a fourth generation member of Rome’s Fendi family, the
Italian capital runs in Delfina Delettrez’ blood. The city in which
her family’s fashion brand grew into a global name has helped shape
and raise her into the cutting-edge jewellery designer she is
today. The 28-year-old continues to design and develop at her
eponymous Roman atelier, something that frequently brings her back
to the city. If you find yourself with 24 hours in the city of
Rome, Delettrez’s guide is a safe bet to follow…
If you had 24 hours in Rome where would
Sleep: I love the charming rooms in Villa
Laetitia, each one is different from the other, with strong
personalities, curated in every little detail. It’s a very peaceful
Eat breakfast: I would go to patisserie
Cinque Lune and
eat a very Roman cake with a bay leaf.
Wander: The centre of Rome. It’s like time
travelling, it’s a surprise every time you walk the streets, you
can always find something you’ve never seen before, even if you’re
in the same place for millennia. It’s like a surreal scene. You
only need to turn your eye and you are in the ancient Roman era, in
the Baroque, in the Middle Ages, nowadays…standing still.
Shop: Small Noons shop in Via dei Cesari is
where I go for all my tailoring. I like to wear uniforms and put my
jewellery in the spotlight. For the best pieces from the 60s, 70s
and 80s I go to MAS in Via dello Statuto.
Monte Martini in Via Ostiense. It was the first power plant to
produce electricity for the home and now the old machinery is the
backdrop for ancient Roman sculpture masterpieces. The museum
Palazzo Spada with the perspective gallery of
Francesco Borromin. It is disorientating and scary but also makes
you smile. It’s a game of illusions. I love the irony and mastery
Dine: Settimio al Pellegrino as everyday feels
like a Sunday at your grandmother’s house!
Drink: The coffee in the Sala Castellani of
Villa Laetitia, a palace from the 20s hosting Italian modern art. I
love the contrast and harmony you find here – the beauty around you
has a completely different flavour to what you drink.
Dance: Vicious for its great music and some little
private clubs where you can sing at the piano bar.
What do you always pack in your Suitcase? Anti-hysteria water
from the pharmaceutical workshop, Santa Maria Novella, Chanel black
eye pencil for my smokey eyes, Proraso shaving foam – I use it for
modelling my hair!