Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Patrizia Pepe
Florentine fashion in a Roman setting. Fantastico.
Il Goccetto
Under a discreet sign saying nothing more than 'vini e oli' ('oil and wine') lurks an authentic Roman wine bar in a medieval bishop's house amid the crumbling palazzi on the lovely Via dei Banchi Vecchi.
Hotel Adriano
A family business for over 40 years, and recently revamped by arbiter of style Barbara Ricci, the Hotel Adriano is certainly worthy of more stellar accolades than it has received.
Pastificio San Lorenzo
Set in a renovated old industrial building hosting exhibits, photo shootings and artistic events, this restaurant in the heart of San Lorenzo is one of Rome's best addresses for its upscale New York diner atmosphere with a Roman accent.
Arco dei Tolomei
Guesthouse Arco de'Tolomei offers a homely country house-style atmosphere.
Hostaria Costanza
Don't be put off by the anonymous entrance of this upscale yet still down- to-earth osteria in the heart of the historical centre, a few steps away from heavily-trodden Campo dei Fiori.
Laura Biagiotti
Cuddling up in cashmere is decadent, but when it's been bought from the Roman 'queen' of cashmere, well, that's a whole new level of luxury.
El Spa
After an exhausting day of shopping enjoy an authentic Turkish treatment and a massage at El Spa.
Goa Club
Lost nights in some trance-music bubble on the beaches of the Asian subcontinent? The name of this club says it all.
ReD
This perpetually trendy design bar and restaurant is a great choice if you plan to attend a concert in the same complex of the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome's temple of classical and acoustic music.
Inn at the Roman Forum
The Inn looks out over the ruins of Trajan's market yet still feels decidedly off the beaten track.
Sciam
Kitsch touches and a relaxing vibe with colourful characters, especially from the Ottoman carpet shop next door.
Tiffany
Make like Audrey Hepburn and head to Tiffany's, with or without breakfast.
Acanto Day Spa
Follow up an exhausting shopping trip with a relaxing treatment at the luxurious Acanto spa...
La Rosetta
Massimo Riccioli's lauded fish restaurant feels like a ship inside, all wooden portholes and white tablecloths, and the most comprehensive list of Mediterranean aquatic creatures imaginable.
Tram Tram
Rooted in the bowels of San Lorenzo, Tram Tram was definitely born on the right side of the bohemian tracks.
Vizi Capitali
Don't be put off by the incongruous-looking sign over the door, which gives you the impression that you're about to enter an Eighties steakhouse - this is a genuine find amid the rather mediocre Trastevere tourist trattorie.
Bocca di Dama
Bocca di Dama is a shop, a tea room and a laboratory in the heart of trendy San Lorenzo, where it is possible to buy sweets, order your own cake or have a relaxed Sunday brunch in shabby-chic surroundings.
Diesel
Pupina
This bistro, with its white wicker chairs, lovely lighting and touches of blue and red, has a fresh and bright, almost French feeling.
Boscolo Aleph
A temple to city-slick, decadent design, architect Adam Tihany's creation for the Boscolo chain won the prize for Best Hotel Interior Design in Europe in 2004.
Antica Biblioteca Valle
Although predominately a restaurant, this glass box behind the Teatro della Valle drums up more of a crowd for drinks than for dinner.
Hotel Indigo Rome – St. George
On the quieter end of the peaceful and beautiful cobblestoned Via Giulia lies this comfortable, minimal hotel, the ideal spot to explore the vivacious Piazza Na
Rome Cavalieri
Redolent of Las Vegas, the Cavalieri Hilton is possibly the most spectacularly ornate hotel in all of Rome.
Taverna Angelica
This is a decent choice in the lost corner of Borgo Pio - an area that predominantly caters to the touristy backwash of Vatican visitors with unconvincing cuisine.
Furla
Looking for classic accessories? Head to Furla.
Da Baffetto
Forget everything you know (or thought you knew) about pizza. For many this is the original pizza romana, served on metal dishes and so thin and tasty it melts in the mouth, without any stodgy aftermath.
Candle’s Store
Don't light a candle in this temple. Buy one. Or two. Or eight.
Castel Romano
A mock Ancient Rome outlet shopping 'village'. Oh, it so worth the excursion.
United Colours of Benetton
Who says high-street can't be high-profile?
Orto Botanico
The Orto Botanico occupies the gardens of the Palazzo Corsini, and was once the property of Queen Cristina of Sweden.
Casa Manni
A posh penthouse apartment in Centro Storico, Casa Manni would have even the most discerning guest feeling right at home.
Duke’s
This lively bar/restaurant is where the city's young professionals gather.
Giolitti
Despite the hordes that populate Rome's most famous gelateria, it's certainly worth queuing behind the sweaty crowds for this unadulterated ice-cream experience
Costume National
Iceberg
Stand out from the crowd, ladies, with clothes from Iceberg.
Cavalieri dell’Appia Antica
Take a ride down Rome's oldest road.
Shari Vari
Brand new Shari Vari is replacing Rome's rather successful Supperclub (so popular that the club is still referred to as the ex-Supperclub) from which it inherit
Armani Jeans
Delectable designer denim...
Abitart
Abitart is a little removed from the centre of town (behind the Pyramid on the Via Ostiense), but for those who have already seen the sights and want to explore a cool part of town, it might be an interesting choice.

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