Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Sacripante Gallery
Found in Monti, Sacripante Gallery is an eclectic contemporary art space known for its exhibitions, as much as for its speakeasy-style bar and chic historical building.
G-Rough
A sumptuous place to stay in the Centro Storico, the G-Rough suites epitomise rough luxury, with everything from stripped back walls to walls gleaming with golden brickwork.
CasaCau
A six-apartment boutique hotel near the Trevi Fountain, CasaCau is a luxurious, well-positioned starting point from which to explore the Eternal City.
Michelangelo Hotel
Part of Starhotels’ stylish stable of hotels, the Michelangelo Hotel is a classically elegant place to stay in the Italian capital mere minutes from the Vatican City.
JK Place Roma
Sightseeing and style go hand-in-hand at JK Place Roma, a much-feted boutique hotel that is perfect for a spoil-yourself-rotten weekend away...
Loco
As the name might imply, Loco delivers shoes that are not ordinary. And thank goodness for that!
Leon’s Place
Theatrical and opulent, this new hotel is Rome's most exciting addition - Leon's Place. 
Ripa Roma
Those with a penchant for Schrageresque styling will enjoy this hotel.
Salotto 42
A small yet sophisticated bar just off Via del Corso in the atmospheric Piazza di Pietra.
Bar del Fico
A perennial favourite, Bar del Fico sits behind the late-night detritus of the now rather tacky Piazza Navona and attracts a consistently cool crowd of revellers who gather under the canopy of the bedecked fig tree supping cocktails 'til the wee hour
Empresa
Calling all gentleman with style! Empresa is waiting for you...
Arancia Blu
A very friendly establishment with dark wood tables, and an interior embellished with interesting decorative touches.
Portrait Roma
This brand new venture from the swish Lungarno hotel group in Florence is set to be a fashionista magnet.
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.
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.
La Maison
Probably the best nightclub to be found in Centro Storico - if you can find it, that is.
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.
Brancaleone
Now the leading centro sociale in Rome, 'Branca', as it is known, has been providing alternative musical entertainment and social happenings since 1990.
La Taverna degli Amici
This heavenly refuge sits in the corner of an ivy-clad square behind the traffic hub of Piazza Venezia and just begs summertime lunchtime boozing.
Mezzo
Mezzo is a slinky, stylish, New York-style eatery with white walls and high ceilings.
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.
Aspesi
Modern fashion and modern art all in one place.
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.
Palazzo Manfredi
Palazzo Manfredi sits elegantly between historic and modern Rome. While its rooms and restaurant overlook the Colosseum, the interiors of this boutique establis
Goa Club
Lost nights in some trance-music bubble on the beaches of the Asian subcontinent? The name of this club says it all.
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.
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.
Oasi della Pace
Go swimming, surrounded by cypress trees.
‘Gusto
Wine bar, restaurant, bookshop, pizzeria - Gusto is all of these things and more.
Candle’s Store
Don't light a candle in this temple. Buy one. Or two. Or eight.
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.
Open Baladin
Eclectic, decadent, with the best and largest offer of local artisanal beer in town, in one word: wonderful.
Osteria dell’Ingegno
This offbeat, chic dining room has everything it takes for a seriously pleasant evening.
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.
TAD Café
There are times when you need therapy away from retail therapy.
Animal Social Club
One of the more chilled-out clubs in Rome, it's worth becoming a member of Animal.
Jonathan’s Angels
If you've never been to a bar to just specifically check out its outlandish loos, then this might be a first, and one not to regret.
Vinarium
A candlelit temple to gastronomic adventures - sit down and strap yourself in for some sensory explosions.

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