• sunday guide to // rome

 

Italy is one of those romanticised places, heavily featured in film, television and even music. Not without good reason, though; the language, the food, the architecture and the atmosphere... Certain places in Italy invoke those feelings of freedom and openness which lead to the creation of irreplaceable memories. Rome is a city like no other. Rich with history and the supposed birthplace of civilisation, we've collated the musts for a modern twist on the ancient city.

 

 

eat // 

Italian food reaches far beyond the country's borders, inspiring sub-cuisines and chefs, cookbooks and restaurants around the world. True Italian food at it's best is rustic and simple, featuring fresh ingredients such as basil, tomato and mozzarella heavily in menus. If this is the type of food you seek on your trip to Roma, look no further than the traditional Trattorias. The Pigneto neighbourhood especially features chic little eateries like Porchettoni. Here you'll taste olives like nowhere else and rich house wines served by carafe, not bottle.

 

do //

This truly is an experience you'll never have seen before, and most likely will never see anywhere else. You can train to be a gladiator for as little as a two hour class, in order to get a taste of the battle skills and gall needed by a true Roman gladiator. Alternatively, should you be lucky enough to stay longer, you may enroll in Gladiator School, to learn theory, history, practical skills and gain a real understanding of the lifestyle of the ferocious warriors.

 

 

see //

The Pyramid of Cestius is essentially a 2000-year-old pyramid in the centre of Rome. It's actually built into the ramparts, or city walls which were commissioned by Emperor Aurelian. An intriguing sight, the juxtaposition of the crude construction with the stunning architecture that surrounds it is curious.

Sadly the story behind its arrival in Rome isn't nearly as odd as the way it looks in it's placing. Quite simply, the Italians went through a fashion of taking inspiration from Egypt. It was constructed as Gaius Cestius' tomb but isn't a well known tourist attraction as it only opens two days per month.

 

stay //

After the delicious food, exploration and potential warrior experience, you'll need somewhere comfortable and fresh to rest your weary head. If you like to stay in a room with a view then Boscolo Exedra is the place for you. Overlooking Piazza della Repubblica, this luxurious offering allows you to bathe in Rome's only rooftop pool. Edged with cabanas, it provides a regal view and a feeling of grandeur of times long past. 

For those who like to feel close to the bustle of a city rather than perched over it, the G Rough has a more artsy, boutique feel. Nestled in the bosom of Piazza di Pasquino it proudly displays soft furnishings, art and decor from homegrown designers and artisans of the mid-1900s.

 

 

 

images // Ludwig Thalheimer, Chantel Lucas, Jan Tielens

 

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sunday guide to // rome

 

Italy is one of those romanticised places, heavily featured in film, television and even music. Not without good reason, though; the language, the food, the architecture and the atmosphere... Certain places in Italy invoke those feelings of freedom and openness which lead to the creation of irreplaceable memories. Rome is a city like no other. Rich with history and the supposed birthplace of civilisation, we've collated the musts for a modern twist on the ancient city.

 

 

eat // 

Italian food reaches far beyond the country's borders, inspiring sub-cuisines and chefs, cookbooks and restaurants around the world. True Italian food at it's best is rustic and simple, featuring fresh ingredients such as basil, tomato and mozzarella heavily in menus. If this is the type of food you seek on your trip to Roma, look no further than the traditional Trattorias. The Pigneto neighbourhood especially features chic little eateries like Porchettoni. Here you'll taste olives like nowhere else and rich house wines served by carafe, not bottle.

 

do //

This truly is an experience you'll never have seen before, and most likely will never see anywhere else. You can train to be a gladiator for as little as a two hour class, in order to get a taste of the battle skills and gall needed by a true Roman gladiator. Alternatively, should you be lucky enough to stay longer, you may enroll in Gladiator School, to learn theory, history, practical skills and gain a real understanding of the lifestyle of the ferocious warriors.

 

 

see //

The Pyramid of Cestius is essentially a 2000-year-old pyramid in the centre of Rome. It's actually built into the ramparts, or city walls which were commissioned by Emperor Aurelian. An intriguing sight, the juxtaposition of the crude construction with the stunning architecture that surrounds it is curious.

Sadly the story behind its arrival in Rome isn't nearly as odd as the way it looks in it's placing. Quite simply, the Italians went through a fashion of taking inspiration from Egypt. It was constructed as Gaius Cestius' tomb but isn't a well known tourist attraction as it only opens two days per month.

 

stay //

After the delicious food, exploration and potential warrior experience, you'll need somewhere comfortable and fresh to rest your weary head. If you like to stay in a room with a view then Boscolo Exedra is the place for you. Overlooking Piazza della Repubblica, this luxurious offering allows you to bathe in Rome's only rooftop pool. Edged with cabanas, it provides a regal view and a feeling of grandeur of times long past. 

For those who like to feel close to the bustle of a city rather than perched over it, the G Rough has a more artsy, boutique feel. Nestled in the bosom of Piazza di Pasquino it proudly displays soft furnishings, art and decor from homegrown designers and artisans of the mid-1900s.

 

 

 

images // Ludwig Thalheimer, Chantel Lucas, Jan Tielens

 

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