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What you should know about Aventine

Despite its reputation as a quiet, well-to-do residential district, the history-steeped Aventine district in Rome on the banks of the Tiber is packed with intriguing sights. The Aventine was one of Ancient Rome's legendary 7 hills. Among its parks, gardens, and narrow streets, you'll find Roman temples and baths, ancient basilicas, and even a pyramid. You'll also discover a keyhole through which you can allegedly see three countries. This neighborhood also offers a few buzzing nightspots that belie its tranquil image.

Hotels in Aventine

Accommodation in Aventine can generally be divided into 2 types. In the northern rione, a Roman historic district, of Ripa, you'll find many small and mid-sized hotels, most exuding a classic Rome elegance. Hotel Aventino is a good example, known for its stylish décor and old-world charm. In the narrower streets of the southern rione of Testaccio, you'll find more boutique guest houses and B&Bs, such as Seven Suites, a quality townhouse hotel. It has some of the most positive reviews amongst Aventine hotels. Hotel Villa San Pio is another excellent Aventine villa hotel, somewhat larger and close to the Circus Maximus.

Things to see in Aventine

The most famous attraction in this district lies on its north edge, the Circus Maximus, which marks the divide with the Palatine Hill. This awe-inspiring chariot-racing stadium, which held up to 150,000 people, thrilled Romans for over 1,000 years. One of the most intriguing sights, though, is in the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta. Peek through the keyhole of one its main buildings and you'll see a perfectly framed view of the Basilica of St Peter. Given the piazza's building has long been owned by Malta, you are looking at three countries—its keyhole (Malta), across Rome's streets (Italy) to the Basilica itself (Vatican City). Another fascinating attraction is found in the fountain of the Basilica of Santa Sabina. Place your hand into its 'mouth of truth,' and legend says you will lose your hand if you tell a lie. Lastly, to the south-east is the odd sight of the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius, a tomb to a wealthy Roman, some 2,000 years old.

Good for solo travelers

Staying at one of the many hotels in Aventine provides a good base for most visitors. It is especially suited, however, to those looking for a somewhat quieter, less hectic stay in Rome. That's due to its upscale residential character, as well as its many parks and public gardens. Although it has fewer headline attractions than some Rome neighborhoods, it is centrally located in the city and the most important sights in central Rome are all close by. For those wanting a little bit more excitement, the Testaccio rione to the south has plenty of restaurants and bars, giving you a chance to enjoy a slice of Rome's nightlife.

How to get to Aventine

Aventine is in a very well-connected part of central Rome, with 2 major train stations in the south of the district—Porta San Paolo and Roma Ostiense—and the MEB (metro line B) running along its eastern side. Most visitors flying into Fiumicino airport take the train from there to Ostiense station. From here you can easily get a taxi to either Testaccio or Ripa. Alternatively, you can ride the metro to Piramide (for Testaccio) or Circo Massimo (for Ripa). Most hotels are within easy walking distance of these 2 stops. Travel in Aventine itself is simple, as the neighborhood is small and walkable.

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