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.