Welcome to the #AtoZ Blog Challenge and a Tour of Hotels & Inns
Step out the door of the hotel to wander through the Monti District in Rome
After a morning of research on line looking for the perfect hotel in the right neighborhood in Rome for my purposes, I settled on the Hotel Raffaello to write about in my second novel, Facing East. I had a wonderful time making this decision. The joke was on me when it was all said and done. A few hours after finishing this research I checked my Facebook page. There in the right column were ads for hotels in Rome including THE one I picked. How did it know? I began to laugh. Thank goodness I had not been researching topless beaches!
The Hotel Raffaello is ideally located in the elegant city centre named Monti. an ancient Roman quarter only a few minutes walk from the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Rome Termini Railway Station. Monti, is now one of Rome’s most fashionable residential, shopping and eating out districts. The abundance of antiquities within comfortable walking distance of the Hotel is possible. The hotel is housed in a beautifully refurbished 19th century ‘palazzo.’ Entering the lobby, behind the front desk stands an old printing press (a hotel remnant from before its restructure) representing the School of Atene di Raffaello and a black and white mural of Raphael’s masterpiece La Scuola di Atene. Upstairs are five floors of well-sized, traditionally decorated guest rooms. I will probably never get to stay at the Raffaello, but the main character in the novel, Katherine White, did. I envy her experience.
It was late afternoon by the time she ventured out the door (of the Hotel Raffaello) to stand and look around at the signs of the Roman, Medieval, Baroque and Renaissance buildings along the street. It amazed Katherine to think that all it had taken was a plane ride to find herself standing where she was, a place that normally seemed far away. Checking her map, she headed off in the direction of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to give thanks for her safe travel, and to ask for clarity in these next few days. After her prayers she walked the streets listening to an Italian surround-sound that emanated from a kind of high quality Bose radio. If wagging a cautionary finger in Robert’s face ruined the spell these sounds had put him under, she would never forgive herself. From the novel, Facing East.