Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Obikà
Considered to be the first mozzarella bar in the world, Obika' serves soft, succulent mozzarella di bufala fresh every day from Campania in a variety of incarna
Necci dal 1924
Despite undergoing a dramatic refurbishment, Necci dal 1924 still retains the flavour of the days when artists such as film director Pier Paolo Pasolini hung out in the neighbourhood getting inspired and making history.
Micca Club
Micca Club is testament to the cultural expansion of the former no man's land flanking Termini around Piazza Vittorio.
Max & Co.
Easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet, Max & Co. is worth a visit.
Majestic Roma
One of the most extravagant hotels in the city, the Hotel Majestic has a history of attracting the rich and famous.
MACRO
Rome's cultural heritage is inevitably bound up in the past - which is why it took quite some time for the city to wake up to the contemporary art scene.
MAC
Be dazzled by colour and quality at this US cosmetics store.
Louis Vuitton
Locarno
Go for the Venetian suite in this shabby Art Deco favourite.
Laura Biagiotti
Cuddling up in cashmere is decadent, but when it's been bought from the Roman 'queen' of cashmere, well, that's a whole new level of luxury.
La Terrazza dell’Eden
La Rosetta
Massimo Riccioli's lauded fish restaurant feels like a ship inside, all wooden portholes and white tablecloths, and the most comprehensive list of Mediterranean aquatic creatures imaginable.
La Perla
La Carbonara dal 1906
A Roman trattoria with more than a hundred years under its belt, La Carbonara dal 1906 is an authentic spot to try traditional Roman cuisine in Monti.
La Cabala
This former 1970s boogie nights beat-box has reopened to Centro Storico revellers with rather startling success.
L’Arcangelo
Sommelier and owner Arcangelo Dandini opened this elegant trattoria at the end of 2003 with his wife Stefania, and has since received great acclaim on account of Tuscan chef Fulvio Pierangelini's innovative takes on Roman cuisine.
L’Ara Pacis
The Ara Pacis or 'altar of peace' was inaugurated in 9 B.C. to celebrate the wealth and security that the emperor Augustus had brought by pacifying Gaul and Spain.
Keats-Shelley House
Among the first Brits to tread the city's streets, the Grand Tour Romantic poets Keats and Shelley have informed much of our conception of Italy, and especially
Josephine de Huertas & Co
A favourite with the fashionistas in the know.
Joia
Located near the Giardini Pubblici and Piazza delle Repubblica stylish Joia is a popular choice for lunch and dinner.
Jackie O’
Once upon a time the covered walkway at Jackie O's entrance saw a catwalk of international celluloid stars from the 1960s and '70s shimmy through the gates and
Inn at the Spanish Steps
Slap bang in the middle of 'Bling Street', this popular residence couldn't be in a more suitable location for shopaholics.
Il Tempio di Iside
Pricey, but one of Rome's best seafood restaurants.
Il Palazzetto
Il Palazzetto combines chic and luxuriant styling with wine courses and a secret lounge bar and library.
Il Pagliaccio
An exceptional restaurant on almost all counts, where Michelin-starred chef Anthony Genovese has been captivating contemporary Romans with his Mediterranean concoctions tinged with Asiatic touches for two years.
Il Margutta
This restaurant has been serving a fully vegetarian menu since its inception in 1979, which may account for the rather odd elevator-style background music.
Il Goccetto
Under a discreet sign saying nothing more than 'vini e oli' ('oil and wine') lurks an authentic Roman wine bar in a medieval bishop's house amid the crumbling palazzi on the lovely Via dei Banchi Vecchi.
Il Gelato di San Crispino
Unfortunately there are precious few reasons for visiting the Trevi fountain these days - it's a seething pit of sweaty crowds, rose-peddlers and tacky gift sho
Il Boccone
A relaxed, inexpensive and yummy lunch break in the heart of the city.
Iceberg
Stand out from the crowd, ladies, with clothes from Iceberg.
Hugo Boss
Look suave in Hugo Boss.
Hotel Splendide Royal
A luxurious hotel overlooking the gardens of the Villa Borghese, the Hotel Splendide Royal offers accommodations that are decidedly regal in appearance and ambience.
Hotel Ponte Sisto
Hotel Ponte Sisto sits neatly on the edge of the river, just by the eponymous bridge, in a delectable restored Renaissance palazzo.
Hotel Eden
The lovely Hotel Eden is a paradise lost amid the city's other more brazen design hotels.
Hotel de Russie
When filmstars are in town they make a beeline for the Hotel de Russie, so expect a constant herd of paparazzi waiting to pounce as the limousines roll by.
Hotel Adriano
A family business for over 40 years, and recently revamped by arbiter of style Barbara Ricci, the Hotel Adriano is certainly worthy of more stellar accolades than it has received.
Hostaria dell’Orso
Once an inn accommodating the likes of Dante and then Goethe, Hostaria dell'Orso is housed in a 15th-century patrician palazzo on the banks of the Tiber.
Hostaria Costanza
Don't be put off by the anonymous entrance of this upscale yet still down- to-earth osteria in the heart of the historical centre, a few steps away from heavily-trodden Campo dei Fiori.
Hogan
Hogan is the place if you fancy buying your own pair of bowling shoes. Why not get a new handbag as well while you're at it?
Hermes
You know you want one of those fantastic orange bags signalling to the world you've been shopping at Hermes.

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