You've covered all the sightseeing and crossed off all the items on your Rome to-do list. Now what? Well, no matter what the season, Rome at sunset or after dark is simply breathtaking. What better way to experience it than from a rooftop bar at one of Rome's many stylish hotels?
You don't have to break the bank, either. While it can be expensive to dine at some of Rome's finer hotels and award-winning establishments, having a drink will set you back anywhere from 10 to 20 euros. It's a small price to pay for an unforgettable experience you'll remember long after your Roman holiday has ended.
Here are some of Rome's best rooftop bars:
The small boutique hotel Palazzo Manfredi boasts a restaurant and bar with the most prized view of the most recognizable monument in the world - the Colosseum. The Aroma Lounge Bar is a small but great space to sneak an unobstructed view of the champion of Ancient Rome.
Via Labicana 125, Tel +39 06 77591380
An aperitif, right by the Colosseum — Photo courtesy of Palazzo Manfredi
This grand hotel is located a stone's throw from the Pantheon - undoubtedly Rome's most beautiful dome. At sunset and when the "Eternal City" and all its roofs are awash with gold, the Minerva Roof Garden at Grand Hotel de La Minerve is the spot to be for a local wine or delicious cocktail.
Piazza della Minerva 69, Tel +39 06 695201
Against the splendid backdrop of Rome, luxury and style come together to bring you The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma. Located a short walk from Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps, it features the All'Oro Michelin-star restaurant and a rooftop garden and bar.
Via del Vantaggio 14, Tel +39 06 4561 7070
See Rome from a different view. — Photo courtesy of The First Luxury Art Hotel
Located a little out of the historical center but well worth the trip, the Rome Cavalieri is one of Rome's most prestigious hotels, featuring Michelin-starred La Pergola restaurant. But its terrace bar, Tiepolo Lounge and Bar, is a little less known and certainly doesn't disappoint. From 8:30 p.m. nightly, there is live music.
Via Alberto Cadlolo 101, Tel: +39 06 3509 1
Situated in one of the prettiest piazzas of the Centro Storico, Piazza Barberini, the rooftop bar at this famed 5-star hotel, offers one of the most beautiful views of the dome of St Peters Basilica. There are also panoramic vantage points in all of Rome. So order a prosecco, sit back and simply enjoy the view.
Piazza Barberini 23, Tel +39 06 488931
See St. Peter's dome in style. — Photo courtesy of Hotel Bernini Bristol
The Circus Restaurant and Roof Garden Bar is right by the Tiber River, with a stunning view that stretches from the Aventine right through to Capitoline Hill. A great spot in the evening for a pre- or after-dinner drink.
Via Petroselli 47, Tel +39 06 6787816
Wherever you choose to have your drink, be sure to bring your camera or make sure that smart phone battery is charged up. From these prized locations, you'll capture some Rome moments you won't soon forget.