Italy, Rome

As you know we celebrated my sister’s and her kid’s birthday in Rome, Italy. This time our whole family attended (12 people) and it was a really cool weekend.

We stayed at Boscolo Exedra Roma, Autograph Collection *****

The building of the hotel is amazing; it is situated exactly in the Piazza della Repubblica. The hotel traces its origins to the large semi-circle inside the baths area of imperial Rome on top of which the modern Piazza della Repubblica was laid out. Important remains of the Baths of Diocletian (298-305 A.D.) can be seen on the hotel’s first floor. The basilica dedicated to Maria Regina degli Angeli, designed by Michelangelo for pope Pius IV in 1561, can be admired from the whimsical private rooms and from the large terrace.

The building dates from the XIX century, when Gaetano Koch built twin palaces here in a neoclassical style, one of which is the modern Boscolo Exedra, cleverly redesigned for Boscolo by the architect Maurizio Papiri and the designer Adam D. Tihany.

At the Boscolo Exedra you can stay in the ‘Clementino’, the old XVI-century granary. You can surf the web immersed in the cushioned silence of suites and rooms or swim floating above ancient remains in the Posh Bar swimming pool, inspired by the meeting of water and air, magical and enchanting on the roofs of the Capital. (Text taken:

Piazza della Repubblica is a semi-circular piazza in Rome, at the summit of the Viminal Hill, next to the Termini station. On it is to be found Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. It is served by the Repubblica – Teatro dell’Opera Metro station. From the square starts one of the main streets of Rome, Via Nazionale.

Rome is a city and special comune (named “Roma Capitale”) in Italy. Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the omonymous metropolitan city and of the region of Lazio. With 2.9 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi), it is also the country’s largest and most populated comune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. The urban area of Rome extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 3.8 million. Between 3.2 and 4.2 million people live in the Rome metropolitan area. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio (Latium), along the shores of Tiber river. Vatican City is an independent country within the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.

Rome has the status of a global city. In 2011, Rome was the 18th-most-visited city in the world, 3rd most visited in the European Union, and the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. Its historic centre is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Monuments and museums such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum are among the world’s most visited tourist destinations with both locations receiving millions of tourists a year. Rome hosted the 1960 Summer Olympics and is the seat of United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Vatican City, officially Vatican City State is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. With an area of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of 842, it is the smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world by both area and population.

It is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state ruled by the Bishop of Rome—the Pope. The highest state functionaries are all Catholic clergy of various national origins. Since the return of the Popes from Avignon in 1377, they have generally resided at the Apostolic Palace within what is now Vatican City, although at times residing instead in the Quirinal Palace in Rome or elsewhere.

Within Vatican City are cultural sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. They feature some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures. The unique economy of Vatican City is supported financially by the sale of postage stamps and tourist mementos, fees for admission to museums, and the sale of publications.

So you can imagine that we toured around Rome a lot. We basically visited all the touristic places. Of course we had some great dinners as well. We discovered a really great restaurant, where the food was so delicious! This is the restaurant we had the birthday dinner at, it is called Osteria 44 and its address is Via Aureliana 42/44 – 00187 Roma.

The service is great there and the food is even better, we had some amazing time there. I really recommend ordering pasta with truffles. It is just delightful; this is the best pasta with truffles you´re ever going to have! 🙂