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The Getaway: Rome

The Getaway: Rome

by Rakhee Bhatt

Rome is one of those cities that feels charming and romantic no matter the season, but fall proves to be a time when the authentic nature of the Eternal City shines in all of its glory. Gone are the flocks of tourists, sweltering heat and high prices of summertime, and in its place are quieter piazzas, vibrant foliage and easier-to-snag reservations. Here, we gather the spots to sip, savor, see and stay right now while in the historic city of Rome.

SIP

The Getaway: Rome
Il Goccetto

Il Goccetto

With a name that translates to “The Little Drop,” this cozy bar is housed in a rustic 16th-century palazzo with medieval chandeliers and features hundreds of wines—primarily from Italy and France—stacked above the tables just waiting to be opened and sipped. Stop by before dinner and select one of the red or white pours listed on an expansive chalkboard menu behind the counter.

Sant’ Eustachio il Caffè

Coffee lovers will rejoice at this local institution, which has been keeping Romans properly caffeinated since 1938 thanks to a secret recipe that incorporates a unique blend of beans roasted over a wood-burning stove. Try the staple Gran Caffè that adds a rich sugary froth to a cup of espresso.

SAVOR

The Getaway: Rome
La Romana

La Romana

Regardless whether the sun is shining or snow is blanketing the ground, no trip to Rome would be complete without a few scoops of gelato. This family run chain around the city produces small batches of their cold treats at different times of the day to ensure optimal freshness. Among favorites like the mascarpone and berry varieties is the Stracciatella grezza al cioccolato Ruby, which takes the traditional milk-based ice cream and fills it with shavings of pink ruby chocolate hailing from Belgium.

Roscioli

At first glance, this spot looks like an unassuming deli with a few tables for a quick bite, but venture a little further in to discover a restaurant ready for eaters to tuck into traditional Italian pasta dishes like the cacio e pepe and carbonara. If you want to bring home a taste of the meal, the deli stocks a selection of their pasta sauces and olive oils.

WHAT TO WEAR

SEE

The Getaway: Rome
Sistine Chapel

Colosseum By Night Tour

See this 2,000-year-old ancient amphitheater under the light of the moon during a guided evening tour. Over the course of 2.5 hours, visitors can learn about the history of this Roman space while walking on the reconstructed arena floor where the gladiators battled, perusing the underground chambers and viewing other areas typically off limits to daytime crowds.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

For those looking to indulge in art history, get a combined ticket of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Along the way, guests can see such things as classical Greek and Roman sculptures at the Pio Clementino Museum, the stunning spiral Helical Staircase and the masterpiece frescos from Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel.

WHAT TO WEAR

STAY

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Hotel de Russie

Hotel de Russie

Located between the picturesque Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo, this luxurious 120-room hotel boasts a tiered garden replete with rose bushes, orange and pine trees and a small waterfall. Take respite in the property’s Rocco Forte Wellness spa, which has a salt water hydro pool for increasing circulation and decreasing muscle tension.

Hotel Campo de’ Fiori

Old world charm is alive and well at this lavish boutique hotel, which has 23 rooms all outfitted in different wall colors, tapestries and velvet and silk furnishings. Nestled around the corner from the square on which it draws its name, this hotel has a spectacular multi-level terrace that provides 360-degree views of the city alongside wines from beloved Italian vineyards.

WHAT TO WEAR

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