Boasting unrivalled, panoramic views over Italy’s illustrious ‘Eternal City’, the Monte Mario is Rome’s highest hill set just outside the ancient city walls. Discerning travelers seeking the finer things in life can book online today with Hotwire for exclusive discounts on this luxury 5* Hot Rate hotel’s spacious double en-suite guest rooms. Lavishly furnished, the rooms are equipped with the latest amenities and free high speed Wi-Fi internet throughout. Those on a romantic weekend away can indulge in the hotel’s bountiful onsite leisure facilities, including an indoor pool, health spa, fitness centre and tennis courts. This highly regarded hotel also boasts a sophisticated a la carte restaurant and an extensive business centre, ideal for professional meetings or conferences.
At 139m high, Monte Mario is the highest point in Rome and therefore offers the best vantage point for breathtaking views over the ancient city. Surrounded by a pristine nature reserve, Monte Mario is a site of outstanding natural beauty and hotel guests are advised to scale the hillside and explore the surrounding hidden nature trails. Also found in the area is the Santa Maria Rosario church and convent, the ornate Villa Mellini and the Monte Mario Observatory, meaning an entire day can be spent enjoying all that the mount has to offer.
Guests of this Northwest Rome – Monte Mario – Trionfale area hotel are in the privileged position of being just a few minutes’ walk from one of Rome’s most awe-inspiring attractions, the Vatican City. As the smallest state in the world, this tiny Catholic enclave is home to an astonishing number of spectacular architectural landmarks and religious monuments which help to draw in millions of tourists and pilgrims each year. Arguably the most notable of these is the iconic Sistine Chapel, famous for its fantastically intricate ceiling and frescoes painted by the likes of Michelangelo and Botticelli. Other must-see sights enclosed within include St Peter’s Square, Obelisk and Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Tourists are advised to start their day in the Vatican early so as to avoid queues and crowds, especially during the busy peak summer season.
Another of the city’s most famous nearby historical landmarks is the majestic Castel Sant’Angelo, located on the banks of the River Tiber. Originally the site of former Roman Emperor Hadrian’s tomb in 130 AD, it was converted into a papal fortress in the 14th century and later was used as a prison. Today, the castle has been transformed into a museum which details the castle’s vibrant history and is illuminated beautifully against the river at night.