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Six Senses Rome Debuts as the Brand’s First Urban Hotel in Italy

Discover how Six Senses is immersing guests in the history and culture of Rome’s UNESCO-protected city center


Nestled in the heart of the Eternal City, Six Senses Rome recently opened in the historical Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini. This debut also marked the completed renovation of the magnificent façade of the adjacent San Marcello al Corso Church, the first sustainability project sponsored by the brand.

“After almost three decades away from my hometown, it is a joy to be back to lead such an incredible project,” says general manager Francesca Tozzi. “It makes my team and I feel very proud to open the first urban Six Senses property in Italy. We are working hard so our guests can experience memorable stays in an authentic, fun, and quirky ambience.”

Roman Influence

From cocciopesto, a building material used in ancient times, on the walls to the use of travertine stone, the Roman influence is evident throughout the hotel’s 96 guest rooms and suites. Some even feature the iconic triclinium-style marble seating on their terraces.

In the rooms, state-of-the-art technology is incorporated along with the groundbreaking Sleep With Six Senses standards of organic mattresses, cotton bedding, pillows, and additional amenities to promote a good night’s sleep. The hotel offers a selection of 12 room categories, including three individually designed signature suites. Options include secluded rooms with courtyard views and suites facing the bustling Via del Corso and neighboring San Marcello al Corso Church. Its prime setting in the heart of the city makes it easy to access the many sights while also providing a sense of calm and tranquility. 

The hotel also shares the Eat With Six Senses ethos with menus that tap into local culinary traditions. From the all-day dining BIVIUM Restaurant-Café-Bar to NOTOS Rooftop, Six Senses Rome makes it easy to eat well. In addition to a Roman Empire-inspired five-course tasting menu, guests can also enjoy a variety of plant-based, meat, and fish dishes with Sicilian touches to honor the executive chef’s home favorites. The other pillars of the brand’s food and drink philosophy come through the innovative use of natural and seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers and suppliers.

History & Sustainability

The Palazzo housing Six Senses Rome is a treasure trove of wonders, from the monumental marble staircase with its decorative skylight to the newly restored 600-year-old columns in the main entrance. A large baptismal bath dating back to the fourth century was uncovered during archaeological excavations at the beginning of the 1900s and is now visible beneath the glass floor tiles within BIVIUM Restaurant-Café-Bar. 

Classical elements blend in harmony with the contemporary, sustainable design by architect Patricia Urquiola. Guests can also experience a taste of nature thanks to the abundance of plants, from the entrance to the rooftop.

Aurelia the She-Wolf will serve as the hotel mascot. Deeply rooted in Rome’s history, the She-Wolf is the symbol of the city. According to the local legend, she nursed Romulus and Remus, the newborn twin founders of Rome, and became an iconic symbol. 

Guests can learn more about the hotel’s sustainability efforts from the sustainability curator in the dedicated Earth Lab, which provides an opportunity to build knowledge through interactive talks and hands-on workshops.

Wellness in the Eternal City

A sanctuary of serenity, Six Senses Spa Rome provides a modern take on the ancient art of Roman bathing. Its 60-minute Roman bathing circuit incorporates a caldarium, tepidarium, and frigidarium to help reduce inflammation and muscle recovery by heating the body up and then cooling it down. It is a social and immersive experience for balancing both the mind and body. 

Guests can enjoy a variety of results-oriented treatments, such as personalized facials and signature massages relying on products from Biologique Recherche, Seed to Skin, Organic Pharmacy, and Subtle Energy. In-house experts guide guests on their path to wellness with high-tech and high-touch therapies such as biohacking, sound therapy, body cocoons, and breathwork. Other highlights include the healing herbal hammam and sensory immersions at the Alchemy Bar where guest can discover the healing power of plants.

About The Author

Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent,,,, and, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.