Hotel San Anselmo. This refurbished 19th-century villa is a romantic retreat from the city, set in a molto charming garden atop the Aventine Hill. The decor blends bits of Baroque antique-flair (such as period chandeliers) with contemporary pieces (like the sharp stainless steel fireplace) in the public spaces. Each guest room is carefully designed to follow a particular theme, such as "Room of the Poems," which features poems beautifully scrawled onto the walls, and the "Room of Kisses," with a big canopy bed with romantic and suggestive drapes.
Sep 9, 2008
Though the place has been redecorated since my first visit (now it's a bit "baroque-trendy" for my taste) it's still special. You will wake up to birdsong and breezes instead of traffic and exhaust fumes. Enjoy views over rooftops and treetops. Take your breakfast in the garden. Bathrooms are large, guest rooms comfortable. Nice windows. A few rooms have a terrace. there are stairs, but also ground floor rooms convenient to the garden. I love
the proximity to Testaccio restaurants, where the only thing that reminds you you're a tourist is that you're the only tourist to be seen. Some people find the Aventine too far away from things - I think it's pretty perfect. Like staying in the country, but 5-10 minutes from almost anything, whether walking, in a taxi or on the bus.