Through tailored experiences, guests at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese embark on a photo tour around Rome led by Ryan Neeven, the @DoorsofItaly founder, to not only see historical sites, culinary highlights and modern marvels, but also to learn how to professionally capture them.
The experience includes daily guided photo tours accompanied by advice and professional tips on lighting, composition, camera settings and more. In addition to the best views the Eternal City has to offer, Neeven introduces guests to hidden architectural gems like Quartiere Coppedè, one of the city’s most unique neighborhoods, and the famous coffee shops of Rome, a picturesque location to capture the essence of Romans going about their daily life. Neeven also takes guests to explore a more modern Rome with a visit to Maxxi to admire the architectural work of the late Zaha Hadid, La Piccola Londra (The Little London), Parco Della Musica and Foro Italico.
Ryan Neeven has photographed more than 28 countries around the world. He is a contributor for several magazines, and his imagery has appeared in international advertising campaigns, hospitality and tourism marketing campaigns and editorial publications worldwide.
The new Photography Around Rome offer starts at €9,000 (about $9,700) and includes a three-night stay at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese in a premium luxury room, daily breakfast and all entrance fees and travel expenses for the guided tours noted above.
Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese also invites guests to book its Romantic Roman Proposal offer, a new, over-the-top proposal offering that includes exclusive use of the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, overlooking the city; décor from the city’s top floral designer; and other romantic amenities. If one of the couples prefers to “pop the question” up close at one of the city’s iconically romantic locations, a chauffeured tour around the city in a vintage Fiat 500 would be another highlight. The bespoke experience from Sofitel Rome is designed by the hotel’s concierge, Agostino Sità, who, as president of Rome Les Clefs d’Or, has unique access to the Eternal City’s hidden gems.
The romance begins on arrival as the couple checks into one of the hotel’s elegant suites. After cocktails in the Jacuzzi on the suite’s private terrace, the couple heads up to the garden-inspired Settimo for sunset and to enjoy a romantic Roman aphrodisiac tasting menu. Setting the mood will be decor and fresh flowers by Flavia Bruni, a live violinist and a poetry reading. A Champagne toast celebrates the occasion, and a photographer and videographer document the experience. To wrap up the memorable day, the couple return to their room to be welcomed with a framed photo, engraved with the date of their proposal as a keepsake.
The Proposal offer starts at €11,000 (about $11,900) and includes a one-night stay in suite accommodations for two people, exclusive use of the Settino terrace for dinner, an evening Fiat tour and all the other proposal offer inclusions.
Situated on a quiet street in the epicenter of Rome, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is a former 19th-century Roman palazzo within walking distance of some of the city’s best-known cultural landmarks and parks, including Trevi Fountain, Villa Medici and Spanish Steps. Settimo, the hotel’s elegant rooftop lounge and restaurant, is a garden escape offering panoramic views over the picturesque Villa Borghese gardens and St. Peter’s Basilica.
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