Framed by architectural and artistic splendors and more than 2,500 years of history, Rome is arguably one of the planet’s most romantic cities. The ancient villas and palazzos, the Renaissance and Baroque architecture, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the walkable neighborhoods, the morning espresso, the seemingly innate sense of style of men and women alike make the Roman metropolis the epitome of chic.
The Italian capital is the country's biggest and most populated city, with nearly three million residents. Situated on the Tiber River, it is also the largest of the five provinces of the Lazio administrative region. As such, Rome is divided into 19 municipi or boroughs, from the historical center to Via Cassia, a neighborhood with numerous green spaces and several international schools, located to the northwest.
Parioli, one of Rome's loveliest, most renowned residential zones, features exclusive villas with terraces, loggias and privacy for socialites who inhabit the area, along with spectacular views of the city. Built in the 1930s, the neighborhood is home to a number of embassies, the new music complex, Parco della Musica, fine restaurants, trendy clubs and bars. Parioli is just a few minutes away from the historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The picturesque cobbled alleys of popular Trastevere boast old and new buildings, high-priced apartments, a vibrant night life and a sizeable international student population. Another coveted location is Aventino Hill, halfway between the Circus Maximus and the Tiber River. Districts such as Appia Antica along the Via Appia, are the site of numerous luxury villas as well as archaeological sites, most notably the first signs of Christian culture, the Catacombs. Home to many celebrities, Appia Antica is stocked with public parks, yet close to the historic center, with easy access via public transportation.
Prati, a lovely high end neighborhood with wide streets, spacious apartments and coveted private garages, offers great shopping, restaurants, night clubs and cinemas. Close to St. Peter's Basilica, Prati was built at the end of the 19th century after the unification of Italy. Many of the compounds in the Camilluccia district have swimming pools, tennis courts and communal gardens and are set back from the district's winding main road.