Via Veneto is one of Rome’s most talked-about streets and a popular destination for discerning visitors as well as Rome’s social elite. The main location of iconic Italian film La Dolce Vita, it is at the heart of Rome’s social and cultural scene. Here, we guide you through the top hotels, coolest shops and best eateries in the area.
Stay: Grand Hotel Via Veneto
The Grand Hotel’s art deco interior, marble-lined spa and rooftop cocktail bar fit perfectly with the timeless feel of La Dolce Vita. The hotel is perfect for those wishing to explore Rome’s architectural attractions such as the Spanish Steps, as well as top fashion boutiques. All suites have street-facing balconies, ornate furniture, and marbled bathrooms with Bulgari wash products for an extra touch of luxury. With two fine-dining restaurants, a rooftop solarium and a top spa, this five-star hotel epitomises luxury.
Grand Hotel Via Veneto, Via Vittorio Veneto 155, 00187 Rome, +39 06 487881
Eat: Ristorante & Café Doney
The Doney restaurant is a celebrated gathering spot on Via Veneto. Its marbled interior and brightly coloured furniture make it a truly elegant place to stop for lunch or dinner, while the outside terrace is perfect for post-shopping coffee and cake. This year the restaurant celebrates its 110th anniversary with a selection of dishes served during its opening evening in 1906; menu highlights include ravioli with black truffle and thyme, beef fillet Carignan, and king crab salad.
Ristorante & Café Doney, Via Vittorio Veneto 137-141, 00187 Rome, +39 06 4708 2783
Shop: Casuccio Vincenzo
Stroll down Via Veneto and you will discover a host of unique and special stores, featuring everything from high fashion to authentic Italian products, making the street a perfect place to pick up some souvenirs. Be sure to head over to Casuccio Vincenzo if you’re looking for shoes. The street is also a must-visit destination for handmade clothing and intricately embroidered household linens.
Casuccio Vincenzo, Via Vittorio Veneto 189, Rome +39 06 482 1907
Drink: Harry’s Bar
For the ultimate throwback to the 1960s, wander into the legendary Harry’s Bar. Located by the Borghese gardens, the bar is a perfect spot for drinks outside, while its charming interior, impressive Mediterranean menu and live music also lure customers. The refined menu lends subtle spins to an otherwise traditional menu, with options including sole with Sicilian fruit sauce and home-made tagliatelle with sea bass and lemon. This famous bar has welcomed a host of well-known faces over the years and remains a popular meeting place for Rome’s elite.
Harry’s Bar, Via Vittorio Veneto 150, 00187 Rome, +39 06 484643