The Terrazza Borromini on the fourth floor may have the most beautiful view in the city. Open in the warm season, the tables overlook the steeples of the Santa Agnese church and the rooftops of the piazza and beyond. The menu is classic Roman, with fresh seafood, mozzarella di bufala and local produce. The cocktail lounge, which is a floor higher, has a 360-degree view of Rome. In winter, the restaurant serves in several small dining rooms on the same floor.
Alessandra’s in-laws, the Marco Scaffardi family, have developed another former Doria Pamphilj property (c. 1640) across the Tiber River at Lungotevere Ripa 3 in Trastevere. Abandoned for two centuries, the three-sided walled structure, with its enormous interior garden, is called Borgo Ripa (meaning small Italian village on the riverbank); it includes the Residenza Doria Pamphilj (12 rooms), the Luciano a Borgo Ripa restaurant, and the Hostel Ripa Village (120 beds), a luxury hostel. Within the complex is the historic church of Santa Maria in Cappella (c.1650). For details, call 011-393-314-736-611.
Officially opened July 31, the Residenza offers both short- and longer-term stays in the style of the Italian residence hotels. Each room has a small angolo cucina (small kitchen within a credenza). The property is adjacent to the oldest part of Rome, Trastevere, where the restaurants, boutiques, galleries and bars are a favorite of visitors of all ages.
Director Nicola Bozzato offered a pre-opening preview of the property. The Residenza overlooks the Tiber River and across to the venerable Sant’Anselmo church on the Aventine Hill, with the best view from Room No. 304. It would be possible for a family or wedding group to take Room Nos. 301, 302, 303 and 304 for a large apartment- style stay for up to 15 guests.
Room No. 303 is the largest, with one bedroom and a living room with sleeper sofa. There are one-and-a-half bathrooms and tall windows. Room No. 302 is also quite spacious, with a large bathroom, bedroom, living room with sofa bed and two windows facing the river. Room No. 301 is smaller, but that is offset by two corner windows and a river view. This room has been designed for handicapped guests. Room No. 304 is similar to the others and includes a large shower.
There are three floors and each is laid out the same way, with sound-proofed windows for those who wish to escape the noise of Rome traffic in the comfort of AC. On the top floor is an arched salon overlooking the river, which will be used for breakfast and special guest events.
While the term “luxury hostel” may seem an oxymoron, the Scaffardis believe there is a market for travelers who wish a higher level of hostel hospitality. Bathrooms and storage accommodations here are architect-designed to be more spacious and upmarket. The hostel is across the vast gardens from the Residenza.
2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the luxurious and private Villa Spalletti Trivelli and we visited for an update. Raimonda Spalletti Trivelli, whose grandparents lived in the Art Deco villa when she was a child, is among the younger generation now managing the hotel. The family, originally from Switzerland, came to Rome with Queen Margherita to serve the Savoy royals and built the villa near the seat of Italian government, the Quirinale Palace.