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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Eat Haute Cuisine in Rome

Dominated for decades by tradition-bound trattorias, the city’s dining scene has been awakened in recent years by a spate of new, Michelin-starred restaurants focused on forward-thinking cuisine.

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1. Where to Stay


The art-focused Rome Cavalieri sits atop a hill north of the Vatican.  

Enjoy Art Nouveau touches at the Villa Laetitia (from $145), a 1911 estate on the banks of the Tiber River. All fifteen rooms feature details handpicked by owner (and fashion heiress) Anna Fendi Venturini, including original Dior and Chanel sketches. With last year’s opening of Michelin-starred Enoteca La Torre, the hotel now attracts food lovers who splurge on the five-course white-truffle menu ($191) or upcoming game menu ($203), which features pigeon, duck, wild boar, and more.

Stroll through a fifteen-acre private park, sip tea under an eighteenth-century Tiepolo triptych, and tour an art collection of more than 1,000 works at the five-star Rome Cavalieri (from $273), located on the hill of Monte Mario. Rooms come with travertine marble baths and balconies that are perfect for an outdoor aperitivo. On the rooftop you’ll find La Pergola, Rome’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant, where Heinz Beck’s world-famous cuisine comes with panoramic views, vermeil plates, and 29 choices of water alone.

Enjoy fine contemporary art and cuisine at the two-year-old First Luxury Art Hotel, where 29 modern rooms (from $437) showcase sculptures and paintings by young Italian artists. Dine on Italian dishes with a twist (like oxtail rocher with celery gelée, $32, or quail glazed with honey and Calabrian n’duja, $40) at Michelin-starred All’Oro, which moved to the hotel in 2012, or admire the 360-degree views of Rome from the rooftop restaurant.


Published on Dec 6, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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