Meet the place where Picasso and Cocteau had cocktaiils: Hotel de Russie is one of today's best places to be during any sunny day while in Rome.

by team Paris Social Diary, photography by Instagram | 14 April, 2019

Hotel De Russie has 88 rooms of 30 square meters, many with views over Rome, Piazza del Popolo or the Secret Garden, and 34 suites, some with private terrace.  The great jewel of the hotel, in fact, is the so-called “Secret Garden” that has in its large interior patio, also designed by Valadier, which has 2800 square meters of hanging gardens, rich in vegetation.


There, you can eat at the restaurant “Le Jardin de Russie“, run by chef Fulvio Pierangelini, or have an aperitif, the best of the eternal city, they say, at the Bar Stravinskij.

It is also famous because the artist Pablo Picasso and the poet Jean Cocteau stayed at the hotel in 1917, as they prepared to stage the first cubist ballet in the world. The two friends stopped in two adjoining rooms, which communicated and from their windows they could pick oranges from the garden.


It is a place,like all of Rome, with history: it was designed at the beginning of the 19th century by the famous Italian architect Giuseppe Valadier, who also redesigned the nearby Piazza del Popolo. The building is known to have been nothing less than the headquarters of the RAI, the Italian television radio, the main Italian public television network.

Apart from being just meters from the Piazza del Popolo, where the famous restaurant “Dal Bolognese” is located, another “must” of the Roman haute cuisine, where Macri has also been eating on previous trips-, the De Russie hotel remains a few blocks from the Piazza di Spagna and the Via Condotti, a perfect location.