Travel Blogs from Rome
This morning we had a quick visit to Piazza Navona again (we wanted to see it in the daylight), and spent more time at the Pantheon. It is amazing how close our apartment is to these two places. At the Pantheon, we did an audio tour and learned about some of the design features (it is an amazing building) and of the people buried there (like Raphael (the artist) and several Italian royals).
We had lunch at the apartment, then went to catch a bus for ...
... they weave around cars and fly along close to the footpaths. Our busy day in Rome began with a guided tour of the colosseum, which was amazing. Imagining the things that went on here, all for entertainment, can be horrifying, but it's crazy to think that 2 thousand years ago the Romans could build such a huge structure. It's sad that only 30% of it is original, as they recycled the building materials before changing their ...
... away. The absolute highlight being, seeing the tomb of St Peter. We learned that the tomb was discovered in 1950 ,the bones identified as his in 1967 and authenticated by the Pope in1968. The fact that the skeleton had no feet assisted in this identification. To think we saw the actual jaw bone,just blows me away. Ken, being a tad cynical, finds is too coincidental that the bones were discovered immediately underneath the high altar. We ...
... photos and that we were kind of rushed because of the crowds. I have to say that the Sistine Chapel wasn't what I expected. The proportions were different somehow and its narrow length was so crowded as to make one a little claustrophobic. Michelangelo's works get so much attention that we tend to forget the beautiful wall frescoes by Botticelli, Perugino and Ghilandaoi, which depict the life of Moses and the life of Christ. It was wonderful to finally be ...
... be warm again won out. In Florence I'll get a chance to see a lot of art and culture too, and I quite liked my quiet little museum afternoon. If I had been paying attention to the days of the week, I wouldn't have gone for a weekend in Rome; but oh well. Tomorrow is Sunday so the Vatican will be closed. I might visit the Pantheon in the morning (cool architecture) and will definitely spend the afternoon/early evening chilling around the Spanish ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Aventino Rome
Great Stay in Rome!
A great stay in Rome! Excellent price for a superb facilities with POSSIBLY private free parking and jacuzzi. Strongly recommended for location and quitness. I'll be back. BRAVI!
Haven in Rome
What a delight to find this lovely group of small hotels in the Aventine Hills in Rome. Amid quiet, residential streets, even the cabs needed to consult a map to get there. But, they are definitely worth the effort. Rooms vary in size but are all lovely and air conditioned. Staff are very attentive without being intrusive. Quite a bargain also. We stayed as a group of 11 in early September and it was wonderful
Only being a 3 star the hotel Aventino S. Anselmo wasn't high up in my mind for expectations. In Rome, my wife and I needed a nice clean and serene room from which to base our excursions.
My family and I stayed at the Aventino for 4 nights. Both rooms were nice and clean (no frills) and the bathrooms were okay. The whirlpool in one room could not be used because it smelled of backed up water after the 2nd day. In the other room, the shower would wet the floor, but this was quickly corrected by management. The breakfast room was lovely with an outdoor dining area. Breakfast with a pianist playing was a nice touch. The area is lovely and a brisk walk downhill leads to a fabulous bakery and a pizzeria at the end of the block. Due to an unfortunate accident I had at the ruins, it was nice to be able to get food from somewhere else besides the hotel. My husband brought pizza, wine, and pastries to the hotel on a couple of occasions. After being out all day it was nice peaceful place to retreat to. We returned to the Aventino after our stay in Venice and received a larger room with a seating area and a great bathroom. It was within the same property, but higher end at the same price. It was a nice way to end our trip. The buses and trams can be easily accessed at the end of the hill.
Wonderful decore, delicious breakfast and restful location
This hotel far exceeded our expectations! Located on the Aventine hill, it was in a quiet tree shaded neighborhood within a close walk to the circus maximus. From the ornate parque wood floor to the molded ceiling and brocade bedspreads and balcony, we felt pampered and rested in our spacious room. A whirlpool bath was a real treat after all of the walking we did. The breakfast buffet was sumtuous and the breakfast room was delightfullly decorated. A garden patio was also available for sitting and eating. The maids were dressed in black with frilly white aprons and caps, just like out of an old movie. It was a wonderful place to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! Buses down the hill made anywhere in Rome accessible.