For Rocco Forte Hotels’ second Rome property, the brand secured prime real estate: an eighteenth-century palazzo atop the Spanish Steps. The 104-room Hotel de la Ville opened last week after a three-year restoration by designer Olga Polizzi and architect Tommaso Ziffer. The design channels the Grand Tour era of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – when artists and broad-minded travelers sought cultural enlightenment and convened at the hotel’s Via Sistina address, which was apartments then, later becoming the Hotel de la Ville in the 1920s.

A Junior Suite bedroom.

Polizzi and Ziffer have filled guest rooms with contemporary furniture, classic art, bold patterns, and rich tapestries. The two-level Studio Junior Suites are dreamy Italianate hideaways, and the Presidential Suite is the city’s largest, with nearly 1,900 square feet of outdoor terraces. It’s those alfresco spaces (and their views) that truly grab you: It feels like Rome is at your fingertips from many of the guest rooms, the sixth-floor restaurant, and the chic rooftop bar (pictured above). Four more food and wine outlets are downstairs, and the hotel will debut a new Rocco Forte Spa, featuring skincare products from Rocco Forte’s daughter, Irene Forte.

The Suite de le Ville’s sitting room.

“It’s a glamorous, exciting, and fun space,” says Francesco Roccato, Hotel de la Ville’s general manager. “Here you’ll be able to experience the real Rome.”

 Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.