The Villa of an Aristocrat Trailblazer for Women’s Rights

Long before the #MeToo movement, history was being made at the Villa Spalletti Trivelli, where women’s rights were advanced. With its rich history in tact, the villa has been transformed to 14 glorious, luxurious rooms and suites that combine antiques with the contemporary.

As evident from its near perfect 5 star rating on TripAdvisor, placing it in the top .01% of hotels in Rome from approximately 2,000 hotels. This privately owned hotel is certainly exceptional for its class and doing many things right. Its memberships in the Small Luxury Hotels and Traveler Made networks are hallmarks for luxury travel.

With its high ceilings, grand staircase and antique collectibles, the villa exudes a sense of old world charm. This property is for those who seek peace and tranquility while enjoying authentic and understated Italian hospitality, and an appreciation for how the aristocracy lived.

A Historic Path for Women’s Rights

In the early 1900’s Villa Spalletti Trivelli served as an important venue to influence politicians on women’s rights. Through her vision, persistence and bravery, Countess Gabriella Rasponi Spalletti, went to great lengths to improve the status of women at the time, including the right to vote.

The Countess founded and held the presidency of the Italian Women’s Council for almost 3 decades. Given her status, she enjoyed privileged access to the political elite and used this position to the benefit of all women.

The grand library holds over 5,000 books in 6 languages, dating to the 1700s and is recognized by the ministry of National Heritage and Culture for its valuable collection.

Villa Spalletti Trivelli offers more than just elegant, luxury hotel rooms. It’s a unique way to experience the opulence and elegance of old-time Rome. The privilege to enjoy this villa is a unique experience and not for those who seek the cookie cutter type of property.

An Influential Location

Countess Rasponi strategically built this villa adjacent the Presidential Palace and thus close to the center of political power, where regular weekly meetings with people of influence took place.

A perfect location for touring, the Villa is in the heart of Rome and a short walk from the celebrated Trevi Fountain, world famous upscale boutiques of Via Condotti, the Spanish Steps and the Colosseum.

At Your Service

On display at all times is Italian hospitality at its best. Personalized service is another aspect that sets this hotel apart, as knowledgeable staff make travel arrangements, give splendid restaurant recommendations and go all out to ensure guest satisfaction.

Stately Rooms are Noble and Quiet

Rooms offer old world charm while blending contemporary comfort. Decor is elegant and palatial, yet warm and welcoming. With embroidered Italian linens and alpaca or cashmere covers, who can ask for more. Bathrooms are modern, with oversized, plush towels and L’Occitaine bath products generously laid out.

All rooms offer beautiful garden views, either that of the hotel itself or that of the Quirinale (the Presidential Palace). An added special touch is the complimentary in room minibar. Smart phones are free, available in each room and a great resource on a day of sightseeing.

Meals in a Private Garden

Meals are served in the villa’s dining room or lush gardens. The splendid, homemade, complimentary breakfast, served on fine bone china with silver cutlery, offers the finest Italian cappuccinos and lattes made to order, a spread of pastries, local produce, fresh fruit, cereals, omelettes and more. After a long day enjoy complimentary snacks and a cocktail from the Honesty bar, well stocked with prosecco and spirits. Every Friday partake in a wine tasting to experience special wines from the family estate in Umbria.

Relax in Style

The chic rooftop, with its fabulous panoramic views, is a treat with its 3 hot tubs and self-serve bar. The fully equipped, state of the art fitness room is open 24 hours, and the fabulous Turkish bath, a wonderful treat.

Tips / What We Liked

  1. For families adjoining rooms and suites available.
  2. For extra privacy, request the spacious Garden Suites.
  3. Complimentary in room mini bar is restocked daily.
  4. Buy train tickets in advance at the travel agency around the corner to save time at the station.
  5. Consider a day trip to the Spalletti family’s winery on the border between Umbria and Tuscany. The hotel will gladly arrange all details for a spectacular day.

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