Bulgari - Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers

A "cool" guide to Rome, with an emotional tour of the city's key historical sites and monuments revisited through the inspiration behind Bvlgari's jewelry.

Since 1884, the majestic beauty of the Eternal City and its rich archaeological, artistic, and cultural heritage have represented an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Bvlgari. Yesterday as today, Rome's monuments and artistic details are gracefully evoked in the brand's jewelry creations. For example, the design of the iconic B-zero1 ring was inspired by the Colosseum, the ultimate symbol of the city, and likewise the recurrent octagonal geometries watch dial refers to the coffered ceiling of the Basilica of Maxentius.

This handy, pocket-sized volume takes us on an unprecedented historical, artistic, and emotional tour of the city. In addition to an actual guide to the monuments, the narration is enriched by short stories by some of the best-known Roman authors from the world of contemporary Italian literature, inspired by the most iconic locations in the city.

The book is further enhanced by contributions from figures linked to the city by birth or by adoption, including renowned names from fashion, cinema, sport, and music.

The Bvlgari jewelry and the places in Rome that inspired it are photographed in stunning images with artistic direction by Jan Králícek.

About The Author

Jan Králícek studied cultural anthropology and media at Charles University in Prague. He is now creative director of Vogue Czechoslovakia and fashion editor-at-large for VoguePortugal and GQ Portugal. Costantino D'Orazio is an art historian and curator. He was resident curator at MACRO (Contemporary Art Museum of Rome) from 2014-2019, and is curator of public art projects in Villa Borghese Park, Rome. He collaborates with LUISS University and Link Campus and is the author of a number of books dedicated to Rome and italian art.

  • Publish Date: December 01, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Design - Jewelry
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 5 x 7
  • Pages: 256
  • US Price: $40.00
  • CDN Price: $55.00
  • ISBN: 978-88-918294-3-6


"As we dream of when we can travel again, this holiday brings us a book that takes us on a magical and unprecedented tour through the Eternal City. Bvlgari’s deep roots in Rome  has provided inspiration  Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales For Beauty Lovers Edited by Jan Králicek (Rizzoli New York, November 2020) which brings together some of the best-known Roman authors of fiction and essays who connect the city’s most iconic landmarks with the classic Bvlgari designs they have influenced. This book guides  the reader through the Eternal City and Bvlgari’s cultural heritage, stopping at the majestic landmarks and monuments and the classic jewels that are inextricably linked to the city."

"This handy, pocket-sized guide to Rome offers a tour of the city’s key historical sites and monuments revisited through the eyes of Bulgari's fine jewelry creations. The history and beauty of this Italian city has been a source of inspiration to the jewelry brand since 1884." —FORBES.COM 

"This December release from Rizzoli New York combines two of our industry’s great loves: beautiful jewelry and travel, making it a unique addition to your personal library or a last-minute holiday gift for one of your colleagues. Since Bulgari’s founding in 1884, Rome has provided the house with an endless source of inspiration, and this unique guide to the Eternal City draws parallels between the city’s landmarks and the classic Bulgari designs they have engendered. Diverse perspectives from figures in fashion, cinema, sports, and music—including Anna Dello Russo, Lily Cole, Ennio Morricone, Roberto Rossellini, Boy George, and Francesco Vezzoli—are woven into the narrative for a rich and engaging read." —ALL THAT GLITTERS ON JCK

Author Bookshelf: Melania Mazzucco