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Hotel San Anselmo
Rome, Lazio, Italy|www.aventinohotels.com|
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A rare place to stay on the Aventine – a very peaceful district in central Rome – this 19th-century villa was thoroughly remodeled in 2006.
Rooms are lavish, featuring original woodwork, marble baths, and sumptuous yet contemporary Baroque furnishings and fabrics.
There’s not much in the way of amenities for a four-star property, but it does have a lovely courtyard garden. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served there to the accompaniment of birdsong. There’s no restaurant, though there are many excellent ones nearby.
It has a lovely, tranquil feel, away from the hurly-burly of Rome; yet the hotel is within walking distance of many city sights. It’s a lovely choice for couples who want to combine Rome with romance and relaxation.
The hotel overlooks a peaceful piazza and Benedictine abbey on the Aventine, the southernmost of Rome’s Seven Hills, where the quiet streets are dotted with diplomatic residences, walled gardens and some of Rome’s most ancient churches. The hill is famous for its beautiful views over the Circus Maximus and Palatine.
From the hotel it’s a 10-minute walk to the lively district of Testaccio with restaurants and clubs, or 20 minutes to central Rome.
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