will be Rome even if it’s for its sheer theatricality.
A trip to Rome
should not simply be about visiting the Vatican. Rome is
a perfect destination for the historical and cultural enthusiast.
There is so much to see in Rome that one can be lost in
its ancient richness. The good news is that with everything
ancient, historic and cultural there are ample information
and guides available to see you through your visit.
places to stay:
d’Inghilterra for Shopping and Sightseeing
Rome is all about
lifestyle and culture so may I propose the quaint 88-room
city centre Hotel
Classically located in an exclusive 19th-century building,
the hotel was once home to poet John Keats. The location
is perfect for everything romaine. The property itself
lies in a quiet back street close to the Spanish Steps
and Via dei Condotti. The beauty of staying at Hotel
d’Inghilterra is that you will be located within
the heart of Rome’s designer shopping streets
since Via dei Condotti, Via Borgogna and Via Frattina
are just a short stroll from the hotel. Almost all
the designer brands are only a stone throw away for
d’Inghilterra is an elegant hideaway that
reflects a glamorous history as the former home
of an aristocratic family. Hotel d’Inghilterra
is brilliantly located within walking distance of
innumerable attractions including the Spanish Steps,
the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and
Villa Borghese Park which makes it also very convenient
about the hotel is stylish and retro from the rooms
to the classical Italian cuisine including breakfast
which is served in the renowned Café Romano
which has both internal and street dining. A stay
at the Hotel d’Inghilterra feels like spending
time in an exclusive private villa right in the
heart of the Eternal City.
and Relaxation at Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto
As an ancient city, day spas are in abundance in Rome. However,
check into the Jumeirah
Grand Hotel Via Veneto and you are in for a treat.
its name, the Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto is an exquisite
boutique hotel with a spa designed to help you leave the
busy world behind. The hotel has 116 spacious rooms and
suites beautifully decorated with 1920s inspired handmade
furniture. It is housed within two renovated and restored
19th century villas, masterfully combined to create a modern
It is the only
spa in Rome to stock the exclusive Sisley Paris products
The street Via Veneto itself is featured in the famous
movie La Dolce Vita. Harry’s Bar which appears
in the film is somewhat of a very classic spot! The
hotel has two fine dining restaurants, a rooftop solarium,
the state-of-the-art Aqva City Spa, five elegant meeting
and function rooms as well as a small Technogym Fitness
Centre. As you enter the hotel, one cannot miss the
extensive art collection including works by Picasso,
Dali and Guttuso. The hotel’s AQVA CITY SPA
which occupies over 500 square metres of luxury offers
a wellbeing paradise in the very heart of Rome.
Guests can choose from a wide range of treatments such as:
• Sisley for the face
• Sisley global anti-aging treatment by prior appointment
therapists are on hand to provide a vast range of treatments
including healing and soothing aromatherapy, hydro-massage
and colour therapy – so all you need do is choose
how you prefer to be pampered. There are six beautifully
designed mahogany treatment cabins, each with ergonomic
heated beds and individual polychrome marble showers; one
of the cabins houses a private hammam.
If you prefer to simply like back and unwind in your own
dreams, then there is the futuristic Vichy shower, where
guests can enjoy a massage while being caressed by a shower
of warm water containing essential oils, coming from jets
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When it comes to sightseeing, you should not fail to visit
the big name sights, after all that is what Rome is renowned
for. Although it helps to pre-book tours, there are so many
tour operators so please check carefully before booking.
Some passes are supposed to give supplementary benefits
such free admissions to museums and audio guides but in
reality they do not. The good news is that most passes allow
for free travel on the underground.
ideas: You can start with the Roman
Colosseum or Coliseum, originally known as the Flavian
Amphitheatre, it was commisioned in AD72 by Emperor Vespasian
and completed by his son, Titus, in 80, with later improvements
by Domitian. The Colosseum ticket covers the Roman Forum
(Forum Romanum), the central area of the city around which
ancient Rome developed. Here was where commerce, business,
prostitution, cult and the administration of justice took
place. This also the communal heart of the city where religious
activities were conducted.
ticket also entitles you to a visit to the Palatine Hill
adjacent to the Roman Forum. The Palatine Hill is one of
the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts
of the city. It stands above the Roman Forum. The main outside
entrance is just south of the Colosseum on Via di San Gregorio
but you can access the Palatine Hill also from the Roman
Forum, though its a bit of a climb.
places of interest are:
If you love Churches,
then there are quite a few Basilicas to explore.
with St Peter’s Basilica, the centrepiece of
the Catholic Church worldwide including the Sistine
chapel – in the Vatican museums around the corner.
You will need to pre-book or you’ll spend hours
waiting in line. If after this you are still in pilgrim
mode, also worth visiting are San Giovanni in Laterano,
the Catholic Church’s fourth-century ‘ecumenical
mother church’, and Santa Maria della Vittoria,
a Baroque Church that houses one of Bernini’s
most famous sculptures – ‘The Ecstasy
of St Teresa’.
sheer theatricality of Rome in both its architecture and
its inhabitants, is best savoured in its centro storico
squares. Piazza Navona, home to yet more superb Bernini
sculptures, occupies the site of an ancient race track;
Campo de’ Fiori pulsates with life from when the produce
market sets up in the morning until the early hours when
carousers go home, and piazza di Spagna and the Spanish
Steps rise far above the cliché.
the tiny Piazza di Trevi is the Trevi Fountain, a towering
Rococo extravaganza; crowds of visitors lob coins into its
waters, wishing, as tradition dictates, for a speedy return
to Rome. However tempted you are, please note that wading,
washing and splashing in fountains are strictly against
local bylaws. And unlike the Grand Tourists, you don't want
to drink from it either: the sparkling water is full of
chlorine (though there's a chlorine-free spout hidden in
a bird-bath-shaped affair at the back of the fountain to
exhaustion, do not fail to see two superb ancient
buildings preserved through the ages:
• the Pantheon, originally a temple to the Pagan
panoply, now houses the tombs of monarchs and greats,
including the artist Raphael.
• And Castel Sant’Angelo, dominating the
river Tiber near St Peter’s, was built up over
centuries on top of the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian;
it was from the upper terraces of this fortification
that Puccini had Tosca hurl herself to her death in
his great Roman opera.