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The Weekender: Immersing in the eternal allure of Rome, Italy

Embark on a weekend escapade in Rome, journeying through the city's timeless treasures, indulging in its gastronomic pleasures and experiencing luxury Italian hospitality at its finest

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A city steeped in history, overflowing with charm and bursting with life, Rome is the ideal destination for an unforgettable weekend getaway. Ancient ruins whisper tales of the past while modern-day buzz brings vibrancy to the city streets. From iconic landmarks that echo the grandeur of the Roman Empire to Renaissance frescoes, Rome offers an enchanting blend of old and new. Experiencing it all in one weekend may seem daunting, but we have the perfect guide to help you make the most of your visit.

Best visited in the balmy months of spring (April to June) or autumn (September to November), Rome’s streets come alive with a warm breeze and the sun-kissed squares are perfect for a leisurely gelato. Even the cooler winter months offer their own charm, with fewer tourists and a unique perspective of the city’s historical sites.

Ahead, you’ll find a handy guide for your Roman weekend adventure. We’ve handpicked the best luxury hotel for your stay, exceptional dining options to indulge your palate and a selection of must-visit attractions along with some hidden gems. Discover where to stay, eat and explore in this extraordinary city that never fails to captivate its visitors. Whether you’re a history buff, a food lover or simply seeking a memorable getaway, Rome has something to offer everyone.

Stay at Hotel Eden

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Hotel Eden’s ‘La Libreria’ Lobby Lounge

Immersed in the legacy of a history that dates back to the late 19th century, Hotel Eden, a Dorchester Collection gem, has been a beacon of radiant hospitality in Rome. Nestled in the heart of the city, overlooking the legendary Via Veneto and within walking distance of the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese, this location is perfect for those seeking a culturally-rich weekend. With Rome’s greatest attractions, boutiques and culinary experiences within reach, every moment spent here is steeped in the charm and vibrancy of the iconic Italian capital. Following an extensive refurbishment in 2017, it now effortlessly marries authentic Roman charm with luxurious modern comforts, perfect for an opulent weekend getaway in the Eternal City.

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Hotel Eden’s Presidential Suite bedroom

The rooms and suites at Hotel Eden are thoughtfully designed to make every guest feel like they own a piece of this beautiful city. The interiors encapsulate the elegance of a private Roman residence, with the high ceilings, tall windows and a calming Italian colour palette setting the stage for a serene retreat. From the striking collaboration of modern design and Roman warmth in the Classic Rooms to the glowing charm and enchanting views of the Prestige Rooms with View, the hotel offers a variety of options for a memorable stay. For those seeking more, the suites, such as the beautifully designed Junior Suite and the spacious Grande Bellezza Suite, promise an air of grandeur and privacy, further complemented by the magnificent city views.

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Double Spa Suite at Hotel Eden’s Eden Spa

Beyond the doors of your room lies the exclusive Eden Spa, a sanctuary of relaxation hidden within the hotel’s warm vaulted hideaway. The Spa offers a suite of unique treatments, personal suites and private bathrooms, aiming to offer a truly customised relaxation experience. One of their signature offerings, ‘La Grande Bellezza’, rejuvenates tired skin and soothes sore muscles, offering an extraordinary spa journey that harmonises body and mind. This exclusive massage, combined with other classic treatments, makes the Eden Spa an essential part of your luxury weekend itinerary at Hotel Eden.

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The Hotel Eden experience extends far beyond its stunning rooms and indulgent spa. An exceptional team of hospitality professionals ensures you receive the very best of everything with a warm and welcoming heart. Whether it’s an outdoor swimming pool for the hot summer days, a 24/7 fitness room to maintain your wellness routine, or a concierge service ready to share insider tips on exploring Rome’s 2,500 years of history, Hotel Eden is a radiant beacon of hospitality in Rome, providing a weekend experience that’s authentically Italian and unforgettable.

The best places to eat and drink in Rome

No visit to Rome is complete without an immersion in the city’s rich culinary landscape. Food is not just a sustenance, but an essential aspect of the Italian way of life, and what better place to embark on a gastronomic journey than the Eternal City? Your weekend in Rome will undoubtedly revolve around delectable meals, from morning espresso to evening aperitivo, and every flavour-filled moment in between.

