Villa Spalletti: home in Rome

August 8, 2012 in ITALY | Comments (0)


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We ate pizza with this view our first almost tropical night in Rome

Peaceful. Breezes drift in the open window with balustrades. You can see people breakfasting under canvas in the garden.

Croissants, homemade jam, organic jam, home made cakes and bread rolls, organic yoghurts, freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit juices, cornflakes, musli, ham, parma ham, cheese,  buffalo mozzarella, bruschetta, fresh fruit, cappuccino, freshly cooked hot items, omelette, poached egg, fried egg, pancakes…

When we arrived in Rome it was overwhelmingly hot. We dropped our car at FCO airport and took the train, then mistakenly walked – the lady at tourist information at Termini station told us our hotel was walking distance. It probably was but a tough walk with luggage at 36 degrees C.

We passed the garden yesterday on the way to our garden suite apartment. Even here in Rome you hear a chorus of cicadas above the hum of aircon and an occasional breakthrough of car sound. Its a peaceful street ,via Piacenza. Opposite is a shadeful park. Shade is treasure in Rome in July and August.

This hotel too is a treasure. A home in Rome.

Not a common or garden home though it has a garden. This is an aristocrat’s home with the feel of boundless hospitality arising from the free minibars and the open bar – free drinks 5 to 8 pm every day. Though of course it is a hotel, a small and exclusive one.

There are only 10 rooms in the villa and the two new garden suites/apartments. But there are big reception spaces with inviting settees / suites, so you can find your own quiet corner to sip your chilled prosecco. Perfect thing for a Rome evening after a crushingly hot Rome afternoon.

Among the antiques, velvet sofas and giant tapestries, family photos are generously or carelessly placed. Two drawing rooms with colour and yet an antique sobriety. Just plain classy and not prim boring new…

And  a seriously leathery comfy time honoured library.

Our suite though is an interesting mix – eclectic. The sitting room is dominated by a very contemporary black glass island sporting an entire kitchen worth of facilities in it. But otherwise there are items of painted antique-looking furniture. Bedroom, marble bathroom, not quite uplifted beyond is apartment days I guess.

But we love being here. The best thing is the terrace. Though its still warm in the evening, some 31 degrees C, we sit here quietly just being.

Not far down the way we find an almost tropical Rome, with tall palms waving in front of old stone towers. We eat there. Beer 4, pizza 5.50, aubergine parmiagano 7, water 2 eur. He tells me it costs 27. When I ask for the little slip he says sorry…I gave you the wrong price. Its 22. Then he gives me the wrong change… 

I simmer a bit. But then we drift down to a crossroads and Rome flows over us from different times.  More later…

Images by Per-Olov Broddeson

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