Explore Rome

Mimi ON Feb 01, 2012 AT 9:21 am

Rome

Rome

If the cold weather is getting you down and the thought of booking summer holidays onsets depression when you think of the long wait, why not book yourself on some short city breaks to make that stretch to summer less grim?

City Breaks are the best way to really make you feel like you’ve had a weekend. Opting for a European destination this time of year means there are some great deals around if you book in advance. One of my favourite places is to go is Rome, with fantastic food, shopping and culture all just few hours away.  Rome breaks may have you reaching for your credit card but you can always stay somewhere reasonably priced and just hang out in the 5 star hotels for brunch, lunch dinner and cocktails.

One of my favourite hotels in Rome is The Hotel Russie – a super-luxe hotel just minutes away from the Spanish Steps. It’s a bit of a haunt for celebs and other famous faces, plus it has gorgeous gardens with a great view of the Villa Borguese, the perfect place to spend the day having a long lazy lunch. If you want to dress up and pose, after all you are in Rome head for a cocktail at the Stravinsky Bar, the cocktail recipes are divine and you’ll probably spot a celeb or two without even having to book a room.

Hotel De Russie

Hotel De Russie

I was last in Rome for the launch of the new Valentino fragrance, Valentina, and got to visit the Atelier of Valentino’s fashion house, where they make the collections and all the bespoke couture pieces for the very rich and famous. The house of Valentino is situated so centrally, just a walk along from the Spanish Steps, inside this historical building I saw the wedding dress that Jackie Onassis wore when she married Aristotle Onassis in 1968 as well as the dress that Julia Roberts wore to collect her first Oscar in 2000. When you walk passed this famous building with the ‘V’ proudly displayed outside, take a moment to think about what is locked away inside.

Valentino Valentina Fragrance

Valentino Valentina Fragrance

Romans take their fashion seriously, so this is an amazing place to just stroll and window shop, lose yourself in the designer stores of Gucci, Prada and Hogan, but make sure you check out the more urban areas with the cool cafes and new boutiques. Head to the Trastevere for some great artisan workshops and stores or Testaccio for more trendy boutiques and don’t miss the vintage stalls on Via Sannio.

Wherever you stay, you will be enchanted by this beautiful city, whether you head straight for a tour around the Colosseum,  a wander around the Pantheon or St Peter’s Basilica, or treat yourself to a pamper at the Grand Spa at the Rome Cavalieri hotel, you won’t be disappointed. All this and we didn’t even mention pasta!

 

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