Travel enables you to escape the ordinary, to pass from mirrored activities, work, days to high doses of excitement. I have been asked several times why? Why creating another platform that provides travel information, when this industry is defined as soon to be one of the most saturated markets. My answer is simple. I don’t just provide information, I am a storyteller, one that aims to engage you, the curious and nomadic side of you and transport you to where I am so you can see it with your own eyes, hear it with your own ears and feel it with your own soul.
The world is far too beautiful for you to skip another experience, another journey!
After a week loaded with insightful meetings and the launch event of a life-changing concept – Livoos (soon up on my blog), I hop onto a plane and head off to Rome for a weekend city break. It is hard to imagine how I can take this italian fairytale-like city up a notch, giving that I have explored it inside-out each year. However, this time around I am seizing new culinary journeys and parts of the city yet undiscovered.
I usually fly with British Airways for short hauls, and despite an average good service I can’t help but express my disappointment when it comes to in-flight food. It has truly gone from delicious to standard and from standard to very poor quality. Time to get back on track BA!
Contrary to the non-satisfying culinary experience during my flight I finally arrive to Hotel Splendide Royal, a fine small luxurious hotel squeezed between the roman streets of the city’s centre, right at the intersection of culture, museums, communication and art.
Located at Via Di Porta Pinciana 14, Via Veneto, Rome, 00187, Italy, this mesmerising hotel is similar to a time capsule, encompassing the byzantine and renaissance years of Italian art and architecture. Featuring the perfect mix of paintings, sublime handmade interior design details, and one of a kind sculpture works.
Splendid is highly appropriate as part of the hotel’s name – oversize translates across everything here, from super king size beds to opulent ceilings and soft large towels. Not long after my flawless arrival to the room, the management team knocks on my door and brings in a wonderfully adorned tray with a selection of exotic fruit and a bottle of prosecco. Why? Only because they like to cater for their guests and add that WOW factor to their services. The quality here is down to the smallest detail and the customer service is magnificent.
Among its treasures, the hotel features one of the best and most alluring rooftop restaurants and terraces in Rome. Mirabelle, located on the 7th floor of is sure to leave you speechless. My eyes are rewarded by panoramic views of palaces of Pinciano, Villa Medici, Trinità dei Monti, Saint Peter’s and Gianicolo.
In the late afternoon I go for a walk via the Spanish Steps and Via die Condotti and enjoy the sunshine on my face, ending up at the romantic old school restaurant – Due Ladroni, situated at Piazza Nicosia, 24, 00186 Roma. Not only do I find multi-languages speakers waiters that pepper the customer service provided with a joyful personalised twist, but also the strongly Neapolitan influenced dishes consisting of fresh fish and seafood are to die for.
On my way back I stop for a night cap at Zuma’s rooftop terrace, located at Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48. Providing a close look of Curch San Carlo al Corso, both the restaurant and the terrace feature a highly elegant and contemporary design.
Stay tuned to follow me on my journey through Rome.