Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Stadio Olimpico
Take in a football match at the Stadio Olimpico and experience firsthand the passion the Italians feel for the beautiful game.
Circolo degli Artisti
The life and soul of the up-and-coming district of Pigneto, Circolo is arguably Rome's best underground destination.
Empresa
Calling all gentleman with style! Empresa is waiting for you...
Enoteca Ferrara
Hailed as one of the finest gastronomic experiences in Rome, Ferrara has all the trappings of a pretentious, arrogant eaterie, with its formal layout and starched white tablecloths, and service that is characteristically not of the calibre the preten
Carla G.
Modern and minimal are the clothes at CarlaG.
Ciampini
This café lurks in the corner of one of the city's most sumptuous pedestrianized squares off the Via del Corso, opposite what must be Rome's most bling police station.
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
View at the Spanish Steps
Small but perfectly formed rooms made for hedonistic high jinx.
Antico Arco
An enchanting venue set on the edge of the park.
Arancia Blu
A very friendly establishment with dark wood tables, and an interior embellished with interesting decorative touches.
Nuyorica
You cannot be in Rome and miss the opportunity to go to Nuyorica.
Villa del Priorato di Malta
Not a monument per se, but a hole around one and an oddity that attracts dozens of people everyday who queue to peek through a lock.
Colosseum
Work got underway for the Colosseum in AD 72 and took a mere eight years to complete, thanks mostly to slave labour.
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.
L’Oppio
On a terrace overlooking the Forum and Colosseum, Oppio caffè offers revellers a rare opportunity to enjoy the panorama of Ancient Rome while refuelling on booze.
Le Real de Luxe
Ideal for those in town on a flying visit, this hotel offers a base that doesn't fall short on style and service either.
La Maison
Probably the best nightclub to be found in Centro Storico - if you can find it, that is.
Calvin Klein
Be sure to look as good underneath as you do on top with chic underwear from Calvin Klein.
Big Mama
Known as 'home of the blues' in Rome, this jazz club is squeezed in between tiny winding streets and churches, so maybe that's why the atmosphere is so concentr
Rhome
Although it takes itself a tad too seriously, the atmosphere here is generally lively and fun.
h club>doney
Although the Via Veneto has certainly outlived its former 1960s heyday, the lounge bar H Club Doney, next door to the Westin Excelsior, still manages to retain
SAID dal 1923
Cosy and romantic, S.A.I.D. is one of San Lorenzo's top atmospheric spots, and one of the few chic ones.
Urbana 47
If you like the luscious leather sofa you're lying on, or the antique lamp on your dinner table, or even the table itself, you can actually take them home with you from Urbana 47.
Moschino
Give in to the fun and the fashion at Moschino.
Portrait Roma
This brand new venture from the swish Lungarno hotel group in Florence is set to be a fashionista magnet.
Zest
Another of Rome's finest rooftops, this place positively screams Miami/New Hamptons glamour with its azure swimming pool and curvy, Modernist architecture.
Lo Scopettaro
This tiny restaurant by the side of the Tiber is said to be a favourite haunt of the Fendi family, the founders of the Rome-based fashion house.
Omero e Cecilia
A veritable emporium of vintage goodies.
Guess
Boscolo Exedra
Harking back to days of the Roman empire's lavish excess, the Exedra is the most bombastic of Rome's Boscolo hotels.
Hassler Roma
This fifth-generation Swiss hotel, which was requisitioned by the US air force to serve as their HQ during World War II, crowns the top of the Spanish Steps.
Tutti Frutti
A real hidden gem in rustic, authentic Testaccio, Tutti Frutti is an artsy, informal and friendly dining spot.
Baan Thai
Set against the backdrop of the Vatican itself this traditional Thai house offers rest and relaxation with a range of alternative treatments. Look after your b
Bramante
Though you won't be raving about its surroundings, The Bramante is the best option here.
Brancaleone
Now the leading centro sociale in Rome, 'Branca', as it is known, has been providing alternative musical entertainment and social happenings since 1990.
Hotel Art
This appropriately named hotel lurks on the lovely Via Margutta, a street that was stuffed to the gills with artists' studios back in the 1600s.
7th Heaven Bar
On a balmy summer evening, there are few sexier places to sup a clandestine cocktail than the roof terrace of the Aleph Hotel.
Max & Co.
Easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet, Max & Co. is worth a visit.
Gilda
Gloriously out of date, this is one of Rome's historic nightclubs, with all the trimmings.
Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel
If you're looking for a luxurious and sumptuous oasis away from the heavily trodden paths of downtown Rome, then this is the place you're looking for.

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