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Pssst, Wanna Stay in the Real Rome?

Yes, the real Rome. Italy, that is. Perhaps you’ve never heard of Testaccio. It’s one of those places you really can’t believe until you’ve been there.

It’s a section of Rome full of butchers. The stockyards used to be there. Workers were paid with the nasty bits, and that’s what folks eat here. Offal. It’s the real Roman cuisine.

And it’s not awful. Of course, that’s not all there is to eat in the Testaccio. Your food can be as trendy as you wish. Testaccio welcomes you while it’s getting gentrified. Go before they get a McDonalds.

The extraordinary thing about Testaccio, besides the pyramid, is the 20 meter high mountain of potsherds that is Testacchio’s landmark. Yes, this is also where Roman trading along the Tiber was done, and the heap of amphora bits represents the remains. The hill was once simply Il Monte dei Cocci, or the mountain of cocci, refering to amphora sherds, and was combined with the latin “testae,” refering to a pot sherd that was often inscribed and used for voting, to become Testaccio.

The hill of potsherds has been dug out in recent times to use the space for things like car repair. Today, trendy clubs have moved into the cave-like “guts” of the Testaccio hill.

Rome vacation rentalImagine if you had a place in the Testaccio for a week or two. You could do a club crawl and be back home in a jiff, or at least by the time the sun is rising. Then you could go to the Gastronomia E. Volpetti in the day time. The Volpetti is perhaps Rome’s best “deli.” Don’t want to picnic? You could eat at one of my favorite restaurants, Trattoria Checchino dal 1887.

You could also go to the Piramide (pyramid) while staying at a hip apartment called, oddly enough, Piramide, shown on the right over there.

And have the  Pajata. It’s the intestines of a young calf fed only on its mother’s milk. If you’re slightly squeamish, have the ox tails. Remember, there’s always eggplant.

Rome, Italy

It’s hard to walk down the streets of Rome from your vacation rental in Rome without being swept up in the history, architecture, and religion of the region.   Dubbed the Eternal City for the long and often bloody history, Rome vacation rentals exist in the spiritual center for the Western World.  Vacation rentals in Rome gain access to a private world caught between the old and the new…the spiritual and the earthly…the expressive and the restrictive.  Hosting the widely noted Vatican, the vacation homes in Rome are an insight into the intertwined bloody history of Rome and the spiritual evolution of the Catholic Church. 

A short distance by cab or scooter from your vacation rental home Rome leads to the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.  From many vacation rentals Rome, you can visit Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, the first Christian Basilica inside the city of Rome, where much of the architecture is a mixture of many periods and styles due to the constant rebuilding and obvious upkeep.  Of course, the largest attractions to visitors to vacation rental homes in Rome are not to Christian religious structures or in observance of the hordes of religious loot “collected” in the chapels of today.

Must see sights by your Rome vacation Rental:

  • Trevi Fountain:  Stroll by the Trevi Fountain, either alone or with the one you love, to see the largest Italian fountain immortalized in movies and art throughout the world.  A symbol of the romance of Italy, the Trevi Fountain has stood strong for over two hundred years as individuals pitch coins over their shoulder into the fountain to show their love of Rome and participate in the Roman tradition of love. 
  • Pantheon:  A celebration of dedication to the Gods, this Temple of the Gods is a glorious realization of the vitality of the city of Rome.  As the memorial burial place of several Italian Kings and the famed Italian artist Raphael, the Pantheon serves as a stunning intersection of history, religion, architecture, and art.
  • Coliseum:  Standing tall and proud as the very essence Roman history, visiting Rome without seeing the Coliseum is missing the point of the trip.  Steeped in the history of gladiators fighting exotic animals of all types, standing in the Coliseum is to hear the cheer of the crowds, feel the thrill of the massive battles, and visualize the emperor Nero standing high above the games. Considered one of the spectacular wonders of the historical world, Rome exists and thrives around this slice of a bygone day.

Most people to Rome vacation rental homes find their footsteps quickly drawn to one of two places.  On the trip from the airport to their vacation rental home Rome, the opposing views of the Coliseum and the Pantheon rise over the city.  Standing in the Coliseum, the ground literally vibrates with the ghostly cheers of the crowd as gladiators battled fierce animals.  

With so much to do and see, you might need to plan a few extra days in your Rome holiday home.

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