Fashionela‘s guide to Rome will take you to some of the best addresses in the Italian capital that we visited during the last stay. We bring you our edit of covetable hotels, stylish cafés and restaurants, chic boutiques and the must-see temporary exhibitions at museums.
WHERE TO STAY?
Elizabeth Unique Hotel
Elizabeth Unique is an elegant and highly sophisticated hotel with an extensive range of contemporary art. It is set in a majestically restored 17th-century Palazzo Pulieri Ginetti in the heart of the capital’s historic center- just a breath away from the vivid Via del Corso and at an arm’s length from even more crowded Piazza del Popolo. Piazza di Spagna and famous Spanish Steps are literally around the corner, and magnificent Villa Borghese is also in a walking distance. The hotel is surrounded by numerous prestigious boutiques and restaurants, as well as antique and jewelry shops. At Elizabeth Unique you have assured a peaceful stay in a stunning hotel imagined by its owners Mr. Giovanni and Vittorio Curatella.
Address: Via delle Colonnette 35,
00186 Rome – Italy
Phone: +39 06 3223633
Chapter Roma, a member of Design Hotels, is the latest game-changer in the world of urban hotels, a must visit when you are staying in the Eternal City. Even though located in Regola, one of Rome‘s historical neighborhoods, the atmosphere in the hotel is somewhat New York meets London, perhaps because the owner and property developer Marco Cillia has broad international experience from Hotel Americano in New York and Blakes in London. This is his first hotel on a challenging journey to win the hospitality industry with his unique vision and keen instincts for the mood and feel of modern living. Chapter Roma successfully opened in May 2019 and gave to the city a refreshing place, not only for the tourists but also for the local scene. We were among the first visitors of this perfect Roman hideaway.
The bar and mural by the urban art-duo CYRCLE
Address: Via di S. Maria De’ Calderari, 47
Tel: +39 06 89935351
Piazza di Spagna 9
Piazza di Spagna 9, like its name suggests, is located on the most desirable location in Rome. This luxury boutique hotel is tucked inside a private building in the center of the Eternal City, just meters away from the city’s main attraction, romantic Spanish Steps, and a little bit more from enchanting Fontana di Trevi. Fashion lovers will appreciate that all the designers’ stores will be in their sight like- Escada, Versace, Valentino, Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, etc. A true oasis amidst the frenzy of the city center with a magnificent view of Rome‘s quintessential square is a concept in itself- it is a real contemporary art gallery and a boutique hotel.
Junior suite graced with a tapestrie by German artist Tania Welz, and beautiful underwater fashion photography by Dirk Vogel.
The breakfast and lounge area with unique 9 lounge chairs and 9 coffee tables
Address: Piazza di Spagna, 9,
00187 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 6992 1458
Hotel de Russie
Hotel de Russie, one of Rome’s most prestigious hotels, is located between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo, in a walking distance to Spanish Steps and Fontana di Trevi. This historical hotel was always coveted by numbers of writers and artists, like late French poet Jean Cocteau, who nicknamed it “the paradise on earth”. The design of Hotel de Russie of today is a joint effort of Rocco Forte Hotels’ in-house designer Olga Polizzi and celebrated American interior designer Tommaso Ziffer. Hotel de Russie comprises 120 rooms (of which 34 are suites), two restaurants (the elegant Stravinskij Bar and even more upscale Le Jardin de Russie), fully equipped gym and spa with a swimming pool.
Address: Via del Babuino, 9,
00187 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 32 888 830
Website: Hotel de Russie
A member of the Dorchester Collection, Eden Rome is a highly sophisticated hotel. It is a very peaceful place, located between the Borghese Gardens and Via Veneto. The location is central but secluded. Eden Rome was opened in 2017 after 17 months of renovation. Designed by French architects Bruno Moinard and Claire Betaille the hotel exuberates classical Italian elegance with sumptuous decor, marble floors, velvet divans, and a gold-lit ceiling. Eden has magnificent views – from some parts of the hotel, you can see Villa Medici and the top of the Spanish Steps. Its high-end restaurant/bar on the top floor is designed by Paris-based studio Jouin Manku and has 360 views over the Eternal City. Like in every Dorchester‘s hotel freshly picked flowers are in every corner.
