Even when navigating ancient cobblestone streets on heels, a Roman signorina’s confident clickity-clack won’t miss a beat, except perhaps to kiss-kiss an acquaintance along the path. While achieving that sort of Roman poise might take a lifetime, looking the part goes a long way towards acting it. Fortunately, wardrobes, beauty regimens and hairstyles are easily duplicated. A few tips, and you’ll fit right in (and for the sake of your feet, these stops are all within walking distance of the Spanish steps).
First up? Rest
Catch up on your beauty sleep at this 14-room, all-suite hotel. It’s one of Rome’s most chic addresses, and in the heart of the designer fashion district. The place is best known for its seventh-floor patio, where you can enjoy breakfast with a view of the city.
Portrait Suites, 23 Bocca di Leone, 06-693-80742, rome-suites-portrait.com
This salon is one of several go-to places for Roman divas looking to primp themselves to perfection. The salon is famous for its cutting-edge hairstyling, with other beautification services including mani/pedis, waxing, facials, and massage. A line of high-end beauty products and fragrances created by owner Lisette Lenzi can be purchased at the adjoining shop.
Femme Sistina, 75A Via Sistina, 39-06-678-0260, femmesistina.com
After That, Shop…
For something more modern, this Florentine fashion brand won’t disappoint. Think slinky dresses, tapered pants, gold-embroidered trench coats, and sexy, open-toed boots.
Patrizia Pepe, 44 Via Frattina, 39-06-678-4698, patriziapepe.com
Dubbed the Queen of Cashmere due to her frequent use of the luxury yarn, this Roman native’s flowing clothes are meant to flatter women of any shape. A bottle of Roma perfume, with hints of citrus, flowers and balsam, will make for a fragrant reminder of your experience.
Laura Biagiotti, 43 Via Borgonona, 39-06-679-1205, laurabiagiotti.it
For almost a century, this small shop has fitted the feet of Italy’s upper-crust – they even have a pair with spurs called the Paparazzo, because they can supposedly be used to keep photographers at bay. Every pair is made by hand in the store’s workshop.
Dal Co’, 65 Via Vittoria, 39-06-678-6536, dalco-roma.com
After All That Hard Work, You Deserve a Treat
Keeping up Roman appearances is tough work. When you’re ready to retire for the day, head to the wine bar at Il Palazzetto. This watering hole for the well-heeled takes up several floors of an opulent, Renaissance-era palace it shares with the International Wine Academy of Roma. There’s no better place to enjoy the end of a summer day than on the leafy terraces above the Spanish Steps.
Il Palazzetto, 8 Vicolo del Bottino, 06-699-34-1000, ilpalazzettoroma.com
(Giancarlo La Giorgia is a freelance journalist.)