Are you planning to fly to Rome for a short break? Here are our suggestions to enjoy a great escape!
Where to stay – Rome offers some of the best luxury hotels to enjoy a stylish stay in the Eternal City. Check these hotels:
Rome Cavalieri – this luxury hotel is ideal to splash out on a romantic escape to Rome. The hotel is located on a hill outside of town center and enjoys spectacular views over the city from its rooms and suites. Comfort and service are at top level at the Cavalieri. The hotels is a quiet oasis thenks to its large gardens where you find a great outdoor swimming pool and tennis facilities. If you want to unwind the Grand Spa is the perfect choice, or head to the gym to get fit. Book a table at La Pergola restaurant for a culinary experience like no other. The rooftop restaurant is rated three Michelin star and is headed by Chef Heinz Beck who is considered one of the world’s best. If you want to make it a memorable experience, the Cavalieri ha sto be your choice.
J.K. Place Roma – located right in the historical town center this is a luxury boutique hotel with a distintive design created by architect Michele Bönan (J.K. hotels are also in Florence and Capri). Rooms are designed with a contemporary stylish twist and offer all comforts and large marble bathrooms. The hotel is decorated with modern and antique furnitures, marble sculptures and has a trendy and very intimate feeling. This is the perfect choice if you have a short time and want to be right in the center for sightseeing and shopping. At the end of the day head to the rooftop terrace to enjoy an aperitivo at sunset in a cool setting.
Regina Baglioni – located on Via veneto, the hearth of the Dolce Vita, the Regina Hotel Baglioni is considered one of the best luxury hotels in the area. It offers elegant rooms in Art Deco style with all the comforts. A unique feature is the Roman Pnthouse Suite with the utmost in luxury and sensational views over the city from its private terrace. This is a splash out suite to book for a truly memorable stay in Rome. Location is central and close to Villa Borghese gardens and the shopping district. The Spa and the gym will help you relax and burn out the calories from good eating around town. Also see our post on this hotel
Gran Melia – set on a hill on the banks of the Tiber River, this luxury design hotel is very close to the St Peter’s Basilica and in walking distance from buzzing Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and Trastevere. It is a modern hotel with beautiful views over the Vatican and Casel Sant’Angelo, here you will be able to enjoy a fantastic stay in Rome. Thanks to a large garden with outdoor pool and lounge area, you can easily relax after a day out in the city. All rooms are elegant and decori s stylish combining modern furniture and classic works of art. book here if you want to have more space around you and not be in the busy town center. The Spa and the gym are another perk of this hotel. Also see our post on this hotel
Grand Hotel de la Minerve – located next to the Pantheon in one of the most beautiful corners of the Eternal City is housed in a luxurious 17th-century building. Rooms are comfortable and have elegant interiors. You will be close to most of the monuments and in the hearth of the shopping area with pleanty of choice for good restaurants in the neighborhood. For a romantic evening head to the rooftop terrace from where you will enjoy sensational views over the center of Rome.
G-Rough Suites – the latest boutique hip luxury hotel to open in Rome so far. And a very unconventional one. The style and decor is minimalistic and furnishing is based on a “Made in Italy” concept with design pieces from iconic Italian designers and brands from the 1930s to the 1950s, such as Ico Parisi, Giò Ponti, Venini, and Seguso. The hotel is located near Piazza Navona and is in walking distance from all the monuments, museums and the best spots in town center. Suites are wide and comfortable some offer a nice view.
Babuino 79 Apartments – located in a 16th-century building in central Rome close to Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo. If you are looking for high-end self-catering accommodation in central location this might be the right option to enjoy Rome while staying in an apartment or studio.
Piazzetta Margutta Apartments – located along the picturesque Via Margutta in a historic building with a private courtyard, My Extra Home is in walking distance from Piazza di Spagna. These are design luxury self-catering apartments fully equipped with all the comforts. Apartments at Piazzetta Margutta are spacious with a minimalist décor, featuring white modern furnishings.
What to do – If you want to make the most of your time while visiting Rome, make a list of what you would like to see and book in advance the tours. Jumping the queue for the tickets will save you a lot of time. In Rome sightseeing is a must and there are far too many monuments and sites sto see. You will need good planning. These are some of the most popular tours you can book before your visits. We strongly recommend to see the museums with a guided tour in order to skip the line and the crowds inside.
If you do the Vatican tour we suggest to have lunch near the Vatican in Prati area. Our suggestions are: Settembrini; Isola della Pizza; Piero e Francesco; Velavevodetto ai Quiriti.
Enjoy shopping and sightseeing in town center: Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, via del Corso and neighbouring streets are the best for high-end shopping in Rome.
If you want toh ave a great dinner, we suggest these top restaurants: La Pergola at hotel Rome Cavalieri; Oliver Glowing at Adrovandi Palace Hotel; La Terrazza at Hotel Eden, Imago at Hotel Hassler. Other interesting options are: Vino e Camino; Gusto; Le Colline Emiliane; Tullio. Or you can book a gourmet food and wine tasting evening.
Again we suggest to avoid the queue by booking a skip the line tour to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and to see the Capitoline Hill and ruins of Imperial Rome to soak up the sights. We also suggest to walk to the Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli to see the magnificent Moses statue sculpted by Michelangelo or a walk along the Roman Forum area.
Have lunch near Colosseum: Osteria Angelino dal 1899; La Taverna dei Quaranta; Cavour 313; Barrique Ristorante.
If you want to enjoy shopping and walking in town center head towards Trastevere area, Campo dei Fiori and Piazza Farnese, Jewish Ghetto, Piazza Navona.
In the evening enjoy a Luxury Wine and Dinner Experience in a Private Cellar or if you want to reserve a restaurant, we suggest these top restaurants: Il Pagliaccio; Aroma at Hotel Palazzo Manfredi; All’oro at The First Art Hotel; Giuda Ballerino at Bernini Bristol Hotel. Other interesting options: Quinzi e Gabrieli; Paris in Trastevere; Roscioli.
VIP excursions – if you are looking for a VIP service also for your excursions, we suggest to look at these VIP tours.
Wine tasting – Rome is the Italian capital. Therefore you can find all the best Italian wines not only at restaurants, but also at wine bars. We suggest Enoteca Ferrara in Trastevere, Enoteca Trimani close to Termini Station, Enoteca Costantini in Piazza Cavour near the vatican. and Eataly at Ostiense Station.
A great option is to join a food and wine tour in Rome, we suggest to book in advance one of the following: Evening Gourmet Wine and Food Tour in Rome — Wine and Food Tasting with an Expert Sommelier in Rome — Italian Wine and Cheese Tasting in Rome — Rome Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting
Rent a scooter – Vespa is an icon and there is nothing more exciting than cruising the Eternal City on a Vespa. Here are some options for rentals: Rome Vespa Tour — Rome Vespa Tour: Off the Beaten Path — Rome Vespa Rental – 24 Hours Rental.