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Centro Storico

Establishment neighborhood
Caffé Perú
Via di Monserrato, 46, Centro Storico
Even though Rome is one of the most-visited capitals in the world, the local way of life hasn’t changed and you’ll find authentic aperitivo spots in every neighborhood. Caffé Perú is an unassuming hole-in-the-wall next to a newsstand. This tiny bar is on prime real estate in the Piazza Farnese, but is totally unpretentious and so untrendy it’s actually trendy. Always full of artists and students, it's perfect for hunkering down on one of the stools outside with a drink and a panino any time of day—a true slice of old Rome.
G-Rough
Piazza di Pasquino, 69, Centro Storico
Tucked away in a 16th-century palazzo just off Piazza Navona, this ten-room-strong townhouse feels like one of those gems you scour Airbnb for but can never seem to find. The property, which was formerly the family residence of owner and hotelier Gabriele Salini, has an intensely personal and unstudied aesthetic: There are pretty, old tiled floors and time-worn frescoes mixed with Gio Ponti and Guglielmo Ulrich furnishings, as well as artwork from Salini’s private collection. For those looking for a bit more space, the two suites on the top floor, each with its own outdoor terrace, can be combined for a kind of makeshift penthouse apartment. Overall, the hotel is about as un-hotel-like as they come: There’s no formal concierge, but there’s a very attentive butler who will see to your every whim, and there’s no food on the premises, save for a modest continental breakfast menu and some smaller bites during aperitivo hour, but plenty to eat and drink within striking distance.
Society Limonta
Piazza di Pasquino, 4, Centro Storico
Occupying an old upholsterer’s studio, Society is the brick-and-mortar outpost of the centuries-old Italian textile house, Limonta. Known for its simple, super-soft neutrals and pastels, the linens—everything from the jacquard throws to the cotton voile sheets and table runners—are top-notch in terms of quality. For warmer months, the seersucker sheet set is pretty much perfect. The linen napkin sets and placements make great gifts to bring back.
Pantheon
Piazza della Rotonda, Centro Storico
What’s so fascinating about the Pantheon, other than the fact it’s so well preserved for an ancient building, and still very much in use as a church, is that unlike so many historical structures, it’s very accessible: Keep an eye out while walking up to the Piazza della Rotonda, the close to two-thousand-year-old domed structure (its exact age is an architectural mystery) blends in so perfectly with the neighborhood that you can almost miss it. Inside, the Panini-painted interiors, breathtaking oculus, and the tomb of famed Renaissance painter Raphael are a thrill to explore whether you’re an art-history buff or not.