Address: Via Ludovisi, 49
Rome 00187, Italy
Phone: +39 06-478121
The wonderfully quirky four-star hotel Ripa is located on the brinks of Rome’s historic Trastevere district. And while Trastevere is known for its smaller buildings and narrow streets that instantly work as a time-traveling device, Ripa is of a different kind. Despite its location, this is an overtly modern hotel. Its 8-story building is a perfect example of what was way ahead of its time back in the early seventies when the hotel was built. Now, it presents a charming retro-futuristic accommodation for everyone in search of something distinctive in the Eternal City.
Address: Via degli Orti di Trastevere, 3
00153 Roma RM, Italy
Tel: +39 06 58 611
WHERE TO GO?
Exhibiting its many piazzas, world-class museums, baroque archways, and gardens, Rome can be complex for the first time visitors, but there are some historical places that need to be seen to understand its grandeur.
The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. It is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and it is the largest amphitheater ever built.
Fontana di Trevi
The largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world, legendary Fontana di Trevi was designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini and several others.. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Roman Holiday, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and the eponymous Three Coins in the Fountain.
The Vatican is one of Rome’s most awe-inspiring areas with two highlight sights: St Peter’s Basilica and, inside the Vatican museum, the Sistine Chapel.
Villa Borghese is the most popular park in Rome, ideal for recharging your batteries. The gardens are located on the Pincian Hill, close to Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo and cover the area of 80 hectares. They were developed in 1606 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who wanted to turn his former vineyard into the most extensive gardens built in Rome. In the same period, the Cardinal commissioned the building of the Villa Borghese Pinciana to the architect Flaminio Ponzio. Today this elegant building houses the Galleria Borghese. The gardens were completely redesigned in the naturalistic English style in XIX century and became a public park in 1903.
Piazza Navona with Gianlorenzo Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, a flamboyant fountain featuring an Egyptian obelisk and muscular personifications of the rivers Nile, Ganges, Danube, and Plate. The piazza’s largest building is Palazzo Pamphilj, built by the architect Girolamo Rainaldi for Pope Innocent X between 1644 and 1650. Since 1920 Palazzo Pamphilj has housed the Brazilian Embassy in Italy, who bought it in 1961.
Walking the city, you’ll discover Rome is quite a hilly place. In fact, it encompasses nine hills. There are the seven on which the ancient city was built – the Palatine, Aventine, Capitoline, Esquiline, Viminal, Quirinal and Caelian – and two that have since been incorporated into the cityscape, the Janiculum and Pincian. Gianicolo is situated just outside the ancient city and is a great place to visit to get away from the bustle of Rome. The panorama from the top of the hill is breath-taking that we went multiple times just to enjoy the view and have a morning coffee at Bar Gianicolo. Some of the most interesting places that can be visited in the top are: Garibaldi Monument and Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, a monumental marble fountain created during the 17th century to celebrate the reopening of an old Roman aqueduct.
Trastevere is one of Rome’s most lively districts. Its colorful lanes are awash with hundreds of bars and eateries, offering everything from Michelin-starred fine dining to authentic neighborhood pizzerias and grungy cafes.
The Cinecittà Studios
Over the past century, there have been numerous films set in Rome, and the city has a particularly strong cinematic tradition. The city hosts the Cinecittà Studios, the largest film and television production facility in continental Europe and the center of the Italian cinema, where a large number of today’s biggest box office hits are filmed. The 99-acre studio complex is 9 km from the center of Rome and is part of one of the biggest production communities in the world, second only to Hollywood.
WHERE TO EAT?
Harry’s Bar Roma
Legendary Harry’s Bar is the unique place that evokes the “Dolce Vita“, creating a vivid flashback to the golden era of Via Veneto, when Frank Sinatra played the piano and all the stars made their appearance in this bar/restaurant full of glamour and style. As in the roaring ’60s, you can still sip an aperitif and enjoy the live piano bar every evening and dive into the magic of Via Veneto. It is also a good place to have lunch or dinner and taste the refined cuisine with Mediterranean flavors based on prime ingredients. We recommend “Tagliatelle with lobster and fresh cherry tomatoes” and for desert delicious “Golden chocolate ball filled with apricot mousse.”
