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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Rebecca Winke

Located above the ruins of imperial Rome – Trajan’s Forum on the slopes of the Viminale (the smallest of Rome’s Seven Hills) – this little luxury retreat is a stone’s throw from bustling tourist Rome, yet seems miles.

Tucked down a medieval alley in the Monti neighbourhood, romantics will love the rooms – many have four-poster beds and fireplaces; some have private jacuzzis.

There’s no proper restaurant on-site, but some of the city’s best trattorias are within walking distance. There is, however, a delightful roof garden, where you’re served breakfast, snacks and evening drinks while enjoying views of the Campidoglio.

By far the most astonishing feature, however, is the excavated ancient cryptic Roman portico underneath the building discovered in 1887 – considered a treasure of ancient Rome.

Surrounding area

Located on a narrow street just above the ruins of Trajan’s Forum, the hotel is on the edge of the popular Monti district.

Once a seedy red-light, working-class district in spite of its many architectural gems, Monti is now an atmospheric enclave for the young, hip, bohemian and creatives.

It’s also home to some of Rome’s top (and still affordable) restaurants and bars, and most interesting shops.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Roman Forum

Rome, Lazio, Italy[0.3 miles]

An archaeological treasure map packed with Rome’s most ancient shrines, temples, and landmarks – the Forum was the heart, soul and nerve centre of the ancient Roman Empire.

Best for ages: 18+ | £15

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Capitoline Museums

Rome, Lazio, Italy[0.5 miles]

Three museums on one complex, founded in 1471, packed with ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian statues. Look out for the Capitoline Wolf and the statue of Marcus Aurelius.

Best for ages: 18+ | £12

Palatine Hill

Rome, Lazio, Italy[0.6 miles]

A mythic hill, once home to sumptuous imperial palaces including the House of Tiberius, Temple of Cybele, Nero’s revolving dining room and the Domus Flavia. Also go for the views over the Circus Maximus.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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The Colosseum

Rome, Lazio, Italy[0.6 miles]

Built by Emperor Vespasian in the 1st Century AD, Rome’s magnificent and iconic Colosseum, steeped in gory gladiatorial history is a must-see. Let the games begin!

Best for ages: 8+ | £14

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Imperial Fora

Rome, Lazio, Italy[0.3 miles]

This tremendous series of squares (fora) were among the greatest works of the Romans. Trajan’s includes library, Trajan’s Column and the well-preserved Trajan’s Market – the ‘world’s first shopping mall’.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II

National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II

Rome, Lazio, Italy[0.4 miles]

Adjacent to Capitoline Hill, this enormous, gleaming white marble was built in 1935 to honour the first king of Italy. It houses the Museum of Reunification, and Italy’s Tomb of the unknown soldier.

Best for ages: 18+ | £6

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Arch of Titus

Arch of Titus

Rome, Lazio, Italy[0.4 miles]

Located on the Via Sacra, just southeast of the Forum, the Arch of Titus was built in 82 AD by Emperor Domitian. It has inspired other triumphal aches around the world since, most notably the Arc de Triomphe.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine

Rome, Lazio, Italy[0.6 miles]

Located between the Colosseum and Palatine, the triumphal arch – the Arch of Constantine – was built by Emperor Constantine in AD 315. Art was at a nadir: most of the carvings were pilfered off earlier monuments.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Lazio, Italy

The Eternal City – 2,000 extraordinary years of glory, greatness and triumph – and decadence, murder and destruction – evidenced by some of the world’s most iconic, must-see monuments and museums.

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