There are few things I enjoy more than a cool glass of prosecco on a rooftop bar in Rome.
While the small streets of the city can feel chaotic when you need to pass through the city, they seem quaint and enchanting from above. Plus, it is only from a rooftop that you can truly admire the many layered domes and terraces of Rome.
Rome has amazing weather for most of the year, but some terraces are only open seasonally. Make the most of the season and check out these rooftops:
Hotel Raphael: The intimate terrace atop Hotel Raphael is one of the loveliest rooftop bars in Rome. Located near Piazza Navona, you can see duomo after duomo, as well as the unmistakable curved top of the Pantheon. Not only does Hotel Raphael have a view that makes it the perfect perch for an evening of relaxation, it also has an all vegetarian menu if you would like to stay for dinner. The only draw back of Hotel Raphael’s terrazza is that it is rather expensive for a drink. (A Mimosa is listed on the menu for €22). Instead, call ahead to ensure that the terrace is open (+39 06 682831) and then opt for a bottle of Prosecco once you are settled into your seats.
The First Luxury Art Hotel: Between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo is The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma. Filled with works from (primarily) Italian artists, the boutique hotel has 29 art-inspired rooms. But the best feature of the hotel is its stunning two-level rooftop bar that looks out over Rome towards the Spanish Steps. The 360 degree view of Rome is dotted with church domes and is the perfect place to watch a Roman sunset with a cocktail in hand. The cocktails go beyond the classics, offering drinks like Italy 150 (citrus, limoncello, and prosecco) and spritztino (vermouth bianco with fresh mint and soda water). Cocktails cost a pretty penny at €18-20 a piece, but a glass of wine is €12. Stop in at aperitivo time (about 7-9 pm), for a free plate of fancy little bites to go along side your drink of choice.
Hotel Forum: Overlooking the Roman Forum, the American Bar at Hotel Forum offers gorgeous views of ancient Rome. The rooftop bar offers cocktails, beer and wine, awe well as aged whiskies, rums and a wide choice of grappas. You can also opt for a coffee if you prefer, but you will probably want to linger awhile longer over the view. The American bar is open every day from March to October from 5pm until late in the evening. The rooftop terrace bar is open to all hotel guests as well as the general public, so don’t worry about dropping in. There is also a restaurant if you would like to stay for a meal.
Hotel Minerva: We regularly take visitors to Hotel Minerva to enjoy the view from their rooftop overlooking the Pantheon and Bernini’s Elephant statue. The other side of the terrace, closest to the bar, offers sweeping views of Roman rooftops out towards the Vittoriano. Grab two barstools in this quieter corner, and order a bottle of Prosecco (beer and wine by the glass tends to be expensive so make it worth your while with a whole bottle). This is one of the largest rooftop bars in Rome so while it is less private, it is still stunning. Simply walk straight through the lobby of Hotel Minerva, take the elevator to the top floor and follow the signs.
fortyseven: The bar at the boutique fortyseven hotel is one of the quieter rooftop bars in Rome. Called Circus because it is just around the corner from Circus Maximus, the terrace bar has views of Tiber river, and looks out directly over the Temple of Hercules Victor, across from the Mouth of Truth. Because the hotel sits on the less visited side of the Centro Storico, it tends to be a more relaxed (but still 4-star) experience than some of the other rooftop bars in Rome. It is open March through December, from 12 pm until 11:30 pm.
Hotel Eden: Re-opening in April 2017 after a renovation, Hotel Eden remains one of the best luxury hotels in Rome. Located just off the iconic Via Veneto, the bar area is open all day and offers stunning panoramic views of Rome. Stop in for a coffee in the morning and a signature cocktail in the evening to watch the light change. If you want an even more upscale experience, the hotel is also home to La Terrazza – a michelin starred restaurant with similarly gorgeous views of the city.
Mecenate Palace Hotel: The Roof Garden at Mecenate Palace looks directly over Santa Maria Maggiore – one of the major Roman Basilicas. Located on the top of Esquilino hill, the garden is one of the few rooftop bars in Rome that still feels slightly undiscovered.
Do you have any other favorite rooftop bars in Rome? Because I can always make time for another drink and amazing views.
If you’re looking for even more recommendations like these, they can all be found (with offline maps) on the Discover Rome app.