Six Senses Rome
Piazza di San Marcello, Centro Storico
The first urban Six Senses property is surrounded by heritage sites with household names—the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps…we could go on. Inside, Six Senses Rome is contemporary and serene, dressed in materials that call up the past (marble, travertine, stone, stone, stone) but firmly rooted in what feels cool now. Executive chef Nadia Frisinia is responsible for the excellent food at the two restaurants: Bivium, an all-day spot perfect for fueling up presightseeing and winding down post-, and Notos, which serves cocktails and bites in the rooftop garden. At the spa, facials use products from the Tuscan brand Seed to Skin, the plunge pool trio is inspired by traditional Roman bathhouses, and sleep treatments aim to help guests evade jet lag—and get right to the good stuff.
L’Archivio di Monserrato
Via Monserrato, 150, Centro Storico
Argentinian transplant and daughter in law of artist Cy, Soledad Twombly has recently moved her famed Roman atelier to a new space and given it a new name.
Via di Monserrato, 35, Centro Storico
This space, founded by two of Italy’s top Creative Directors is a concept store meets atelier, that celebrates luxurious handmade items and old-school craft.
Via di Monti Giordano, 60/61, Centro Storico
This quirky little brunch spot is famous for baked goods and incredible pancakes, which come with layers of strawberries and bananas in between the stacks.
Via della Stelletta, 4, Centro Storico
This cool, experimental little restaurant is casual from head to toe—you'll serve your own wine and even set your own place, with utensils and napkins from drawers on the underside of the bar—which is actually a big part of the appeal in a city where meals are usually a big to-do. The menu changes daily, serving Italian dishes with modern twists to foodies and Rome's younger set. There's a big table in the back where you can make a reservation and share a family-style meal, but if you're with a small party, it's first-come, first-serve. Sit at the bar, where you can look in on the big open kitchen.
Settimio al Pellegrino
Via del Pellegrino, 117, Centro Storico
The menu changes daily based on whatever Teresa's making, but she relies on old-school dishes like polpette (meatballs) and homemade pasta, and if you show up on a Friday, definitely be prepared for fish.
Piazza Sforza Cesarini 40, Centro Storico
It's the kind of place you should come for classic Roman dishes, like spaghetti puttanesca, grilled artichokes, and cacio e pepe.
Via delle Zoccolette 22, Centro Storico
The menu leans on crazy-fresh ingredients sourced from the farms around Rome, and every category, from fritti to pasta, is gorgeously executed.
Hotel De Ricci
Via della Barchetta, 14, Centro Storico
The recently opened Hotel de Ricci is the city’s most stylish new addition. Lorenzo Lisi (also the proprietor of the permanently packed seafood spot Pierluigi) hired the stylist and illustrator duo behind concept store Chez Dédé, to manage the hotel’s aesthetic. The furniture is mid-century style and the walls of each room have been hand painted with illustrations—the overall effect is modern, romantic, and fresh. Aside from the incredibly stylish interior, the Hotel de Ricci takes wine seriously, with a fully stocked wine cellar and a former sommelier turned Hotel Manager on staff. Aperativo is served nightly in the guests- and members-only Charade bar, or can be delivered to your room and enjoyed with a glass of the wine personally selected for each guest and waiting in their room on arrival.
Giulio Passami L’Olio
Via di Monte Giordano, 28, Centro Storico
This is the ideal spot to wander into after a day of sight-seeing at the Vatican. Giulio Passami l’Olio or "Giulio Pass the Oil" is a relaxed, traditional, restaurant with wooden tables, a small bar and no fuss. The wine list is over a thousand titles long and even better, the cacio e pepe comes with shaved truffles on the top.