Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani’s City Guide to Rome, Presented by Watchonista
For those eyeing a Roman getaway while seeking trendy locales imbued with Bulgari’s distinctive charm, you've landed on the right page! This isn't your run-of-the-mill guide: Get ready for an exclusive journey through the Eternal City, crafted by the visionary steering Bulgari's watch designs, Fabrizio Bounamassa Stigliani.
Renowned for his much-lauded contributions to the world of horology as Product Creation Executive Director for Bulgari, Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani boasts a creative genius that extends far beyond the world of timepieces.
In fact, Fabrizio’s diverse artistic pursuits include industrial design and automobile aesthetics, the latter evidenced through Bulgari’s recent groundbreaking collaboration with Gran Turismo, which produced the Aluminium Vision GT concept car designed for racing in the famous video game.
Originally from Naples, Fabrizio moved to Rome as a young boy and has developed a particular affection for the Italian capital. So, sit back and immerse yourself in his special guide for the perfect Roman holiday infused with a few touches of Bulgari’s unmistakable charm. And it all comes just in time for the festive season!
Bulgari Hotel Roma: Elevate your Roman Experience
A haven for those seeking the true essence of Roman indulgence, Il Caffè, set on the ground floor of Bulgari Hotel Roma, boasts a spacious outdoor area. Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely coffee, a lunch replete with traditional Roman flavors, or a delectable Sunday brunch – all curated by chef Niko Romito – Il Caffè sets the stage for a culinary experience befitting of the city's rich gastronomic heritage.
Afterward, you can venture up to La Terrazza, a unique rooftop terrace offering an unparalleled 360-degree panorama of Rome’s iconic skyline. Prepare to be captivated by this unique vantage point, from where the city unfolds in all its grandeur, making La Terrazza an essential stop for those with a taste for the extraordinary.
Pulsing History: Bulgari DomvsAvrea
When Fabrizio points you toward the Bulgari Boutique on Via Condotti 10, he’s not just nudging you toward another luxury store. This is the historic heartbeat of Rome’s premier shopping thoroughfare, offering more than just a retail experience – it’s a cultural odyssey.
As you step inside, the distinctive eight-pointed star – a homage to the powerful Chigi family that dominated Rome's financial landscape in the 13th century – welcomes you to a world where history, luxury, and art converge.
This isn’t merely a boutique; it’s a gateway to the unique Bulgari museum, DomvsAvrea, which is the only one of its kind. Here, you can peruse the latest collections while uncovering the secrets of Cinecittà Studios, a cinematic realm intertwined with Bulgari’s allure. If fortune smiles upon you, the boutique managers may reveal the clandestine door that once hosted luminaries like Elizabeth Taylor, granting them discreet access for private fittings at Bulgari.
Dress with Effortless “Made in Italy” Style
Gents, if you’re itching for some bespoke “Made in Italy” threads, hit up Sartoria Carbone on Via Leone IV. This family-run tailor is a Roman institution offering custom-made sartorial experiences that will make you look – and feel – like a million dollars.
Cheese, Meats, and Roman Vibes
Craving authentic Roman fare? Look no further than Salumeria Roscioli on Via dei Giubbonari. With over 300 cheeses and 200 cured meats, it’s a haven for foodies. Dive into Roman culinary history with dishes crafted from the purest and most carefully sourced ingredients.
The 5 o’clock Beer
Hop over to Via degli Specchi 6 for a laid-back beer-tasting experience at Open Baladin Roma. Sip on Italian and international craft beers in a relaxed atmosphere – the perfect pitstop to kick back and enjoy Rome’s vibrant spirit.
Keyhole of the Knights of Malta: A Hidden Gem
Indulge your inner spy by stealing a glance through the Keyhole of the Knights of Malta. Beyond this inconspicuous keyhole, a breathtaking panorama of St. Peter’s Basilica unfolds, reminiscent of a timeless Bulgari campaign straight from the swinging sixties. This clandestine spot with an awe-inspiring view will be sure to leave you breathless. So, keep it on the down-low, and let this tucked-away gem be your very own Roman secret.
Sushi with a Side of Sleek
Be sure to make your way to Hamasei, where high-end Japanese cuisine takes center stage in a setting that exudes modernity and sleek sophistication. You can only revel in this culinary experience featuring the finest flavors meticulously crafted to perfection. And if you’re lucky, you can catch the owner rocking a traditional Japanese kimono on a Saturday night.
Where History Meets Sunset Magic
Wrap up your Roman sojourn with the pièce de résistance – a visit to the iconic Castel Sant’Angelo. Located along Lungotevere Castello, this landmark is more than just a repository of history; it’s a sensory banquet for the eyes.
Time your visit for the magic hour, and as the sun dips below the horizon, let the terrace of Castel Sant’Angelo treat you to a jaw-dropping spectacle of the city skyline. Prepare to be captivated as the sunset paints the Eternal City in a palette of mesmerizing hues. It’s not just a visit; it’s a grand finale that ensures your Roman holiday finishes on a note of sheer awe and splendor.