Secret gardens, artist playgrounds & Roman holidays

Legendary artists and world travellers of long ago invite present-day seekers to discover the modern among the historic with open hearts in The Eternal City at her most spectacular.

Bask in the promise of a new year as the twinkles of lighted celebrations add a layer of the fantastic to your Roman holiday. Luxury takes romance to another level with a celebration of Picasso’s first visit to Rome at Hotel de Russie, honouring the artist’s stay when he collaborated with Jean Cocteau to develop a cubist ballet. Imagine, as the story goes, Picasso and Cocteau leaning out of their adjoining room windows picking oranges from the gardens.

Walk into the past with a personalised itinerary of Rome to discover the sites Picasso treasured. Close by, the Spanish Steps call you to explore the city’s exquisitely walkable and equally enchanting cobblestone streets. After tossing two coins into Trevi fountain continue to explore Rome’s superstitions and history at storied venues from the Coliseum to the Forum. Later, indulge in buying every present that didn’t make it under the tree at modern shopping marvels along Via Veneto.

Upon returning from a tour-packed day, Le Jardin de Russie awaits, one of Rome’s finest restaurants located within Hotel de Russie’s secret garden. Chef Fulvio Pierangelini conjures delicacies with a sophisticated philosophy of simplicity that focuses on refined Italian cuisine and pushes the boundaries of international faire with dishes like octopus and cuttlefish ‘Cacciucco,’ as well as langoustines and prawns from the Himalayan pink salt grill.

Afterwards, relax at the landmark Stravinskij Bar with an exotic drink and bask in the glow of a Roman exclusive gathering spot. Retire to your elegant room, stocked with traditional seasonal treats, and enjoy classic yet contemporary style with luxury touches added by celebrated designers Carpe Diem.

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