Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

‘Gusto
Wine bar, restaurant, bookshop, pizzeria - Gusto is all of these things and more.
AcquaMadre Hammam
This hammam will massage, scrub and soothe you into a relaxed, yet reinvigorated, stupor.
Al Bric
Officially a wine and cheese emporium, Al Bric goes above and beyond.
Al Vino al Vino
Sophisticated yet lively this Monti wine bar is perfect for chatting over a plate of cheese and salami.
Angelo di Nepi
International influences are evident in this designs of this Roman.
Animal Social Club
One of the more chilled-out clubs in Rome, it's worth becoming a member of Animal.
Antica Enoteca della Croce
This perennially popular bar/restaurant boasts great food and a plethora of wines.
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.
Armando al Pantheon
A Roman restaurant that’s been around since the 60s, Armando al Pantheon knows how to please its diners with classic Roman cuisine and elegant, casual surrounds.
Aspesi
Modern fashion and modern art all in one place.
AVC by Adriana V. Campanile
Shoes, glorious shoes, all the kinds you could wish for.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Brancaleone
Now the leading centro sociale in Rome, 'Branca', as it is known, has been providing alternative musical entertainment and social happenings since 1990.
Caffè delle Arti
Caffé delle Arti makes a gorgeous lunch spot for culture vultures.
Caffè Novecento
After trawling through the boutiques along the Via Governo Vecchio, flop into this dainty café for refreshment.
Candle’s Store
Don't light a candle in this temple. Buy one. Or two. Or eight.
Capo Boi
An elegant restaurant in the Coppede district, Capo Boi specialises in serving its devoted clientele delicious seafood in its old world dining room.
Capo d’Africa
This friendly hotel mixes sharp service with contemporary styling and well-placed objects of contemporary art.
Casa Howard
This eclectically-styled townhouse has two locations and a loyal following with the international press.
CasaCau
A six-apartment boutique hotel near the Trevi Fountain, CasaCau is a luxurious, well-positioned starting point from which to explore the Eternal City.
Casina Valadier
Found atop the Pincian Hill in Rome, Casina Valadier offers panoramic views, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, and creative cocktails.
Cavalieri dell’Appia Antica
Take a ride down Rome's oldest road.
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...
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.
Circolo degli Artisti
The life and soul of the up-and-coming district of Pigneto, Circolo is arguably Rome's best underground destination.
Città del Gusto
A veritable palace to food and wine.
Classico Village
This former factory is one of Ostiense's most popular nightspots, which, with its restaurant, stage for live bands, club area and courtyard bar (that becomes particularly delectable in the summer), really does resemble a nocturnal village.
Coin
Have a wander around this Italian department store and wonder at the wares within.
Costume National
Crossing Condotti
Not so much a hotel in the classic sense of the word as an elegantly furnished, superbly located townhouse apartment.
Cul de Sac
An original classic. This contemporary Roman wine bar, opened in 1968, sees everyone, from footballers, design denizens and enthusiastic locals, pass through its doors.
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.
Degli Effetti
Spoilt for choice across the three stores of this Roman fashion giant.
Del Frate
From the outside Del Frate looks like a dusty old enoteca, but once you're through the door things are refreshingly modern, clean and fresh.

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