Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri has introduced a new programme of experiences to immerse guests deep into the culture and history of the Italian capital. Rome’s most storied address, home to Heinz Beck’s legendary three-Michelin star restaurant, La Pergola, already offers vintage Vespa tours, truffle hunting expeditions in Umbria and behind the scenes tours of private palaces, but this selection of new activities dives even deeper into the heart of Italy.
Gourmands can treat themselves to a Roman food tour including olive oil tasting, pasta cooking class and a gelato class at Rome’s oldest ice cream parlour, Giolitti, and those who prefer not to stray too far can take a guided tour of Rome Cavalieri’s museum-worthy collection with an art historian, followed by tea for two at Tiepolo Lounge.
Alternatively, how about a two-hour tour of the Vatican Gardens with a resident guide, or an after-hours guided visit at the privately owned Galleria Colonna, where some of Italy’s greatest baroque masterpieces are on display for privileged eyes. Both experiences include private Mercedes S Class transfers and a beautifully illustrated coffee table book to take home.
But for the ultimate Roman holiday, take a Rolls Royce to Urbe Heliport and board an AW139 helicopter for a scenic flight above Rome’s southern Pontine Islands, which bob in the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. After landing on Ponza island, guests will embark on a private boat tour in search of the best snorkelling spots and beaches on the island, before towelling off for a local lunch on-board. La dolce vita indeed.