Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

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.
Enoteca Ferrara
Hailed as one of the finest gastronomic experiences in Rome, Ferrara has all the trappings of a pretentious, arrogant eaterie, with its formal layout and starched white tablecloths, and service that is characteristically not of the calibre the preten
Babington’s Tea Rooms
Perched on the corner of the Spanish Steps, this traditional teahouse has been serving up French toast, ploughman's lunch and other British comfort foods since
Il Gelato di San Crispino
Unfortunately there are precious few reasons for visiting the Trevi fountain these days - it's a seething pit of sweaty crowds, rose-peddlers and tacky gift sho
Colosseum
Work got underway for the Colosseum in AD 72 and took a mere eight years to complete, thanks mostly to slave labour.
Circolo degli Artisti
The life and soul of the up-and-coming district of Pigneto, Circolo is arguably Rome's best underground destination.
Hostaria dell’Orso
Once an inn accommodating the likes of Dante and then Goethe, Hostaria dell'Orso is housed in a 15th-century patrician palazzo on the banks of the Tiber.
Empresa
Calling all gentleman with style! Empresa is waiting for you...
Ciampini
This café lurks in the corner of one of the city's most sumptuous pedestrianized squares off the Via del Corso, opposite what must be Rome's most bling police station.
Antico Arco
An enchanting venue set on the edge of the park.
Calvin Klein
Be sure to look as good underneath as you do on top with chic underwear from Calvin Klein.
Rhome
Although it takes itself a tad too seriously, the atmosphere here is generally lively and fun.
Inn at the Spanish Steps
Slap bang in the middle of 'Bling Street', this popular residence couldn't be in a more suitable location for shopaholics.
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.
L’Oppio
On a terrace overlooking the Forum and Colosseum, Oppio caffè offers revellers a rare opportunity to enjoy the panorama of Ancient Rome while refuelling on booze.
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.
Le Real de Luxe
Ideal for those in town on a flying visit, this hotel offers a base that doesn't fall short on style and service either.
La Maison
Probably the best nightclub to be found in Centro Storico - if you can find it, that is.
Moschino
Give in to the fun and the fashion at Moschino.
Zest
Another of Rome's finest rooftops, this place positively screams Miami/New Hamptons glamour with its azure swimming pool and curvy, Modernist architecture.
Lo Scopettaro
This tiny restaurant by the side of the Tiber is said to be a favourite haunt of the Fendi family, the founders of the Rome-based fashion house.
Omero e Cecilia
A veritable emporium of vintage goodies.
h club>doney
Although the Via Veneto has certainly outlived its former 1960s heyday, the lounge bar H Club Doney, next door to the Westin Excelsior, still manages to retain
Big Mama
Known as 'home of the blues' in Rome, this jazz club is squeezed in between tiny winding streets and churches, so maybe that's why the atmosphere is so concentr
Portrait Roma
This brand new venture from the swish Lungarno hotel group in Florence is set to be a fashionista magnet.
Dobar
The Do has been in the same family for three generations and is a home from home for a colourful collection of extremely long-term regulars.
Hotel Ponte Sisto
Hotel Ponte Sisto sits neatly on the edge of the river, just by the eponymous bridge, in a delectable restored Renaissance palazzo.
Bramante
Though you won't be raving about its surroundings, The Bramante is the best option here.
Bla Kongo
This cute bistro offers a warm and unpretentious atmosphere, as well as an unusual menu.
Max & Co.
Easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet, Max & Co. is worth a visit.
Guess
Tutti Frutti
A real hidden gem in rustic, authentic Testaccio, Tutti Frutti is an artsy, informal and friendly dining spot.
Baan Thai
Set against the backdrop of the Vatican itself this traditional Thai house offers rest and relaxation with a range of alternative treatments. Look after your b
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.
Hassler Roma
This fifth-generation Swiss hotel, which was requisitioned by the US air force to serve as their HQ during World War II, crowns the top of the Spanish Steps.
Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel
If you're looking for a luxurious and sumptuous oasis away from the heavily trodden paths of downtown Rome, then this is the place you're looking for.
Brancaleone
Now the leading centro sociale in Rome, 'Branca', as it is known, has been providing alternative musical entertainment and social happenings since 1990.

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