Residenza Torre Colonna
It’s not everyday that you get to sleep inside a medieval tower. Less still that you can do it mere moments from the Trevi Fountain and the Scuderie del Quirinale in the heart of Rome. But that’s exactly what you get from a stay at the Residenza Torre Colonna – “torre” meaning “tower” (for those of us not fluent in our Italian).
While it definitely looks the period part from the outside, within the amenities and decor are decidedly modern. The folks here are determined to show they’re not afraid of colour, with hot pink or lemon-coloured curtains to match the bold modern art on the otherwise white walls of some of the guestrooms, for example. Oh, and speaking of the art – keep an eye out for the works of Italian contemporary art star, Natino Chirico – during your visit.
In addition to the splashes of colour, the five individually-decorated rooms and the public spaces at the Residenza Torre Colonna are all sleek and sumptuous, mixing the historic and the contemporary with aplomb. There are wooden beams here, artfully-painted beams there. A flood of natural light in one corner, styled illumination over a piece of art in another. Iron rails up worn, well-cared-for wooden stairs. And, come breakfast time, you can tuck into fresh orange juice and eggs in the subdued grandeur of the all-red dining room, decorated with patterned rugs and bright blue art.