The DEPARTURES Guide to Rome

Diego De Pol / Courtesy Hotel Baglioni

Where to sleep, what to eat, and what to do in the Eternal City.

Rome is a city that needs no introduction, but a detailed guide to its rustic restaurants, hidden hotels, and many cultural attractions certainly won't hurt those looking for more than the canned tourist trip. With a cornucopia of exquisite experiences to be had—from savoring cornetti on the balcony of Audrey Hepburn's favorite hotel to gazing at the Bernini sculptures at the ever-serene Villa Borghese, visits to hip neighborhoods like Pigneto to stops by historical ruins, and more—we're sharing our favorite ways to make the most out of a visit to one of the world's oldest cities. 

Where to Stay 

The Best Hotels in Rome
From Napoleon III's former digs to a boutique hotel steps from the Piazza di Spagna, a short list of Rome's choicest accomodations. See the slideshow »

The Design Hotel Where Everything Is For Sale
Piazzadispagna9 offers a unique and comfortable stay in the heart of Rome. See the article »

From Our Archives: A Modern Hotel With An Ancient Perspective
Why Palazzo Manfredi remains one of Rome's most stylish accomodations. See the article »

The Suite to Book
Take in views of Via Veneto from one of the world's most spectacular penthouses. See the slideshow »

Where to Eat & Drink

Rome's Top Restaurants
Italian food is universally loved, but Roman cuisine—with its seafood and salumerias—is something else entirely. See the slideshow »

The Go-To Spots for Roman Nightlife
A selection of wine bars and craft cocktail lounges that best embody la dolce vita. See the slideshow »

Art & Culture

Beyond Michelangelo: Can't-Miss Museums and Galleries in Rome
From the Vatican's lesser-known treasures to thought-provoking contemporary art, Rome's cultural attractions are magnificent and diverse. See the slideshow »

Behind the Preservation of Rome's Most Iconic Structure
Tod's CEO Diego Della Valle is taking the Colosseum's future into his own hands, carving a space for private philanthropy to preserve Italian monuments. See the article »

A Quick Guide to Italian Cinema
From Fellini to Roman Holiday, the city of Rome has provided an iconic setting for dreamy, one-of-a-kind films. See the article »

Where to Shop

Rome's Best Shops and Boutiques
The can't-miss spots for exceptional Italian tailoring and craft. See the slideshow »

Rome As Inspiration
The power duo behind Valentino describe why the Italian city is their muse. See the article »

The Best Little Things in Rome
Where to find luxury watch straps, vintage jewelry, ties, and socks in the eternally fashionable city. See the article »

Things to Do

VIP Experiences Fit for an Emperor
Exclusive villas and tours that showoff Rome's ultra-luxe side. See the slideshow »

Romans on What To Do in Rome
An insider's guide to where to stay, dine, drink, and what to see in this beloved city—as well as the ideal spots to escape to when you need a break. See the slideshow »

Adam Tihany's Rome
The world-famous designer tells us where to best enjoy the Italian city's unique hotels, restaurants, and architecture. See the slideshow »

Image Credits: Getty Images; Courtesy Strategic Business Unit