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Roman Holiday in Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese
Yelena Peterkova

A visit to Rome, the city of cities, will be incomplete without staying in luxury Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese Hotel located in the very heart of the Italian capital in an ancient building at 47, Via Lombardia. The magnificent landscape park and palace Villa Borghese and the National Gallery of Modern Art are located in a couple of steps away. A 15 minute walk along the park will take you to Piazza di Spagna and the cosmopolitan Via Veneto where scenes from the immortal comedy-romance Roman Holiday and La Dolce Vita movie were shot. And it is only 40 kilometers from the international airports Fiumicino and Ciampino.

Due to the effort of French architect Jean Quesnoville who is often called “most Italian of all French architects”, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese was renovated in 2002 and re-acquired the original view in the spirit of neo-classicism. Pale pink façade received luxurious finishing and impressive fascias were restored.

Room decoration is refined and splendid – textiles, brocade curtains and antique furniture match ideally. Decorators were prudent in selecting materials: green marble, mahogany furniture, and refined blacksmithing that decorates bedside cabinets. The walls are coated with Venetian plaster. The hotel has 111 rooms, including three top-floor suites each representing a mini-apartment with a spacious private terrace and comfortable chaise longues for rest and sun bathing. The hotel opens one of the most exciting views in the city on the sights of Rome and Villa Borghese gardens. It truly stands high! All rooms have a spacious bathroom, a cozy lounge with a writing table, two telephone lines, Internet access, mini bar, and air conditioning.

RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Le 49 restaurant has an ancient arched ceiling and is located in former office premises of Villa Buoncompagni Ludovizi. An excellent menu offers an intricate combination of Roman and Italian national cuisine that cooks only natural food products. The wine card lists both vintage Italian wines and top brands from across the world. The most luxurious meeting place is located on the eighth floor and is La Bella Vista terrace with a lounge bar and an impressive panoramic view of such city sights, as Piazza di Spagna, Vatican, Pantheon, and the historic Gianicolo quarters. The elegant Boston Bar is close to the lounge zones and rest rooms. Decorated in the English style it is an ideal place for business talks and socializing with friends at a fireplace. It is extremely comfortable here to read a book or flip through a magazine from the hotel library.

SPECIAL OFFERS

”Romantic mood” offers accommodation in a romantically decorated room with continental breakfast served in the room, a bottle of champagne, chocolate, and late departure (up to 16:00).

”Deluxe shopping” offers accommodation with buffet service in Le 49 restaurant, a 200-euro voucher to visit Valentino boutique, and late departure (up to 16:00).

“High cuisine” offers a cozy room with buffet service in Le 49 restaurant, three-dish dinner with mineral water and coffee (wine for additional pay), and an Italian cuisine book as a present.

“Only for you” offers accommodation in a refined room with continental breakfast served in the room, chauffeur-driven high class car transfer from the airport, and a welcome bottle of champagne in the room.

“Cultural rendezvous” offers accommodation in a refined room with buffet service in Le 49 restaurant, a visit to Borghese Museum and Gallery (day-off on Monday), and a book on cultural values of the Eternal City as a present.

“Admire chocolate” offers accommodation in a refined room with buffet service in Le 49 restaurant, big tea party with chocolate and other delicacies, gala three-dish dinner from chef Omar Agostini who demonstrates refined taste of chocolate, and a chocolate surprise in the room. Three nights at a price of two. The stay in Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese offers a unique possibility to enjoy the masterpieces of Villa Borghese.

Its history is based on historic facts and real events. Distinguished ancient Roman families from Nero to Lucullus used to rest and recover strength on the picturesque territory of the present-day park. Each of them possessed a land plot there with a countryside residence. Villa Borghese is often called Champs Elysees of Rome as it is one of the giant buildings which the Roman aristocracy erected in the times of its omnipotence. The park has a horse course and you can rent a bike, a tandem or roller-skates, ride a pony and fly an air balloon.

The palace in the park with a territory of nearly 80 hectares was built in the XVII century for Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1576-1633), nephew of Pope Paul V, and accommodates one of the richest art collections in Rome. The Villa Giulia national museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art are located nearby. Scipione studied philosophy and law in his young years in the Rome University and was an ardent admirer of painting and sculpture. He was not ashamed of using the authority of his uncle to get masterpieces which he liked. Thus, the cardinal simply stole Rafael’s painting The Burial from a church in Perugia and replaced it by a copy. Pope Paul V connived. The palace was initially built to accommodate works of art which the cardinal either bought or ordered to artists and sculptors. Gianlorenzo Bernini, one of major Roman Baroque adherers, created his first masterpieces exactly for Cardinal Borghese. Caravaggio’s works also occupy a major place in the museum. There are six of his masterpieces. The second floor houses pinacoteca which provides a wide idea of Italian painting of the XVI-XVII centuries. The collection offers works by Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, and Correggio. In 1870 King Umberto the First bought out the villa from the owners for an incredible sum of money and handed over as a gift to city residents. The guests of Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese Hotel add to their impressions the joy of admiring the paintings and sculptures of great masters.

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