An Insiders Guide to the Seasonal Sights and Flavors of Rome

Rome Travel Tips

A Roman summer is something special, with plenty of sunshine, hot-blue skies, outdoor dining, and lots of festivals.

Exciting Spring Events

Holy Week builds up to Easter (27 March) with processions, services, ceremony and celebrations. There are various local processions on Good Friday, with…Read More

Holy Week builds up to Easter (27 March) with processions, services, ceremony and celebrations. There are various local processions on Good Friday, with…Read More

Holy Week builds up to Easter…Read More

Holy Week builds up to Easter (27 March) with processions, services, ceremony and celebrations. There are various local processions on Good Friday, with the largest the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) led by the Pope around the Colosseum. On Easter Sunday there’s a Papal Mass in St Peter’s Square, but there are also impressive services at churches such as the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Rome celebrates its 2769th birthday (Natale di Roma) on 21 April, with pageants and re-enactments on Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot-racing track in the heart of the city. There is also the annual spring festival of Azaleas coming up, when the newly restored Spanish Steps burst with colour, covered in pink flowers.

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Delicious Dining

The big, fat artichokes from Lazio are one of the glories of Rome, and they’re in season right now. They’re best eaten Jewish-style and deep fried (carciofi…Read More

The big, fat artichokes from Lazio are one of the glories of Rome, and they’re in season right now. They’re best eaten Jewish-style and deep fried (carciofi…Read More

The big, fat artichokes from…Read More

The big, fat artichokes from Lazio are one of the glories of Rome, and they’re in season right now. They’re best eaten Jewish-style and deep fried (carciofi alla Giudiea), or fresh in a vignalrola (with broad beans and peas) or cooked ‘alla Romana’ with mint, parsley and garlic. You can sample such dishes at traditonal Roman restaurants such as Hostaria da Pietro, Da Fortunato, or Trattoria al Moro or at Lazio specialist wine bar L’Enoteca Palatium. For Jewish-style deep-fried artichokes, you can also head to the Ghetto area, where restaurants specialise in Roman-Jewish cuisine. Other culinary spring delights include roast lamb, fave (broad beans), strawberries, and wild asparagus.  Rome’s chocolatiers, such as Moriondo e Gariglio stock magnificent Easter chocolates. Find these and more in the Roman Notebook you’ll receive on arrival at Rome Luxury Suites.

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Spring Sights Highlights

Many monuments in Rome are looking better than they have for centuries. The Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and even the Artists' Fountain…Read More

Many monuments in Rome are looking better than they have for centuries. The Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and even the Artists' Fountain…Read More

Many monuments in Rome are…Read More

Many monuments in Rome are looking better than they have for centuries. The Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and even the Artists' Fountain in Via Margutta have been cleaned up and restored (courtesy of Tod's, Fendi, and Bulgari). For the first time in many years, you can visit the Square Colosseum in EUR, as it's now the Fendi headquarters. Its exhibition halls are showing the contemporary sculpture of Giuseppe Penone to 16 July 2017. Since February this year, visitors can take a new, virtual-reality-augmented visit to Nero's former house, now an underground site, Domus Aurea.

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All-Weather Sights

Now is the ideal season to visit the Vatican Museums , incredible Roman frescoes in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme , and the glorious classical collections…Read More

Now is the ideal season to visit the Vatican Museums , incredible Roman frescoes in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme , and the glorious classical collections…Read More

Now is the ideal season to…Read More

Now is the ideal season to visit the Vatican Museums, incredible Roman frescoes in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and the glorious classical collections of the Capitoline Museums. You can explore the multiple layers of the Basilica of San Clemente, go underground to discover the atmospheric catacombs close to the Appian Way or visit the high-tec Roman house, Palazzo Valentini. But perhaps the best place to visit in the rain is Rome’s Pantheon, a church converted from an ancient Roman temple, where the water falls in a column through its central oculus. 

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Insider Tips

It’s now possible to visit the subterranean 2000-year-old subterranean Basilica at Porta Maggiore, about 40 feet underground, by appointment, until 11…Read More

It’s now possible to visit the subterranean 2000-year-old subterranean Basilica at Porta Maggiore, about 40 feet underground, by appointment, until 11…Read More

It’s now possible to visit…Read More

It’s now possible to visit the subterranean 2000-year-old subterranean Basilica at Porta Maggiore, about 40 feet underground, by appointment, until 11 December. Other special places to visit, which were long closed to the public, are Nero’s Golden House, Domus Aurea, and the underground and upper levels of the Colosseum, which you can visit at night via Dark Rome, who also run a semi-private Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour.

The Pyramid of Cestius, a Roman funerary monument, has also been restored and may be visited by guided tour.

