The pretty Augustus is located in a prestigious and central position in the historical centre of Rome, very close to the MACRO
, the great Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome
. Its permanent collection offers a selection of some of the most significant expressions characterizing the Italian art scene since the 1960s. Artistic production during the years immediately following the Second World War is documented through the works of artists from the group Forma 1. MACRO’s collection also documents recent trends by key contributors to the development of the arts, to name just a few: Gianni Asdrubali exponent of the Astrazione Povera movement, Giovanni Albanese
who uses irony and simulated flames to create poetic Ready-mades and mechanical inventions, and Cristiano Pintaldi who contests the structure of televised images through re-presentations in manual brushstrokes. Just a few metres away there is Porta Pia
, the famous Gate from which, in 1870, passed the italian soldiers “Bersaglieri” to gain the Italian Unity and where today you can find the British Embassy
that was designed by the famous British architect Sir Basil Spence, and opened in 1971.
In Piazza Fiume, a few minutes away from the hotel, you can enjoy shopping in the famous shopping centre La Rinascente, located in a historical building. This is the place where you can find an endless variety of products, ranging from fashion to accessories, from lingerie to perfumery, from leisure to life style. In Via Boncompagni you will find the church of San Patrizio in Villa Ludovisi
, a Roman Catholic parish and titular church,
Irish people use to choose as their wedding's church here in Rome. The 3 star Augustus is also very close to Via Veneto
, one of the main streets of Rome, well-know all over the world for the most famous Fellini’s movies, “La dolce vita”, describing its “sweet life” during the 60s. And this is an area that today is full of typical Roman restaurants (trattorias, osterias) and pizzerias, winebars and supermarkets where you can find the typical Italian products you can enjoy once back home. On the top of Via Veneto, just ten minutes far from the hotel, you will see the main park of Rome:
This villa is a beautiful and extended park, characterised by walkways, woods (it contains 400 newly-planted pine trees, garden sculptures by Bernini's father, Pietro, and dramatic water works built by Giovanni Fontana) and lakes (in the centre of the park is the "Giardino del Lago" in which stays an artificial lake complete with an Ionic temple to Aesculapius, the god of health, by the 18C architect Antonio Asprucci).
From Belvedere Pincio there is a magnificent view of the town. In this area you can visit three important Museums of Rome: the National Gallery of Modern Art (which includes works by Goya, Renoir, Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and many more) the Etruscan Museum and the Borghese Gallery
with the famous baroque sculptures by Bernini. A part of the Villa is dedicated to the recently renewed Zoo (Bioparco), destination loved by adults and children. Another famous and charming Villa close to the Augustus is Villa Torlonia: it was designed by the neo-Classic architect Giuseppe Valadier. Construction began in 1806 for the banker Giovanni Torlonia and finished by his son Alessandro.
Disused for a time, it became Mussolini rented it from the Torlonia for one lira a year to use as his state residence from the 1920s onwards. It was abandoned after 1945, and allowed to decay in the following decades, but recent restoration work has allowed it to be opened to the public. Surrounding the villa are landscaped grounds in the English 'picturesque' style, which became a public park in 1978. In these gardens are to be found 3rd and 4th century Jewish catacombs and thirteen garden pavilions representing exotic parts of the world (including a kiosk in the Moorish Revival taste). Public transportation is an easy way to get connected to the most important sights of Rome: this area is served by many and frequent buses. You can rapidly reach the Sapienza University, for instance, just in one metro stop from the subway station Castro Pretorio (Line B) or reach the Trevi's Fountain
and the Spanish Steps, two of the pearls of the Roman architecture. The Trevi's Fountain is a Baroque masterpiece and the Spanish Steps
are one of Rome’s most famous sight due to their popularity as meeting point and to the position at the heart of the city’s shopping area. The Augustus is also close to the Subway stop “Castro Pretorio” (Line B), guarantee of quick transfer to all the areas of Rome. Besides, you can easily reach the hotel if coming from the north-side of the Grande Raccordo Anulare, going out at “Nomentana”.
So, let’s start visiting Rome from the Augustus and have a nice holiday!