I always feel a certain trepidation when I walk into Hotel Fortyseven and head for the elevator. Once at the top, I find myself in a lushly landscaped penthouse, and the first moment I walk out on the roof garden, I always gasp. I’ve been a Roman all my life, but I never imagined how perfect the breathtaking view over Piazza Petroselli could be from here, nor how gorgeous the round Temple of Hercules could appear, seen from above.
My eyes scope past the tree-lined Aventine, all the way to Capitoline Hill, by way of the Romanesque church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, home of Roman Holiday classic “Mouth of Truth”; and the sensually curved banks of the river Tiber. It’s all there, along with classic terracotta tiled rooftops, and exquisite geranium-dotted balconies.
With ancient Rome at your feet and the kitchen’s contemporary Mediterranean cuisine on your plate, your fluttering heart will agree in electing this as one of Roma’s most romantic spots. Enjoy the sunset glinting off your frosted glass of chilled Soave, in anticipation of the seafood extravaganza you’re about to savour. I come for the Campofilone tagliolini with octopus, dried tomatoes and olive sauce; and the turbot baked in a Sicilian pistachio crust, served with spinach and steamed asparagus. There’s also classic Roman dishes and varied vegetarian options.
As swallows draw huge swooping circles in the sky, and the westerly ponentino breeze blows your worries away, go ahead and drop your shoulders, take in the great beauty, and prepare to say yes.