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roman holiday:


A Hepburn-inspired getaway

BOTTLES OF BUBBLY. I was cutting into the deep tangerine yolks of my made-to-order eggs during my first breakfast at The First Roma Arte in Rome when I spied the self-serve bottles of prosecco. The first thing that came to my mind is, "WWAD?" — that is, “What Would Audrey Do?” Of course, I helped myself to the bubbles. After all, I'd come to the Italian capital to follow in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn's character, Princess Ann, in the movie Roman Holiday. My goal was to experience all the city had to offer, princess-style. Over four days, I followed an itinerary that included sights from the iconic Hepburn film, as well as a few experiences I thought Audrey's character might have indulged in today. 

Spanish Steps in the morning with azaleas in Rome

Eat, sleep, and art. Eat, sleep, and art. Rome is known for being home of great works of artists like Caravaggio and Michelangelo. The hotel I’d selected, The First Roma Arte, prides itself on the 150 contemporary artworks that decorate the property. Every suite is staged by an artist and becomes your own private gallery. After being greeted at check-in with a complimentary glass of bubbly, I was escorted to my suite, which featured lush carpets, a cloud-like bed covered in smooth white sheets, a plush blue velvet sofa, shelves lined with books, and art works of swirled pops of colors. It was Roman chic and cozy all at once. In addition to the exquisite breakfast offered each morning, the hotel is home to the Michelin-star restaurant, Acquolina. Dinner there my first evening took me on  a  seafood journey that started with an exquisite preparation of octopus  followed by a delicate dish of fresh pasta with sea urchin. Swoon.   A few blocks away from the First Roma Arte is the spot where Joe’s apartment was located: 51 Via Margutta


Alpharetta Lifestyle | February 2019

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February 2019 Issue of Alpharetta Lifestyle

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