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We asked Mr. Wirth to recommend some of his favorite spots in Rome, and added a few of our own that we uncovered while exploring the area around Hotel Hassler: Antico Café Greco (Via dei Condotti; anticocaffegreco.eu) – Opened in 1760, it is Rome's oldest coffee bar. Mr. Wirth said his grandfather brought Buffalo Bill to this iconic spot, whose wonderful atmosphere and outstanding espresso endure. The Gardens of Palazzo Colonna (galleriacolonna.it/en) – Located in the heart of Rome, the gardens, first planted in the early 1700s, are open to the public on Saturday mornings. Campo de' Fiori (fornocampodefiori.com) – Since 1869, a daily market has been held at this square, which was once the site of public executions. At its center is a statue of philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was burnt alive for heresy related to his cosmological theories. e bianco pizza at Forno Campo de' Fiori is considered among the best in Rome. Cul-De-Sac (Piazza di Pasquino, 73) – Located near Piazza Navona, this wine bar is one of the city's oldest. Come early (or late) to snag one of the coveted outdoor tables. Da Felice (feliceatestaccio.it/en) – Located in Testaccio, it's regarded as the old-school favorite for cacio e pepe, tossed up tableside. Emma (emmapizzaria.com) – A popular pizzeria in the Campo de Fiori area, the recipe for the crust was developed in collaboration with acclaimed baker Pierluigi Roscioli. e crisp, thin base serves as the perfect backdrop for a host of simple and fresh toppings. Babette (babetteristorante.it) – Run by a pair of sisters who used to work in fashion, Mr. Wirth is a regular at this chic French/Italian hybrid that is located on a quiet street just a short stroll from the Hotel Hassler. Il Palazzetto (ilpalazzettoroma.com) – Built in the 16th century alongside the Spanish Steps, Mr. Wirth purchased the five-story building in 1999 and spent three years renovating it into a four- room boutique hotel and event space with a hugely popular rooftop wine and cocktail bar. Keats-Shelley Memorial House and Babington's Tea Room (keats-shelley-house.org; babingtons.com) – Located opposite one another at the foot of the Spanish Steps. The former is a museum dedicated to English Romantic poets, while inside the latter, which opened in 1893, there is a worn but endearing feeling of quirky English eclecticism. Pipero Roma (piperoroma.it/en/) – After ogling the architecture of Santa Maria in Vallicella, constructed in the late 1500s, head across the Piazza della Chiesa Nuova to this Michelin-starred restaurant, operated by sommelier Alessandro Pipero. Ruscioli (salumeriaroscioli.com) – A deli, restaurant and wine bar in one. Not for the indecisive, with 300 types of cheese and 2,800 wine labels available. Sora Lella Restaurant (trattoriasoralella.it) – This homey family-operated spot is the only restaurant on Tiber Island that is open year-round. Mr. Wirth is particularly fond of their tagliolini pasta and meatloaf. e Roman Forum slmag.net 37

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