If I lived in Rome I would probably always be eating. I have a carb tooth (if there is such a thing) and this is a problem when you visit an Italian city that deals in carbs. But oh what carbs they are – Roman trattorias churn out freshly made pasta at every turn, pizzerias fling crispy bases your way and with every whiff of the bread-scented breeze, you are led to another Italian eatery. But there is much to do besides eating here. On Rome’s streets, ancient ruins bump into renaissance palazzos, grand churches and baroque fountains… you’ll barely notice walking off those carbs. The city has also had an influx of fresh culture, so there are plenty of cool new places to discover alongside the classics.
City break in Rome | a captivating cultural wonder
STAY | from classic Roman townhouses to stylish city boltholes
There’s nothing quite like dragging your suitcase along a cobbled city side street to start your Roman holiday.
Classic | the pretty pastel townhouse
Arco del Lauro feels like the quintessential Roman holiday dream. It’s set in a pink-hued townhouse on a beautiful cobbled piazza in medieval Trastevere, it has just six bedrooms and it is packed with antiques and art, all collected by its culture vulture owners. Books about Rome are dotted around the hotel, but the owners and housekeeper are also never short of local tips. Bedrooms are classic country chic, with parquet floors, fresh white linen and an eclectic mix of old and new furnishings.
Arco del Lauro
Classic | the beautiful dame
Stroll to all the sights from Le Quattro Dame, a stylish Italian palazzo in the heart of the city. Each room is self-catering, so you can bring all your local deli finds back for breakfast in bed and midnight feasts here. The bedrooms are chic and beautiful, with soft tones of dusky pink, sage green and cream, parquet floors and a Lux City Guide at your bedside. My favourite part? The little lobby lounge with a gallery wall of Renaissance paintings.
Le Quattro Dame
Contemporary | Modern Monti
Found in Rome’s stylish Monti neighbourhood, The Fifteen Keys Hotel is just moments from the area’s chic cafes, restaurants, vintage shops and boutiques. Just 15 rooms sit in this elegant townhouse, each is decorated with modern restraint, with parquet floors, muted walls, exposed brickwork and minimalist furniture. The staff know everything about the surrounding neighbourhood, so make sure you ask for recommendations. Or you can spend a perfect Italian afternoon in the hotel courtyard, whiling away the hours and living la dolce vita.
The Fifteen Keys Hotel
Contemporary | a creative’s dream
Perched on the edge of Monti and just a short walk from the Colosseum, Nerva Boutique Hotel is a perfect base for exploring the city. Sitting on a pretty Roman street, it’s a chic boutique bolthole with beautiful rooms. Each is decorated with contrasting crisp white and dark inky walls, houndstooth headboards and lovely little touches such as art books by the bedside. Fresh flowers, paintings and photographs are found across the hotel; this place feels like home, but more stylish. They’ll also greet you with a lovely welcome basket, filled with fruit, macarons, chocolates and champagne.
Nerva Boutique Hotel
EAT | lazy Roman lunches
Rome is a culinary capital, with lots of family-run, traditional trattorias as well as some new and exciting dining ventures.
DRINK | the finest negronis in the city
Aperitivo to digestivo, in Rome, you take your time to drink.
DO | getting lost in Rome
Rome is best explored on foot (and not just because the driving is a little hairy). Wander off to discover Rome’s traditions and its exciting modern life.