Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Nonna Betta
Walking into Nonna Betta and being welcomed by owner Umberto Pavoncello makes you feel like you're entering a welcoming Jewish home in the heart of Rome.
Babel
Glitzy and chic, Babel is the latest addition to a rather incongruous music scene that snubbed the crowded streets of the city centre to party in the isolated depths of a car park and shopping mall in the heart of Villa Borghese.
Radisson Blu es
When it first opened in 2002, this huge Schrager-esque monolith behind Termini station caused ripples through Rome's fashion set.
Roberto Cavalli
Although to some it's more cliché than chic, Roberto Cavalli still has an appeal.
Necci dal 1924
Despite undergoing a dramatic refurbishment, Necci dal 1924 still retains the flavour of the days when artists such as film director Pier Paolo Pasolini hung out in the neighbourhood getting inspired and making history.
Ripa Roma
Those with a penchant for Schrageresque styling will enjoy this hotel.
Fratelli Rossetti
Whether you've been hit with the desire to buy golfing shoes, or not, pop over to Fratelli Rossetti and have a peek.
Jackie O’
Once upon a time the covered walkway at Jackie O's entrance saw a catwalk of international celluloid stars from the 1960s and '70s shimmy through the gates and
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.
MAXXI
Paintings, art installations, videos, sculptures and photographs are on display in this brand new museum, which has caused something of a stir since its opening in 2010.
La Cabala
This former 1970s boogie nights beat-box has reopened to Centro Storico revellers with rather startling success.
Miss Sixty
Fun clothes and accessories abound in Miss Sixty.
Akab
Akab is a sort of everyman nightspot which manages to tick most boxes for an entertaining night out.
Elleffe
The Roman fashion set use boutique salon Elleffe religiously which imparts faith in a glamorous holiday crowd who enjoy the English-speaking staff and quirky environment.
Fortyseven
This is a particularly handsome choice of hotel near the Ghetto and the dreamy Taverna degli Amici.
Navona Palace
These über-chic residences are the latest example of Rome's newest trend of luxurious apartments in the heart of the city.
Demoiselle
Want to have some fun in the sun? First thing you need is some sexy swimwear from Demoiselle.
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...
Babuino 181
Located in a three-story 18th-century building in the heart of Rome, Babuino 181's luxury bedrooms are a pleasant and tasteful retreat on the historic Via del Babuino.
Hotel de Russie
When filmstars are in town they make a beeline for the Hotel de Russie, so expect a constant herd of paparazzi waiting to pounce as the limousines roll by.
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
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
Casa Howard
This eclectically-styled townhouse has two locations and a loyal following with the international press.
AcquaMadre Hammam
This hammam will massage, scrub and soothe you into a relaxed, yet reinvigorated, stupor.
Crossing Condotti
Not so much a hotel in the classic sense of the word as an elegantly furnished, superbly located townhouse apartment.
Enoteca Costantini Il Simposio
This rather stuffy wine bar and restaurant on Piazza Cavour is very appealing in the colder months, when you can neck back some corpulent wines in a sumptuous i
Alberta Ferretti
The clothes may be floaty, but the style is substantial.
Yuko&Biba Concept Bags
Original avant-garde accessories that marry the glamorous worlds of fashion and film: for those who like their designer pieces arty and a little bit off-the-wal
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.
Prada Sport
If you want to look good while working out, why not indulge in some Prada?
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
L’Albero e la Mano
Wander down a charming cobbled street and get your yoga on.
Fabrizio Bulckaen
Fashionable and functional shoes at Fabrizio's.
Il Pagliaccio
An exceptional restaurant on almost all counts, where Michelin-starred chef Anthony Genovese has been captivating contemporary Romans with his Mediterranean concoctions tinged with Asiatic touches for two years.
Sant’Eustachio
In a country lubricated by daily doses of caffeine, competition for supremacy is fierce, but many would vociferously argue that Sant'Eustachio boasts the best coffee in Rome.
Carla G.
Modern and minimal are the clothes at CarlaG.
View at the Spanish Steps
Small but perfectly formed rooms made for hedonistic high jinx.
Dal Bolognese
Traditional high-end Roman eaterie Dal Bolognese poses no surprises or edgy mystique, but sometimes there's more to life than gritty nouveau-chic.
Nuyorica
You cannot be in Rome and miss the opportunity to go to Nuyorica.
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.

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