Gay Guide to Rome by Mr Hudson

Gay Rome – Rome Travel Guide

In a word, Rome is dramatic. It’s Audrey Hepburn hitching up her dress and climbing onto a Vespa in Piazza Navona. Anita Ekberg dancing in the Trevi Fountain. Charlton Heston wearing a toga. As anyone who has set foot on these seven illustrious hills will confirm, the basic cinematic assumptions are no exaggeration. But the drama isn’t just immortalised in the excessive number of films set in Rome. There’s drama in the grand scale of its ancient ruins, Baroque churches and Renaissance palaces. And there’s drama in the Roman people who enjoy la dolce vita with enthusiasm — often conveyed loudly and in their language of hand gestures. Because Rome is chock-a-block with things that have seemingly lasted or existed forever (it’s not called the Eternal City for nothing) many travellers get lost in the vast ruins of the Roman Forum and the incredible details of the Colosseum. But as this Rome travel guide will reveal, those who go beyond the basics will discover that Italy’s chaotic capital is transforming into a modern metropolis — one that’s wonderfully cosmopolitan yet quintessentially Italian. 

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The best hotels in Rome

There are more new and noteworthy accommodation choices than can be listed in this gay Rome guide. While design-led brands are becoming more popular in Europe (think The Hoxton in London, Amsterdam and Paris) the best hotels in Rome are the those singularly inspired by their inherent Italinness. Tucked away in the historic Regola neighbourhood, Chapter Roma is the bold reimagination of a neoclassical building dating back to the nineteenth century. Raw steel, exposed brick and statement art by famous Roman street artist Alice Pasqini create an ultra-hip place to sleep near the equally-hip Trastevere and Testaccio neighbourhoods. For high-end service with a Roman twist, Hotel Vilòn is a carefully-restored property that was once the annex of the Palazzo Borghese in the heart of Campo Marzio. It doesn’t get much better than private car service, guided private tours and accommodation under the roof of Rome’s most famous palazzo.

Even in the very centre of tourist activity, the best hotels in Rome deliver on authenticity. Near Piazza Navona, undoubtedly the city’s most famous square, G-Rough features mid-century Italian designers such as Ico Parisi, Giò Ponti and Silvio Cavatorta. From the art to the furniture, everything in the hotel is made in Italy and worthy of a design museum. And staying central is good for more than seeing the sights. At gilded and glittering Palazzo Dama — just a stone’s throw from the Piazza del Popolo, Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese — a marble-lined rooftop pool and basement nightclub mean you never have to leave this historic palace-turned-hotel to live like a king in Rome.

Piazza di Spagna | Photo: Aleyna Rentz

Piazza di Spagna | Photo: Aleyna Rentz

Photo: Aleksandr Rogozin

Photo: Aleksandr Rogozin

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