Villa Laetitia


22-23 Lungotevere delle Armi,


Inspired by Anna Fendi Venturini’s desire to fare casa (make a home) whenever traveling the globe, this enchanted jewel of a guesthouse is the most exciting new hotel to open in Rome in the past decade. The property is an umbrella pine–canopied 1911 villa on the west side of the river not far from Piazza del Popolo; it had fallen into ruin until a few years ago, when Fendi bought it and began to restore it. In late 2006, the foresteria (guest quarters of the villa) opened as the 15 uncannily homey mini-apartments of Villa Laetitia. Each superbly stylish unit is lovingly decorated with eclectic pieces from Fendi’s own collection of 19th- and 20th-century furniture, lighting, and accessories, including a Mies van der Rohe sofa bed and original sketches by Dior and Saint Laurent. Most rooms have lush private terraces and verandas, and all units have state-of-the-art kitchenettes. All linens are monogrammed with Anna Fendi Venturini’s initials. What’s most astonishing (considering the exclusive furnishings and pedigree of the place) is the price: even the senior suites max out at $500-plus during high season. Fendi Venturini’s warm grace extends to the staff, which is discreet and always happy to assist guests at a moment’s notice.

Room to Book: For all-out retro glamour, book the Crystal suite ($520), which has Fendi Perspex furniture and photographs of Anna Magnani on the set of Roma, Città Aperta. The wide terrace of the Atelier suite boasts black-and-white-checkered tiles, a bamboo fence for privacy, and groovy red Giò Colombo chairs.