The thing about Hotel Aventino, where I have stayed twice a year for twenty years, is that it is perched quietly on the top of the most distinguished of Rome's hills at whose foot lies Testaccio. If you want to experience the Rome of Romans and not of tourists, go there. The hotel is a delight and all the things said in other reviews about the wonderful staff and the super breakfast and the reasonable prices and how easy it is to go to the subway (Blue line at Piramidi) or by taxi to either airport, are true. But Testaccio - well, if you are a foodie you know already. Ask the wonderful Justin or one of the other staff (all English-speaking) to get you a table at Perilli's trattoria on Via Marmorata for dinner. There you find Romans - heaps of them, which tells you something: a Roman menu that hasn't changed for fifty years (why should it? If it works, don't: and it does!) and next day, on the same block you visit the world's finest cheese and grocery store. Volpetti's is now a legend (look at their website). Give it time: you have to taste before you buy. And for lunch, after you have visited Keats and Shelley in the Protestant Cemetery at the foot of the Pyramid of Cestus, built into the ancient walls of Rome, go to Volpetti Piu - the most gastronomic fast food shop in the world.
all this is ten minutes stroll from Hotel Aventino, its well appointed rooms, its quietness and the beautiful gardens where in late summer the scent is so heavy in the evening air that it is like a drug!
In front of Volpetti's is the tram line that takes you for Rome's best scenic ride - past the Colosseum to the Villa Borghese (ask Justin to get you pre-booked tickets for the Galleria if you want to see the three greatest Bernini sculptures in the world's first ever museum), then across the river to the Vatican. Or the hotel will rent you a bike if you prefer. The you can ride to the Baths of Caracalla, or down the Via Appia to the Tomb of Cecilia Metulla and the Catacombs.
If you want expensive international glitz and overpriced, indifferent dining, then go to the usual suspects. But if you want a memory of Rome that will linger in your memory like a smile, then choose Testaccio and base yourself at the Aventino.
Yes you can see St Peter's through the keyhole of the Knights of Malta: a good restorative late evening walk after Mr Perilli's table and before you fall into your crisp, clean bed..
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