ROME There is no place like
Go for the past, stay for the future, the iconic destination is a non-negotiable, must-see for any self-respecting adult.
RI OME IS OFFICIALLY A BIRTHPLACE OF CULTURE. Italy’s capital city is a buzzing, cosmopolitan melting pot infused with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art and architecture. The ancient ruins of the Forum, the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, housing masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, means you have the opportunity to tick off half your life’s bucket list in one short city break.
When in Rome, only the best will do, and location is everything. The Hotel de Russie is a luxury five-star hotel located in the heart of the city, between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo. The 88 bedrooms, 33 suites and Nijinsky, Picasso, Popolo, and Vaselli Suites — all with private terraces — ensure you will find something to fit your every want, need, and budget.
The hotel is a good mix of old and new, with modern design that respects the classical architecture of the building — we are in Rome, after all. The historic garden of the Hotel de Russie has come to be known as the Secret Garden, restored by architect Antonella Daroda who restored it back to its original glory. It’s the ultimate date-night location when eating from Le Jardin de Russie. Boasting seasonal menus by celebrated Chef Fulvio Pierangelini, the pasta dishes enjoyed alfresco in the Secret Garden during the warmer months is a must.
Although all the modern features of a gym, spa, bars and restaurants are present and correct, it is the hotel’s surroundings and restored architecture that really bring The Eternal City to life. Perfectly situated for the tourist mustsees, and the lesser-known should-trys.
When it all comes down to everyone’s favourite reason to visit Italy — the food — you won’t find sensational pizza and pasta alla Romana better anywhere else in the country. While Naples claims ownership of the pizza, a slice from a Roman pizzeria is also a thing of wonder. Why does it not taste like that anywhere else? You couls ascribe it to the fresh ingredients and expertise of generations, but it’s also down enjoying it with a base of ancient history, topped with luxury hotels, bars and an unmatched frenetic buzz. Well, as they say, when in Rome…
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Popolo Suite at the Hotel de Russie; dine alfresco at the Secret Garden