Our design lovers travel guide showcases interior design inspiration from some of the best places to visit in Rome.
As an interior designer, I love to soak up as much design inspiration as possible whilst on my travels and earlier this year I had the chance to visit Rome with two of my bestie designer pals. It’s definitely one of the best city breaks in Europe that I’ve visited so far!
Boutique Hotel in Rome
Our first criteria was to find one the best boutique hotels in Rome, and I think we found it! We stayed in The Hoxton; a really cool hotel with amazing interior design and within walking distance from the Villa Borghese gardens and some of the main tourist sites. This place was filled with an eclectic mix of mid century style furniture and lighting, with such a cosy atmosphere in the evening for drinks.
On our first day we didn’t really make any structured plans and decided to explore the streets and leave things a bit more to chance. As everything in Rome is quite easily accessible within walking distance, we decided to wander the streets and just soak it all in. I recommend not taking public transport and if you don’t want to walk, hire one of the scooters to get around easier. This is what we did, and it allowed us to experience the Architecture throughout the winding streets, giving us the chance to take lots of photo’s along the way. The Architecture in Rome is breathtaking, and of course this wouldn’t be a travel guide if I didn’t recommend to visit all the main sites such as Coloseum, The Trevis Fountain, The Pantheon and the Roman Forum. But, what I’m trying to express is that you don’t need to visit the main sites to have a great trip. Everywhere you look is absolutely beautiful, and luckily the weather was sunny when we visited at the end of January; leaving a golden glow on all of the buildings.
Michelin Star Restaurant With a View
On the first night we booked a wine pairing tasting menu in Aroma, overlooking the Colosseum. It’s best booking in advance to secure a table as it’s quite an intimate space with limited seating. This place welcome’s A list celebrity diners such as Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman and Quentin Tarantino. We didn’t bump into any whilst we were there, but we had an amazing evening with delicious food, wine and romantic view! If you’re a design lover and a foodie like me, then this place is highly recommended.
Design Museum in Rome
On the second day we decided to explore one of the more contemporary design museum’s in Rome. As I’ve already been to see The Vatican on my last trip (which is definitely a must if you’ve never been before), we decided to try Maxxi, the National Museum of Art from the 21st century. With striking Architecture designed by the late Zaha Hadid; this place is brimming with inspiration and modern art exhibition’s for the design lover.
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