PALAZZO MAN­FREDI

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Few ho­tels in Rome are so steeped in an­cient his­tory as this bou­tique prop­erty over­look­ing the world’s most fa­mous arena, the Colos­seum, as well as Ludus Mag­nus, a for­mer gla­di­a­tor train­ing school.

The ho­tel site is ac­tu­ally linked by a se­cret un­der­ground pas­sage through which glad­i­a­tors once en­tered the Colos­seum, ready to do bat­tle. Re­mains of the an­cient site can be viewed in the ho­tel’s basement.

A mem­ber of Re­lais & Chateaux, the ho­tel be­gan life in the early 17th cen­tury and af­ter ma­jor ren­o­va­tions tak­ing place in 2009 is now part of the Man­fredi Fine Ho­tel Col­lec­tion, a group owned by Counts Gof­fredo and Leonardo Man­fredi.

The 36-room ho­tel’s pride and joy is its rooftop ‘Aroma’ restau­rant which re­ceived its first Miche­lin star in Novem­ber 2014 un­der chef Giuseppe Di Iorio and grants up-close views over the Colos­seum from be­hind floorto-ceil­ing win­dows. No bet­ter place to en­joy a leisurely din­ner or sip a cock­tail or two and phi­los­o­phize about life.

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