The Villa Laetitia was not simply restored by the Fendi family, it was spectacularly restored and the experience of staying in its lavish environs curated. This is the place to go if you want to truly live like the Romans – aristocratic ones anyway. The historical residence, found on the left bank of the Tiber river in the Vittoria neighbourhood, today offers everything from butler service and personal drivers to packing service and shoe shine. And those are just the amenities.
Taking a stroll around the luxurious Villa Laetitia, guests will find plenty of marble in the bathrooms and public spaces, as well as frescoes, contemporary art, and furnishings from Fendi, local artisans, and period pieces from the past throughout. It’s a heady combination, artfully combined to elegant effect. The guest accommodations, which range from rooms to private apartments, might have 1920’s Vienna-style furniture here, a striking monochrome colour palette there. Private terraces with views out over mature cedar trees, huge windows looking out over the Tiber, or bamboo-wrapped balconies. Authentic Gruau sketches from S. Laurent, Sciapparelli, Chanel and Dior on the walls, or graphic works by Alberto Burri. Each space is unique, fashionable, and ever-so-luxurious.
Adding to the experience is the on-site, Michelin-starred restaurant, Enoteca La Torre. Here Chef Domenico Stile creates Mediterranean-inspired dishes that use influences from the city of Rome, as well as those stemming from the chef’s Campanian roots. The Piccolo Bar, meanwhile, is the place for cocktails, coffees and snacks, all to be enjoyed while basking in its velvet-bedecked, old-school luxury.