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Rome Part II

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Another day in the eternal city…

Piazzas

Il dolce di fare niente is far too tempting – the second day commences with a long sleep in and a fruit platter at Mirabella, rooftop restaurant belonging to the Splendide Royal Hotel, whilst writing to share another experience with you. This is followed by a long walk, visiting several both opulent, famous and hidden piazzas of Rome.

Despite my cultural interests, especially in architecture and art, the most known Piazza Barberini and Quattro Fontane located at the intersection of Via delle Quattro Fontane and Via del Quirinale in Rome (an ensemble of four Late Renaissance fountains) are not as impressive and grandiose as expected. Furthermore, I would dare to say that locations such as Piazza Bocca della Verità situated between Via Luigi Petroselli and Via della Greca and Piazza di Monte Citorio close to Via del Corso are far more complex featuring a more personalised and detailed architectural design.

AT A GLANCE

Best time to visit – I would definitely recommend visiting during spring or early summer.

Currency – Euros.

How to get there – If you are travelling from the UK British Airways has an array of options, from anywhere else visit visit www.skyscanner.com

Highlights – Dinner at Marco G and a visit at Palazzo Barberini.

Shopping – Via dei Condotti

Top Fact – Piazza Navona was developed on the Stadium of Domitian’s premises, created in 1st century AD, and follows the form of the open space of the stadium. The romans used to go there regularly to watch the games.

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Piazza Navona on the other hand never ceases to amaze me. Host of three of the most mesmerising fountains in Italy – Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro and Fountain of Neptune, Piazza Navona is one of the main Baroque Roman architectural and artistic representative developments. And when you think it can’t get better, they decide to add a Gelateria GROM in the very corner, located at Via della Maddalena, 30a, 00186 Roma, Italy. Now that’s a proper end to my roman squares visits.

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Lunch

After a traditional italian feast the evening prior I decide to book lunch at Aroma,  a magical 5 stars rooftop restaurant with breathtaking views of the Colosseum and the Emperor Nero’s Gardens, located at alazzo Manfredi, Via Labicana, 125, 00184 Roma, Italy. Step away from the crowded paths surrounding the Flavian Amphitheatre and have a seat at Aroma to get the best view you could have ever imagined. In contrast with the baroque grandeur spread throughout all the sights visited earlier, this restaurant offers a laid back ambience featuring an effortlessly chic and modern design. Bear in mind that a smart casual dress code is recommended, especially for dinner. Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio is sure to take you through an exploratory journey of your own taste buds capturing all senses by using the freshest organic ingredients. Asparagus and ricotta cheese flan with poached quail’s eggs and black truffle is a MUST!

La Pergola is another luxurious lunch or dinner option, a 3 Michelin starred rooftop restaurant with panoramic view of the eternal city. Make sure to book at least 1 month in advance!

Art

On my way back to the hotel I stop by Galleria Borghese located within Villa Borghese Gardens. Including 20 rooms across 2 floors, the gallery hosts a highly impressive Borghese collection of paintings, antiquities and mostly sculptures. If your cultural affinities incline towards sculptural masterpieces, than a visit to Villa Borghese is imperative.

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Dinner

Dinner on Saturday at Marco G every time I visit Rome has become a ritual and no wonder! Located at Via Garibaldi, 56, this is by far my favourite restaurant in Rome due to its sensational traditional dishes made out of 100% homemade organic ingredients, exceptional service, the Speedy Gonzalez like serving and cosy ambience. The homemade tiramisu is to die for!

Final Day

The final day in Rome brings with it a sensational lunch at the best pizzeria in Rome, Pizzeria Emma located at Via del Monte della Farina, 28, 00186 Roma, Italy. Words cannot describe the overwhelming feeling of pure happiness that my taste buds are currently experiencing. If you love pizza, you are set for an unforgettable ride!

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More Art

Just before my cab ride to the airport I feel the urge for another artistic intake and so I stop by at the Palazzo Barberini, situated at Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00186 Roma, Italy. This splendid grandeur houses the largest and one of the most important collection of antique paintings including Raphael’s portrait La fornarina and Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes. What’s more, the architecture constitutes a masterpiece in itself, encompassing details borrowed from the northern neighbours, Venice. The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power filling the large ceiling of the grand salon oughts to be mentioned as a striking piece of art, a fresco painted by Pietro da Cortona. The painting process commenced in 1633 and was brought to competition in 1639.

If you have never been to Rome, clear up one of your weekends and make sure you visit the eternal city this summer. And remember, any questions, pop them via the contact form available on the contact page or comment below. Ciao!

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Travel

Rome

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Buongiorno Roma!

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.

AT A GLANCE

Best time to visit – I would definitely recommend visiting during spring or early summer.

Currency – Euros.

How to get there – If you are travelling from the UK British Airways has an array of options, from anywhere else visit visit www.skyscanner.com

Highlights – Dinner at Due Ladroni and breakfast at Mirabelle, Hotel Splendide Royal.

Shopping – Via dei Condotti

Top Fact – The Splendide Royal Hotel was once a 19th century palace providing as headquarters of the Roman Maronite community. After more than one year of re-structuring, it reopened its doors as a small luxury hotel in the heart of Rome.

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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!

Hotel

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.

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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.

Rooftop Restaurant

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.

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Dinner

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.

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Lounge bar

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.