Where to stay: Panoramic views of the Eternal City and a private 15-acre park are the signatures of the five-star Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf-Astoria property. An immense indoor pool and “gladiator classes” — toga anyone? — make for a nice respite from nonstop festival screenings. Count on the hotel restaurant La Pergola (with three Michelin stars) for closing the big deals. Spotted: Don and Betty Draper, on a recent episode of “Mad Men.” (Rooms start at E270; suites start at E670; romecavalieri.com).
Where to primp: The charming Femme Sistina is all things to all women. The salon offers cuts, colors, facials and nail care, while the boutique carries designer gowns, bags, shoes and scarves. Owner Lisette Lenzi — who opened the chic emporium in 1959 — has seen her share of stars, but she treats everyone equally well. Audrey Hepburn used to ride her bike to the salon for a beauty fix; Nicole Kidman pops by nowadays. (Open every day; femmesistina.com).
Where to dine: For a fresh, modern take on rustic cuisine, hit Antico Arco in the Travestere neighborhood. The menu at this upbeat brick bistro shifts seasonally, but current specialties include porcini mushroom salad with parmigiano ice cream or duck breast with fig sauce and au gratin zucchini flowers. (Be sure to make a reservation; anticoarco.it)
Where to shop: Lisa Corti could be Rome’s Jonathan Adler. She’s known for her whimsical, vibrant pillows, organza throws and tapestries as well as her ceramics. Her workmanship and Italy-meets-India flair makes every piece unique and easily recognizable as a Corti. Though there are outlets in Florence and Milan, her Rome flagship is a must-visit for splurging or gleaning artistic inspiration. (lisacorti.com)