I am seriously interested in life in Rome. In February, my friend and I will make our annual trip to Rome for our birthdays. We generally stay for 10 days. However, I am retired now, and have no urgent reason to return so soon. We will seek our usual hotel accommodations for the time we are both in Italy, but I would be interested in extending my own stay for several weeks following my friend's return to the US, and am looking for something a bit more affordable, preferably with a private bath to allow me to explore the area more fully, see what is available, and see how well I could manage on my retirement income.