Rome is a city that blows anyone’s mind. It’s a history lesson , a lovers’ playground, an artist’s dream. It’s a city that is built to last forever and awe forever. It is a place to get lost in, walk until you collapse and eat lots of offal. It’s a place where Christianity first faltered , then grew until it developed sharp Catholic colonial teeth . It’s a place where future was written and Cesar ruled. But most of all it’s a place of undeniable beauty and strong , proud people , good food and handsome men. This is a story of a busy 24 hour day.
STAY: Hassler Hotel is posh and gorgeous but if that is busy try their equally great sister property Il Palazzetto . Both are situated at the top of the amazing Spanish Steps in the middle of Rome and share the same facilities . Our room was spacious with incredible views, yummy bedding and a beautiful bathroom. There was a terrace bar right outside our suite that doubled as our living room but with great cocktails!
BREAKFAST: At the Hassler hotel’s pretty courtyard for a lovely alfresco experience.
SEE: With only 12 hrs of daylight we couldn’t go past the Vatican museum. There is so much to see at the Vatican City and with so many of the flock trying to get as close to the Pope as possible you will need to book a tour if you are gung ho on walking in the Holy One’s footsteps. If not , head straight to the Sistine Chapel side where you can get in pronto and power through centuries of greatness. You don’t have to be religious to be in awe of some of the best works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and many more .Remember to take a scarf to cover exposed shoulders or you won’t be let in! After you have seen the finger of God touching David’s, head straight over to the Colosseum and admire it’s immense architectural greatness and grizzly past while playing out your own version of The Gladiator. If you take a taxi out of there you are more than likely to be taken on a scenic tour. This is probably one of those times you won’t even mind or notice the driver has taken the long way around as you’ll be too busy taking pictures of the pretty piazzas or the Pantheon .
LUNCH: At the tiny but amazing La Buca di Ripetta where we absolutely loved everything ! From the egg pasta with mussels and parmesan (totally Roman,totally delicious), fried artichokes, stewed chicory and yummy fish , absolutely everything was great here. Followed up with some Montepulciano ,a tiramisu and a macchiato , we were pleasantly ready for the next , very important activity- shopping !
SHOPPING: Just around the corner on Via del Corso , Via del Babuino and the surrounding alleyways are all the luxury shops including Prada, Miu Miu and Versace. When we exhausted ourself and our bank account it was only up the Spanish Steps and back to our hotel for a clean up and a rest before dinner .Alternatively head to the Gardens of the Villa Borghese for a relaxing stroll.
DINNER: At Imago , the Michelin starred restaurant at the top of the Hassler hotel. Make sure you wear proper attire as it is fine dining and quite posh. The food here is incredible , the views of the whole city are breathtaking and the service impeccable. Dessert is a must have.
AFTER DINNER: Take a 10 minute stroll to the the Trevi fountain and make like Anita in La Dolce Vita.. or if you don’t wish to be arrested just get a gelato instead and make sure you throw a coin in the fountain. There is a legend that states those who do will return to Rome. It worked for me. Long live Roma !