Yesterday I went to have lunch with my friend Heidi, who was hanging out on the set of her director husband’s latest film. He’s filming a mini-series in what turns out to be a fabulous, pretty much abandoned, turn-of- the-century villa that belongs to the Fendi family. While wandering around the back garden, (after running into Sabrina Ferilli) I realized that this was the famous Villa Laetitia that Anna Fendi had transformed a few years ago into an ultra-trendy b&b.
As it turns out the semi-abandoned Villa itself is used for parties and - yes - movie sets. It was the foresteria (guest quarters) that Ms. Fendi had restored, and I was happy to finally be able to visit.
Why hadn’t I been before? Well, it’s pretty far off my beaten track. I guess you could say it’s in Prati, but its location on the Lungotevere delle Armi means it’s not really where I usually hang out. That said, the seclusion and quiet can’t be beat. And it really is only a pleasant 12 minute walk along the river to Piazza del Popolo and Via Babuino.
The Villa is perfect art nouveau, built in 1911, and retains many of the original elements including the massive pair of caryatids at the entrance. A shady walkway leads to the back garden, and the entrance to the intimate and cozy foresteria. Ms. Fendi has a pitch perfect knack for creating stylish, yet comfortable, interiors that are inspired by turn-of-the-century Europe, yet at the same time feel fresh and modern.
The rooms are spacious and each have their own terrace or garden and kitchenette. In fact, these are more like mini apartments than hotel rooms. There are fourteen rooms and the prices run from € 190 to €350 - which is pretty good for Rome. I will definitely be recommending this place to design-oriented friends who are staying for a longer period and want more than just a hotel room.
This room leads out to a pocket sized terrace.
The terrace that goes with the room above. (I love the shabby worn feel)
Another of the outdoor spaces which make this place so charming.
Villa Laetitia Roma
Lungotevere delle Armi 22/23
Tel: +39 06 322 5776