Via Vittorio Veneto was the starring location in Federico Fellini’s 1960 film ‘La Dolce Vita‘, in which journalist Marcello Rubini trawls louche bars and high-class nightclubs for celebrity gossip. Follow in his footsteps with our guide to the top attractions in this exclusive area, including a cocktail joint overlooking St Peter’s Basilica, a legendary cafe and a crypt decorated with human skulls.
Fine Italian wine and premier steaks headline at Girarrosto Fiorentino, a Tuscany-inspired celebrity haunt that opened in the 1960s. Loosen your belt before tackling the 1kg (2.2lb) T-bone (serves two), which is finished by the waiter at your table, as is the fillet steak tartare. For the ultimate Fiorentino experience, start with their signature ribollita, a warming black cabbage soup that’s only cooked during the winter. A 400-label wine list features varieties from the oldest winemaking families in Tuscany.
For an early-evening aperitif with a view, head to Bar Il Giardino, situated on one of the highest floors of the five-star Eden Hotel. Take a seat on one of the leather sofas by the oversize windows, order a Martini Trevi – a lavender and bergamot concoction inspired by the historical gardens opposite – and gaze over St Peter’s Basilica. Accompany with artfully presented cicchetti (Italian tapas) by chef Fabio Ciervo.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Alessandra Palmitesta.