VILLA SPALLETTI TRIVELLI ROME, ITALY
THERE’S NO NEED TO HANG THAT ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ SIGN
On your bedroom door at this handsome neoclassical villa, built by Countess Gabriella Rasponi, a niece of Caroline Bonaparte. With just 15 rooms, it’s probably the city’s best-kept secret. And it’s perfectly discreet for couples who want sophistication rather than fuss. But, in spite of this, it’s incredibly well-positioned – with views over the Quirinal gardens, backing onto the buzzing Monti area (Rome’s answer to Paris’s Le Marais) and sitting just a coin’s throw from the Trevi Fountain.
VILLA SPALLETTI TRIVELLI ROME, ITALY THERE’S NO NEED TO HANG THAT ‘DO NOT DISTURB’ SIGN Photo Gallery
Cosy up by the fire in one of the ‘salons’ where the countess once entertained philosophers and politicians, and marvel at treasures that include 15th-century Flemish tapestries hanging over a packed drinks trolley where you can have your fill of complimentary Prosecco.
From the fabulous pink marble hammam in the basement to the new rooftop deck – with bar, three hot tubs (open year-round) and views of Roman rooftops and the Presidential Palace – there really is pampering aplenty. The hotel even has on-call masseurs – if you’re worn out from walking the city, ask for Japanese therapist Satchi.
Front-of-house manager Daniela has the best tips for romantic dining across the city, but it would be a crime not to try the hotel’s delicious menu of homemade pastas, biscuits and cakes – served, weather permitting, in the Villa’s private garden, among the lemon trees, jasmine and laurel bushes. This is the way to do Rome in style for those who like to travel under the radar.
OUR KIND OF LUXE
Visit in spring and take a day trip to Pomario, the Spalletti Trivelli family’s vineyard on the border between Umbria and Tuscany, for an afternoon of wine and olive-oil tasting GO Villa Spalletti Trivelli (villaspalletti.it offers double rooms from £388 per night, on a B&B basis.