Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

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.
Vinarium
A candlelit temple to gastronomic adventures - sit down and strap yourself in for some sensory explosions.
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.
Town House
The words to define this small and pleasant club in Monti are pop, Victorian, dark, underground and maybe a bit surreal.
Tina Sondergaard
Retro fabric but up-to-the-minute designs can be found at the store of Tina the Dressmaker.
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
A real hidden gem. Despite the unassuming room, and checked tablecloths, this taverna turns out some of the best pasta in 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.
TAD Café
There are times when you need therapy away from retail therapy.
Sisley
Casual but essential fashion.
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
Santa Lucia
Santa Lucia is a prime example of an excellent restaurant spitting-distance from the square, yet a world away from the caricature cartoon artists and tacky tat.
Salotto 42
A small yet sophisticated bar just off Via del Corso in the atmospheric Piazza di Pietra.
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.
Sacripante Gallery
Found in Monti, Sacripante Gallery is an eclectic contemporary art space known for its exhibitions, as much as for its speakeasy-style bar and chic historical building.
Sabon
Relax after your hard day of hedonistic shopping with some deliciously-scented scrubs and creams from Sabon.
Rivendita
Chocolates, coffee, wine and books all have their individual merits but when all four combine in one of the coolest boho spots in the city it makes for sheer indulgence.
Ripa Roma
Those with a penchant for Schrageresque styling will enjoy this hotel.
Residenza Torre Colonna
Residenza Torre Colonna is a boutique hotel housed within a renovated medieval watch tower in the heart of Rome.
Rashomon Club
In the buzzy Ostiense club scene, the Rashomon club offers good electro-rock, new wave, techno and indie music, as well as live gigs with performers such as Dix
Radisson Blu es
When it first opened in 2002, this huge Schrager-esque monolith behind Termini station caused ripples through Rome's fashion set.
Pupina
This bistro, with its white wicker chairs, lovely lighting and touches of blue and red, has a fresh and bright, almost French feeling.
Portrait Roma
This brand new venture from the swish Lungarno hotel group in Florence is set to be a fashionista magnet.
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.
Pescheria Osteria Sor Duilio
A fishmonger and restaurant in Trieste, Pescheria Osteria Sor Duilio is a sleek, family-run space in which to buy or dine on superlatively fresh seafood.
Patrizia Pepe
Florentine fashion in a Roman setting. Fantastico.
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
Osteria dell’Ingegno
This offbeat, chic dining room has everything it takes for a seriously pleasant evening.
Open Baladin
Eclectic, decadent, with the best and largest offer of local artisanal beer in town, in one word: wonderful.
Omero e Cecilia
A veritable emporium of vintage goodies.
Obikà
Considered to be the first mozzarella bar in the world, Obika' serves soft, succulent mozzarella di bufala fresh every day from Campania in a variety of incarna
Oasi della Pace
Go swimming, surrounded by cypress trees.
Necci dal 1924
Despite undergoing a dramatic refurbishment, Necci dal 1924 still retains the flavour of the days when artists such as film director Pier Paolo Pasolini hung out in the neighbourhood getting inspired and making history.
Moschino
Give in to the fun and the fashion at Moschino.
Modo
This little venue off Piazza del Fico is very conveniently located for a spot of live music and partying every night of the week, with DJs at weekends.
Miss Sixty
Fun clothes and accessories abound in Miss Sixty.
Michelangelo Hotel
Part of Starhotels’ stylish stable of hotels, the Michelangelo Hotel is a classically elegant place to stay in the Italian capital mere minutes from the Vatican City.
Micca Club
Micca Club is testament to the cultural expansion of the former no man's land flanking Termini around Piazza Vittorio.
Mezzo
Mezzo is a slinky, stylish, New York-style eatery with white walls and high ceilings.
Max & Co.
Easy on the eyes and easy on the wallet, Max & Co. is worth a visit.
Maga Morgana
Release and indulge your feminine side through the clothes at Maga Morgana.

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