Rome's Best Rooftop Bars and Cafes with a View
Updated April 10, 2017
October 11th marks Meditrinalia, the day on which Romans celebrate the next wine harvest while comparing it to last year's now matured grapes - all for the purpose of healing.
When in Rome, drink as the Romans do!
In ancient Rome, if you wanted a good drink, your best bet was wine, which may have come with added water, seawater, or spices - only barbarians drank beer. For today's thirsty Roman or tourist, a good drink isn't far away, and given the concentration of historical buildings and monuments, why not enjoy a good drink while taking in the local scenery? In the Eternal City, the best vantage points tend to be atop luxury hotels. Whether or not you spring for a high end hotel, nearly all of their stunning birds-eye views are open to the public. We hope this list of hotel, restaurant, and other sights and sips inspires your next Roman adventure!
See: Piazza della Repubblica which locals call 'Esedra'
Sip/Savor: Breakfast by the pool, an evening aperitif
Chiostro del Bramante, a museum, gallery, and cloister, which was designed in 1500 by Donato Bramante. The cafe has a direct view of the ' fresco 'Le Sibille' by Raphael.
Sip/Savor: l' ottimo macchiatone, eggs and toast, homemade pastries and cakes, tataki apple salad, risotto
See: St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Tiber river, the war memorial in Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon in St. Louis of France, the Quirinale Palace Spanish Steps, the Cloister Of Santa Maria della Pace, the Church of Santa Maria Soul, Church of St. Agnes in Agony Borrominian, the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj and the Portico del Vignola
Sip/Savor: Wine from Hotel Raphael’s impressive cellar
See: The monument of Victor Emanuel, the Colosseum and the ruins of the Roman and Imperial Forums.
Sip/Savor: Long drink, grappa, espresso, lunch or dinner
See: Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Pantheon and surrounding areas
Sip/Savor: Sunset apertif, wine, and small bites
See: Venice Square, St. Peter's Square, St. Peter’s Dome, the double bell tower at Piazza Trinità dei Monti above Piazza di Spagna
Sip/Savor: Michelin starred cuisine, crudo, toalla griglia, fine espresso, carefully selected wines, inventive cocktails such as croccante all’amarena, a rum mix of dark chocolate, cherry and creme de lai
Terrace at Residenza Paolo VI
Photo: Photo: Residenza Paolo VI
See: Closeup views of St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Dome
Sip/Savor: Ferrari Brut, prosecco, spumante
See: Trinità dei Monti, Villa Medici, La Casina Valadier, Villa Borghese, the Cupola of the Church of Saints Ambrogio, Carlo al Corso, via del Corso, Piazza di Spagna
Sip/Savor: Champagne Cristal Millesimato or other champagne
Caffé di Marzio
See: Chiesa di Santa Maria di Trastevere, the Piazza’s central fountain, piazza activities such as street theater
Sip/Savor: Coffee, brunch, gelato, Peroni
See: St. Peter’s dome and a 360° view of Rome
Sip/Savor: Wines from Casale del Giglio, local beers such as Birradamare, espresso from caffè Buscaglione, creative, seasonal, authentic farm to fork dishes from Lazio and Rome
See: Up close, full view of the Colosseum
Sip/Savor: Fine, regional wine and cuisine, Manfredi cocktail: vodka, fresh lime, blueberries and blackberries with a splash of cranberry juice
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