Rome

Best View

Terrace of Castel Sant’Angelo

Don’t leap from the parapet, as Tosca does in Puccini’s opera, but stand back and admire the view from the terrace of what was once the Pope’s mighty Roman fortress. Lungotevere Castello 50. (39-6) 681-9111; www.castelsantangelo.com.

Top Day Trip
Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa), Tivoli
The spectacular ruins of theaters, temples, baths, fountains and gardens at this villa 20 miles southeast of Rome attest to the cultured lifestyle of Roman emperor, Hadrian. Largo Marguerite Jourcenar 2, Tivoli. (39-774) 382-733; www.villa-adriana.net.
Best One-Stop Shop
Brioni
Clothes definitely make the man at Brioni, known for the impeccable craftsmanship of its handtailored men’s suits and the timeless elegance of its prêt-à-porter line of shirts, trousers and accessories. Via Condotti 25/A. (39-6) 485-855; www.brioni.it.
Best Restaurant Classic
Clemente alla Maddalena
Authentic Roman cuisine prepared with seasonal produce is the hallmark of this charming restaurant set close to the Pantheon in the heart of the city. 4 Piazza della Maddalena. (39-6) 683-3633; www.clementeallamaddalena.it.
Best Newcomer
MAXXI– National Museum of the 21st Century Arts
Ancient Rome entered the 21st century with the opening of Anglo-Iranian architect Zaha Hadid’s curving, sensual, futuristic building housing the national collection of contemporary art. Via Guido Reni 4A. www.fondazionemaxxi.it.
Best Family Activity
Bike the Old Appian Way
Along the trail, stop to explore the catacombs of San Sebastiano and San Callisto, or consider taking a lesson at the gladiator museum. (39-06) 51-60-79-51; www.gsr-roma.com.
Reading Suggestion
"The Keys to Open 99 Secret Places in Rome" by Costantino D'Orazio
Rome’s secret places and rare experiences, once known or available only to a privileged few, are now accessible to all, thanks to this fascinating and informative book.
Museum Must-See
Capitoline Museums
The two museums, Museo Capitolino and Palazzo dei Conservatori, that flank Piazza del Campidoglio were designed by Michaelangelo and house the greatest collections of classical sculpture in the world. Via del Campidoglio 1. (39-6) 8209-9127; www.museicapitolini.org.

Hotels

Hassler Roma

Rome, Italy

Sitting at the top of the Spanish Steps, the Hotel Hassler, owned and managed by Roberto E. Wirth, is one of city's most iconic properties and nearly as photographed as the famous attraction itself. The original 1885 building was reconstructed in 1938 in time for the US army to set up its World War II headquarters here. Today, however,the interiors recall the stately elegance of the interwar years, with Pompeian red and ocher furnishings and ubiquitous gold detailing. Imàgo restaurant boasts panoramic views of the Pantheon,Aventino Hill and the Borghese Gardens through picture-frame windows on the sixth floor. Nestled in the heart of the hotel is the romantic Palm Court Garden, an open-air courtyard that is perfect for sitting with a chilled Italian wine while feeling art of Roman history at this venerable property.

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Hotel Eden

Rome, Italy

Set in the heart of Rome, within a few minutes walk from the Spanish Steps and the fabled Via Condotti, the Hotel Eden has a glamorous history. It was a favorite of famed director, Federico Fellini, who had his own table at the rooftop restaurant overlooking the city. To many modern-day travelers, too, the Eden is synonymous with Roman glitz, and turn-of-the-century grandeur is reflected in its rooms and suites. Service at this hotel is a perfect balance between attentive presence and the utmost respect for intimacy. Restaurant La Terrazza boasts a contemporary aesthetic and has panoramic views of Rome. Chef Adriano Cavagnini oversees an innovative Mediterranean menu and wine list. For an evening cocktail, the open-air Il Giardino dell’Eden provides a casual setting with breathtaking views.

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Hotel Majestic Roma

Rome, Italy

Original, surprising and whimsical: Majestic Roma Hotel embraces its neoclassical heritage by reinventing it for the 21st century and offering guests the chance to step into a one of the city’s most glamorous residences. The hotel is an original combination of styles, a study in careful contradictions that juxtaposes white lacquered pieces of furniture, rich textures and the extraordinary use of color to evoke an emotional response from all who visit. Each of its guest rooms and suites are uniquely designed in this fashion. The Majestic Bar offers classic aperitifs, fanciful drinks and modern classics that hearken back to the golden age of the cocktail hour and is complemented by the gourmet restaurant featuring a charming terrace overlooking Via Veneto street.

