Just a short walk from the Spanish Steps, the Residenza Napoleone III offers one of the most luxurious stays in Rome - but like most hidden gems in the city, you wouldn’t know that from the outside!
Housed in the 17th century Palazzo Ruspoli, Napoleon lived in this apartment in 1830 and it retains its historic charm and splendor, with antique furnishings, ornate tapestries and museum-worthy paintings adorning the walls (some of them lead to secret rooms while others hide flat screen TVs behind them!) ✨ @residenzanapoleone3
Is there anything better than an Italian table?
A bowl of fresh pasta tossed in a sage & butter sauce, some seasonal vegetables drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, a bottle of hearty red wine and some foraged flowers as a centerpiece. I love these simple pleasures 🍝🌿🍷
Do you have a favorite pasta shape?
I’ve always had strong feelings about pasta (love fettuccine & farfalle, hate fusilli!) so I asked 18 bloggers, cooks and eaters in Italy to share their most loved (and loathed) pasta shapes 🍝 see what they had to say in my latest blog post - link in bio!
I recently told you about Palazzo Farnese in Rome (now the seat of the French Embassy in Italy) but the wealthy Farnese family had more than one noble villa: this second property located in Caprarola (northern Lazio) was originally designed as a fortress and later turned into an opulent palace with an amazing helical staircase, stunning frescoes and richly decorated ceilings. The “Sala del Mappamondo” (Room of the World Map) is one of the many highlights and definitely gives the Vatican’s Gallery of Maps a run for its money! #tusciaexperience
Have you heard of Tuscia? This verdant area of Lazio lies just one hour north of Rome and is incredibly culturally-rich: it boasts stunning palaces, gardens & castles, long-standing artisanal traditions and a rich culinary heritage that sets it apart from its Umbrian and Tuscan neighbors. I got to explore the region with @italianstories and @tusciawelcome and have lots to report back on - look out for more about one of Italy’s best-kept secrets. #tusciaexperience
The Michelin-started @enotecalatorreavillalaetitia just might be Rome’s most beautiful restaurant. Housed in a turn-of-the-century villa owned by @real_anna_fendi, the restaurant is helmed by @stiledomenico who has created an innovative menu combining flavors from the young chef’s native Campania and umami flavors inspired by Asian cuisine. If you’re looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, it’s hard to think of a better location than this!
Did you know you could visit Palazzo Farnese, the French Embassy in Italy, on a private tour? With works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Carracci and Sangallo, this 16th century palazzo is full of priceless art & architectural details and well worth a visit. Take a step inside in my latest blog post!
I love staying in heritage properties when I travel - they have a charm and soul that you just can’t replicate in newer buildings. Lucky for me, Italy is filled with historic spaces like @cappuccini_resort, a restored 16th century monastery overlooking the vineyards of #franciacorta
Have you heard of Lago d’Iseo? This glacial lake is located at the foothills of the Alps between Lake Como & Lake Garda in northern Italy and is one of the reasons why Franciacorta is such a fertile wine region: cool breezes blowing over the lake help create a moderate, Mediterranean climate in the surrounding vineyards and ensure the grapes have time to ripen and develop complex flavors before they are harvested for wine 🍇✨
The prettiest table in @franciacorta 🥂✨ I’m so excited to explore Italy’s best sparkling wine this region this week, I’ve learned so much already and can’t wait to share more! Have you tasted this wine before?