Art-Filled Chapter Roma Hotel, Rome

Accommodation that blends history with contemporary design at every turn

In Rome‘s historic district of Regola—a neighborhood where one can still breathe a deeply authentic Roman atmosphere—contemporary art galleries and traditional restaurants exist side by side. The 16th century Galleria Spada sits next to the nightlife of Campo de’ Fiori, and the once walled Jewish ghetto rises next to new restaurants. It’s here that the 42-room Chapter Roma hotel recently opened its doors. Inside a …

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