Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

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
Centrale Montemartini
This museum is a fascinating antidote to the well-trodden culture trail and is a good excuse to get out to Ostiense, an up-and-coming (and fashionably gritty) area of Rome.
Forno Boccione
This tiny pastry shop in the heart of the Jewish Ghetto, run by a team of expert old ladies, is perhaps its most famous address, at least judging by the queues
Regina Baglioni
If the Italians know one thing, it's style. Case in point is the Regina Hotel Baglioni in Rome, which has lashings of the stuff with a location in Via Veneto that's just a stone's throw away from the world-renowned fashion street of Via Condotti.
Libreria del Cinema
One of the few bastions left in a neighbourhood that's being swallowed up by mass tourism, this bookshop/wine bar can be found on Trastevere's coolest and prettiest street.
Only Hearts
From the romance of silky under-things, to the sensuality of silky outer-things, Only Hearts has it all.
Forno Campo de’ Fiori
Another of Rome's beloved old bakeries.
LOL Moda Arte Design
A shop and an exhibition space? Ooh-la-la.
Nailbar Gamax
Located on Via Giulia Nailbar has earned a fantastic reputation for making beautiful hands and nails an art form.
Osteria dell’Ingegno
This offbeat, chic dining room has everything it takes for a seriously pleasant evening.
Locarno
Go for the Venetian suite in this shabby Art Deco favourite.
San Anselmo
Set in the leafy environs of the Aventine, Hotel Sant'Anselmo offers sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Il Tempio di Iside
Pricey, but one of Rome's best seafood restaurants.
Hugo Boss
Look suave in Hugo Boss.
Classico Village
This former factory is one of Ostiense's most popular nightspots, which, with its restaurant, stage for live bands, club area and courtyard bar (that becomes particularly delectable in the summer), really does resemble a nocturnal village.
Sisley
Casual but essential fashion.
Bar San Calisto
A veritable Trastevere institution, this bar is a meeting-point and melting-pot of local characters, out-of-work actors and fun-loving criminals.
Joia
Located near the Giardini Pubblici and Piazza delle Repubblica stylish Joia is a popular choice for lunch and dinner.
Città del Gusto
A veritable palace to food and wine.
Art Cafè
This spot sums up Italian nightclubs; ever so slightly off the mark but with pretensions of unrivalled urban cool.
TAD Café
There are times when you need therapy away from retail therapy.
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
Mimì e Cocò
A friendly neighbourhood vibe permeates this cosy café, making it a welcome spot to stop for snack while vintage shopping on Via del Governo Vecchio.
La Bottega del Caffè
This cafe occupies prime position in the epicentre of the Monti neighbourhood, making it ideal for a quick, simple lunch or much-needed shopping break while you're exploring the district.
Caffè Capitolino
As long as you don't mind sharing the view with tourists clutching oversized cameras, then this giant panoramic terrace on the kitsch Vittorio Emanuele monument in Piazza Venezia boasts one of the most best views of Rome.
Caffè delle Arti
Caffé delle Arti makes a gorgeous lunch spot for culture vultures.
Caffè Novecento
After trawling through the boutiques along the Via Governo Vecchio, flop into this dainty café for refreshment.
Etablì
Chandeliers, original workbenches, antique lamps and leather sofas from the early 20th century contribute to the great atmosphere in this charming wine bar just a few steps from Piazza Navona.
Bar à Book
A quirky and happening spot on the edge of the arty San Lorenzo area that comfortably marries the intellectual rigours of books and booze.
Antico Caffè della Pace
Bar della Pace (as it's colloquially known) has always been earmarked as one of Rome's dolce vita hotspots, where the beautiful people go to see and be seen.
Dior
Couture and ready-to-wear from Dior.
La Terrazza dell’Eden
Boasting possibly the most heart-pinchingly lovely view of Rome, La Terazza restaurant is on the top floor of the Hotel Eden.
Hotel Eden
The lovely Hotel Eden is a paradise lost amid the city's other more brazen design hotels.
St. Regis Rome
Enjoy high tea under the chandelier with a bevvy of international arbiters of good taste.
Villa Farnesina
This villa was originally the holiday home for Renaissance playboy banker Agostino Chigi, built between 1508 and 1511 by Baldassare Peruzzi.
Vatican Museums
Despite the torrential flood of visitors and conditions that would have the EU up in arms if it were for the carriage of livestock, the Vatican museums are a definitive stop on Rome's cultural itinerary and home to the wondrous Sistine Chapel.
St Peter’s Basilica
St Peter's Basilica is nothing short of overwhelming and represents the temporal power of the Catholic Church on earth.
Santa Maria Maggiore
This is one of the earliest of all of Rome's basilicas, dating from the 3rd century.
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Rather modest by baroque standards, this church near the Via Veneto houses one of Bernini's most notorious sculptures, the sensual Ecstasy of St Theresa (fourth chapel on the left).
Santa Maria in Trastevere
This church was one of the first Christian basilicas in Rome, possibly even the place where the first Christian mass was celebrated when Christianity was legalized in 313.

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