the floor, so it’s not taking up any space anyway.

      And really, it’s not like you’d be having company over, so a shower curtain instead of a folding/sliding door makes even more sense from both a space and ease-of-use perspective.

  4. Admittedly the immediate neighborhood of Berlusconi does sound mighty alluring but I think I´ll pass.

  5. Perfect for the hip, on-the-go minimalist, this smart apartment features a nail in the wall to hang your $300 messenger bag on and just enough space for your extreme minimal coffee gear,

  6. I used to rent out a closet in San Francisco to a poet. We charged $80.00 a month.

    Don’t get excited, kids! That was nearly 20 years ago! I’m certain we could get $300.00 a month for the same closet now.

    The lesson is clear: Poets should run from San Francisco as if it were a non-paying job at a greeting card factory.

    1. Poets: they sleep standing up. Or upside-down from clothing rails… like bats. I always suspected this; thanks for the confirmation.

      I once saw a portaledge over a doorway in a Manhattan apartment for rent on craigslist; I forget how much it cost, but was more more expensive than one may have imagined. That was during the summer of 2000.

      As an apartment hunter and climber, I was torn: shocking to charge so much for a portaledge, but there’d be something undeliably boho-cool about having a downtown bivvy.

    2. Ha! My big brother rented out a closet in San Francisco in the early 1980s! It held his mattress (although not totally flat) but he liked it. And yeah, he said he was only home to sleep so why not!

      1. If your brother was a poet and his rental closet had a window, cheers to your family. He was the best roommate I ever had.

        1. Nope, actor. And his closet had no window to the outside, although I do recall that there was a window in the closet door.

      2. Living in closets is pretty common in SF. Bitterly ironic that people move there to come out of the closet and end up renting one.

  7. This is called a bolt hole.

    It is a bare necessities place to live temporarily. Boltholes are typically built discretely in already existing facilities, often converted from disused storage areas. The reason most boltholes exist is for hiding someone.

    Given Italy’s history, I imagine these are fairly common throughout her major cities. It’s simply unusual for one to be in the public spoltlight, as they are relatively valuable to the sorts of people who create them, as is their secret nature. I imagine the building was deemed no longer suitable for operations and was sold, the bolthole along with it, and the new owners (none the wiser) want to profit from renting out the bolthole it contains.

    ~D. Walker

  8. I’m reminded of a certain episode from “Flight of the Conchords.”

    Also: does “standing room only bathroom” mean you have to hover over the bowl?

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