Palazzo Manfredi is an elegant hideaway in the centre of what was once imperial Rome. The charming 17th century palace has spectacular views of the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Domus Aurea, combined with superb hospitality. Built over the ruins of the Ludus Magnus, the gymnasium used by Roman gladiators, Palazzo Manfredi was the hunting pavilion of the Guidi gardens. Today it is tastefully adorned with art ranging from 16th century antique paintings to contemporary pieces. The hotel offers an intimate experience, crowned only by a meal at the hotel’s Aroma restaurant where the unparalleled vistas of ancient Rome are beautifully matched by the culinary delights.
The Palazzo Manfredi is a five-star hotel at the center of what was once imperial Rome. While the terraces of the hotel’s Aroma restaurant may offer vistas of the ancient Colosseum, its approach to the sustainable sourcing of ingredients is decidedly up to date. In particular, the palazzo is committed to sustainable fishing.
The restaurant offers only seasonal fish dishes—making use of nature’s cycles to help conserve fish stocks naturally. Fish are sourced locally with the hotel working in partnership with several fishermen from nearby ports—a move that also supports the local economy. Chef Giuseppe di Iorio also looks to source unusual local species whose fishing is considered sustainable. An example is Axillary Seabream, known locally us Mupa, which is listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Least Concern List. The hotel is active beyond its immediate needs too. It has taken part in Relais & Châteaux initiatives aimed at preserving tuna stocks and has recently signed a petition against electrofishing.