Aperitivo at Hotel Eden's Il Giardino Bar
Il Giardino Bar at Hotel Eden

Begin your evening with an aperitivo at Il Giardino Bar at Hotel Eden. This pre-dinner tradition is an essential Italian ritual – a time to unwind, celebrate the onset of the evening and stimulate the appetite for the feast to come. Guests can indulge in finely crafted cocktails, including La Grande Bellezza, featuring a tantalising blend of rosé vermouth and tamarind, or try one of the Negroni variants. Paired with a gourmet selection of canapés crafted by the chef, this makes for the perfect introduction to the Italian gastronomic experience.

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La Terrazza at Hotel Eden

As the evening unfolds, head to La Terrazza, Hotel Eden’s Michelin-starred restaurant, for an unforgettable dining experience. Here, Chef Fabio Ciervo utilises the freshest local produce and herbs to create dishes that truly celebrate Roman cuisine. With spectacular views of the city serving as a backdrop, enjoy a meal that reaches new culinary heights. Choose from various tasting menus, including the Harmony, featuring an array of exquisite dishes such as fennel, Amalfi lemon and Mazara red shrimp, ravioli stuffed with octopus, sole and citrus and Iberian secret and liquorice. This extraordinary restaurant is a testament to why Italy is a globally renowned food destination.

For those who desire to venture beyond the hotel, the family-owned La Matricianella in Rome’s historic centre offers a charmingly authentic Roman dining experience. A leisurely stroll from Hotel Eden, this neighbourhood gem is known for its home-style cooking and reasonable prices. Expect to find quintessential Roman dishes such as house-made pasta with truffles, gnocchi and fried artichokes. Regulars and visitors alike swear by their cacio e pepe, often touted as one of the best in town. Amid the cosy atmosphere, enhanced by checkered tablecloths and warm lighting, enjoy a meal that truly captures the spirit of Roman cuisine. With each dish, you’re not just eating; you’re savouring a piece of Rome’s gastronomic history.

What to see in Rome, from iconic sites to bohemian districts

Rome, Italy | Mauro Grazzi
Rome, Italy | Mauro Grazzi

The allure of Rome extends beyond its mouthwatering cuisine and luxurious accommodations, leading you into the city’s vibrant heart pulsating with historic marvels, secret corners, and delightful shopping avenues.

Embark on your adventure with a stride into history at the majestic Colosseum and the awe-inspiring Pantheon. Continue the journey through Rome’s historical narrative at the Trevi Fountain, allowing yourself to partake in the tradition of coin tossing.

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City | Chad Greiter
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City | Chad Greiter

Nestled a short distance from Hotel Eden is the enchanting Villa Borghese. This serene park, a green heart in the city, is also home to the Borghese Gallery, a treasure trove of Baroque art. The Spanish Steps, located at Piazza di Spagna, are a stone’s throw away, offering sweeping city views. For the art connoisseurs, the Vatican Museums provide an unparalleled voyage through a sea of artistic mastery, culminating in the ethereal Sistine Chapel.

Rome, however, keeps many of its jewels tucked away. Delve into its lesser-known areas like the lively Trastevere district, teeming with bohemian spirit, winding cobblestone paths and inviting trattorias. Discover the architectural whimsy of Quartiere Coppedè, a fantastical district often overlooked by tourists.

Trastevere district, Rome, Italy | Szabolcs Toth
Trastevere district, Rome, Italy | Szabolcs Toth

Experience Rome’s luxurious side along Via dei Condotti, the city’s prime shopping destination, teeming with high-end boutiques such as Prada, Gucci and Valentino. Other retail avenues like Via del Corso and Via del Babuino host a variety of Italian and international designer shops. If unique finds pique your interest, the Monti district offers vintage shops, independent designers and artisan crafts.

As your Roman weekend adventure unfolds, Hotel Eden remains your haven of rest, indulgence and rejuvenation. Bask in the historical richness, culinary wonders, and retail delights that Rome has to offer, an unforgettable journey of discovery and Italian elegance. Buon viaggio!

Hotel Eden
Website: dorchestercollection.com
Address: Via Ludovisi 49, 00187 Rome, Italy

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