Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

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.
The First Luxury Art Hotel
Perfectly located, effortlessly luxurious and a roof garden with spectacular views of the city. We just can't fault The First Hotel...
Freni e Frizioni
The younger, rowdier sister bar to Societe Lutece has found a home in an old garage perched on the Lungotevere just by Ponte Sisto.
Palazzo Manfredi
Palazzo Manfredi sits elegantly between historic and modern Rome. While its rooms and restaurant overlook the Colosseum, the interiors of this boutique establis
Angelo di Nepi
International influences are evident in this designs of this Roman.
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.
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.
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
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.
‘Gusto
Wine bar, restaurant, bookshop, pizzeria - Gusto is all of these things and more.
Pierluigi
Pierluigi caters to the dreams of those seeking a picture-postcard Roman holiday, and indeed everyone seems to have a soft spot for this dependable restaurant.
Fori Imperiali
The area known as the Forum was the nucleus of urban Roman life where everything, from commerce and business to prostitution and the administration of justice, took place, and where news and announcements were disseminated.
Il Margutta
This restaurant has been serving a fully vegetarian menu since its inception in 1979, which may account for the rather odd elevator-style background music.
Oasi della Pace
Go swimming, surrounded by cypress trees.
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

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