Millenary, historical, elegant, heritage and, eternal; There are not enough adjectives to describe Rome, one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
Whether you’re looking for history, churches, luxury, nature or art, Rome has something that will attract every luxury traveler. I recently spent a long weekend (3 days) rediscovering the eternal city, and today we collect our impressions in this practical guide to travel in luxury to Rome and what to do in 3 days. Buon viaggio!
Lets begin with my favorite luxury hotel so stay in the city center. Located in the heart of the old city of Rome, very close to the Spanish Steps, the Hotel Eden is a luxury establishment whose beginning dates back to 1889, but which has been recently renovated to provide it with modern comforts. Thus, the hotel offers an unforgettable stay in its 98 rooms and suites, elegantly decorated with a classic Italian style and with details of craftsmanship. The rooms have full marble bathrooms full of amenities. In addition, the establishment has more details for its guests, for example, they can consult the daily press on paper or access through their terminals to newspapers and magazines courtesy of the hotel. Highlights its restaurant spaces with two restaurants and a lounge bar. La Terraza offers a gourmet menu, Michelin Star, with unique views of Rome; Il Giardino Ristorante has Italian dishes and La Libreria offers snacks, salads, tea and cocktails in the evening. In addition, guests will find more luxury spaces such as the 24-hour gym, 24-hour reception service, and an exclusive urban spa, with the possibility of submerging in private Jacuzzis.
What to see in Rome during 3 days? What you want. Really. Rome is one of the cities with the greatest wealth in the world, and not even a year would be enough to visit every church, every square, every historical ruin.
So the best advice we could give is to visit what you are most excited about. As an example, visit the Colosseum, and visit the Sistine Chapel in private, unique experiences we recommend you plan before you arrive with your travel agent or consultant.
Of course, never leave Rome without flipping a coin in the Fontana di Trevi. Surely this monumental fountain is not as big as you imagined, and it will be difficult to make your way through the crowd. But, even so, the Fontana di Trevi is a must, and they say that if you flip a coin in the water of the fountain, you will go back to Rome. Although you’ll come back anyway, sure. Visit it at night, when it empties almost completely, and feel like Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni in La dolce vita.
Two or three days are few to run from one attraction to the next and, in addition, in Rome you can enjoy walking, losing and letting yourself be surprised.
For shopping lovers: Walk through Via Condotti. This street, which opens in front of the Piazza Espagna, houses some of the most exclusive shops in Rome like Prada or Gucci,
Visit Rinsacente, the best of what you can wish for shopping, under a single roof. An offer that is continuously renewed, signed by international and local brands… and do not miss their rooftop terrace with a stunning view of the city. You will be able to enjoy a glass of Prosecco after a long morning shopping.
Regarding restaurant recommendations, here are my personal favorite: La Pergola, located in the Rome Cavalieri hotel, of the Waldorf Astoria chain, is the only restaurant with three Michelin stars in Rome.
Entering Imàgo, located at the Hassler’s 6th floor panoramic Michelin starred restaurant in Rome with its unique view over the city.
Dal Bolognese is an elegant restaurant in Rome, preferred by important politicians as well as executives and artists. We recommend to book in advance.
At Michelin starred AROMA at Palazzo Manfredi, you will find Rome reflected in a menu of classic Italian dishes on a picturesque outdoor terrace offering an unparalleled Colosseum view.
The Ristorante Alla Rampa for over 40 years offers dishes from ancient Roman cuisine, right in the Spanish Steps, here you will find a non-touristic Italian restaurant with great seafood and other Italian dishes.
I hope this guide of Rome has been useful for you; Rome is known as the “Eternal City” because in it time seems to have stopped for centuries. Its monuments and the remains of imposing buildings make a walk through its streets a journey in time to the peak of the city’s splendor. When are you planning to visit Rome again?
Carmen Caballero is Founder of Exotik Traveler. Exotik Traveler is a luxury travel design and consultancy firm which creates unique experiences for luxury travelers, tailored to their needs.