Travel

Campo Marzio

Establishment neighborhood
Saddlers Union
Via Margutta, 11, Campo Marzio
When Saddlers first launched in 1950's, it was an instant hit with its sleek drawstring bucket bags and totes, and counted Jacqueline Onassis as a fan. In 2009, the brand was revamped by Micaela Calabresi Marconi, a young fashion executive with a fondness for logo-free nostalgia. Its present-day incarnation maintains a retro-bent: color-blocked suede pochettes, studded clutches, and leather bracelets—all fully customizable. The weekend bag can be made to order, with a strap customized to you so it hits at just the right spot.
Gente
Via del Babuino, 81, Campo Marzio
We like to think of this as the Italian equivalent of say, a Barneys, though it’s a bit smaller in size. There’s both a men’s and women’s flagship on Via Babuino, plus a few smaller shops scattered throughout the city; you’ll find an unerring edit of Alaia, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, and the Row—albeit with a Roman bent. (The Céline assortment, unsurprisingly, is really good.) For the guys, they bet big on more tailored suiting looks from Thom Browne, plus sharp jackets from Givenchy and Valentino sneakers.
Palazzo Fendi
Palazzo Fendi Largo Goldoni, 420, Campo Marzio
A true Roman heritage brand, Fendi went to great lengths to restore and revamp a historic palazzo to serve as the brand’s six-story headquarters, while still letting the building’s magnificent architecture shine. In addition to the two floors of retail space—complete with contemporary art from the family’s private collection—there’s a Zuma sushi outpost, an apartment reserved exclusively for VIP’s, and a branded seven-room hotel, Fendi Private Suites.
Due Ladroni
Piazza Nicosia, 24, Campo Marzio
If you’re spending an afternoon strolling the banks of the Tiber, pop into this traditional Roman restaurant for a seafood-centric dinner: If you can’t decide between fish and pasta—both excellent options here—the pro move is to order the linguine with lobster or spaghetti with clams to get the best of both worlds. There are two dining rooms inside, though since the restaurant takes up a lovely corner overlooking the Piazza Nicosia, the best seat in the house is on the outdoor patio— perfect for observing your fellow diners (mostly locals) in their natural habitat.
Stravinskij Bar
Via del Babuino, 9, Campo Marzio
Many locals would agree that the leafy terrace at the Hotel De Russie, a Rocco Forte Hotel is one of the best bars in town, weather permitting—otherwise head inside. It’s definitely a scene, meaning that the people-watching is top-notch, though the cocktail menu—a dozen or so martini options, all the classics (sidecar, old fashioned, etc.), and the signature Stravinskij Spritz (don’t be fooled, it packs a punch)—totally carries its weight. Food-wise, there are fancy sandwiches, classic salads, and of course, pasta.
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