March 20, 2019

The Eternal City has it all - rich history, stunning architecture, and incredible food make for an unforgettable getaway. Discover ILLARA's guide for your next Roman Holiday. 

SEE: Castel Sant'Angelo
Originally constructed in 123 AD as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian and his family, Castel Sant'Angelo as it is known today, has a rich history from serving as a military fortress connected to the Vatican, to a prison, and finally a museum. Arrive via the Ponte Sant'Angelo, a beautiful bridge which crosses the Tiber and links the castle to the center of Rome. From there wind your way up through the various levels until you reach the upper terrace where you can take in amazing views of Rome. Plan your visit to take in a spectacular sunset from the terrace and see the lights of Rome come to life across the city.

EAT: Pierluigi
Established in 1938, Pierluigi is perfect for a special occasion with an elegant outdoor seating area situated right on the Piazza Ricci. With a menu that is focused on seasonal ingredients, the restaurant specializes in seafood and is known for their super fresh oysters and delectable seafood pastas.

DRINK: Hotel Raphaël Rooftop Terrace
Tucked away behind the Piazza Navona, the intimate rooftop terrace at Hotel Raphaël offers stunning views of Rome's historic center while enjoying an apertivo. 

SHOP: Gente
Gente offers a tightly edited selection of top designers including Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Versace. Offering a men's and women's flagship store as well as several smaller locations throughout the city, Gente is perfect for a luxury shopping fix.

STAY: Hotel Eden
The Dorchester Collection's Hotel Eden offers a luxurious and refined experience. Situated between the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese, the hotel is centrally located while keeping away from the hubbub of tourists. Indulge in a spa treatment or take in the magnificent views while enjoying a delicious meal on the terrace at Il Giardino restaurant.

CULTURE: Galleria Borghese
The Galleria Borghese features one of the world's greatest private art collections rich in ancient Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque art. Art lovers will enjoying taking in major works by Bernini, Titian, Caravaggio, Raphael, Correggio, and Rubens. After your visit be sure to take a stroll through the Villa Borghese Gardens one of the most beautiful parks in Rome.