Rome is possibly my favourite city on earth. It ticks every box for the luxury travel enthusiast, oozing style, class, and history. There is also a thriving restaurant scene and buzzy, energetic nightlife.
Below is a complete guide to the best hotels in Rome, best restaurants in Rome and the best things to do in Rome.
Best hotels Rome
The 5 star Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is part of the Leading Hotels of the World network and certainly lives up to the billing.
It is ideally located within Rome’s most upscale residential area by the beautiful Borghese gardens and is within walking distance of all the major city sites.
Ideally located close to the Spanish Steps and Villa Medici, the Hotel De Russie is a 5 star, luxury hotel in the heart of Rome.
The centrepiece of this hotel is the fabulous outdoor terrace, which plays host to Rome’s beautiful people for cocktails and dinner when the weather is good.
Rooms start at around £500 per night in low season and can set you back £1,000 per night in high season.
Best restaurants Rome
The suburb with the best restaurants in Rome is the trendy Trastevere, where both the below recommendations are located.
Da Enzo serves up rustic, authentic dishes including the best carbonara in Rome and the deserts are to die for. Make sure you book in advance.
The best pizzeria in Rome is Ai Marmi. Don’t be put off by the queue – Romans like their pizza and a queue is a good sign!
Be sure to sample the fried courgette flowers with anchovy and cheese.
Things to do Rome
This post is a quick guide and there is not enough time to list every historical site in Rome! Highlights not to be missed are The Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Roman Forum.
Take a stroll through the Borghese gardens, located right next to the hotel.
The best way to see Rome is to walk around and take the odd taxi to sites a little further away.
What to wear
What you wear is largely dictated by the time of year that you go but this is Italy so you can’t go wrong with chino’s, polo tops, loafers, maxi dresses and sandals. Obviously, in winter you need to wrap up a bit more with fleeces, jeans and leather boots.
How to get there
You can fly direct from London with many airlines. BA offer a two-night flight and hotel package for around £900.