Why just dream?
The exclusive experiences for guests of Hotel de Russie
Exploring the rooms of Hotel de Russie is like leafing through a book of history, art and culture. Beginning with the magnificent suites, many of which bear the names of great personalities who choose this hotel for their Roman sojourns, or of architects and designers who have made their contribution to making Hotel de Russie the icon of hospitality that it is. Among the latter is Giuseppe Valadier, the eclectic 19th century urban planner who designed the hotel’s Secret Garden and the nearby Piazza del Popolo, one of Rome’s best-known and beloved squares, as well as several areas around the city. The 77 square metre suite on the fifth floor of the hotel is named for him. This gem comprises a spacious sitting room, a dining area, a beautifully appointed bedroom and an opulent marble bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows and three French balconies overlook the Pincian Hill and the green inner courtyard. Another prestigious name is that of the presidential suite on the top floor of the Hotel, the Nijinsky Suite, inspired by the personality and elegance of the Russian dancer and choreographer. The lavish apartment features an over-200 square metre outdoor terrace, a bar area and a modern kitchen, where, if required, one of the hotel’s chefs can prepare a romantic dinner. Both suites, like the hotel’s other rooms, have recently been renovated under the guidance of Olga Polizzi, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Hotels.
To further enhance their stays, Hotel de Russie offers its guest exclusive experiences, such as the Placido Domingo Package. After savouring a delectable aperitivo in the Stravinskij Bar, guests staying at least two nights at the hotel, and who choose to experience what will be an unforgettable memory, will be chauffeured to see the acclaimed tenor, considered one of the century’s greatest, who for the first time in over 30 years, will take to the stage against the striking backdrop of the Terme di Caracalla for a one-off performance of Noche Española on 7 August.
That is not all, however, because those who come to Rome during the summer know that this is the best period for visiting truly special places just outside the city - those in the beautiful Roman Castles area, a group of ancient fortified villages on the wooded Alban Hills. One in particular is the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, where the hotel offers the most demanding palates the not-to-be-missed opportunity to spend a full day on the Pope’s estate and savour a delicious lunch with delicacies from its organic farm, the same that are served on the papal table.
Finally, lovers of shopping and style need not feel neglected, because Hotel de Russie has also thought about them with La Dolce Vita in ‘high fashion’. An exciting vintage adventure to discover the legacy of Italian fashion trailblazers, the Fontana Sisters, who left Parma province in the early ‘40s to open their atelier in Rome, which soon became a mecca for some of the world’s most elegant women, such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ava Gardner, Liz Taylor and Maria Gabriella di Savoia. As part of this private guided tour of the Fondazione Micol Fontana, visitors learn about the costumes they created for these celebrities, see an impressive collection of haute couture designs crafted between the 40s and the 90s and view over 2,000 sketches and photographs. Fashion history treasures and symbols of La Dolce Vita.