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Trip Report Rome: A Short, but Calorically Gigantic, Stay in Aventino and Testaccio

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We ended our cycling trip to Puglia, Italy, as described here in this post -- --with a short stay in Rome in the Aventino/Testaccio area, mainly so we could gain as much weight as possible before returning to the US.

In fact, they should have just weighed the two of us pre- and post-trip and skipped the darn luggage.

The Basics for Reference

Hotel for two nights in the Aventino/Testaccio area:
Hotel San Anselmo (+39 06 570057),

Ate at two Testaccio restaurants reserved for us by the hotel at my request:
Perilli Via Marmorata, 39
La Villetta Viale della Piramide Cestia, 53

Saw the Vermeer exhibit at Scuderie del Quirinale
Took a food tour with Eating Italy Food(800-838-3006,

We have often stayed in Rome, and even though we always intend to stay elsewhere, we always end up staying near the Pantheon. And before we leave for FCO, I always walk out to the Pantheon near dawn and say goodbye to it with tears running down my cheeks.

This time, we actually DID stay somewhere else, and even though like homing pigeons we ended up at the Pantheon for a bit, I felt as though I've finally broken away from "home". No tears this time.

Why choose the Aventino, one of the hills of Rome?

1) Our food tour was in nearby Testaccio
2) One of my desired restos was in nearby Testaccio
In other words: FOOD

Next: Moving into the Hotel San Anselmo

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