Rome Travel Guide | Marie Claire

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When most Americans think of Rome, they think of popular landmarks like the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain. However, a true taste of Rome cannot be captured in tourist attractions, but in the everyday beauty of the Italian capital. Walk down almost any Roman street and you’ll find ancient structures with Latin inscriptions next to modern buildings and sidewalks bustling with locals running errands or enjoying a quiet day reveling in the city. From morning cappuccino tasting to exploring the Villa Borghese gardens (opens in a new tab)here are some of the best ways to experience la dolce vita, the sweet life, in Rome.

Eat at Brunello Bar and Restaurant

Brunello Bar and Restaurant (opens in a new tab) offers innovative takes on classic Roman dishes, in a hip atmosphere with spectacular lighting and decor. Try the classic Cacio e Pepe pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and black pepper. For dessert, don’t miss the modern version of the chef’s tiramisu!

Stroll through Rome’s “Central Park”

the Gardens of Villa Borghese (opens in a new tab) are home to nearly 200 acres of peaceful grounds and a large art museum filled with Bernini’s renowned sculptures. In the 17th-century villa, the artwork shines as it did long ago when commissioned by the Borghese family, Rome’s most notable patron.

Sleep like a queen

With a prestigious location on Via Veneto (opens in a new tab)one of the most historic streets in Rome, Hotel Baglioni Regina (opens in a new tab) offers accommodation worthy of the Italian nobility. The rooms are adorned with silk tapestries, chandeliers and all the trappings of Italian splendour. From the hotel, you’ll be close to some of Rome’s best shopping as well as the Spanish Steps, where locals meet and mingle before a night out on the town.

Explore Rome in a vintage Fiat 500

Spin through Rome’s narrow lanes in a tiny vintage Fiat 500 to discover the city’s hidden gems and see famous attractions from a new perspective. Learn more (opens in a new tab) on how to rent one.

Dine in a secret garden

Casino Valadier (opens in a new tab), a hidden restaurant tucked away behind a private door, is one of Rome’s best kept secrets. From the third floor, enjoy breathtaking views of Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Relax in a modern version of the Roman baths

Just outside of town, the Cavalieri Grand Spa Club (opens in a new tab) is a relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Surrounded by 15 acres of parkland, the spa itself is an oasis inspired by ancient Roman baths. Try the complete La Prairie Caviar Instant Lift facial with head massage and Swiss products.

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