Address: Via Vittorio Veneto, 150
00187 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 484643
Bar Bacharach & Bistrot
At the Elizabeth Unique’s Bar Bacharach & Bistrot, named after the celebrated American composer and pianist, guests can discover a wonderful culinary experience. The cuisine here can be decoded as a combination of Italian gastronomic traditions and international influences. Tasty dishes are prepared with fresh and local ingredients. You may have a superb brunch, lunch or dinner. We recommend salad Venere with black rice with mango, pineapple and seared tuna scented with lime and Spaghettoni pasta with salmon sauce and toasted almonds, with mandatory Tiramisu for dessert.
Bar Bacharach & Bistrot
Address: Via delle Colonnette 35,
00186 Rome – Italy
Phone: +39 06 3223633
Located in the heart of Rome, at the intimate Piazza de’ Ricci, Pierluigi restaurant offers its guests the opportunity to try the best fish and seafood specialties in the Eternal City. As at most Italian restaurants, fresh fish is sold per 100 grams. We suggest you to try fried zucchini flowers stuffed with buffalo mozzarella and anchovies; imperial red prawns are must – raw or pan cooked with honey, chili pepper and mint, and for a more exotic taste tuna tartare with mango bites, toasted sesame seeds and basil dressing. They also serve delicious pasta. You can’t go wrong with “Tagliolini with Mediterranean lobster, Datterino tomato and basil.” Pierluigi is known for the excellent choice of wines with over 1,500 labels in their cellar.
It is a very exclusive place with elegant ambiance that is frequently visited by many celebrities, from George Clooney, Keanu Reeves, Elton John, and Sting to Cindy Crawford, Sarah Jessica Parker, and…well, practically everyone who happens to be in Rome and likes authentic Roman cuisine.
Address: Piazza de’ Ricci, 144,
00186 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 686 8717
This restaurant was opened in 1934, and eating here was a tradition for many Roman families over the years. Today, it is the posh place with fashionable clientele. The food is quality Tuscan fare, and some of the restaurant’s specialties are the “Zuppa Francovich” – a bean soup served over a piece of toasted bread and steak. Many icons have visited this legendary place from Roberto Rossellini, Audrey Hepburn, Carlo Ponti and Sophia Loren, Rizzoli, Alberto Sordi, Dino de Laurentiis with Silvia Mangano…
Address: Address: Via Borgognona, 11, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 678 6752
Trattoria Al Moro
Tucked in a narrow street just steps from the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro is a traditional Italian trattoria. The place with nearly century-long history was frequently visited by legendary cineast Federico Fellini, as well as many other performers and filmmakers since the Teatro Quirino is just around the corner. Here you may order cheeses and cold cuts of their own production, fresh pasta dishes, and homemade desserts. We highly recommend classics such as “Spaghetti alla Moro” which is the authentic Carbonara, “Bucatini all’Amatriciana” and “Tagliatelle burro e crema di tartufo bianco.” Trattoria Al Moro is an ideal place for those who want a real Roman dinner, surrounded by the historical beauty of the city. Definitely make a reservation in advance if you can.
Address: Vicolo delle Bollette, 13, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 678 3495
La Grande Bellezza at Hotel Eitch Borromini
Few experiences in life are so memorable like enjoying a glass of white wine on a rooftop terrace of posh Eitch Borromini hotel, properly named La Grande Bellezza, while watching the sun slowly sets over the city’s most iconic monuments. This beautiful terrace may be the highest in Rome and is located on the roof of the 17th century Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona, meaning you’re treated to incredible 360 views of the city rooftops and the piazza’s ornate fountains from up above. You can see the magnificent dome of Santa Agnese church, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona below you and, of course, the iconic St. Peter‘s dome off to the back.
