I know, the idea is not original, but it’s almost impossible talking about Italian beauties and not mentioning Rome, much more than a fascinating European capital city, I would say, a spectacular encyclopedia of living history. The whole experience of Rome is so powerful as to be almost overwhelming at times. Rome is made up of ancient buildings, pagan and Christian icons, Renaissance fountains, medieval streets, Fascist follies, and modern sensibilities. All of it comes together in the vibrant, timeless lifestyle without distinction of era.
Even talking about hotels it’s not that easy because in Rome there are plenty of different solutions. Let’s say that I’m going to proceed “by area”, starting from Via Veneto, mainly because of my passion for “La Dolce Vita”. Since 1906, The Westin Excelsior has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City. The hotel, which was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Gold List, enjoys a prime location in the celebrated Via Veneto district. The signature Villa Cupola is the largest suite in Europe. Its grand style is reflected throughout the hotel in the sumptuous furnishings of 281 guest rooms and 35 suites. Ten venues encompass 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space with rooms suitable for as few as five or as many as 1,000.
Let’s move to another area, Piazza della Repubblica, between the Baths of Diocletian and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli designed by Michelangelo; here you can find Boscolo Exedra Roma, the first 5-star luxury hotel in Rome. Owing to the astounding restoration and redesigning of a sumptuous late XIX-century palace, the Boscolo Exedra Roma is unmatched: 238 rooms, 2 showy restaurants, a superb terrace overlooking Rome, an exclusive well-being center and a spectacular Business Centre, suspended above ancient Roman excavations, able to welcome between 20 and 180 guests in 8 prestigious halls.
For an informal dinner I would suggest a typical restaurant in Trastevere “Da Pancrazio” located above the remains of the Theater of Pompey. In the menu you can find typical roman food, some Italian classics and a yummy home-made dessert choice.
For your gala dinner I would suggest Open Colonna. The “Antonello Colonna” restaurant was founded in 1874 in Labico, a village near Rome. In 2007 Antonello Colonna respond to the invitation of the Museum – Palazzo delle Esposizioni , to manage with his own philosophy of catering and hospitality the space designed by the architect Paolo Desideri: the roof garden of the Museum, a greenhouse of 2000 square meters. White space, where the Chef draws on new forms of food that are well connected with both classic and contemporary soul of the Museum. Open becomes the first event space in a contemporary setting of the late nineteenth century. Its specialties represent a traditional home-style cuisine maintaining the flavors of traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. Not to be missed!
For your team building I would consider something with the “vibe” of the City. For example with “Ciak si gira” you can celebrate the movie stars of “La Dolce Vita” proposing to your client the storyboard of an Italian movie of the sixties.
Why not an itinerary to the streets of Rome with a Vespa and some tasks to solved on the way?
Another interesting team building activity could be “angels and demons” an itinerary through the eternal city, like in the movie.
An interesting sightseeing could be the Colosseum Underground, Arena & Forum. Just last year, the Colosseum opened up both its hypogeum and its top tier: the area beneath the arena and the highest level spectators would cheer on the games below. The Colosseum’s underground is where gladiators & animals awaited their death, in my opinion a kind of peculiar visit!
Not to be missed it’s the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, not for the church itself but for Michelangelo’s Moses.
Furthermore you cannot leave Rome without the visit of The Sistine Chapel, undoubtedly one of the greatest art treasures of all time, one of the most celebrated masterpieces in the world. You can even consider a private visit of the Chapel, after the normal scheduled opening times.
xxx from Rome
Next time, finally, the “gothic” north.