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Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome 

Via Piacenza 4
Italy 00184
Tel: 39 06 4890 7934
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Italian aristos on Rome stopovers love Villa Spalletti Trivelli, and you can see why: It is every inch a home-away-from-palatial-home. Just across a leafy park from the Italian president's residence at the Quirinale Palace, the Villa is an imposing place of high ceilings, antiques, and artwork that have been in the Spalletti Trivelli family for generations, including an extensive collection of old maps. The 12 large, lofty rooms are individually decorated in rich colors, with Fiandra linens, fluffy monogrammed robes and slippers, 42-inch plasma TVs, and broadband access. Add to this four immense public rooms, a historic library, 24-hour reception and room service, a chef on hand to whip up candlelit dinners on request, and—new for 2007—a well-equipped spa offering Pilates, yoga, beauty treatments, and a hammam, and guests may be forgiven for never taking the short stroll from here to the Trevi Fountain or Roman Forum.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

Located across the Quirinal Gardens from the President's Palace, this superbly restored neoclassic mansion, owned and run by Count Gian Giacomo Spalletti Trivelli and his wife, Susanna, offers a taste of early-twentieth-century aristocratic living down to the details: Japanese-inspired papier peint in the dining/breakfast room, tapestries in the Sala degli Arazzi, and a boiserie in the library (protected by the Ministry of Natural Heritage and Culture). The 12 sumptuous rooms are decorated with the family's collection of antique maps, prints, and portraits. Afghan carpets brighten the floors, and the massive windows are framed with the original walnut. Beds covered in embroidered linen are supplied with neck and back pillows; 42-inch plasma TVs, free Wi-Fi, and a laptop on request comprise the modern conveniences. A complimentary minibar, complimentary drinks at the bar, and free laundry service up to $65 are other perks, as is the villa's chef, who will prepare whatever you'd like. The gracious staff anticipate guests' requests without being intrusive.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: Rome is bellissima throughout the year except in August, when locals flee the heat.

Which room to book: All rooms are named after ancient Roman neighborhoods; Parione, the original master bedroom, is the only one with a balcony.

Amenities: Bar/lounge, Gym, Spa

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