Sightsee from the get-go at Rome’s new high-tech, high-design Hotel Capo D'Africa. The rooftop terrace, where breakfast is served, views the Colosseum and other landmarks in a historic district near the Forum, once considered ancient Rome’s most fashionable.

A marble staircase and vaulted ceilings attest to the building’s 19th-century origins. Updated to 21st-century standards, the hotel’s 65 rooms sport contemporary blond wood furnishings and original artwork. Valentine’s Day in Rome, yes? From $220. 011-39-06-772801, www.hotelcapodafrica.com