Get the festive feeling with a gourmet escape to Rome

Monday, 13 December 2010 5:40 PM

Escape from the snow and enjoy a luxurious Christmas break to the Italian capital of Rome this year. The five-star Rome Cavalieri is a gourmand’s paradise, as it boasts Rome’s only triple Michelin starred restaurant, La Pergola.

Christmas Eve will see the hotel’s L’Uliveto restaurant take centre stage, however, offering a five-course dinner including dishes such as swordfish carpaccio, and a gourmet take on the traditional Christmas pudding.

The following day, La Pergola head chef Heinz Beck will be serving up a specifically designed eight course dinner, including duck foie gras with wild strawberry sauce.

As well as world-class food, guests can enjoy the convenient location of Rome Cavalieri, which boasts views over the famous St Peters Square.

Despite the striking luxury on offer, the Rome Cavalieri is surprisingly affordable. From December 22 to January 7 guests can take advantage of a special room rate of €230 (£193) per night for a deluxe room. To book, visit: www.romecavalieri.com
 

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