MARIE-LOUISE SCIÒ’S GUIDE TO ROME
The hotelier and globetrotter reveals the Roman locations that lure her back from her travels, and make her call the Eternal City home.
Roman-born Marie-Louise Sciò has grown up in the Slim Aarons-captured ‘dolce vita’ Italian lifestyle. Having lived in Italy, Switzerland, New York, London and Providence, this global citizen now considers Italy’s capital her home, but a restless spirit sees her flitting between her two hotels – Il Pellicano, in Tuscany, and La Posta Vecchia, on the coast outside Rome – on an almost daily basis, as she fulfills her role of CEO and Creative Director.
With an acute sense of style, that cleverly blends the past with the contemporary, this Roman citizen shows us how she admires, but doesn’t objectify, antiquity, and how she incorporates all that history into her modern life.
We present your guide to Rome as told by one of its most well-traveled residents.
You can read Marie-Louise Scio's guide to Rome here:
My name is Marie-Louise Scio I am CEO and Creative Director of Hotel Pellicano and La Postia Vecchia and this is my city guide to Rome!
I love living in Rome, it’s a beautiful base. I’ve lived in many different places and I constantly travel all over the world and I love travelling, it’s a way to just enrich myself and my soul constantly. It’s definitely, I think in some way, formed my aesthetic by living in Rome because it’s all about a certain specific colour and balance and composition and I think Italians are known in some way for their taste or for their sense of aesthetic, I think a city like Rome really forms you in that, because of its rigour and beauty.
La Posta Vecchia [5* Luxury Hotel, Palo Laziale 00055 Ladispoli RM]
I grew up in Rome and I spent a lot of time here, La Posta Vecchia, it was our home then we kept coming up and down for the weekends until we turned it into a hotel. If one goes to Rome on holiday I think La Posta Vecchia is a must place to see, its kind of a little oasis. La Posta Vecchia is definitely a party place, I think it was for the Roman Emperors and for us today There’s a very strong family and home feeling to it. It’s like a good recipe; you need the right amount of tomatoes and salt and pepper and I think its a mix between staff and design and service, and all of that together makes the energy of the place.
Da Enzo 29 - Quintessential family run Roman trattoria. [Via Dei Vascellari, 29 00153 Rome RM]
Enzo is my by far favourite restaurant in Rome. It’s a small, simple trattoria that doesn’t accept any bookings. It’s not a fussy restaurant it’s about the quality of the raw produce. It’s in a cobbled street road, its full of charm it oozes charm and personality. It’s a very simple menu, very Roman, and it’s absolutely delicious. I always eat the macaroni with oxtails and the tiramisu – diet! Burns fat.
Portico D’Ottavia - Roman antiquity built by Augustus 27BC [Via del Portico d’Ottavia 29 00186 Rome RM]
When you finish lunch at Enzo you can go to Portica D’Ottavia which is in the Roman ghetto which is one of the most ancient ghettos in the world. It is one of the best-preserved Portici in Rome. Its just beautiful to stroll around there and have a coffee. The whole area is very small and its got great little pizza places - I mean I’m always hungry! As a Roman you don’t go to buildings and kind of stare at them, you just live them on a daily basis. It is a place better for flats, but, if you learn how to walk on stilettos on cobbled stones you can walk in stilettos anywhere, and I’m a pro.
I love travelling but I always like coming back to Rome. It is one of the most incredible places in the world, and it’s home.