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When in Rome, live in


noble Roman style
You are invited to stay in a palatial villa owned
by the Count and Countess Spalleti Trivelli, just
across the park from the Presidential Palace

T
HERE can be no finer place in Rome to
stay than the Villa Spalletti Trivelli. It is
the elegant family palazzo of a Roman
Count and Countess. Neighbours include
the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano,
whose 17th-century Palace is just across
the leafy park. The Trevi Fountain is a
stroll away. At the Villa Spalletti Trivelli,
guests not only live as the Romans live—
they live as the Romans would like to live.
Italian aristocrats on Roman holidays
love to stay here, in the cultural heart of
their own capital city: it is every inch a
home-away-from-palatial-home, a salmon
pink mansion from where everything one
does takes on extra resonance: the joy of
a performance of Verdi at the Teatro dell’
Opera; the spectacle of the Coliseum lit
The magic of by a rising moon; dinner beside the Pan-
Rome, even more theon; a picnic on the banks of the River
magical when Tiber; a feast of fine art in the footsteps
‘home’ is the Villa of Bernini and Michelangelo. Explore
Spalletti Trivelli. Rome at its most magical, after dark. Af-
Right:The salon. ter each experience, return to your palaz-
Lower: Luxurious zo, to be welcomed home by your butler,
rooms and Spa. no matter what time of day or night …

Fabulous Roman villa:To book, call 020 7935 0888:


Or visit the website, www.countryclubuk.com
Every detail at Villa Spalletti and rich furnishings, became a history. Nothing is overlooked: gazebo, in conversation, or wit
Trivelli creates an aura of taste political and cultural magnet, Japanese-inspired papier peint a book, letters, or an aperitif.
and tradition within a family at- her Thursday afternoon salons in the dining room, tapestries in The beds are dressed in em
mosphere that is not only cul- attracting the eminence grise the Sala degli Arazzi, a boiserie broidered linens yet have ultra
tured but relaxed. Its owner is among politicians, writers, artists in the library, where the book modern therapeutic mattresse
the present Count Spalletti Triv- and intelligentsia of the day. collection is protected by the to aid a perfect night’s rest. Th
elli, Giangiacomo, with his wife Ultimately, Gabriella left the Ministry of Natural Heritage bathrooms are Italian marble
Susanna—daughter of the un- Villa to her son, Count Cesare, and Culture.The 12 guest rooms with large showers and bath
forgettably dark and dashing in- who became a Knight to the of five suites and seven deluxe tubs, and fine toiletries. Fluff
ternational show jumper Cap- Court of Queen Maria Josè of bedrooms are decorated with monogrammed robes and slip
tain Raimondo d’Inzeo. Belgium. His own son, Count the family collection of antique pers are to hand. Iced drink
Neo-classical in design, the Piero, a writer and poet, was next maps and prints, as well as per- await guests’ selection in a pri
Villa was inspired a century ago in line, and it is his son, Count Gi- sonal portraits and photographs. vate bar. There are high-tech fa
by the Countess Gabriella, niece angiacomo, who with Countess Their Afghan carpets line the cilities too—the vast plasm
of Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Susanna has converted the fami- oak floors, as they always have. television sets, broadband ac
Carolina, and widow of Count ly’s private residence into one Large oak-framed windows give cess, laptops at the disposal o
Venceslao Spalletti Trivelli, Sen- that welcomes discerning guests. on to the private, peaceful Ital- those who can bring themselve
ator of the Kingdom. Under this Into the Villa the Count and ian gardens where generations to work amid such elegance
powerful and cultured woman Countess have poured their of Italian nobles have whiled More in the spirit of relaxation
the Villa, with its lofty ceilings family heirlooms, hospitality and away the day in the shade of a the Spa offers beauty and thera

