Opened on 9th June 2023, the Bulgari Hotel Roma is the second Bulgari hotel to land in Italy following Milan. It’s centrally located in Piazza Augusto Imperatore 10, a stone’s throw away from where the jewellery brand was founded over a century ago. The new hotel showcases the best Italian design and craftsmanship, a great heritage that is celebrated through a spectrum of details.
The imposing building that houses the hotel – with an overall surface area of 14,000 square metres spread over seven floors – is an representative example of rationalist architecture. It was designed by the architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo and built between 1936 and 1938 until officially opening in 1950 by the Italian prime minister Alcide De Gasperi as the headquarters of the Italian Social Security Agency.
The palazzo is housed in a historic location, with strong symbolic value: it faces the Mausoleum of Augustus, the circular 1st century tomb, and the Ara Pacis, the altar which celebrates the period of peace that the emperor managed to impose – the Pax Romana – and which is now preserved within the Ara Pacis Museum designed by Richard Meier.
The link between the Bulgari Hotel Roma and the vision of the emperor Augustus is guaranteed by the presence of the Statue of seated Augustus, an original Roman sculpture, in Pentelic marble, from the Torlonia Collection. Positioned in the center of the entrance. This statue is the first in a series of five, whose restoration has been sponsored by Bulgari and which will alternate in the exhibition.
As with all other Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, the design of the interiors was entrusted to the Italian studio run by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. The hotel has 114 rooms, many of them suites with a splendid view, and offers five different types of catering, all curated by the world-famous chef Niko Romito, who gained three Michelin stars with his restaurant Reale, in Abruzzo. Romito has been in charge of all culinary experiences for Bulgari Hotels & Resorts since 2017. The menu is focused on contemporary Italian cuisine.
The first Bulgari Dolci boutique in Italy offers delicious sweets, such as Bulgari’s celebrated “chocolate gems” and a selection of traditional Italian pastries from the La Pasticceria – Niko Romito menu. The hotel also houses a Library holding a collection of fine books on Roman art, design, history and architecture. This will be open, upon appointment, to the general public.
A true temple of wellbeing, the Bulgari Spa evokes the atmosphere of ancient Roman baths, with marble columns that rise from the swimming pool and coloured glass that creates a warm, soft light. Covering 1500 square metres, this oasis of peace to rebalance body, mind and spirit has nine treatment rooms and a 20-metre covered pool decorated with sparkling mosaics which draw inspiration from motifs used in the celebrated Baths of Caracalla.