The hotel Majestic Roma is located directly on Via Veneto, few steps from Villa Borghese, the second largest landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome. It is within walking distance to Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and city’s finest boutique. In addition, it is convenient to enjoy museums, theatre, nightlife, restaurants and to reach the financial center.

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Aldrovandi Villa Borghese

Rome, Italy

Perched above the Eternal City in Rome’s exclusive, residential Pinciano neighborhood, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is a palatial retreat that feels a world apart from the crowded piazzas of the Italian capital, yet within walking distance to many the city highlights. Overlooking the gorgeous greenery of Rome’s Borghese Gardens, Aldrovandi Villa Borghese takes center stage in the Eternal City’s poshest neighborhood. A former convent, this grand 19th-century ivory villa is dressed in marble and chandeliers. With its new SPA by LA MER and state-of-the-art fitness suite featuring the latest equipment, the two-Michelin-star restaurant Oliver Glowig, secluded garden with outdoor pool and palm tree-lined terrace and a private shuttle to whisk guests straight to the Spanish Steps, this urban retreat offers all the perfect luxurious amenities.

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Leading Golf Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte

Fiuggi, Italy

Just an hour from Rome, but a world away from its bustle, the turn-of-the-century Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte sits amidst lush parkland high above the medieval town of Fiuggi. The region is known for the healing properties of its natural springs, and the hotel has long been a destination for wellness seekers. The massive spa complex offers a mix of traditional techniques and innovative medical beauty procedures, as well as a fitness center and indoor swimming pool. Farmers of this area are banned from using chemical fertilizers in their crops, making local specialties, including porcini mushrooms, utterly flavorful. Guests leave this enclave feeling rejuvenated, healthy and centered—and prepared to dive back into their everyday while secretly plotting their next return.

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Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie

Rome, Italy

Writing to his mother from Rome’s Hotel de Russie, poet Jean Cocteau remarked that he could pick oranges from his balcony, describing the hotel as ""paradise on Earth."" This paradise was later turned into an office building before Sir Rocco Forte fashioned it into one of Rome’s most stylish luxury hotels. The 18th-century terraced gardens remain, but a contemporary-chic design has added polished updates. Fabled restaurant Le Jardin de Russie, where two-Michelin-star chef Fulvio Pierangelini creates Mediterranean dishes, is one of the most romantic places to dine in Rome. Guests can also enjoy afternoon tea or an evening cocktail, including the original De Russie Martini that is served with caviar - a nod to the hotel’s 19th-century clientele who would escape cold Russian winters for Rome’s warmer climate.

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Regina Hotel Baglioni Rome

Rome, Italy

Regina Hotel Baglioni is situated on the famous Via Veneto, renowned as the meeting place of artists, writers and actors during the Dolce Vita period, and is in easy walking distance of the Galleria Borghese museum, the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti with its famous shops. Its central location is only one of the hotel’s remarkable characteristics that make it unique. Its distinctive atmosphere allows one to feel the warmth and welcoming Italian hospitality while surrounded by breathtaking art and history. The hotel was once the home of Queen Margherita of Savoy while she awaited the completion of her residence, “Villa Margherita”, which presently houses the American Embassy. In recognition of the excellent service and kindness she was shown, in 1911, the hotel’s owner was granted permission to add “Regina” to the hotel name.

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J.K. Place Roma

Rome, Italy

Designed by architect Michele Bonan, like its sister hotels in Capri and Florence, the J.K.Place Roma offers unique personalized services to all guests visiting the Eternal City. Located in the very heart of Rome, only a few minutes walking from the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti and all the main attractions, the hotel features rooms and suites appointed with contemporary and antique pieces to create a feeling reminiscent of the era of La Dolce Vita, combined with the most modern comforts of a luxury boutique hotel. The JKCafe Lounge, Bar & Restaurant offering Italian and international specialties, and the roof garden bar are the perfect places to relax the "J.K." way.

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