This summer via Sienna Reid (founder of Italy Hotline) she organized a tour for me and some friends throughout one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Rome – Rione Monti. We visited a Small Luxury Hotel of the World that houses Roman ruins with engravings that date back over 2,000 years ago. We had special access as this stone gallery is not open to the public. We then proceeded to the terrace of the 9-suite hotel, with incredible views of the Colosseum and Roman Forum – once again off limits unless you’re a guest. The evening ended at the the penthouse apartment of Sienna whom is also an artist - so you can imagine the magical and vibrant ambiance. There we had a wine and food tasting by a professional cook and sommelier ... which was was accompanied by candle light, breathtaking views, and an unexpectedly gorgeous sunset. Ive lived in Rome for almost 3 years and had never been exposed to such history and beauty! I highly reccommend reaching out to Sienna so she can create a similar experience for you.
Afternoon summer sun makes almost everything look beautiful, but there is something distinct about watching the Eternal City live out this daily transformation. The hues and tones of every building change and the sounds of bars closing and restaurants setting up their dinner tables outside makes a walk around Rome at that time an experience in itself. For those of us that live in Rome its a good reminder why why Italians always say, "bella Roma" despite all of its ailments.