Love, romance, and history are all woven into a tapestry that will create an unforgettable vacation in Rome. From tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain or ascending the steep slope of the Spanish Steps, reminders of the ancient past greet you at every turn.
The stylish rooms feature all the essential modern amenities, including a private bathroom. With a rooftop terrace providing stunning views of your surroundings, free Internet and air-conditioned rooms, you can’t go wrong here.
Keep in mind that the lines there – into the Sistine Chapel, for instance – can be grueling and long. Best option: Book a tour. This will fast-track you through the throngs hoping to see Michelangelo’s fresco, “The Creation of Adam.” Bite the bullet, and be aware that the tour operators quite possibly will pick your party up at your hotel or another convenient location.
Also, don’t miss the photo op of a lifetime: Snap a few frames of the colorful and timeless Swiss Guard.
One of the main centers is Via del Governo Vecchio, where you will discover untold fashion bargains, including jewelry. Cluttered with traditional chic boutiques, these shops stay open late and host an antiques fair. There are many art galleries and antique shops nearby.
In the historic district, another major marketplace for antiques is Via del Babuino, a street that’s home to many designer clothing outlets. Alberto di Castro ( www.dicastro.com) is a great place to buy some stunning lithographs.
Exceptional hospitality and service is complemented by the casual, fun atmosphere and innovative gourmet Italian cuisine. Masterful chefs prepare culinary delights using only the freshest seasonal ingredients. Even the fish are freshly caught in the Tyrrhenian Sea and chosen with care at a daily auction; the meats are hand-selected from one of Rome’s best butchers. A standout is the tenderloin filet with black truffles from Norcia, Italy.