ROME

 

 

ITALY’S ETERNAL CITY IS THE LARGEST AND MOST POPULOUS,
SITTING ON THE TIBER RIVER IN THE LAZIO REGION. ITS HISTORY SPANS TWO AND
A HALF THOUSANDS YEARS CREATING AN INCOMPARABLE INTELLECTUAL AND MORAL CULTURE.

PIAZZA DI SPAGNA 9

An exclusive boutique hotel with an art gallery carrying limited edition artworks and installations; natives say Piazza di Spagna 9 is the most visionary space in Rome. Guest rooms occupy the third floor with an eclectic living room and wellness centre in 400mq of this historic private building. Solo exhibitions line the long hallway gallery with pieces that seem to be created for the place. The wellness centre is an intimate oasis dedicated to relaxation and the centering of mind and body. (piazzadispagna9.it)

A LEISURELY WALK

Explore the historic centre of Rome starting from Piazza di Spagna. Climb the magnificent Spanish Steps to the Church of Trinità dei Monti. Then make your way to the Trevi fountain, the biggest and most beautiful in the city — one of the “must see” sites in all of Rome. Head back towards the Spanish Steps for a truly luxurious shopping experience including flagship stores from Italian brands like Valentino, Bulgari and Fendi. Complete the tour with a meal and some cocktails at J.K. Cafe, one of the trendiest places in the area. (jkroma.com)

HISTORIC LANDMARKS

You can’t leave Rome without visiting Vatican City, the most sacred site of Christianity. With a private tour from ItalyXP (italyxp.com), you will have one on one interaction with the guide who will lead you through the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Basilica of St. Peter. Next, on to the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre of the Roman empire. Finally head to MAXXI Museum designed by Zaha Hadid, the first Italian institution dedicated to contemporary creativity. With over 30 works of art and 21 architectural projects, the MAXXI collection showcases works by the great masters of the 20th Century and young artists and designers, some as first-time exhibitors. (fondazionemaxxi.it)

VILLAS AND GARDENS

Experience some of the most beautiful villas and gardens in the eternal city. With its incredible position overlooking Rome, Villa Medici is unforgettable; the palace has been housing the French Academy since 1803 and it is now conceived as a museum with an art gallery. One of the most beautiful gardens is located in Villa Borghese Park, laid out over rolling hills with several little lakes, statues and museums such as Galleria Borghese. These parks are a bucolic retreat when the weight of history proves overwhelming.

A STUNNING VIEWPOINT

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Rome, make sure you check out Parco Savello, also known as the Garden of Orange Trees. Situated by the Santa Sabina Church, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Rome. Small garden, filled with orange trees, boasts exceptional views of the Tiber River, the dome of St Peter’s Cathedral and Santa Maria in Cosmedin. It’s also known as the most romantic garden in Rome — a perfect place for a stroll with someone you love.

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Piazza Navona – Square
Pantheon – Church – rome.info
Aroma – Restaurant – aromarestaurant.it

TEXT: ALBERTO NEGRO

PHOTOS: ALBERTO NEGRO, ANDREAS MAKRIS, BERNARD TOUILLON

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