Via Labicana, 125 – 00184 Roma
Manfredi Fine Hotels Collection
Date of creation
Hotel General Manager
Matteo Moretti – Hotel Manager since October 2018 – Previously Resident Manager of Hotel Art by Spanish Steps of Prestige Hotel of the World and from 2002 to the 2003 Assistant General Manager of the Relais Castello della Camilluccia part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World
5 star luxury Relais & Chateaux
Opening of new Grand View Suite overlooking the Colosseum and Ludus Magnus / Opening of the new lounge bar The Court overlooking the Colosseum / a new Gym is foreseen with a unique view over the old school of the Gladiators, Ludus Magnus.
History & Story
Palazzo Manfredi stands on the ruins of the ancient gladiatorial school, the famous Ludus Magnus, directly across from the Coliseum. The hotel began in the early 17th century as the villa of the Evagelisit family, designed by the architect Giovanni Battista Mola. In 1748, the villa was completely rebuilt becoming a hunting lodge of the noble Guidi family. In 2002, Count Goffredo Manfredi, one of Italy’s most famous entrepreneurs and construction magnates, purchased the villa and the modern day Palazzo Manfredi was born. Palazzo Manfredi, offers breathtaking views from its location directly opposite the Coliseum. The hotel is conveniently located within short walking distance to Venezia Square (15 minutes) and the Spanish Steps (10 minutes).
Rooms, restaurants and common areas from Giorgia Dennerlain.
Date added extensions
Main Strengths, Special Touch
1. Unique views of the Colosseum (located opposite) from some room in the hotel, which is ideally located within 7 minutes’ walk of Rome’s many historic attractions including the Gladiator School, Roman Forum, the Pantheon etc.
2. Michelin starred roof top AROMA restaurant and bar overlooking the Colosseum and AROMA Bistro for lunches and lighter fare overlooking the Domus Aurea and Oppian Hill
The new lounge bar The Court overlooking the Colosseum
3. Each room uniquely designed with a wide choice including 12 rooms 14 suites and 6 serviced apartments for extended stay and families
We are right above it. It is part of our very foundations. The Great Game, as the literal translation of Ludus Magnus goes, was the largest and most important of Rome’s gladiatorial schools, and was located beside the Colosseum, connected to the latter by an underground passage.
Key sites/activities in the area
Colosseum – Palatine – Roman Forum – Domus Aurea – San Clemete Basilica – Capitol Hill
1 – We are right above it. It is part of our very foundations. The Great Game, as the literal translation of Ludus Magnus goes, was the largest and most important of Rome’s gladiatorial schools, and was located beside the Colosseum, connected to the latter by an underground passage.
2 – Sixty seconds to the Colosseum. Just step out of our hotel, take a few steps, and you’re there, before the largest amphitheatre in the world, the symbol par excellence of Ancient Rome and Italy. Construction was begun by Vespasian in 72 AD and was completed eight years later under the Emperor Titus.
3 – A magnificent haven of greenery and shade, home to some of Rome’s most extraordinary treasures. Such is the seductive beauty of Oppian Hill Park unfolding before our hotel. The starting point is the Domus Aurea, Nero’s city villa built after the terrible fire that devastated Rome in 64 AD. The “Golden House”, designed by architects Celer and Severus, had 300 rooms, swimming pools and fountains. Of particular interest are the grotesques.
4 – Rome’s history and the extraordinary passage from the classical to the Christian eras are a stone’s throw from your room. Enter the spectacular Basilica of Saint Clement and discover its incredible structure spanning three floors. A tip: Start on the lowest level, some 10 metres (30 feet) underground, where you will find two dwellings, one from the 1st century AD, the other from the 2nd century.
5 – The road to the Imperial Fora begins and ends before us. Fancy a stroll through Imperial Rome? Want to walk through the world’s most spectacular string of squares? If so, start at the Forum of Caesar, inaugurated in 46 BC. Did you know that Julius Caesar claimed to be descended from Venus and that he personally bought the land on which the temple dedicated to the god was to be built? A short walk away is the Forum of Augustus, inaugurated in 2 BC, with porticoes and exedras where the courts sat.
6 – This was the commercial, religious and political heart of Rome, and lay in the valley between the Palatine and Capitoline hills. The Roman historian Livy wrote that shortly after the founding of Rome, in 753 BC, a violent battle was fought between the Romans and the Sabines in the area where the future forum would stand. During the battle, Romulus, seeing his soldiers retreat, invoked Jupiter, promising to build a temple dedicated to him if the Romans were victorious. The attack recommenced. At that very moment, the Sabine women, who had been kidnapped by the Romans, threw themselves between the two armies begging for peace.
7 – Rome was born here, on Capitoline Hill. According to legend, the god Saturn created the first settlement here, in which the Greeks, led by Hercules, were welcomed. The hill probably takes its name from the head, “caput” in Latin, of a warrior named Tolo or Olo, which was unearthed during excavations for the foundations of the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus, which was dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. During the imperial era, Augustus built a small temple dedicated to Mars on the Capitolium, to which were later added other temples commissioned by Titus, Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius. By that time, the Capitoline Hill had become a place of worship and the destination for processions and victory parades.
• Number of rooms : 12
• Number of Suites : 8
• Number of rooms, (keys) in all : 20
Restaurants & Bars
• AROMA Restaurant, Mediterrean cuisine from Chef Giuseppe di Iorio
• AROMA Bistro, Regional cuisine from Giuseppe di Iorio
• The Court lounge bar where you will be welcomed from our Matteo Zed, winner of several mixologist championship of the world
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Capacity for seated évents :
AROMA terrace – 40 guests
AROMA bistro – 15 guests
• Capacity for cocktails évents :
Hotel and restaurant Awards
AROMA One Michelin star from 2014 to the 2019
Number of employees