Residenza Napoleone III

Baroque splendor, romantic, all-suites

Via Fontanella Borghese 56 Rome

(39) 06-347-733-7098

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At a Glance

Two lavish suites the size of small apartments are outfitted with museum-worthy art and antiques.

Indagare Loves

  • The intimate size (the Residenzia has just two suites)
  • The lavish interiors
  • The attentive staff


Got a hankering to be a prince or princess for a day or more? A few years ago, the current principessa, Donna Letizia Ruspoli, inspired by Indian maharajas who invite guests into their palaces, began renting Rome’s most authentic royal suite; from 1830 to 1831, Napoleon III and his mother lived in the apartments. Glorious reception rooms filled with museum-quality art and antiques lead to a master bedroom suite, which has been restored to its original Baroque splendor with coffered ceilings, parquet floors, a silk-draped bed, oil paintings and a Gobelin tapestry.

The princess greets guests when she’s in Rome, and her assistant, as well as a butler and a maid, attend to visitors’ needs, arranging guides, restaurant reservations and any special requests. For those who want a less formal experience in the same surroundings, there is the Roof Garden Suite. In either suite, the maid or butler will bring you breakfast in the morning—on the family silver, of course.

Written by Simone Girner

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