Palazzo Manfredi – Rome, Italy
Right in the centre of what was once the imperial Rome sits a charming 17th century palace, boasting an unparalleled view of the Colosseum, the Forum and the Domus Aurea, combined with superb hospitality: welcome to the elegant Palazzo Manfredi.
“Virtute duce, comite fortuna”: led by virtue, accompanied by fortune.
Built over the ruins of the Ludus Magnus, the gymnasium used by Roman gladiators, Palazzo Manfredi quotes Cicerone in commemoration of the past.
Today the hotel it is exquisitely adorned with art pieces ranging from 16th century antique paintings to contemporary ones.
The atmosphere is intimate and sophisticated, crowned by the hotel’s Aroma Restaurant where the incredible views of ancient Rome are beautifully matched by the culinary delights created by visionary Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio.
Black Platinum Gold’s Experience: GRAND VIEW COLOSSEUM J SUITE
The J Suite extends over an area of 50 square meters and it has a bedroom, a living room – living area, a walk-in closet and a bathroom with large walk-in shower.
Exquisite amenities by Acqua di Parma are elegantly wrapped at your arrival and the Parrot surround audio system by Philippe Starck contributes to create the perfect ambient.
Right in front of the bed the curtains open towards a breathtaking view over the Ludus Magnus and Colosseum, admirable through a large sliding glass full-view door.
The elegant interiors, the refinement of details, the use of furniture and decorations created by famous Italian designers give life to a unique and refined style and undeniably romantic ambience.
AROMA – MICHELIN STARRED RESTAURANT
Black Platinum Gold’s Experience:
Tasting Menu, A Culinary Journey tailored by the Chef.
Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio is considered one of Italy’s youngest and brightest talents and has been AROMA’s head chef since it opened in 2010.
He will accompany you in a renewed gastronomic journey revealing his philosophy and culinary essence, made of creativity, passion, research, technique and respect for the raw material.
A supporter of sustainable fish, Chef Di Iorio removed all tuna from the menu, proposing various appetizers of fish, meat and fresh, local products.
AROMA restaurant overlooks 1500 years of ancient history from its picturesque outdoor terrace, so close to the Colosseum that you can almost hear the lions roaring from the arena and the gladiators’ games and battles.
With 40 seats this magical restaurant is at once intimate and grandiose, ideal for both romantic dinners and private parties.
The stylish decor is welcoming and relaxing, moreover the glass observatory offers an all-year round dining experience.
Diners at the bistro enjoy their meals on a renovated terrace overlooking Roman landmarks Domus Aurea and the Oppian Hill.
The respective vistas reflect the difference in tone between the restaurant and bistro.
While both backdrops are quintessentially Roman, the bustling Colosseum looms majestically, whereas Domus Aurea and the Oppian Hill provide a calmer, quieter backdrop with a rural feel, resplendent with trees and open sky.
From the Capitoline Hill to the Roman Forum, from the temples of the Pantheon to the first Christian churches, to the basilica housing one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces.
Which other hotel can offer you the luxury of discovering the symbols of Ancient Rome within a 0 to 7-minute radius?
0 MINUTES AWAY – LUDUS MAGNUS
Palazzo Manfredi is right above it.
The Ludus Magnus was the largest and most important of Rome’s gladiatorial schools, and it was located beside the Colosseum, connected to the latter by an underground passage.
1 MINUTE AWAY – COLOSSEUM
Just step out of our hotel, take a few steps, and you’re there, before the largest amphitheatre in the world, the symbol par excellence of Ancient Rome and Italy.
2 MINUTES AWAY – OPPIAN HILL PARK AND THE DOMUS AUREA
A magnificent haven of greenery and shade, home to some of Rome’s most extraordinary treasures.
The starting point is the Domus Aurea, Nero’s city villa built after the terrible fire that devastated Rome in 64 AD.
Over time, the Domus Aurea were completely buried and the Baths of Trajan were built over much of it.
The Domus Aurea was forgotten until, in the 15th century, a boy fell through a hole on the slopes of Oppian Hill and found himself in a strange frescoed cave.
3 MINUTES AWAY – BASILICA OF SAINT CLEMENT
San Clemente is a unique attraction, definitely worth visiting. It not only offers a visit to a beautiful temple from the twelfth century, but visitors can also discover a fourth century temple and an old Roman mansion, walking down dark and humid passageways.
4 MINUTES AWAY – THE IMPERIAL FORA
The Imperial Fora consist of a series of monumental fora (public squares), constructed in Rome over a period of one and half centuries, between 46 BC and 113 AD.
The forums were the heart of the late Roman Republic and of the Roman Empire.
6 MINUTES AWAY – CAPITOLINE HILL AND THE CAPITOLINE MUSEUMS
Rome was born here, on Capitoline Hill.
According to legend, the god Saturn created the first settlement here, in which the Greeks, led by Hercules, were welcomed. The hill probably takes its name from the head, “caput” in Latin, of a warrior named Tolo or Olo, which was unearthed during excavations for the foundations of the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus, which was dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. During the imperial era, Augustus built a small temple dedicated to Mars on the Capitolium, to which were later added other temples commissioned by Titus, Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius. By that time, the Capitoline Hill had become a place of worship and the destination for processions and victory parades.
7 MINUTES AWAY – SAINT PETER IN CHAINS AND MICHELANGELO’S MOSES
Discover a masterpiece by Michelangelo before visiting the Sistine Chapel: the church of San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains) is named for the chains that held St. Peter when he was imprisoned in Rome and in Jerusalem. The chains are on display in a reliquary at the confessio in front of the high altar.
The church is however best known for the statue of Moses that Michelangelo created for the tomb of pope Julius II.
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A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life, Italy’s hot-blooded capital is one of the world’s most romantic and charismatic cities.
The result of 3000 years of ad hoc urban development, Rome’s cityscape is an exhilarating sight. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as caput mundi (capital of the world), while monumental basilicas tell of its history as seat of the Catholic Church. Lording it over the skyline, St Peter’s Basilica towers over the Vatican, testifying to the ambition of Rome’s Renaissance popes and the genius of its game-changing architects. Elsewhere, ornate piazzas and showy fountains add a baroque flourish to the city’s captivating streets.
Few cities can rival Rome’s astonishing artistic heritage. Throughout history, the city has starred in the great upheavals of Western art, drawing top artists and inspiring them to push the boundaries of creative achievement. The result is a city awash with priceless treasures. Ancient statues adorn world-class museums; Byzantine mosaics and Renaissance frescoes dazzle in art-rich churches; baroque facades flank medieval piazzas. Stroll through the centre and without even trying you’ll come across masterpieces by the titans of European art – sculptures by Michelangelo, paintings by Caravaggio, frescoes by Raphael and fountains by Bernini.
Living the Life
A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, whiling away hours at streetside cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas – these are all central to the Roman experience. The tempo rises in the evening when fashionable drinkers descend on the city’s bars and cafes for a sociable aperitivo (drink with snacks) and trattorias hum with activity. Elsewhere, cheerful hordes mill around popular haunts before heading off to hip cocktail bars and late-night clubs.
Eating out is one of Rome’s great pleasures and the combination of romantic alfresco settings and superlative food is a guarantee of good times. For contemporary fine dining and five-star wine there are any number of refined restaurants, but for a truly Roman meal head to a boisterous pizzeria or convivial neighbourhood trattoria. That’s where the locals go to indulge their passion for thin, crispy pizzas, humble pasta dishes, and cool white wines from the nearby Castelli Romani hills. To finish off, what can beat a gelato followed by a shot of world-beating coffee?