Rome is one of the most awe-inspiring cities on the planet – attracting up to 10 million visitors a year from right across the globe. While its long and storied past may be the thing of legend, the Eternal City is also a bustling modern capital, featuring everything you might expect from a global destination.
With a city of the calibre of Rome, you shouldn’t aim to do things by halves, you want to fully immerse yourself in its splendour. It’s not so much – to borrow the famous paraphrase of St Ambrose – ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do’ but more ‘When in Rome, make the most of what the Romans have’.
Here’s some top tips on making sure your visit to the city often grandly known as the Capital of the World (capat mundi) is full of as much of the luxury of Rome as possible:
The right hotel
Our holidays rely on two things: where we stay and what we do. Where you stay in Rome matters even more than other destinations. Sure, you could stay in a run-of-the-mill hotel, but why do that when there’s prestigious former palazzo on offer then why not aim higher?
The Telegraph highlights the Portrait Roma hotel among its highlights, and it’s easy to see why. Surprisingly private, given that it is on the shopping street of Via Condotti, this is close to the tourist attractions of the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain and its accommodation is more akin to a high-class residence. Still, the only downside to that is that you might fancy a bit of hotel service to be pampered on your holiday. In which case, look out Villa Spalletti Trivelli – between Via Nazionale and the presidential palace. Its tasteful palazzo style perfectly embodies the luxury of Rome.
As featured on the Elite Traveler website, Il Pagliaccio is the only double-Michelin-starred establishment in the city and is an intimate gem of a venue, with room for just 28 diners to sample its sought-after sophisticated Italian fusion cuisine. If you’d rather dine and soak up a sight at the same time, then you really can’t beat Aroma on the rooftop of the Palazzo Manfredi. The views of the Colosseum here are second to none, with alfresco meals a must. The top class array of traditional and Roman flavours on offer manages to match the magnificence of the view.
Be inspired by the sights
Most people don’t need telling what to look out for when they go on a holiday to Rome. The aforementioned Colosseum and the Pantheon and the Forum offer the Empire-era treats that are a must for any visitor – as are the creepy catacombs and the Papal wonders of the nearby Vatican City.
But, as Lonely Planet points out, that’s only part of Rome’s allure – the style and the lifestyle it offers are simply asking to be soaked up.
Via dei Condotti and Via Borgognona, near the Spanish Steps, cater for the best luxury shopping, while the trendy boutiques of Via del Governo Vecchio and the arty gems of Via Giulia are also worth snapping up.
Take inspiration from these shops as well as Rome’s museums and galleries as you explore the city and – whether you bring back a case full of Italian finest or come home and log straight on to How To Spend It to search for similar luxury at home – you’ll definitely be able to pick up high-end quality products that bring a slice of that luxury back into your home.
We all want to enjoy the finer things in life. Rome offers those finer things in abundance – and they’re just waiting for you to make the most of them.