In the heart of Baroque Rome, a walk through Via del Babuino, Piazza di Spagna and Via dei Condotti is like taking a plunge into beauty, in a place where the charm of the past has a contemporary feel.
A maze of deluxe streets, just steps away from the Hotel d’Inghilterra Roma - Starhotels Collezione. We suggest to leave early in the morning, although it is not easy to get away from the hushed atmosphere of the boutique hotel on Via Bocca del Leone, which is ready to welcome you back at the end of a busy day! Have an espresso at La Bauvette, on Via Vittoria, or at the Caffè Greco – the Italian-style bar par excellence, where coffee is the star amidst classic furniture and old paintings- and then indulge yourself in a bit of shopping at the flagship stores of the most exclusive designer brands.
The latest Celine bag, a pair of evergreen Church shoes…and once your hedonistic side has been satisfied, it is time to feed your artistic soul. Let’s start by climbing the 135 steps of Italy’s most famous square, Piazza di Spagna, at the foot of which you will see the Barcaccia Fountain, designed in 1627 by Pietro and Gian Lorenzo Bernini upon the request of Pope Urban VIII. Not far from there is the Column of the Immaculate Conception. After having admired the piazza’s wonders, stop at Babington’s, an English-style tea room, where you can treat yourself to a delicious cup of tea and homemade cakes. It makes the perfect afternoon break, especially at sunset.
It’s nearly lunch time: here are a few places we recommend for a quick break. Ginger, on Via Borgognona, is a newly-opened venue, with a young and lively atmosphere, where you can enjoy soups, sandwiches and centrifuged juices. Gina Eat&Drink is quite fashionable and attracts a young and chic crowd. Palazzo Fendi is the most exciting new addition to the area’s restaurant scene: five floors housing the world’s largest Fendi boutique, a fur atelier and the Palazzo Privé, where the most prestigious guests are received. Located on the top floor is the multi-awarded Zuma restaurant, whose Jap cuisine is a not-to-miss experience.
Just a few more steps along the Tridente area, through Via del Corso, Via del Babuino and Via di Ripetta, and we reach Piazza del Popolo. As you walk around the Flaminio Obelisk, brought back to Rome by Augustus and standing in the middle of the square, your eyes won’t know where to look, as there are so many wonderful sights.
Along the road leading back to the hotel, stop at the Ara Pacis, which is hosting an exhibition on Picasso until February 2017 and, if dinner time approaches, enjoy an intimate and elegant meal at Cafè Romano, run by chef Antonio Vitale.