Rome: feast of culture, architecture and art. Below: St Peter’s Square in The Vatican.Above: St Peter’s Basilica (left) and the Trevelli Fountain
peutic treatments, from the clas- dishes according to your wish THINGS TO SEE night scene in Fellini’s La Dolc
sical, in the Roman sense, to and his advice as to the freshest Many of Rome’s iconic sights Vita of Anita Ekberg and Mar
Turkish baths, yoga and mas- foods of the season, from a sim- are on your doorstep, starting cello Mastroianni stepping int
sage, regenerative baths with ple lunch of mushroom and truf- with the Piazza del Quirinale the fountain? A dip now wil
dead sea salts, and a fitness room fle risotto to a banquet for 25 and the Presidential Palace (open land you in trouble, no matte
with powerplate and Pilate. guests, or a romantic dinner, tête to visitors on Sunday). The piaz- how hot it is. (Nearby stands th
Another aspect of the Villa a tête. What a pleasure it would za crowns the highest of the sev- intriguing Church of Saints Vin
which sets it apart is the service be to give a dinner party here. en ancient hills of Rome, where cenzo and Anastasio, containin
of the resident chef, Adriano. All in all, staying at the Villa is Augustus’s Temple of the Sun the hearts and intestines of sev
The day begins with a large buf- akin to being given the run of a stood; it now holds the giant eral centuries’-worth of popes.
fet of homemade cakes with ri- miniature palace whose wealthy statues of Castor and Pollux. Not far from the fountain i
cotta cheese, fresh croissants, owner has gone away and left Within five minutes’ walk of Piazza della Trinità dei Mont
sugar brioches and bread rolls everything to you, including his the piazza you will be at the Tre- With its soaring Egyptian obelisk
with that Roman speciality fou- 15-strong staff.Everybody knows vi Fountain, unmissable as art, and lavish baroque symmetry, i
ettee cream, as well as cold cuts, just what to do, and with grace spectacle and cultural icon. The is one of the most theatrical pi
cheeses, salads, fruits and yo- and efficiency makes you com- giant figure of Oceanus stands azzas in Italy—and it leads on t
gurts. One may ask for pancetta fortable and cosseted without gleaming as he tames the waters, the famous Spanish Steps. Th
and eggs, cooked specially, Ital- fuss. It is not for everybody. It is, a metaphor for the feat of the Spanish had nothing to do with
ian style. For lunch or dinner however, La Dolce Vita for aqueducts that brought water to these spectacular flower-line
Adriano will prepare gourmet those who enjoy the finer things. the city. But who can forget the Steps, which were designed b

Below: Choir in the Church of St Ignatius, built where the Temple of Isis had stood in Imperial Rome.Above, right:The infamous Coliseum.
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Villa Spalletti Trevelli.Above:The gazebo. Right:The library.

an Italian, Francesco de Sanctis, beasts that lasted weeks. Itself


in the 1700s.At the bottom is the now tortured by traffic, yet the
house where the poet John Coliseum has to be experienced.
Keats lived and died, aged 25. On the lighter side, the Villa is
Also near the Villa is one of ner the heart of Rome’s shop-
the miraculous 13th-century ping district, minutes from Via
icons of Madonna, housed in del Corso and Via Condotti, all
Santa Maria in Via, as well as filled with wallet-reducing Ital-
two gems of Baroque architec- ian and international designer
ture: Bernini’s masterpiece, labels—Bulgari, Valentino, Fer-
Chiesa di Sant’ Andrea al Quiri- ragamo, Cartier, Armani and
nale, which he considered his Dolce & Gabbana among them.
finest work, and Borromini’s
San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. THE OFFER
Among other gems is the tiny Our members enjoy preferential
church of Santa Mario in Trivia, rates at the Villa when booking a
which conceals a rich Baroque Grand Deluxe Suite for two.
interior.But just 10 minutes away With views on to the landscaped
is architecture on a different private gardens of the villa, this
scale—the Pantheon, the best King or Twin bedded suite is
preserved Roman monument 60sq metres and has a separate
with the biggest brick dome in living room and walk-in ward-
the history of architecture. robe. Decorated with antiques
Michelangel said it was the work from the family’s personal col-
of angels, not of men. According lection, it has a luxurious marble
to Roman legend, it is the place bathroom with bath and walk-in
where Romulus was seized by shower. The Club rate includes
an eagle and taken up into the homemade buffet breakfast,
skies to join the gods. complimentary honour bar in
Only 15 minutes’ walk from the Sala degli Arazzi and mini-
the Villa stands the Coliseum, bar in the suite, access to the gym
ancient Rome’s greatest archi- and hammam, two 60-minute
tectural legacy. Vespasian or- Wellness treatments, and morn-
dered the construction of the el- ing newspaper.This would usual-
liptical bowl in AD72, and it was ly cost 1,320e (£1,169) per night.
inaugurated by Titus in AD80 As a special Blue Ribbon offer,
with an initial bloody combat our members pay just £595 per
between gladiators and wild night, whatever the season.

Fabulous deal in Rome:To book, call 020 7935 0888:


Or visit the website, www.countryclubuk.com

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