Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

00100 Pizza
Rome's latest pizza buzz is all about this hole-in-the-wall kiosk in the popular neighbourhood of Testaccio.
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.
Akab
Akab is a sort of everyman nightspot which manages to tick most boxes for an entertaining night out.
Alexanderplatz
This intimate jazz club has brought big-name international musicians to the stage for twenty years.
Angelina a Trevi
The rustic flavour of this brand new restaurant tucked in a tiny square a few steps away from the bustling Trevi Fountain is that of a quiet and relaxing garden
Arco dei Tolomei
Guesthouse Arco de'Tolomei offers a homely country house-style atmosphere.
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.
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.
Barnum Café
By day, Barnum Café is a cosy coffee shop in Rome’s Parione district, and by night it transforms into a bar serving some of the city’s best craft cocktails.
Basilica di San Clemente
This is the most fantastic archaeological sandwich in all of Rome and the closest you'll get to time travel.
Bikram Yoga
If intense and sweaty yoga is your thing, take a class at Bikram Yoga.
Bla Kongo
This cute bistro offers a warm and unpretentious atmosphere, as well as an unusual menu.
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.
Bramante
Though you won't be raving about its surroundings, The Bramante is the best option here.
Buonanotte Garibaldi
Individually designed rooms open out onto large courtyards terraces full of cushions and places to doze off under trees.
Capitoline Museums
This is one of the oldest public museums in the world, starting life in 1471 when benevolent Pope Sixtus IV decided to bestow upon the city a collection of bronze sculptures.
Castel Romano
A mock Ancient Rome outlet shopping 'village'. Oh, it so worth the excursion.
Centro Olistico Day Spa
Appealing to an MTV generation this spa offers busy people a realistic option; with an 'in and out' approach treatments are easily fitted in to a busy day of shopping lunching and sightseeing...
Colors Hotel
A cheerful, colourful hotel in the centre of Rome, Colors Hotel is an affordable option for those looking to experience the Eternal City on a small budget.
Colosseum
Work got underway for the Colosseum in AD 72 and took a mere eight years to complete, thanks mostly to slave labour.
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.
Da Enzo al 29
On the other, less touristy side of Trastevere this unaffected, homely trattoria dishes up some of the best and heartiest pasta in Rome.
Daphne Inn
Daphne Inn is part of a new breed of boutique hotels in Rome that offer stylish surroundings but a relaxed attitude to service.
Enoteca Palatium
This modern restaurant and enoteca is dedicated to cuisine from the oft-forgotten region of Lazio.
Etro
Farinè la Pizza
Farinè la Pizza is a much-loved pizzeria in Rome’s San Lorenzo neighbourhood that serves authentic pizzas to devoted locals and in-the-know visitors.
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.
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
Forno Campo de’ Fiori
Another of Rome's beloved old bakeries.
Forno la Renella
Forno La Renella offers a range of savoury delights to help soak up the booze.
Galleria Borghese
The Galleria Borghese set in the gardens of the eponymous park was the first example of a building created specifically to display a private collection of art.
Hotel Carmel
Unpretentious and full of colour, the Hotel Carmel is a budget hotel in the trendy Trastevere neighbourhood with its own sun-drenched outdoor terrace.
Hotel de Monti
Found in Monti, one of Rome’s oldest residential districts, the Hotel de Monti is a seven-bedroom hotel practically on the doorstep of the Colosseum.
Hotel San Francesco
In the backstreets of Trastevere is the affordably hip Hotel San Francesco, the perfect base to explore the independent bars, art galleries and restaurants
Il Boccone
A relaxed, inexpensive and yummy lunch break in the heart of the city.
Il Goccetto
Under a discreet sign saying nothing more than 'vini e oli' ('oil and wine') lurks an authentic Roman wine bar in a medieval bishop's house amid the crumbling palazzi on the lovely Via dei Banchi Vecchi.
Infernotto
Reliable address on Pigneto's buzzy pedestrian thoroughfare, this place takes its name from the infernotto, the most hidden part of wine cellars where only the
L’Albero e la Mano
Wander down a charming cobbled street and get your yoga on.
L’Ara Pacis
The Ara Pacis or 'altar of peace' was inaugurated in 9 B.C. to celebrate the wealth and security that the emperor Augustus had brought by pacifying Gaul and Spain.
La Soffitta Sotto i Portici
Antiques aplenty at this market.

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