The Aenea Superior Inn is located in Via Urbana, ancient Vicus Patricius, in the heart of Rome historical center, in his first district, Rione Monti, whose coat of arms consists of three green mountains of three peaks on silver background.
The hotel is located in a privileged and strategic position just 500 meters from Termini Station and even less from the subway stop Cavour. From the hotel, within a few minutes of easy walking, you can reach the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Quirinale. The neighborhood that encircles the Aenea Superior Inn guest-house is steeped in creativity.
Built by the most brilliant architects and artists of the Renaissance, fueled for centuries by talented local craftsmen and home to scores of modern artisans, it is an inspiring, vibrant area. Though its name means “mountains,” Monti is more like an island rising out of Rome’s center. Invisible walls seem to separate this neighborhood from the adjacent tourist traps that border its artsy and ohemian population
In Monti, unmoneyed intelligentsia argue politics in smoky dens, vintage clothes come from London rather than Milan, and old-time craftspeople ply their trades in the streets. Monti is underground Rome, hidden in plain sight. Hidden from the covetous eyes of those ecletlooking for the next best hotspot, Monti tucks itself away in the middle of Rome. Its narrow side streets and hilly alleyways lend the neighborhood the air of a small village.
Monti's residents appreciate their neighborhood's stylish yet subdued character. The area does not find the need to boast or brag about its artsy appeal. Piazza Madonna dei Monti looks like a few modest steps leading up to a humble fountain, but these steps and this fountain are so much more than that.
This unassuming square is actually the center of Monti's social life. The piazza provides residents with the same small-village feel Rome grew up with. It serves as a recognizable meeting place and daily gathering space for friends, locals, lunchers, and artists. From the handmade to the high-end, Monti's boutique offerings include one-of-akind artifacts, clothing, and jewelry. Monti's taste for the eclectic, eccentric, and unique does not end at needles and thread. Its dining options reflect its smartly stylish aesthetic, too.
Cocktails are concocted with astute skill and sleek interiors are made from repurposed exteriors. Boutique cafes share the sidewalk with boutique clothiers. In Monti, the two complement one another. The ward boundaries are delimited on the east side by Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the city’s four great papal basilicas. The Colosseum and San Pietro in Vincoli, home to Michelangelo’s “Moses,” are to the south.
The Scuderie del Quirinale, a museum that mounts important exhibitions, and the Quirinale, residence of the President of the Italian Republic, overlooks Monti to the north. The western border is formed by a stout wall along Via Tor de’ Conti, butting against the forums of Augustus, Vespasian, Trajan and Nerva. Do not miss, within these boundaries, the Santa Pudenziana church, oldest of Rome, located in Via Urbana and the one of her sister, Santa Prassede, located in the homonym street.