A journey into the past—historic Rome is a mix of hauntingly ancient ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life. Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities. Lap up the dolce vita lifestyle while gorging on art and culture, people-watch on the piazzas and feast like a Roman by finishing off your visit with gelato and a shot of un caffè. Never say espresso.
1. THE ARCHITECTURE
First developed in the 7th century BC and now an impressive sprawl of ruins, the Roman Forum was ancient Rome's showpiece centre—a grandiose district of temples, basilicas and vibrant public spaces. The Colosseum, Rome’s great gladiatorial arena was inaugurated in AD 80 and is the most thrilling of the city's ancient sights.
2. THE OPERA
Opened in 1880, Teatro dell'Opera di Romais well-known for its legendary acoustics.The outdoor theatre at the Baths of Caracalla, with the Roman ruins as the backdrop, is the venue for the opera company's summertime presentations in Rome.
3. THE COCKTAILS
The exclusive rooftop of Villa Spalletti Trivelli has undergone a complete transformation to become a sanctuary to enjoy throughout the day and into the evening. Hotel guests are greeted by a complimentary bar with a range of classic spirits, wines and Prosecco to sip while enjoying the view of ancient Rome and the surrounding hillsides. Food on the roof terrace draws heavily from local Italian tradition—offering simple yet delicious selection of salads using the Spalletti Trivelli family’s organic Pomario olive oil and homemade gelato.
4. THE ART
The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior—most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Michelangelo worked on several projects in Rome including the massive marble sculpture of Moses in the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli.
5. THE GARDENS
Secreted away in the heart of Rome or sprawled across hilltops outside of town, Rome’s gardens are a fragrant oasis with ancient statuary and fountains. Dating back to 1564, The Gardens of the Villa Medici are cut into a stony hillside configured of multiple terraces with pomegranate, orange and lemon trees.