Address: Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30, 00186 Roma RM
Reservation: +39 06 7720 0111
WHAT TO SEE?
Picasso 1953 – 1973 at Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
An exhibition of works of the last twenty years of Pablo Picasso. A period in which the sculptures and portraits become more instinctive and tormented, sometimes childish. A period often neglected but which is experiencing a renewed interest in recent years.
When: Autumn 2019
Where: GNAM Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Viale delle Belle Arti 131, 00197 Roma
Picasso photos at Palazzo Merulana
Palazzo Merulana, Rome‘s newest art museum, presents a photographic exhibition offering what it describes as “unprecedented life story of the artist and man Pablo Picasso“, from 28 June until 26 August. The exhibition comprises over 90 photographs by André Villers and Edward Quinn who, in addition to being celebrated photographers, became friends and confidants of Picasso – an honor bestowed on very few people throughout the artist’s long life. The images on display, from the collection owned by the fund of the Luxembourg collector Guy Ludovissy, provide a glimpse into Picasso at work in his studio and with his family, capturing both his public and private persona.
When: 28 Jun 2019 – 26 Aug 2019
Where: Palazzo Merulana, Via Merulana 121, 00185 Roma
Robert Mapplethorpe show at Galleria Corsini
Galleria Corsini showcases the work of celebrated American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) on the 30th anniversary of his death. The show comprises 45 photographs by Mapplethorpe who courted much controversy in the US over the homoerotic nature of his work. The Rome exhibition focuses on some of the less controversial themes relevant to Mapplethorpe‘s artistic career including still lifes, landscapes, classical statues and Renaissance composition.
When: 15 Mar 2019 – 06 Oct 2019
Where: Galleria Corsini, Via della Lungara 10, 00165 Roma
David LaChapelle Retrospective at Galleria Mucciaccia
Rome‘s Galleria Mucciaccia presents a major photographic retrospective dedicated to David LaChapelle, the American celebrated fine-art photographer, film director and artist. On display are 34 works retracing LaChapelle‘s career, from his early pictures created in Los Angeles to his more recent works featuring unexpected landscapes, dreamland figures and mythological landscapes.
When: 18 April – 5 July
Where: Galleria Mucciaccia, Largo della Fontanella di Borghese 89, 00186 Roma
Women. Body and image between symbol and revolution
100 works, including paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography and video, from the collections of contemporary art in Rome, tell the evolution of the female figure through history.
When: 24 January – 13 October 2019
Where: Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Via Francesco Crispi 24, 00187 Roma
WHERE TO SHOP?
The best area for shopping is between Via del Corso and Via del Babuino in the vicinity of the Spanish Steps. Many high fashion shops and haute couture boutiques are in this area. In Via Condotti you may find Armani, Dior, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sergio Rossi shoes, Bulgari Jewelry, Cartier Jewelry, Omega, Mont Blanc. Valentino has stores in both Via del Tritone and Piazza di Spagna. Piazza di Spagna is also home to Missoni, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Emilio Pucci.
Fendi for Men, Versace for Men, Roberto Cavalli, Fratelli Rossetti shoes are situated in Via Borgognona. Fendi for Women is in the Fendi Palace in Largo Goldoni. La Perla, the high-quality underwear for women, is located in Bocca di Leone, while Etro and Emporio Armani stores are situated in Via del Babuino.
Battistoni, one of the most famous shops in Rome and a temple of Roman tailoring is offering classic clothing for men in a small courtyard off the Via Condotti. Gugliemo Battistoni opened a store in 1946. In the ’50s and ’60s, when Rome was known as “Hollywood on the Tiber”, this special store was often visited by the icons Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas, Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn.
Marlon Brando in Battistoni, Rome 1954
Address: Address: Via dei Condotti, 61/A
00187 Roma RM, Italy
Phone: +39 06 697 6111
Revolution Vintage (Pantheon)
A cozy boutique in the historic center selling luxury secondhand handbags and accessories from prestigious brands such as Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi, Givenchy, Dolce&Gabbana, Stella McCartney, Prada, Miu Miu, and more. Open daily, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Via della Scrofa, 69
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