Rome Film Fest: Where to Escape in the Italian City

A guide to where be seen (and where to get away) while at the festival

This story first appeared in the Oct. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.



Italy, the home of slow food, never has been known for fast-food options. But with a recent wave of haute street-food cuisine, that soon may change. Supplizio, in Rome's historic center, is the newest venture from famed chef Arcangelo Dandini. Pair classic suppli, or rice balls filled with chicken giblets and mozzarella ($4), with a beer for a truly Roman experience. Via dei Banchi Vecchi 143

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La Villa 1908

Grab a before-screening drink at this restaurant, located directly across the Tiber River from the festival's main venue. The newly restored mansion, which used to be Valentino's private showroom, offers three floors for prime socializing. Take advantage of the evening aperitivo, the Roman version of happy hour, when about $13 buys you a drink and an open appetizer buffet. Via Alessandro Fleming 55

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In a space that functioned as a bordello circa the year 800, MadZone is the latest of many fashion hotspots in Rome, where the style is more off-kilter and free-flowing than in Milan. The store showcases a range of rotating new designers, and customers can pick up anything from a silk turban to thigh- high python boots. Via Palermo 34/b

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Terme di Saturnia

A trip to Rome would not be complete without exploring its rich surrounding areas. This wellness retreat is well worth a two-hour train ride to Tuscany's Maremma region. Play a round of golf, or simply soak in the ancient thermal baths that date to Roman times. The Grand Menu at the Michelin-starred restaurant All'Acquacotta is not to be missed. Rooms from $420. 58014 Saturnia (Grosseto)