In August, Rome can feel like a ghost town as residents exchange the hot city streets for Mediterranean beach towns. At the beginning of September, however, the city gradually comes back to life and autumn is one of the most pleasant times of the year to visit Italy’s capital. This is harvest season, and restaurants make the most of seasonal bounty from figs to truffles. Early in fall, you can expect at least a few warm evenings perfect for al fresco dining—perhaps in the “Secret Garden” of the Hotel de Russie, an urban oasis not far from the Piazza del Popolo.
If you want to follow dinner with a film, the Festa Internazionale di Roma takes place in October. The festival has already become a key event in the film world’s cultural calendar while bringing silver screen glamour to the Eternal City. Come back from the romance of the movies to “real life” with a visit to one of the most iconic film locations in Rome—the Spanish Steps. The landmark staircase has appeared in movies from Roman Holiday to The Talented Mr. Ripley. At the top of the steps is another star of Rome, the legendary Hotel Hassler, where Grace Kelly honeymooned and Audrey Hepburn stayed during the filming of Roman Holiday.
Whether you want to spend your Roman holiday near the Vatican at the Gran Melia Rome Villa Agrippina or in the exclusive residential neighborhood of Pinciano at the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese, the eight members of The Leading Hotels of the World in Rome has the city covered.
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