When in Rome

Dreaming of Italy
By Heather Lindsay Sell, ShoutOUT®, May 28, 2015

Photo on top of rooftop terrace overlooking Rome, Italy

Inn at the Roman Forum, Rome, Italy. Rooftop view. Photo: Italy Hotels

As far as dream vacations are concerned, Italy has been at the top of my “rainbow” list for as long as I can remember. Movies like Under the Tuscan Sun have only intensified the unsated desire to explore this beautiful countryside. There’s something immensely enticing about a country so rich in history, ancient ruins, artistic expression, food, wineries, and breathtaking surroundings.

In anticipation of what is bound to be a photographer and foodie’s delight, I’ve begun planning my Italian adventures. I have to start planning somewhere right? So why not begin in the Eternal City of Rome.

First item on my agenda, where to stay. Since this is my dream trip, I’m shooting for the stars. My lodging checklist? Something cozy, inviting, and containing a dash of history. Something with a view of the city, close to must-see attractions, Wi-Fi, and an welcoming ambiance that exudes relaxation. Ready for the adventure? Here we go….

Photo of ruins in Crypto Portico inside the Inn at the Roman Forum

Crypto Portico. Photo: Inn at the Roman Forum

The first location blew my mind! I mean, how heady would it be to stay at an Inn that boasts 2,000 year old Roman relics contained within its walls! Seriously! That’s what’s found at the Inn at the Roman Forum! What an amazing way to kick off my travels by staying at an inn housed with ancient ruins.

In addition to the Crypto Portico stone gallery of ruins, the Inn comes replete with 5-star service, rooms/suites/family floor available, a peaceful roof terrace to relax and drink in the views of Roman history while sipping on an exotic drink, all within steps of sightseeing draws like the Colosseum and Roman Forums. And of course, after a full day of deliriously exploring, being able to soak away my tired feet and achy muscles in one of the suites’ Jacuzzi bathtubs sounds simply divine! The Inn also offers free Wi-Fi, coffee & tea facilities, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe deposit box, sitting areas, microwave and more, depending on the room. Definitely on my possibilities list! Check out the gallery here: http://www.theinnattheromanforum.com/en/default.html

Photo of suite at Hotel Barocco, Rome, Italy

Suite at the Hotel Barocco, Rome, Italy. Photo: CarryOn.com

Next is Hotel Barocco, centrally located to local treasures such as Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Colossuem, Roman Forums, and the Vatican. The rooms and suites appear warm and inviting with an elegant golden-toned décor and embracing feel. With complimentary breakfast and wireless internet, I can eat before I head out and stay connected while lounging. The marble bathrooms beckon the weary traveler (that’s me), washing off the day’s dust, then indulgently slipping into the room’s provided robe and slippers. Rooms vary in size from classic rooms to suites to an entire annex. On my rooms’ wishlist is the Junior Suite Terrace, which offers a view of piazza Barberini and the Triton Fountain, a large terrace, and outdoor bathtub, if so inclined. Sweet! Check out Hotel Barocco’s Website: http://www.hotelbarocco.com/

Suite at the Inn at Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy.

Inn at Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy. Photo: Hotels.com

Finally, The Inn at Spanish Steps, is an 18th century gem located on the Via dei Condotti in the heart of the historic center. Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon are nearby for easy touring. The stately Inn displays exquisite period décor while offering modern comforts, including A/C. a complimentary laptop computer for use during my stay, concierge services, and a rooftop terrace with breathtaking views.

Am personally in love with their photos of the Senior Suite located on the Penthouse level. The suite is bathed in royal purples and plums touched with a breath of gold. Exquisite! The marble accentuated bathroom comes equipped with a walk-in shower and sumptuous Jacuzzi tub. I’m envisioning an evening leisurely sipping prosecco wine, soothing in a frothy bubble bath in the Jacuzzi tub, and then gingerly wrapping up in one of the room’s supple bathrobes. Aaaaaah! And for the history buff in me, a notable perk – Hans Christian Andersen once resided in this luxurious guest-house! Sounds like a surreal and dreamy experience! Their website: http://www.atspanishsteps.com/

Now remember, this is not by any means an all-inclusive list and there are a cornucopia of amazing accommodations in the area. These were the ones that caught my eye, and I’m still on the lookout for my dream vacation and stay. In fact, I’d love to hear any of your discoveries and see any pics you might have. Comment here or send an email to me at heather@shoutoutinc.com

Next blog…Things to see and do in Rome, Italy.

Disclosure: The opinions expressed herein are entirely my own and based completely on my own ideas, thoughts and dreams. The hotels, accommodations, and resources mentioned in this article were researched on my own and I was not sponsored in any way.

Photo Credits:
Inn at Roman Forum
Italy Hotels

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5 Responses to When in Rome

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  2. Beth says:

    I haven’t been in Rome since I was 12…that’s a lot of years ago. I’m long overdue! I’ll definitely be bookmarking this list and hope to get there sooner rather than later. Thanks for sharing via #FridayShareFest

  3. shoutout says:

    Do you remember much about your trip when you were a kid? Can’t wait to finally go myself, and hope it’s soon! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Beth! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Sherry says:

    I love Italy! I haven’t been to the Roman Forum in years. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at Funtastic Friday. Hope you join us again this week. Pinned, tweeted, and stumbled!

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