Laurel Street Blog

Day One: Beware the Pines of Rome!

Posted on: December 3, 2009

Especially if you drive a SMART car. This scene of fallen timber was waiting for us as we pulled up in front of our hotel in a taxi (we were driven there apparently by an illegitimate child of Mario Andretti).

Ottorino Respighi apparently did not drive a SMART car

Aforementioned pines - we made a point not to park the scooters underneath.

The Hotel St. Anselmo atop the very quiet and residential Aventine Hill. Nothing but bird song in the morning. I recommend it.

Lovely entryway to the hotel - nice covered terrace and hand painted tiles on the left wall.

All of the light fixtures in the hotel were handmade - this deconstructed chandy stretched from the ground floor to the top of the second. Fun.

The hotel room - great use of a small space. Loved the ceiling treatment and grisaille painting on the back wall.

View toward the door - the 'headboard' treatment could've been omitted, but heck, more is more, right? Again, the ceiling gave a real depth to the room.

Handmade (and numbered) original desk light. Note the curtain & crown treatment that leads to the terrace.

The terrace made up for the small room. Don't think this was too expensive. This room cost less than what you might pay for a typical Marriott or Sheraton room in a convention block in the U.S.

View from terrace doorway. Loved the grisaille on the back wall.

From our first walk down the hill into town. All the residences on the Aventine have balconies or terraces to take advantage of the Roman views.

I'd always heard the light in Rome was exceptional - I had to see it to believe it

The Aventine cat - we found this one again later the same evening in the Knights of Malta park on the very top of the hill.

Looking back up to the top of the Aventine hill.

More 'golden hour light' on this building's facade (in the Testaccio neighborhood)

A peek into a private Testaccio courtyard garden.

A view of the roses in front of the church of St. Cecilia in Testaccio

An interior of St. Cecelia - testing my handheld, low-light camera ability

Crossing over the Tiber River back to the Aventine Hill at dusk.

The end of the walk - a view to the vatican from the Knights of Malta Park, behind our hotel.

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7 Responses to "Day One: Beware the Pines of Rome!"

Beautiful photos. The deep blue sky in the last pic is exceptional. It looks like a wonderful trip. Thanks for sharing!

Your photos are sublime.

Oooooh, the deliciousness of Italy!!!

Totally gorgeous!
Even the smashed cars are better looking there.

Talk about living my life vicariously through others! Nate you’ve taken me away on a very swoon-worthy jaunt around Bella Roma, thank you!
Millie ^_^

These photos are giving me a very severe case of wanderlust. Gorgeous.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I love yours!

The terrace is heavenly. Wow. What amazingly gorgeous photos!

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Nate and Louis

Well, hey there. I'm Nathan and this is the Laurel Street Blog. It's a place for talking about design, decor and DIY (with small amounts of snarkery snuck in). I'm a pretty restless guy who loves house projects and lives in a 150+ year old cottage on Laurel Street in New Orleans. Since the house always has something going on with it (or falling off of it) I'm subsequently blessed with a never-ending supply of Web content to share. Oh - and you can drop me a line anytime LaurelStreetNola@gmail.com. Enjoy!

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