The Travel Edition: Rome

Rome, one of the biggest touristic cities in the world, birthplace to Caeser, home to the Catholic Church, it is a city that prides itself on its history. On behalf of Freedom, to show recognition for their incredible hard work and success, a handful of our specialist consultants will be enjoying all that Rome has to offer on an all expenses paid weekend vacation. So, we thought, what would be more appropriate than to do our very own tour guide to the Eternal city. Enjoy!

The main attractions in Rome need no introduction and all are must sees if it’s your first time visiting the city. Visitors can walk amongst the biggest art collection in the world in the Vatican Museum and marvel at Michelangelo’s incomparable frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. View the forefront of renaissance architecture by visiting St. Peter’s Basilica, located in the heart of St. Peters square. The Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are all located in the same archaeological area in Rome and must not be missed. You can walk freely between the illustrious locations during the validity of your admission ticket. The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and located in the Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful piazzas in the world. The fountain is one of Rome’s biggest tourist attractions and is always crowded by couples looking for a romantic picture. The Pantheon is Rome’s most complete ancient building and one of its most spectacular sights. Praised for its feats of architecture and concept of space, the oculus; a round opening at the top of the dome, is the buildings only source of light. The floor has a gentle slope to allow for runoff rain water.

Housed in a stylish Renaissance villa is one of Rome’s great unsung museums; The Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia. The aim behind the fascinating collection was to gather all the pre-Roman antiques that belonged to the countries predecessors; the Etruscan and Faliscan civilisations. If you want to learn more about Rome before it was actually ‘Rome’, head over to the museum.

The EUR district is an area in the far south of Rome that boasts some of the most intricate and modernistic architecture. One building that is particularly symbolic is the Palazzo della Civilta del Lavoro. Commonly known as the Square Colosseum, the building was constructed in the mid 1930’s for the planned 1942 world exhibition. Others may know the building as the home of Fendi, popular Italian fashion house. The company use the colosseum as their headquarters and will reside there for the next 15 years, at least.

Lastly, a hidden wonder in Rome that many fail to visit is the haunted 5th century church secluded on its own grounds near Villa Celimontana; a handsome but enchanted building with a stunning hollow roof supported by dispersed columns. The real attraction to the mysterious Chiesa di Santo Stefano Rotondo is the wall decor – a cycle of 16th century frescoes surround the walls portraying the tortures suffered by many early Christian martyrs.

Amongst all the culture, art and architecture, these are our favourites. Of course this isn’t all Rome has to offer; also known for its incredible food, we’ve outlined some of our most loved destinations to grab a bite to eat, too.

The perfect toast to Italian culture – Roscioli’s. Owner and scion of a multi-generation Roman bakery clan, Alessandro Roscioli methodically combines three famous Italian institutions - the gourmet deli, the enoteca (wine bar) and the family-run restaurant. As you walk into the cultured restaurant, great legs of Parma ham hang above the deli counter. The tables lie at the back of the room, crammed into a barrel-vaulted space lined with different bottles in all shapes and sizes. The menu focuses on top-quality ingredients such as Paolo Parisi eggs, Verrigni spaghetti and chillies from the island of Vulcano.

Our next piece of advice may seem slightly controversial, but you need to trust us here. Although Caffe Propaganda is a concept bistro rather than a family-run trattoria, the back drop of the Colosseum accounts for the lack of Italian heritage. Modelling that of a Parisian bistro, the decor includes Napoleonic chandeliers alongside bentwood chairs and a vintage zinc bar counter. A refreshing alternative to your average Italian, this hidden gem provides succulent food, amazing service and the best cocktails.

Many consider Anthony Genovese to be Rome’s most talented chef and it’s not a surprise after you visit his pride and joy, Il Pagliaccio. Genovese has worked in the Far East and on the Amalfi Coast; both dimensions prevail in his artistic productions. With the help of sommelier Matteo Zappile and pastry chef Marion Lichtle, Genovese has covered all the bases. Prices are quite extravagant so if you wish to eat here at a slight discount, come at lunch where you can enjoy the perfect tasting menu for €75.

After a busy day sight seeing, and indulging all the pasta and wine Rome has to offer, it is time to hit the hay. But, where?

The moment you step through the hidden doors of the stunning Manfredi you are treated like royalty. From the concierges brilliant services to the tastefully glamorous decor, you will not be disappointed with your stay. Not only does the food match the view at the rooftop bar associated with the Aroma restaurant, but you are only a lion’s roar away from the daunting Colosseum. Not a bad view to wake up to.

If you’re a fashion lover, like us, then this ones for you. Villa Laetitia is a modernistic, high style boutique hotel with 20 individually styled rooms. The owner of this illustrious space is none other than daughter of Fendi’s founder, Anna Fendi Venturini. Therefore, expect original drawings from Karl Lagerfeld, prints of Italian actresses such as Anna Magnani, and furnishing from the history of the Fendi Family. The hotel is surrounded by old mansions, the Michelin-s tarred Enoteca la Torre and Italian bars for a civilised night cap.

If you’re not too fussy about your hotel, but want to embrace the culture of Rome, book your room at Hotel Santa Maria. In this 17th century convent you can wake up to importing cappuccino in a stunning courtyard surrounded by orange trees. Wind on down through the backstreets of the gorgeous Trastevere, through ridiculously pretty squares to this cosy hotel staffed by the friendliest people in Rome — and a shaggy golden retriever. Rooms are cosy rather than flash but the vibe is everything here.

That’s all from us; until the next vacation. Chao.