Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply looking for La Dolce Vita, Rome is the city for you.
It’s an in-your-face mix of the ancient past and the stylish present, its fashion-conscious citizens getting on with their ordinary lives against the extraordinary backdrop of the Colosseum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square. This city is a living museum for those of you who don’t really like museums, and after you’ve climbed the Spanish Steps, gasped at Michelangelo’s frescoes and tossed a coin into the Trevi Fountain, there are plenty of relaxing alternatives. So why not enjoy a pizza in a pavement café and watch the priests on their way to the Vatican? Give your credit cards an outing and make a beeline for the Fendi, Gucci and Prada stores along the Via Condotti? And, of course, you simply have to stay up very late and mingle with the glitterati…
“Explore the city, then take the 1½ hour high-speed and modern train to twin imperial Rome with renaissance Florence. Now that is Italy.”
VIP Concierge Service
•Experience an exclusive after hours visit to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum, just you and your guide.
•Enjoy a classic highlights tour of Imperial Rome, seeing all the famous sites the VIP way with no queues.
•Spend an exclusive evening at the Rome Academy and see internationally acclaimed artists at work, then mingle with the community over dinner.
•Take a vintage Vespa tour of the city for your very own ‘Roman Holiday’, just like Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
When to visit Winters are relatively mild in the city, however, November and December are traditionally the wettest months. In the summer, July and August are the hottest, whereas spring and autumn, March to June and September to October respectively, are ideal with blue skies and a lovely climate.
How to get there British Airways fly to Rome daily from London with low cost airlines offering alternative timings and direct departures from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and Glasgow. The main airport, Fiumicino, is just 30km from the city centre and transfers take from 45 minutes. The city’s second airport is Ciampino and transfers take from 50 mins.
This people-watchers’ paradise lies between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo in the heart of the city’s most fashionable area. Home to a beautiful secret garden with extensive terraces, this is where many locals come to enjoy an apertivo. Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Russie offers a tranquil oasis amid the surrounding bustle of central Rome with its perfect combination of picturesque gardens, spa facility and impeccable service.
Almost as famous as its illustrious guests, the Hotel Eden has been wowing visitors to Rome for 120 years now. And that’s true from the moment the top-hatted doorman ushers them into the white marble lobby to the moment the smiling maitre d’ leads them to their table on the rooftop restaurant – the Michelin-starred haute cuisine comes with quite breathtaking views towards St. Peter’s Cathedral.
A self-titled sophisticated hideaway; and who are we to argue? A stunning location opposite the Borghese Gardens and just a five minute chauffeur drive to the Spanish Steps. It is difficult to capture the full essence of this family-run hotel; beautiful and elegant, refined and luxurious, and charming and sophisticated are but a few fitting adjectives we could use. And everything you could wish for can be found within its historic walls, and beyond their grand canopied and ivy clad entrance lies Rome.
Baglioni Hotel Regina is housed in a graceful Liberty-style building dating back to 1904, its recent nip-and-tuck meaning that some of Rome’s more famous hotels have been left in the shade.
This historic 20th century residence is all about privacy and discretion, the mood definitely more ‘country estate’ than ‘urban retreat’. Central in its location just a 5-minute walk from the Trevi Fountain, you’ll be protected from the masses by the kind of walled Italian garden that comes with gazebos, fountains and manicured lawns.
This is a fresh and modern urban resort in this most historic of cities. On the banks of the Tiber and a stone’s throw from the Vatican, the location is fit for an Empress – originally Nero’s mother to be precise. The building itself dates back many centuries but has been completely transformed and restored into a cool, modern resort.
These two letters are synonymous with intimate luxury and J.K. Place Roma is the third hotel to join the family – its sister properties gracing Florence and Capri. Truly boutique, with just 30 rooms and suites the fabulous building was once the city’s School of Architecture. And it comes top of class with its stunningly cool décor and design
St. Regis Rome has retained all the grandeur and glamour of a nineteenth century palace; from the shimmering Murano chandeliers to the showpiece Ritz Ballroom.
Dating back to the 15th century and once a private residence, the family-run The Inn at the Roman Forum is located just a few steps from some of the most ancient and fabled ruins in Rome but it also houses remarkable Roman ruins within its own walls The enchanting 19 rooms are the perfect blend of contemporary style with ancient Roman touches, featuring striking walls covered in silk moire, heavy bronze drapes and parquet floors. Some with canopied beds and two top floor suites boasting a private patio and garden. Climb the marble staircase up four floors to the rooftop terrace where you can pass some time taking in the city views. After a day of exploring the sites, return for cocktails in the lounge or discover the ancient Roman Ruins, dating back 2,000 years, which are hidden in the cellars beneath the hotel.
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