The lush, green Salario district is in northeastern Rome. One of its highlights is the neo-Classical Villa Torlonia formerly rented by BM (Benito Mussolini) as his state residence. Would you believe the rent was one lira per year? The Villa's centerpiece is the Casina delle Civette. This property is no longer for rent; it contains a lovely museum. You might want to compare and contrast it with the Villa Albani that still belongs to the Torlonia family, said to be the wealthiest family in Nineteenth Century Rome. You may want to visit the Santa Constanza Church built under Emperor Constantine I, a mausoleum that contains the remains of his daughters. The church interior is decorated with excellent Fourth Century flora and fauna mosaics and scenes of a Roman grape harvest. Make sure to see the Ponte Salario (Salario Bridge) parts of which date from antiquity. For your convenience we have listed neighborhood hotels in approximate order of cost, starting with the least expensive. We have personally verified all website addresses making sure that they include English-language pages.
The Domus Coppede Town House is a non-smoking property that was launched in 2008. There are only 6 rooms so you may want to reserve in advance. Breakfast is served in your room but there is a garden. The address is Via Reno, 23 - 00198 - Rome.
The Hotel San Giusto occupies 6 floors whose rooms were recently renovated. It's not far from the Villa Torlonia. There is a breakfast room and a bar. They offer 17 single, 35 double, and 12 triple rooms. The address is Piazza Bologna, 58 - 00162 - Rome.
The Hotel Villa Florence (yes, we are in Rome) occupies a country house that dates from the mid-Nineteenth Century. Make sure to visit its garden with artifacts from Ancient Rome. There is one ground floor room for the disabled. You'll find a reading room, a TV room, and a bar as well as a breakfast room and a panoramic terrace. The address is Via Nomentana, 28 - 00161 - Rome.
The four-star Hotel Villa Morgagni occupies an elegant villa built near the turn of the century, in other words in the early Twentieth Century. It has been completely refurbished. Some of its 34 rooms are equipped with a hydro-massage bath. In any case you can use the special relaxation area with Turkish bath and sauna. You can eat breakfast in the roof garden during the summer. There is a meeting room with video conference facilities and a bar. The address is Via Giovanni Battista Morgagni, 25 - 00161 - Rome.
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