With some of the best views of the Colosseum — and standing right on the Ludus Magnus, the site of an ancient gladiator school — the 16-room Palazzo Manfredi winks at its aristocratic Roman background, but it’s distinctly modern, from Italian designer Maria-Renata Fimiani’s opulent interiors to Giuseppe di Iorio’s inventive Mediterranean restaurant, Aroma.
What to do
- Eat. The rooftop restaurant Aroma must be on your to-do list, if not for the creative and nouvelle spin on Mediterranean cuisine — from Roman pastas and clever fish dishes to superb soufflés — then simply to watch the sun set through the Colosseum’s three tiers of arches.
- Pray. Palazzo Manfredi is nestled in a cluster of ancient churches that prove that it is always worth it to peek underground. Just up the street is the Basilica of San Clemente, with two underground levels to explore, and across the neighborhood on Celio Hill is the Basilica of Santissimi Giovanni e Paolo, a fourth-century church built on the home of two Roman soldiers.
- Love. Rome’s sweet tooth is best treated at Cristalli di Zucchero, 88 Via di San Teodoro, a pastry shop on the edge of the Circus Maximus with a beautiful selection of mini cakes and tarts, as well as gelato, perfect for a picnic in the Circus.
- Meander. Take a stroll through the neighboring microsm Monti, Rome’s favorite shopping area, a sort of Italian Greenwich Village with one-of-a-kind boutiques from the antique to the avant-garde.
- Pedal. On Sundays, rent a bike from Bici & Baci (hotel delivery on request) and pedal through the city, starting from the Colosseum and Via dei Fori Imperiali to Villa Borghese, one of the largest parks in Rome, where the green meadows, pedal boats and cotton candy are irresistible. Or head out of the city to Via Appia Antica, the oldest road in the empire.
What we love
- Centrally located for easy foot, taxi or public transport
- Private views of the adjacent Ludus Magnus (the gladiator training ground near the Colosseum)
- The rooftop restaurant and digestif lounge bar
- Spacious bathrooms with proper baths
- Charming neighborhood with an artisanal gelateria and local trattorias
What to Know
- A €6 city tax per room, per night, will be collected upon check-out at the property
- Intimate room layout is ideal for couples, not so much for families
- The rooftop restaurant has inside and outside dining areas, both from which you can see the Colosseum
- Streetside location means some noise; there are also Metro tremorsThe historic center is within a 15-minute walk
- In this property you can hire a Dream Car: Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Bentleys, Rolls, etc. See our fleet.
How to get there
- Flights are available to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers.
- Transfers are approximately $40 per person, each way, and can be arranged by the property.
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