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Our ‘little black book’ of places to visit in Rome

April 04, 2022

Rome has plenty of ancient secrets and hidden gems to discover, many unknown even to local residents. Here our concierge team at Hotel Eden, Alessandro Arciola, Fabrizio Dubla and Ana De Castro reveal another side to the Eternal City.
Villa Aldobrandini Rome

Giardini Pensili di Villa Aldobrandini

This small botanical garden is part of the 16th century Villa Aldobrandini, found between Piazza del Quirinale, via Nazionale, and via Quattro Novembre. Offering a wonderful view over Altare della Patria and Quirinale, many of its trees date back to 1601. Being above street level even some locals are not aware of this historical green haven. Best of all, it’s only a 20-minute walk from Hotel Eden.

Via Mazzarino 11, 00184

Via di Monserrato

Rome’s finest shopping street, Via di Monserrato, is the best place to seek out the latest fashion and homeware items created by skilled local artisans. Don’t miss Chez Dede for an exquisite array of accessories, fashion and home décor. Visit Maison Halaby for elegant bags by Lebanese designer Gilbert Halaby, and for lighting take a look at Paralume, Maurizio Bellacci’s lighting boutique filled with chiffon shades and Murano glass fixtures. Via di Monserrato is a 20-minute walk or 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel.

Via di Monserrato, 00186

Chez Dede Via Monserrato Rome
Hotel Eden Rome, Concierge Team
We love sharing the many secrets of Rome with our guests and seeing them mirror our passion for this great city.

Alessandro Arciola, Ana De Castro and Fabrizio Dubla

Concierge team at Hotel Eden

Taverna Trilussa

With its ivy-covered entrance and walls adorned with vintage photos and cured meats, Taverna Trilussa is located in the heart of Trastevere and is a popular local landmark, having been around for almost a century. Renowned for classic Roman dishes including bucatini all’Amatriciana and cacio e pepe, and serving pasta in the steel pan in which it’s cooked, reservations are highly recommended. After a memorable meal, take time to explore Trastevere’s cobblestone side streets and Medieval maze of piazzas.

Via del Politeama 23/25, 00153

Taverna Trilussa restaurant Rome
Santa Maria Della Concezione Dei Cappuccini Rome

Santa Maria Della Concezione of the Capuchins

At first glance, this church may seem like many others in Rome, containing artworks by renowned artists such as Guido Reni and Pietro da Cortona. But if you venture down into the basement crypt, you may be in for a surprise. Here you’ll find an ancient, former Capuchins cemetery. Five chapels are elaborately decorated with the skulls and bones of over 4,000 friars who lived and died in the monastery between the 16th and 18th centuries, their bones arranged over two hundred years ago to form rosettes, pilasters, stars, flowers, festoons, lamps and crosses and other enchanting Baroque patterns.

Via Vittorio Veneto 27, 00187

The hypogeum of Fontana di Trevi

Everyone knows the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), the late Baroque masterpiece designed by Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762. But underneath the fountain, you wouldn’t expect to find an archaeological site showcasing Rome’s millennial story. Explore part of an imperial Roman Domus, an aqueduct and the stratification of the city over the centuries. It’s open every day except Mondays, and advance bookings are recommended.

Vicolo del Puttarello 25, 00187

Detail of the Trevi Fountain

Rome’s hidden gems are all within easy reach of Hotel Eden, and well worth exploring during your time in the Eternal City.

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