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A fabulous day in Rome

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Inearly December, the prestigious fashion house Fendi kicked off the holiday season by organizing a spectacular event in the heart of Rome.  Fendi hosted a beautiful event at the luxurious Hotel de Russie, where influential members of the fashion world gathered for a magical evening of gourmet cuisine, decadent desserts, and an enviable selection of fine wines. Later in the evening, the celebrated Hotel de Russie was transformed into a fashion atelier, where the celebrated fashion house showcased its winter collection with a private fashion show for its guests.

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The lovely 19th century Hotel de Russie is located on Via del Babuino, in the historic center of the city, connecting Piazza del Popolo with Piazza di Spagna. This is one of my favorite places in Rome, in an area where one can spend an afternoon wandering through the antique alleys and squares, exploring the variety of elegant shops and boutiques that line the streets. Here, I am reminded of how brilliantly the Eternal City dazzles, with its ancient marble structures that are steeped in history and romance.

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While I’m in the area, I make a point to grab something to eat at Tartufi & Friends, in Via Borgognona. This intimate restaurant is truly one-of-a-kind, its goal being to showcase the prized truffle by combining it with high quality Italian ingredients, either as a decadent 3-course meal or even just as a quick but delicious sandwich or salad grabbed ‘to go’. All of this is presented in a historic and refined atmosphere that makes dining here a delightful and exquisite experience.

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Walking by Via Frattina, it’s impossible to not stop and admire the window display of the luxury boutique, Pure. Tourists are always photographing the visually stunning storefront, which they change often, and inside there is even more reason to stop by: Pure is a luxury retailer of high-end children’s apparel. Here you can find children’s clothing designed by the world’s most renowned fashion labels, it’s no wonder this store has become one of Italy’s most prestigious children’s wear retailers. With such an amazing collection of brands, and courteous staff ready to help you find whatever you need, Pure is a must when shopping for gifts for the special little ones in your life.

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