Rome beckons to those with a bent for history and, well, pizza. Our friends and Instagrammers @helloemilie and @jasoncharleshill got a hefty dose of both when they stayed at the marvellous Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, right in the heart of the Eternal City. Moments from the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, this 5-star hotel dates back to the 1890s. Here Jason and Emilie share their impressions of this boutique hotel and the city made famous by La Dolce Vita.
What was your first impression of the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese?
From the outside, the building has that old-town Rome charm to it but once you walk inside, the interior’s completely modern and beautifully decorated.
Did it feel like living La Dolce Vita – the sweet life?
Haha, well yeah! We couldn't have wished for a better place to stay while in Rome.
What was your room like?
The room was just what we needed after travelling most of the day to get to Rome. It was spacious, with an open window and a comfy bed that you could fall into.
What was your favourite aspect of your stay?
The view from the upstairs restaurant would have to be one of the best views in all of Rome! We couldn't think of too many better places to sit back and enjoy a drink while watching the sunset.
Why is the hotel a good base for exploring Rome?
With just a short, two-minute walk to the Spanish Steps, historic sites and some of the best gelato you will ever taste, why would you stay anywhere else?
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What else did you do in Rome?
Time was limited, so we made the most of a full day in Rome by starting at sunrise at the Roman Forum then over to the Colosseum before the crowds arrived. From there, we walked through the back alleys of Trastevere, finding ourselves mixing it with the locals – it would have to be the most underrated part of Rome we visited! No tourists and it was amazing.
Ciao Roma! Watching the sun go down over this beautiful ancient city from the @sofitel...✨ This was my first Italian experience and after traveling through Italy this past week, the beauty and layers of history of this country have left me in awe. Can't wait to share some more of my favourites from this trip! @flightcentreau #sofitelvillaborghese
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What was the best thing about Rome?
Rome is like a living, breathing museum and being able to enjoy it and all of its sites that are so well preserved is like stepping back in time and seeing it as it once was.
What was your favourite meal in Rome?
When is Rome, you eat pizza and pasta, so that’s what we had. We found this cute little place down near the Pantheon and ate ourselves silly while sitting back in awe of the amazing architecture that has stood for nearly 2,000 years!
What was the most unusual thing you saw?
Have you ever seen 500 people trowing a coin over their shoulder into a fountain? Well, either way, should go visit the Trevi Fountain because it’s absolutely one place that lives up to the hype.
What’s your best Rome travel tip?
Rome is incredible and the whole world knows it, so get up early and hit the streets before the crowds. It’s the best way to see the city come to life.
What was the best thing to photograph?
We took so many images in Rome but it was the Colosseum that really stood out. There are so many unique angles you can photograph and we caught a perfect sunrise before the crowds arrived and had the place to ourselves.
Next up: Jason and Emilie explore Venice.