GRAND HO­TEL VIA VENETO

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With Villa Borgh­ese as a back­drop, this 5-star, 116-room prop­erty of­fers some of the am­bi­ence once en­joyed by celebri­ties of the 1950s such as Au­drey Hep­burn, Gary Cooper, Liz Tay­lor, Or­son Welles and Ava Gard­ner.

Opened about ten years ago, ren­o­va­tion of the ho­tel meant com­bin­ing two 19th cen­tury build­ings. Decor here is Ital­ian ‘30s art deco glam­orous, rem­i­nis­cent of Fred­erico Fellini’s clas­sic movie ‘La Dolce Vita,’ with heav­ily lac­quered ma­hogany woods in shades of brown, some with black bor­ders, and com­plex grains vividly high­lighted.

‘Time Restau­rant Wine Bar’ serves Ital­ian spe­cial­ties and ‘Mag­no­lia’ restau­rant un­der the guid­ance of Miche­lin-star chef Franco Madama en­tices with more re­fined op­tions. Leisure fa­cil­i­ties are also re­ward­ing at Grand Ho­tel Via Veneto, the high­light be­ing its im­pres­sive, 500 sqm Aqva Spa, com­posed of glit­ter­ing poly­chro­mous mar­ble. One of the largest spas in the his­toric city cen­ter, it com­prises treat­ment rooms, a sauna, Jacuzzi, ham­mam and an in­vig­o­rat­ing salted-wa­ter Vi­tal­ity Pool.

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