James Andrew, Rome
With so much to do and see in Rome, it is hard to imagine one could possibly ever tire of it! With only a short time there, we had to pick up the pace a bit. We started quite early with a morning stroll through the Orto Botanico botanical gardens, once part of the Palazzo Corsini.
We then went to the nearby Villa Farnesina, which is an early Renaissance villa decorated with the most fabulous frescoes—quite inspirational for any interior designer. The many details have my mind reeling with ideas for my own interior work.
We met up with artist friends Michelle Rogers and her girlfriend C. Finley for lunch at the super chic and quite handsome Pierluigi. Located at the Piazzi de Ricci (Cy Twombly lived in the same building) it has been serving up the most delicious cuisine since 1938. With the option to dine al fresco, it was the perfect spot to recharge over a couple of bottles of Rose wine. Suitably fortified, we walked over to a gallery that was featuring Finley’s fantastic work.
Griffingirl, 250x190cm, Acrylic on Canvas. 2009, by C. Finley
Next, McBee chose an unusual museum called the Centrale Montemartini. Once one of Rome’s original power plants, it is now a magnificent conflation of industrial age and classical antiquities.
After a quick ten minute taxi ride back to Rome center, we stopped at Piazza di Spagna for some window shopping on Via Babuino.
From Piazzi del Popolo one can enter the Borghese Gardens, and what a marvelous way to end our day in Rome, strolling through this green oasis at sunset! We made our way to the Villa Borghese and took some time to savor its beauty.
Villa Borghese grounds.
The informative food blog, Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome inspired us to go to Osteria La Gensola, 15 Piazza della Gensola, for our farewell dinner—it’s a charming little family run place serving a mix of Sicilian and Roman cuisine—the perfect place to wind down after our whirlwind tour. We finished with a bit of a night time meander (that wonderful Italian pastime) through the streets of Rome on our way back to the hotel, thinking of the history of the place and our most splendid day.
Our last day in Rome proved to be another scorcher, so I dressed in a way that I hoped would be cool and comfortable yet somehow still chic, sporting cotton indigo ikat pants by Burberry Prorsom, Tom Ford navy and white cotton woven plaid shirt, black alligator belt with sterling buckle, black leather sandal espadrilles by Louboutin, straw hat with black grosgrain ribbon trim from India Hicks’ Sugar Mill, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.