The past and present collide in Rome, a city where ancient ruins rest alongside modern art galleries and designer fashion boutiques. Though Roman mythology sets the founding of the city at only 753 B.C., the area has been inhabited far longer. In fact, this is one of the oldest continuously-occupied domains in Europe. These days, Rome is Italy’s largest city and fourth largest in the European Union. But its size is inconsequential; Romans still live la dolce vita. Indulge yourself by sipping an espresso at a family-owned café or blending in with the locals at Campo de Fiori, one of Rome's more vibrant food markets. Do not miss classic sights such as the Colosseum, Galleria Borghese, and the Trevi Fountain (the setting of the iconic fountain scene in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita). Tour Vatican City with a private guide; it is the only independent country located within the borders of a city, to which Catholics from around the world make pilgrimage. Take a quick taxi ride to St. Peters Cathedral, or hire a guide to explore sights such as the Pantheon. Rome contains multitudes, and Villa Parioli is the perfect home base.
Villa Parioli occupies the entire first floor of an historic palazzo in the residential Parioli neighborhood, offering plenty of luxurious touches and true Roman elegance along with easy access (even on foot) to the historic city center. Located right behind the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, the villa is ideally situated for exploring Rome. The Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are only a 25-minute walk; on the way you can wander through the Borghese Gardens. Ancient Rome, housing the Coliseum, the Forum, Palatine Hill, and more, is just another 20 minutes away. Members will often walk into the city and grab a taxi when ready to return to Villa Parioli. This leased property is expertly handled by a team of service experts: your Experience Manager will reach out to begin planning 30-45 days in advance, then hand your details over to a Local Host about a week before you arrive.