I had the privilege of visiting the beautiful city ofRome as part of a three day Familiarisation trip with Worldhotels and British Airways, Rome has always been a place on my list of destinations to visit and it did not disappoint!
We stayed at the 5-star Grand Hotel de la Minerve nearby to the pantheon Square, they have a lovely roof top terrace restaurant where we had breakfast each morning overlooking the city and the lobby of the hotel has a beautiful stain glass ceiling covering the expanse of the space with the statue of Minerve overlooking the seating area and marbled floors. I had a lovely room at the front of the hotel overlooking the square with white painted shutter style windows, a marble bathroom and Bulgari toiletries.
The trip had a relaxed itinerary visiting some of the other Worldhotels properties for site inspections and enjoyinghosted hospitality over typical Italian style lunches of traditional antipasti, Mozzarella, focaccia and various pasta dishes – Best Lasagne I have ever tasted!
Among the hotels we visited were Hotel Quirinale next to the famous Opera house where Pavarotti was a regular guest, Worldhotel Ripa – a very modern hotel with a decorated Vespa in the lobby and the Church palace which is surrounded by a private park and houses its own church within the hotel. The itinerary also had a guided walking tour where we were taken around the different areas of the city such as the Pantheon, the Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona and the different Basilicas of Rome before having some free time to wander around the local shops and boutiques and visit other landmarks like the Vatican.
Lastly You can’t go to Rome and not talk about the food!
On the first night, we had dinner at Hotel Quirinale in a private dining room with the secret entrance to the opera house as our backdrop. We were treated to a lovely sit-down dinner with a specially prepared set menu of pasta dishes, an amazing veal main course and a chocolate pudding that was literally heaven on a plate all washed down with copious amounts of wine! Always a winner in my book!
For the second night, we went to a local family run pizzeria in Trastevere before heading back to sit outside in the Pantheon square to enjoy a glass of wine (or two!) in one of the restaurants – the waiter had Delilah playing on repeat to entertain some Welsh visitors who had come over for a football match – who would have thought the Italians were such big fans of Tom Jones!
All in all a great trip with great people that I met along the way and I definitely look forward to visiting this lovely city again sometime in the future.