It’s one of the many wonders of the world, and many agree that the Colosseum isn’t just any tourist attraction only worth a few hours of your time. But once you’ve taken a tour of the Colosseum, we fully understand that one can be left rather parched. A cocktail might hit the spot! With our insider tips, you can sip on some of the good stuff while overlooking the site you just conquered. This is our guide to the best Rooftop bars near the Colosseum.
La Terrazza, Hotel Capo
The most outstanding aspect of La Terrazza is its location. A short three blocks from the Colosseum, the views are certainly not to be missed. Plus, this hotel is located on a quiet street near the Colosseum. This is nice so you can get a break from the hustle and bustle of the major Rome attraction. We recommend that you grab a table just before sunset – who wouldn’t want to see Rome’s most famous attraction under the glow of a setting sun?
If you visit Rome and it’s chilly out, opt for one of their many varieties of whiskey. Or, if you’re not a drinker, you’ll be glad to know they serve coffee and hot chocolate too. The wine at La Terrazzo is also as excellent as the service! So, for those that plan to enjoy a leisurely night, good service and great views, La Terrazza is a winner.
American Bar at Hotel Forum
Decorated in an older, European style, the bar at Hotel Forum has a way of making its customers feel a bit nostalgic. Some say it’s one of the more romantic rooftop venues in Rome, with its calming atmosphere can make for a very comfortable night (perfect for a date). Surrounded by many of Rome’s most famous landmarks, other restaurants, cafes, bars, etc., Hotel Forum is located in a lively part of the city and is great for after-dinner drinks. They have a restaurant located on the floor below if you fancy more than just a cocktail or if you consider yourself an early bird, you can always stop into Hotel Forum for breakfast too!
Aroma Restaurant, Palazzo Manfredi
The ingredients used in Aroma’s kitchen are some of the freshest in Rome and the dishes offered are absolutely exquisite. Perhaps this has contributed to their Michelin Star award. If you’re hungry and are a lover of seafood, order the Seafood Fantasy. This main course is an extraordinary display of different types of delicious fish. The portions are large, so come with empty stomachs and big appetites. Pro Tip – request a table on the terrace when booking.
Hotel dei Gladiatori
Sitting just above the ruins of the Gladiator’s School, Hotel dei Gladiatori provides you not only with stellar views of the Colosseum, but their staff are very friendly as well as knowledgeable about the landmarks surrounding you. After enjoying incredible cocktails and small dishes, the service here also is accommodating in that they will use their expertise to provide you with other impeccable recommendations of places to see and eat or drink throughout your stay in Rome. Great views, tasty cocktails and a welcoming atmosphere – what more could you want?!
Grand Hotel Plaza’s Champagnerie ai Limoni Terrace
Right amidst the chaotic bustle of Rome’s historic centre, the tiny little cocktail terrace of Grand Hotel Plaza’s Champagnerie ai Limoni Terrace awaits you. A fantastic place to people watch as well as plan the busy week ahead of you, Champagnerie provides you with the most impeccable choice of champagnes and is open in the evenings at weekends. Cocktails, as well as long drinks are also very popular here. While you’re here, make sure you take a stroll around the hotel itself and admire its luxury decor, featuring several antiques and many ornate paintings in addition to a fabulous ballroom designed for large parties.
Hotel Forty Seven Rooftop Bar
One of the more reasonably priced but still “classy” rooftop bars in Rome is at the Forty Seven Hotel. This bar is known for its outstanding views of Aventine Hill and its diverse menu of Italian-Mediterranean food, of which the Tiramisu and pasta dishes are highly recommended. On the other side of the hotel, you can also spot the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia Square, the Palatine, Bocca della Verita, the obscure but beautiful Temple of Vesta, and of course, the Colosseum. Basically, if you are looking to see all of the most important landmarks in Rome you should make the most of this rooftop.
Located between Rome’s Termini Station and the Roman Forum, the competition between Rome’s most incredible rooftop bars and hotels gets intense with the addition of Hotel Maditerraneo. One of the newer, more modern hotels, the bar is open from 6:30pm until midnight and offers breathtaking views of the city centre to all who are fortunate enough to visit. If you’re in the midst of doing multiple activities, this may be a good stop as it’s only a few steps away from both the main train station in Rome and countless other forms of public transportation (metro, buses, tram, etc.).
Built on what is said to be Rome’s highest hill, the amazing terrace captures just about everything the Eternal City has to offer in a way that other rooftop bars and restaurants cannot. The cocktails, service, and beautifully designed terrace is enough to make you ooh and ahh and wonder why you’re not actually living here in Rome.
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