Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Zest
Another of Rome's finest rooftops, this place positively screams Miami/New Hamptons glamour with its azure swimming pool and curvy, Modernist architecture.
Yuko&Biba Concept Bags
Original avant-garde accessories that marry the glamorous worlds of fashion and film: for those who like their designer pieces arty and a little bit off-the-wal
Volpetti
Boisterous, bustling and fun, this is the ultimate Italian delicatessen experience in a rather more rustic part of town, so sign language may come in handy here
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.
Visconti Palace
There's a slightly corporate feel to this huge hotel, but things are slowly changing.
Vinarium
A candlelit temple to gastronomic adventures - sit down and strap yourself in for some sensory explosions.
Villa Farnesina
This villa was originally the holiday home for Renaissance playboy banker Agostino Chigi, built between 1508 and 1511 by Baldassare Peruzzi.
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.
View at the Spanish Steps
Small but perfectly formed rooms made for hedonistic high jinx.
Via Sannio
This market may need you to morph into the Indiana Jones of shopping, prepared to tackle every obstacle and dig through every object mountain. But it will be worth it - there are some real discoveries to be made.
Vestiti Usati Cinzia
You don't need to sort the wheat from the chaff at this vintage boutique - it's all wonderful.
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.
Valentino
When in Rome, do what - albeit, wealthy - Romans do, shop at Valentino.
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.
United Colours of Benetton
Who says high-street can't be high-profile?
Tutti Frutti
A real hidden gem in rustic, authentic Testaccio, Tutti Frutti is an artsy, informal and friendly dining spot.
Trevi Fountain
The Trevi fountain surprises most visitors on first glance because of its unexpectedly cramped quarters.
Tram Tram
Rooted in the bowels of San Lorenzo, Tram Tram was definitely born on the right side of the bohemian tracks.
Town House
The words to define this small and pleasant club in Monti are pop, Victorian, dark, underground and maybe a bit surreal.
Tina Sondergaard
Retro fabric but up-to-the-minute designs can be found at the store of Tina the Dressmaker.
Tiffany
Make like Audrey Hepburn and head to Tiffany's, with or without breakfast.
Tiepolo
A relaxed and funky choice in Roma Nord, Tiepolo is a tourist-free zone, populated by a young and fashionable crowd who've clearly made this bistro part of their scene.
The Hg2 guide to Roman food
The 2nd Edition of Hg2 Rome is available online now! To put you in the mood, let us guide through the ins and outs of Roman food menus.
The First Luxury Art Hotel
Perfectly located, effortlessly luxurious and a roof garden with spectacular views of the city. We just can't fault The First Hotel...
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
A real hidden gem. Despite the unassuming room, and checked tablecloths, this taverna turns out some of the best pasta in Rome.
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.
TAD Café
There are times when you need therapy away from retail therapy.
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
Stadio Olimpico
Take in a football match at the Stadio Olimpico and experience firsthand the passion the Italians feel for the beautiful game.
St. Regis Rome
Enjoy high tea under the chandelier with a bevvy of international arbiters of good taste.
St Peter’s Basilica
St Peter's Basilica is nothing short of overwhelming and represents the temporal power of the Catholic Church on earth.
Sisley
Casual but essential fashion.
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
Sergio Rossi
Sciam
Kitsch touches and a relaxing vibe with colourful characters, especially from the Ottoman carpet shop next door.
Santa Maria Maggiore
This is one of the earliest of all of Rome's basilicas, dating from the 3rd century.
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.
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 del Popolo
 Despite the unassuming exterior, this church in the corner of the Piazza del Popolo is in fact a treasure-trove of masterpieces.
Santa Lucia
Santa Lucia is a prime example of an excellent restaurant spitting-distance from the square, yet a world away from the caricature cartoon artists and tacky tat.

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