Close to the suites, you can visit the fabulous newly renovated flagship Fendi store, while around Via del Babuino, hidden in first-floor workshops, you can discover artisans creating bespoke accessories, tailoring and more, all detailed in A Roman Notebook – you will receive a custom guide to local artisans and more upon your arrival.

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Best City Tours

If you want to ease your way around Rome, try taking a tour with some Roman insiders. Walks of Italy offer tours such as VIP Colosseum by night and Vatican…Read More

If you want to ease your way around Rome, try taking a tour with some Roman insiders. Walks of Italy offer tours such as VIP Colosseum by night and Vatican…Read More

If you want to ease your…Read More

If you want to ease your way around Rome, try taking a tour with some Roman insiders. Walks of Italy offer tours such as VIP Colosseum by night and Vatican tours, while Imago Artis Tours provide themed excursions including Rome for kids or ancient Rome archaeology. Alternatively, you could hire a vintage scooter to see the city. All this and more may be arranged through the hotel’s concierge.

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Exciting Winter Events

Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera opera and ballet winter season includes Tristan & Isolde, Rigoletto, Cosi fan Tutte, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker. Il Vittoriano has something to please everyone, major Star Wars and Edward Hopper exhibitions until 29 January. For New Year’s Eve, there are firework displays in central locations such as Piazza del Popolo and Via dei Fori Imperiali (by the Colosseum), so book a restaurant or bar with a view to enjoy these in comfort. Sales from 6 January make this a great time to shop in Rome. The city’s Auditorium has wonderful Christmas-themed concerts, and every Roman church has a presepe (nativity scene), from huge at St Peter’s Basilica (usually unveiled on 24 December) and the Spanish Steps, to tiny at il Gesù. Papal Christmas Eve Masses take place at St Peter’s, while Pope Francis makes his Christmas Day address in St Peter’s Square.

Winter Sights Highlights

The Colosseum looks better than it has for centuries following Tod’s-funded €25-million restoration. The Spanish Steps are also gleaming courtesy of Bulgari, and the Trevi Fountain has re-opened in all its foamy splendour following Fendi-funded restoration. Visitors can now also walk the Imperial Ramps – opened in October – that once connected the Forum to the Emperor’s palace on the Palatine Hill.

On Saturdays up to 3 December, the Capitoline Museums are staying open late, with live music, theatre, readings, food and art, and tickets only €1. The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (better known as the Square Colosseum) in EUR  is now the Fendi Headquarters and is now partly open to the public, with the exhibition A New Rome. Another reason to visit EUR is the extraordinary Maximilian Fuksas-designed convention centre, La Nuvola, open to the public from 8 to 11 December.

Delicious Dining

Don’t miss of-the-moment Madre in Monti, which has lushly beautiful pattern-tiled garden terrace and instagram-friendly food including ceviche and Neapolitan-style pizza. Also in Monti, L’Asino d’Oro serves up great-for-winter Umbrian cuisine, combining game and berries. Other picks include brasserie-style Babette and romantic Osteria Margutta, both on Via Margutta. Enjoy a light lunch while sampling local wines at Lazio specialist Palatium.

For warming Tuscan meals, Nino is wonderful, or you can enjoy the rich cuisine of Emilia-Romagna at perennially stylish Dal Bolognese. If you fancy something different, iconic Japanese restaurant Zuma is atop the Fendi building. Find these and more in the Roman Notebook you’ll receive on arrival at Rome Luxury Suites.

All-Weather Sights

Rain is rare in Rome, but if the weather surprises, Rome has plenty of astounding boltholes. There are miles of galleries in the Vatican Museums, incredible Roman frescoes in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and the glorious classical collections of the Capitoline Museums. You can explore the multiple layers of the Basilica of San Clemente, go underground to discover the atmospheric catacombs close to the Appian Way or visit the high-tech Roman house, Palazzo Valentini. But perhaps the best place to visit in the rain is Rome’s Pantheon, a church converted from an ancient Roman temple, where the water falls in a column through its central oculus. 

Attractions

Via Margutta

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Via Margutta is a short street with a long history. Its three gracious blocks go back 2,000 years. It’s thought that the name comes… Read More

Via Condotti

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Via Condotti is the most fashionable street in Rome. Dating back to Roman times, it is named after conduits which carried water to… Read More

Spanish Steps

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Did you know that the Spanish Steps were actually built by the French? In the 17 th century, the French built this elegant staircase… Read More

Trevi Fountain

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The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish… Read More

Piazza del Popolo

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A few paces away is the Piazza del Popolo, a vast oval public space edged by three harmonious churches. It’s centered on an ancient… Read More

Villa Borghese

Local attractions near Rome Luxury Suites

This beautiful park was once the playground of one of Rome’s foremost and most powerful families, the Borghese. Opened to the public… Read More

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