In the heart of the eternal city, tucked in a piazza of glorious churches, your very own 19th-century palazzo. Shimmering with style, from the bold black-and-white reception hall to the Italian custom-made tables, this has the comforting luxuries of a top-notch hotel but the warmth of a generous friend’s hospitality. (Indeed, the building belonged to Giuseppe’s grandfather.) Bedrooms are sleek and uncluttered with dark hardwood floors, modish-coloured walls, silk quilts and elegant Italian furniture; one has a balcony while suites have brightly patterned sofas and modern art. Bathrooms are super-chic in travertine stone or black slate with luxurious Hermes unguents. Breakfast is wildly indulgent: freshly prepared and brought to your room on a silver trolley. Floor-to-ceiling windows gaze over the buzzing piazza or side-streets, and Rome and its treasures are on your doorstep: Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese Park, Via Margutta’s galleries. Warm and engaging, Giuseppe and French wife Caroline will point you to the best restaurants. An intimate, spoiling retreat.