Robert and I started the new year with a short holiday in the Eternal City!
We stayed at Hotel San Anselmo, which Trip Advisor ranks as the 3rd most romantic hotel in Rome.
It was a far cry from my last visit when I stayed in a hellhole near Termini Station, which is an area you pass through, not a place you want to stay! In my defense, I stayed there on a recommendation of a fellow expat, but have since learned to do my own research ;-)
Hotel San Anselmo is a converted villa, high atop the Aventine Hill in a quiet neighborhood well removed from the tourist traffic, but still just a short walk from Circus Maximus and the Colosseum.
We were welcomed to afternoon tea, then shown to our room, which overlooked a mandarin tree, and had an L-shaped bath big enough for two!
Each evening, we walked hand in hand along the hyacinthe scented streets to a delicatessen at the bottom of the Hill where we bought bread, pesto, olives, cheese, and wine for our nightly picnics. So much more romantic than going to a restaurant!
Our trip could not have been more perfect! If you’re looking for a romantic hotel in Rome, I can confidently point you in the direction of Hotel San Anselmo for its location, romantic setting, and attentiveness of the service.
This was Robert’s first time in Rome, so I made sure to show him the touristy stuff like the Colosseum, Palatine, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica, etc. But we also spent a fair amount of time shopping and getting lost. More on that in my next post :)