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By admin | October 6 2007
Rome’s top concierges share their personal suggestions for the perfect day.
HEAD CONCIERGE, HOTEL HASSLER
+39 06 993 4402
All itineraries should, of course, start with a delicious breakfast at the Hotel Hassler.
After that the perfect Rome day could include visits to the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and the Basilica of St Clement. Another itinerary would be to visit the beautiful piazzas and fountains of Rome including the Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain (as well as the underground parts that include the remains of an Ancient Roman villa) and the Piazza di Spagna. Finally, not to be missed is a tour of the Vatican Museums, which includes the stunning Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St Peter. All visits mentioned above would be with a tour guide especially chosen by the Hassler. Tours include privileged access to the attractions and transfers between each are by way of a chauffeur-driven private car.
With a breathtaking panoramic view, this one Michelin star restaurant offers contemporary Italian cuisine by chef Francesco Apreda. Dal Bolognese Cuisine: Emilian Address: Piazza del Popolo 1 Offers traditional Emilian dishes such as pasta, tortellini, lasagna and boiled meat. Pierluigi Cuisine: Roman Address: Piazza dé Ricci 144 Serves delicious Roman cuisine and fresh fish. Also recommended: Antica Pesa (Roman cuisine) Assunta Madre (pasta and fresh fish).
Hotel Hassler, Piazza Trinità dei Monti 6
Rome’s best shopping can be found by descending the Spanish Steps and walking along the main fashion store hot spots of Via Condotti, Via Borgognona, Via Bocca di Leone and Via del Babuino. The best brands in Italy and the world can be found in these streets, including Fendi, Gucci, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Brioni, Hermès, Battistoni, La Perla and more.
There is no single “best to do” in Rome, as there are so many options. The best thing to do is return time and time again, spending three or four days at a time, or longer, in order to fully experience the hundreds of historical sites and museums, and the wonderful lifestyle, that Rome has to offer. In Rome you will discover something new each time you visit, so after you have enjoyed the famous sites and the wonderful stops on our suggested itineraries why not take a walk down a winding, picturesque medieval street and see what other unexpected treasures you find. And remember, the Hotel Hassler will be waiting at the end of the day to help you unwind in luxury and elegance.
CONCIERGE, HOTEL DE RUSSIE
+39 06 3288 8836
An exclusive private viewing of the Sistine Chapel with a guide, when it is closed to the public, followed by a two-hour private guided visit to the Vatican Gardens and a romantic tour of the fountains in the historic centre of Rome (Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain) by horse and carriage.
A car and driver can be arranged (with or without a guide) to collect you from the hotel and drive you into the Roman countryside, where you will find some of the most beautiful Renaissance villas and gardens. Take a trip to discover the city’s surroundings, the old medieval towns and volcanic lakes – a delicious lunch at an idyllic spot can be organized if desired. In the afternoon there’s time for some exclusive luxury shopping, and then back to Hotel de Russie for cocktails at the stylish Stravinskij Bar.
Traditional Roman food, romantic ambiance and an interesting history as a city customs office – classic Rome. Settembrini Cuisine: Italian Address: Via Settembrini 27 A chic and elegant spot serving creative Italian fusion. Agata e Romeo Cuisine: Roman Address: Via Carlo Alberto 45 One Michelin-starred restaurant for mouthwatering contemporary updates of Roman cuisine.
Via Garibaldi 18
Via del Babuino
Via dei Condotti
Via Cola di Rienzo
Via dei Serpenti
Visit the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions at the MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art) and the MAXXI, the new Museum of the Arts of the XXI Century designed by the architect Zaha Hadid. Don’t miss the colorful and picturesque Trastevere with its café and typical “trattorie romane” and make time for visits to Villa Pamphili and Villa Borghese parks.