Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

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.
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.
Arancia Blu
A very friendly establishment with dark wood tables, and an interior embellished with interesting decorative touches.
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.
Stadio Olimpico
Take in a football match at the Stadio Olimpico and experience firsthand the passion the Italians feel for the beautiful game.
Buonanotte Garibaldi
Individually designed rooms open out onto large courtyards terraces full of cushions and places to doze off under trees.
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.
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.
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.
Moschino
Give in to the fun and the fashion at Moschino.
La Maison
Probably the best nightclub to be found in Centro Storico - if you can find it, that is.
Zest
Another of Rome's finest rooftops, this place positively screams Miami/New Hamptons glamour with its azure swimming pool and curvy, Modernist architecture.
Omero e Cecilia
A veritable emporium of vintage goodies.
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.
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.
AVC by Adriana V. Campanile
Shoes, glorious shoes, all the kinds you could wish 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.
Hotel Art
This appropriately named hotel lurks on the lovely Via Margutta, a street that was stuffed to the gills with artists' studios back in the 1600s.
7th Heaven Bar
On a balmy summer evening, there are few sexier places to sup a clandestine cocktail than the roof terrace of the Aleph Hotel.
Gilda
Gloriously out of date, this is one of Rome's historic nightclubs, with all the trimmings.
Boscolo Exedra
Harking back to days of the Roman empire's lavish excess, the Exedra is the most bombastic of Rome's Boscolo hotels.
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.

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