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.
Villa Spalletti Trivelli
A luxurious hotel overlooking the gardens of the Quirinale Palace, the Villa Spalletti Trivelli is well-placed for sightseeing, as well as simply staying put and enjoying the decadence.
Villa Laetitia
An aristocratic private residence on the banks of the Tiber, Villa Laetitia is a fully-restored, utterly-luxurious hotel from the Fendi family.
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.
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.
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.
Trevi Fountain
The Trevi fountain surprises most visitors on first glance because of its unexpectedly cramped quarters.
Tina Sondergaard
Retro fabric but up-to-the-minute designs can be found at the store of Tina the Dressmaker.
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.
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
St Peter’s Basilica
St Peter's Basilica is nothing short of overwhelming and represents the temporal power of the Catholic Church on earth.
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
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.
Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza
This little-visited and little-known church is a bombastic testament to architect and sculptor Borromini's creativity.
San Luigi dei Francesi
This church serves the French community in Rome and is a convenient stop on the way to the Pantheon or Piazza Navona, or indeed after a coffee at caffeine mecca Sant'Eustachio.
San Anselmo
Set in the leafy environs of the Aventine, Hotel Sant'Anselmo offers sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Salotto 42
A small yet sophisticated bar just off Via del Corso in the atmospheric Piazza di Pietra.
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.
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.
Rosati
Once the haunt of intellectuals from Pasolini to Italo Calvino, this art nouveau café no longer fizzes with left-wing polemics, but its old-fashioned cocktails and teatime treats still make it a very civilized spot.
Rivendita
Chocolates, coffee, wine and books all have their individual merits but when all four combine in one of the coolest boho spots in the city it makes for sheer indulgence.
Residenza Torre Colonna
Residenza Torre Colonna is a boutique hotel housed within a renovated medieval watch tower in the heart of Rome.
Relais Le Clarisse
This pint-sized hotel has just five simple rooms but ticks all the right boxes for comfort and location.
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
Primo al Pigneto
A stylish mix between a bistrot and a traditional osteria, Primo is hailed as one of the best restaurants in Pigneto, the new hotspot elected by the city's most alternative and knowledgeable crowds.
Portrait Roma
This brand new venture from the swish Lungarno hotel group in Florence is set to be a fashionista magnet.
Porta Portese
Do not flee this flea market.
Pizzeria la Montecarlo
Along with Da Baffetto around the corner, and Da Francesco in Piazza del Fico, this rustic pizzeria is the third in the great pizza triumvirate around Piazza Na
Pescheria Osteria Sor Duilio
A fishmonger and restaurant in Trieste, Pescheria Osteria Sor Duilio is a sleek, family-run space in which to buy or dine on superlatively fresh seafood.

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