Whether you’re a fan of alcohol or not, everyone knows good rooftop bars in Rome can provide you with a wild view of one of the world’s greatest cities. It’s true what they say; Rome is absolutely incredible at night and its skyline, adorned with beautifully crafted, centuries-old rooftops and other Roman architecture, is a spectacular sight that will leave you in awe. Why not enjoy it in style, perched on a terrace over a glass of the richest of wines or the tangiest of mojitos? The following is here to guide you towards an unforgettable evening experience that will leave you reluctant to return home.
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Les Etoiles: Atlante Garden Hotel
This wide-open space, located in Prati, is perfect for large groups of people. Although the drinks may be slightly pricy, the breathtaking view of the Vatican makes it worth every penny. Aside from a massive array of sophisticated cocktails, dinner and appetizer menus are also available. Go at sunset, when the light shines perfectly atop the Vatican. The staff is wonderful, and this spot is kid-friendly. It’s a great place for a family reunion or any other larger group gatherings.
Address: Via dei Bastioni, Via Giovanni Vitelleschi, 34 | Tel:+39 06 686386 | Hours: 10 AM – 1 AM | €€€
Residenza Paolo VI
Only steps away from the Vatican, Residenza Paolo VI captures an outstanding view of St. Peter’s Basilica. So centrally located, you can even hear the hustle and bustle of Rome. You can also enjoy the church bells and birds around this area. Many enjoy coming here for breakfast, complimenting the buffet choice. This terrace is located on the top of a simple but luxurious hotel.
Address: Via Paolo VI, 29 | Tel:+39 06 684870 | €€€€
0-300 Roof Garden at Restaurant All’Oro
All’Oro is a hip and modern roof garden that showcases Saint Peter’s Basilica on one side and the Spanish Steps on the other. With its white furniture, comfortable seating, and elegant champagne flutes, this is the perfect place for a dressy night in Rome. Its outstanding food reviews and highly valued Michelin Star can be validated with just one taste of their Fassona beef and truffle dish or Foie gras platter. Their starters maybe a little on the pricy side but they are to die for. If you’re looking to treat yourself, this is the place to go.
Address: Via Giuseppe Pisanelli, 23/25 | Tel:+39 06 9799 6907 | Hours: 7 PM – 11 PM, Sat & Sun 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM | €€€€
La Terrasse Cuisine & Lounge, Sofitel Hotel
This lounge has a unique set up, with an interesting indoor and outdoor layout. Both areas have exquisite views. Here, you can enjoy a Mediterranean lunch or gourmet dinner. La Terrasse Lounge boasts a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere, with walls adorned with original works of art. Enjoy the sunset in their luxurious armchairs or over a couple of cocktails. You may not want to go if you’re looking for a hearty meal because although the finger food is delectable, the main course portions can be quite small.
Address: Via Lombardia, 47 | Tel:+39 06 4780 22999| Hours: 12 PM – 12 AM | €€€€
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Terrace Bramante bar at Hotel Raphael
Terrace Bramante is known for it’s beautifully crafted as well as particularly aesthetically pleasing food and drink. Their menu is quite diverse and ranges from traditional pasta dishes to a plethora of fantastic vegan dishes that can often be difficult to find elsewhere in Rome. The service here is extremely engaging, and the layout of the terrace calls for a sociable hour to share with other guests as well as the friendly staff. Be aware of the wind, but this can also make for a comfortable night, especially in the midst of the heated summery months in Rome.
Address: Largo Febo, 2 | Tel:+39 06 682831| Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM | €€€€
The American Bar at Hotel Forum
The American Bar is a gorgeous, roughly equidistant walk to or from just about all of the major landmarks in Rome. Another bar great for a sociable hour, tourists and locals alike enjoy visiting this venue for a glass of Prosecco, simple expresso, or any top pick in its wide variety of cocktails. Many compliment the service offered here, as the bar is home to some of the most renowned international bartenders in Rome. The panoramic views of the surrounding Imperial Forums make for a unique setting as well as a view the eye will not tire of. See other rooftop bars near the Colosseum.
Address: Via Tor de’ Conti, 25-30 | Tel:+39 06 679 2446| Hours: 12:30 PM – 3 PM, 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM | €€