View of the gardens and pond at Villa Borghese in Rome


Local guide to Rome

A sprawling metropolis of historic sites and cultural attractions, Rome is one of the most-visited cities in the world for a reason. From ancient architecture and Roman ruins to luxurious shopping and nightlife venues, many of the best places to visit in Rome are within easy reach for guests of Hotel Eden. When in Rome, do as the Romans do with this two-day itinerary of nearby sights.

Day one

Begin the day with a 10-minute walk to the Spanish Steps.
Spanish Steps

Piazza di Spagna, 00187 Rome

Start a tour of Rome with a trip to one of the city’s most famous sights: the Spanish Steps. Connecting Piazza di Spagna with Piazza Trinità dei Monti, these 135 steps are a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Grab a coffee from one of the nearby cafés and take a seat on the steps to watch the world go by.

Then, take a one-minute walk across Piazza di Spagna to Via Condotti.

Panoramic view of the Spanish steps in Rome
Gucci boutique in via Condotti, Rome
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Via Condotti

Via Condotti is the luxury shopping heart of Rome. The glamorous street is lined with designer boutiques showcasing high-end fashion and accessories that are guaranteed to give your wardrobe a serious face-lift, Italian style. It’s the place to go to discover Italian fashion labels such as Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani.

Next, take a 10-minute walk to the Trevi Fountain.

Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome

Trevi Fountain

While Rome is home to over 2,000 fountains, the Trevi Fountain is arguably the most recognisable. It’s widely considered a place of good fortune and people come from near and far to throw coins into the water for good luck. Designed by Nicola Salvi and completed Pietro Bracci in the mid-18th century, the fountain features an imposing statue of Neptune, God of the sea, riding a shell chariot pulled by sea horses.

Follow this with a 10-minute walk to the Mercati di Traiano.

View of the statues of Trevi fountain in Rome
Picture of the ruins of the Trajan's market in Rome
T: +39 06 0608 | Via IV Novembre 94, 00187 Rome

Mercati di Traiano

The Mercati di Traiano (or Trajan’s Markets) are the ruins of a Roman multi-level shopping complex. Set into the side of Quirinal Hill, the semi-circular forum was where Romans would gather to shop, socialise and conduct business. Gaze at the impressive façade and take a walk through the intriguing structure for a fascinating insight into ancient Roman life.

Reach the final destination with a 15-minute walk.

T: +39 06 679 6386 | Via Gregoriana 54/a, 00187 Rome

Gregory’s Jazz Club

Relax after a busy day of sightseeing at Gregory’s Jazz Club, a whisky bar and live music venue located close to the hotel. An excellent place for music enthusiasts, the club hosts performances by live jazz musicians and ensembles. Enjoy fine dining in the on-site restaurant before making the most of the well-stocked bar, which offers around 150 premium whiskies from around the world.

At the end of the evening, take a five-minute walk back to the hotel.

Picture of a saxophonist at Gregory’s Jazz Club in Rome

Day two

Start day two of the itinerary with a five-minute walk to Piazza Barberini.
Detail of the statues in the fountain at Barberini Square in Rome
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Piazza Barberini

A historic square in the heart of Rome, Piazza Barberini is a popular location among art and architecture enthusiasts. It’s home to several worthy attractions including the striking 17th century Triton Fountain, sculpted by Bernini, and a beautiful Baroque palace, Palazzo Barberini, which houses the National Gallery of Ancient Art.

Walk on for 15 minutes to reach the Villa Borghese.

T: +39 06 0608 | Viale dell’Aranciera, 00197 Rome

Villa Borghese

The grounds of the grand Villa Borghese enclose one of the largest and most fascinating gardens in Rome, which is littered with historical and cultural attractions. In addition to the villa itself, the park is home to the Temple of Aesculapius, the National Gallery of Modern Art, two intriguing museums and more.

Exit the park via Viale Adamo Mickievicz and take a 10-minute walk to Villa Medici.

villa borghese
View from afar of Villa Medici in Rome
T: +39 06 67611 | Viale della Trinità dei Monti 1, 00187 Rome

Villa Medici

Villa Medici, which has roots dating back to the 16th century, is a shining example of Renaissance architecture. The opulent palace on Pincio Hill is renowned for its landscaped gardens, beautiful painted apartments and panoramic views over Rome. Discover the impressive art and design collection, attend a guided tour or browse the regular cultural exhibitions.

Next, take a 10-minute walk to Piazza del Popolo.

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Piazza del Popolo

A striking 16th century square at what was once the northern gateway to Rome, Piazza del Popolo is rich in history. While the space has been remodelled a number of times, it has remained an integral part of the city for many centuries. Visitors can discover three beautiful churches – one containing masterpieces by Caravaggio and Raffaello – an ancient Egyptian obelisk and the imposing gate, Porta del Popolo.

Before returning to the hotel, take a 10-minute walk to VyTa Enoteca Regionale del Lazio.

Ancient Obelisk in Piazza del Popolo in Rome
Detail picture of wine pouring at VyTa, a restaurant and wine bar in Rome
T: +39 06 4778 6876 | Via Frattina 94, 00187 Rome

VyTa Enoteca Regionale del Lazio

When in Rome, dedicate an evening to sampling the food and wine of the Lazio region at VyTa, a restaurant and wine bar devoted to local suppliers. A highlight of the itinerary for wine connoisseurs, VyTa offers an excellent selection of hard-to-find wines by small producers, as well as a selection of superb seasonal dishes.

To get back to the hotel, it’s a 10-minute walk.

All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.


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