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The Best Surprise Ever!

My trip to Rome was actually a surprise.  I was told I was being taken away on a surprise little trip to a place I’d not been before; to pack for five days and bring a passport!  EEEkkk…. I was over excited!

Once we got to the airport and it was made clear where I was going, I was over the moon.  This was my first trip to Italy and Rome was a place I had always wanted to visit as I knew it was a special and romantic place.  However I didn’t realise quite how special until I arrived at our accommodation; Residenza Napoleone.

Our Humble Little Palace ~ Residenza Napoleone III

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Now I have stayed in many a 5 star luxury accommodation before but this place trumps most!

Residenza Napoleone III is a Palazzo (palace) that still accommodates a Princess.  It has only just a few suites available to the public which is what makes this hideaway extra special.  Their website introduction captures all that it is:

“One of the most luxurious and unique places to stay in Rome”

The Residenza Napoleone III is one of the most luxurious and unique places to stay in Rome. Open to the public since 2002, it’s located within the XVI century Palazzo Ruspoli, on Rome’s legendary Via Condotti.

Named after Emperor Napoleon III, who lived here in 1830, the Residenza Napoleone III consists of two apartments: the Napoleone Suite (which has an optional extra bedroom called the Blue Room) and the Roof Garden Suite.

Guests enter the Palazzo through massive wooden doors and pass along an elegant arcade of Doric columns. A grand marble staircase, lined with antique marble busts of Roman Emperors, leads up to the entrance of the apartments.

Staying at The Residenza Napoleone III is like being an exclusive guest in the home of an aristocratic noble roman family

 

We stayed in the Napoleone Suite which was just beautiful.  It’s named after the Emperor Napoleon III who lived there in 1830.  It’s like a mini apartment full of antique furnishings, huge oil paintings, original tapestries and original restored wooden floors.

Breakfast Fit For a Principessa

When I got out of bed the first morning of the trip and walked into the dining room in the suite, I was greeted by this delightful spread!

The service staff come into the room very quietly and discreetly each morning and set up this lovely dining table.  They set it up with the freshest fruit, croissants, hot breakfast items and freshly squeezed blood orange juice that I looked forward to most every morning!

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Playing Tourist

Now I am not the most touristy person alive!  I prefer to walk around, lunches and good wine al fresco style, people watching and venturing to spots less ventured.  However, when in Rome…….

Our accommodation Residenza Napoleone III is situated very close to the Spanish Steps so I got to see those every day without having to venture very far 🙂  Some interesting facts abut the Spanish Steps can be found here at Rome on Segway

I visited the main spots such as The Colosseum, Museum Borghese, Sistine Chapel and The Vatican.  All of which I was impressed by and enjoyed.  I was blown away by some of the intricate painting detail.

We hired a local guide and a driver who covered everything in one day which was a great and comfortable way to see sights in Rome.  Once we saw, came and conquered; we continued with my favourite way of exploring; wine and lunch on the terrace at The Waldorf Astoria 

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Spot of Shopping

Shopping in Rome is an easy task and one I very much enjoyed!  We stopped by one of my favourite boutiques; Rene Caovilla to buy some foot candy (for memorabilia purposes of course!) 😉  I came back with these beauts which make my feet sparkle when I walk in the sun.  So I skipped home back to blighty a happy camper! 🙂

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Have you been to Rome?  What were your favourite moments?!…. Share in the comments below

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