Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Vizi Capitali
Don't be put off by the incongruous-looking sign over the door, which gives you the impression that you're about to enter an Eighties steakhouse - this is a genuine find amid the rather mediocre Trastevere tourist trattorie.
Sciam
Kitsch touches and a relaxing vibe with colourful characters, especially from the Ottoman carpet shop next door.
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.
Antica Biblioteca Valle
Although predominately a restaurant, this glass box behind the Teatro della Valle drums up more of a crowd for drinks than for dinner.
Hotel Indigo Rome – St. George
On the quieter end of the peaceful and beautiful cobblestoned Via Giulia lies this comfortable, minimal hotel, the ideal spot to explore the vivacious Piazza Na
Taverna Angelica
This is a decent choice in the lost corner of Borgo Pio - an area that predominantly caters to the touristy backwash of Vatican visitors with unconvincing cuisine.
Furla
Looking for classic accessories? Head to Furla.
Tiffany
Make like Audrey Hepburn and head to Tiffany's, with or without breakfast.
Acanto Day Spa
Follow up an exhausting shopping trip with a relaxing treatment at the luxurious Acanto spa...
Pupina
This bistro, with its white wicker chairs, lovely lighting and touches of blue and red, has a fresh and bright, almost French feeling.
Boscolo Aleph
A temple to city-slick, decadent design, architect Adam Tihany's creation for the Boscolo chain won the prize for Best Hotel Interior Design in Europe in 2004.
Tram Tram
Rooted in the bowels of San Lorenzo, Tram Tram was definitely born on the right side of the bohemian tracks.
Bocca di Dama
Bocca di Dama is a shop, a tea room and a laboratory in the heart of trendy San Lorenzo, where it is possible to buy sweets, order your own cake or have a relaxed Sunday brunch in shabby-chic surroundings.
Diesel
Rome Cavalieri
Redolent of Las Vegas, the Cavalieri Hilton is possibly the most spectacularly ornate hotel in all of Rome.
Duke’s
This lively bar/restaurant is where the city's young professionals gather.
‘Gusto
Wine bar, restaurant, bookshop, pizzeria - Gusto is all of these things and more.
Pierluigi
Pierluigi caters to the dreams of those seeking a picture-postcard Roman holiday, and indeed everyone seems to have a soft spot for this dependable restaurant.
Giolitti
Despite the hordes that populate Rome's most famous gelateria, it's certainly worth queuing behind the sweaty crowds for this unadulterated ice-cream experience
Candle’s Store
Don't light a candle in this temple. Buy one. Or two. Or eight.
Iceberg
Stand out from the crowd, ladies, with clothes from Iceberg.
Cavalieri dell’Appia Antica
Take a ride down Rome's oldest road.
Shari Vari
Brand new Shari Vari is replacing Rome's rather successful Supperclub (so popular that the club is still referred to as the ex-Supperclub) from which it inherit
Castel Romano
A mock Ancient Rome outlet shopping 'village'. Oh, it so worth the excursion.
Orto Botanico
The Orto Botanico occupies the gardens of the Palazzo Corsini, and was once the property of Queen Cristina of Sweden.
Armani Jeans
Delectable designer denim...
Casa Manni
A posh penthouse apartment in Centro Storico, Casa Manni would have even the most discerning guest feeling right at home.
Abitart
Abitart is a little removed from the centre of town (behind the Pyramid on the Via Ostiense), but for those who have already seen the sights and want to explore a cool part of town, it might be an interesting choice.
Costume National
Da Baffetto
Forget everything you know (or thought you knew) about pizza. For many this is the original pizza romana, served on metal dishes and so thin and tasty it melts in the mouth, without any stodgy aftermath.
Fori Imperiali
The area known as the Forum was the nucleus of urban Roman life where everything, from commerce and business to prostitution and the administration of justice, took place, and where news and announcements were disseminated.
United Colours of Benetton
Who says high-street can't be high-profile?
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.
Oasi della Pace
Go swimming, surrounded by cypress trees.
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?
Modo
This little venue off Piazza del Fico is very conveniently located for a spot of live music and partying every night of the week, with DJs at weekends.
Al Bric
Officially a wine and cheese emporium, Al Bric goes above and beyond.
Rashomon Club
In the buzzy Ostiense club scene, the Rashomon club offers good electro-rock, new wave, techno and indie music, as well as live gigs with performers such as Dix
Josephine de Huertas & Co
A favourite with the fashionistas in the know.
Stravinskij Bar
If you don't manage to rent a room alongside George and Brad in the timelessly glamorous Hotel de Russie, slip confidently into the bar for an early evening, or

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