This has long been the hotel of choice for movie stars both Italian and international. Expect glamour, luxury and a beautiful spa experience but the real feature of this hotel is its secret courtyard, where you can dine or sip an espresso at any time of the day. After walking the streets of Rome all day, particularly in the heat and crowds of summer, you will be so grateful to slip into this oasis of peace and greenery. The location couldn’t be better, with romantic streets like Via Margutta (where there are often open-air art exhibitions), Villa Borghese (Rome’s best park with myriad activities for children) and Via dei Condotti (the glamour street for high-end shopping) all close enough to reach before you’ve finished licking even the most rapidly melting gelato. 


Spanish Steps is a glamorous area made famous by its stairway, which is covered with flowers and offers a magnificent view over the city. The main streets are Via di Ripetta, Via del Corso and Via del Babuino, all of which were traditionally lined with more upmarket designer stores but now offer a mix of shopping. The buildings or “palazzi” are ornate and the laneways cobblestoned so it’s a great choice for anyone who wants a polished dolce vita experience.

Via del Babuino, Rome

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Photography by Rocco Forte Hotels

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