Welcome to InterContinental De La Ville Roma. We are located in the heart of the Eternal City at the top of the Spanish Steps, surrounded by 3,000 years of history. My team and I are here to assist you, and to make your stay a memorable experience.
In the morning, during Spring and Summer, enjoy the best corners of the city. Going out of the InterContinental De La Ville, go down the Spanish Steps and take a look to the Barcaccia fountain, restored this year. In front of you, go throw Via dei Condotti and enjoy the most beautiful botiques of Rome. At the crossroads you can't miss Palazzo Fendi, the historic base of this Italian brand. From that point, two blocks on the left you will arrive to the Trevi Fountain, or two blocks on the right and you will reach the Pantheon. Always from the little square of Palazzo Fendi, if you turn left you will find Via del Corso, that ends in Piazza Venezia. In front of you, the marvellous Altar of the Fatherland. On your left, the Roman Forum and at the end, the most iconic symbol of Rome: the Coliseum.
A must see in Rome, particularly in the afternoon, is the Vatican City. The faster way to be at the Vatican Museum entrance is by taxi. The main attractions are the Raphael Rooms, and even more importantly, the Sistine Chapel. Admire Michelangelo's ceiling, one of the most spectacular works of art in the world. If you think you're not having enough, take in the colourful frescoes of the Raphael Rooms and the Borgia Apartments. From there, make your way on foot to Castel Sant' Angelo, a residence used by the Popes in difficult times. Don't miss the wonderful views over Rome or the narrow passageway used by the Popes as an escape route from the Vatican. Next, on to St Peter's Basilica. On Via della Conciliazione, cross St Peter's Square and walk through the imposing Bernini colonnade. Then, if you're game for more, go on to the Papal tombs and the 13th century bronze statue of St Peter, and Michelangelo's most important masterpiece: "La Pietà ".
Rome is even more fascinating during the night: monuments and palaces are always illuminated with lights and shadows that improve their majestic. But starting from the sunset, we suggest to visit our rooftop at the 6th floor just to enjoy the colours of the end of the day, may relaxing with a soft drink. Soon after, why don’t try our cuisine, seeing the show cooking of our chef, or go out and try one of the dozens of restaurants that surround the Hotel and offer the best way to taste roman food? You may have only to choose between the fashionable restaurant of the centre or the more typical trattoria of Trastevere. Either way, after dinner there are lot of things to do: parties, live music and celebrations will satisfy any kind of need for the perfect night.
HOW TO DRIVE IN ROME
Driving in Rome could be contemplated as a form of art: you can completely understand it only if you experience it. Considering that not all the arts are comprehensible or commendable, our suggest is to book our garage if you are coming to Rome with your car. We will take care of it and we shall see to provide any kind of service in order to move in the Eternal City.
Rome, and the Italian Country, is famous for more things. One of the most important is of course the culture for food. In our three restaurants, and all around the city, it will be the norm to find lots of places where to eat the real Mediterranean cuisine. The concierge service will be pleased to suggest some of this places, considering that Rome offers also many typical dishes, from startes to desserts. Spending the week in this city will give the opportunity to taste all of these.
To be at the top of the Spanish Steps gives you the opportunity to enjoy the most famous fashion district of Rome, the one that enhances from Via dei Condotti. Here there are the botiques of some of the most famous brands, and nearby lots of shops where it will be possible to experience the quality of the italian artisan-made products. Duty Free and Tax Refunds suggests: VAT refunds are only available when you have spent in excess of 155 Euros at any one store. Please note that not all stores apply tax refunds. You must obtain a VAT form at the store where you purchased the goods. At the airport, get the form stamped by Italian customs.
Weather in this city is pleasant, particularly in Spring. A suggest is to wear layers so that you can remove or add according to temperature. Autumn and Winter are generally mild and not excessively wet, averaging a temperature of 8-10 degrees Celsius. Spring and Summer average around 25-35 degrees Celsius.
Restaurants generally open from noon-3 PM and 8-11 PM, but often are opened for more time. The busiest times tend to be 1-1.30 PM for lunch and 9-9.30 PM for dinner. We always suggest to book in advance especially for dinner, where the restaurants tend to have the highest occupation.
DID YOU KNOW ?
The InterContinental De La Ville Roma is located on the West-side of the Pincio Hill of Gardens; these gardens were, in fact, large parks on the outskirts of the city where there was a country Villa. Via Sistina, named after Sixtus V, pope from 1585 to 1590, was planned in 1564 when the centre of the city started to shift from Campo de' Fiori to Campo Marzio. Soon other families started buildings homes here and in 1592 the painter and architecht Federico Zuccari built himself the house wich stands opposite to the Hotel. Queen Maria Casimira of Poland lived in this house for fifteen years and became procuress of a monastery that probably stood in the site of the present-day Hotel De La Ville. From 1818 Via Sistina began to become a popular location for travellers, and finally, in 1925, after a substancial rebuilt by the architect Josef Vago, the Hotel that now host the InterContinental De La Ville was opened.
The Eternal City deserves his best also out of his walls: in few chilometers you will find the zone of Colli Albani where in more than ten little towns lies an undoutb heritage of culture and history like Castel Gandolfo or Villa Aldobrandini.
The elegantly furnished, imposing Teatro dell'Opera is the only theatre in Rome which offers a full season of leading productions. In Summer, opera is performed outdoors in the enchanting Terme di Caracalla or in the Piazza di Siena.
St Peter's Basilica is the largest Catholic church in the world, that hedge in a huge patrimony of art and beauty. There are more than three hundred churches in Rome, comprehending some older than St. Peter, like the Pantheon and some earlier, like Santa Maria Maggiore, wich host the highest bell tower of the city.
On our 6th floor, the Terrazza Roma embrace a largest part of the city with an unique view of Rome. We suggest to visit it during the sunset, or why not for a special occasion, managing a romantic dinner.
WHAT TO PACK
There's so much to see in Rome, so don't forget to keep a camera with you.
If you want to spend the day in Rome visiting, or maybe go jogging to Villa Borghese, the biggest park of Rome, in the morning, don't forget to pack comfortable dress in your suitcase.
If you are planning to visit the Church of St. Peter, don't forget to pack a smart-casual outfit in your suitcase: the Vatican city always recommend an appropriate outfit to visit churches. Anyway, an evening outfit can be also useful for a romantic occasion.
As the climate in July and August is really hot, many visitors choose to spend the day in Ostia, the ancient port of Rome, just 30km from the city. In addition, you may decide to take a day trip to the enchanting Amalfi coast, about three hours away by train or car, so don't forget your swimsuit and your sunglasses.
There are two airports in Rome: the international Fiumicino (or Leonardo da Vinci) and the smaller Ciampino. Comune di Roma taxis charge a fixed rate of 48 Euros from Fiumicino, and 35 Euros from Ciampino, inclusive of luggage and for a maximum of four passengers. Make sure the taxi you take is Comune di Roma as others charge more. Shuttle buses are available from both airports. As an alternative, direct trains run from Fiumicino to the Central Termini train station twice hourly, at the cost of 14.00 Euros per person.