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8 Hotel Rooftop Bars and Restaurant Terraces in Rome

“Blog Post Type: Best Of List”

A long fruitful day of exploring Rome has come to an end. Visiting the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and walking The Spanish Steps has left your feet sore, your body drained of energy, and your mind tired. The sun is a couple of hours away from setting. Hungry, thirsty, and unwilling to take your eyes off a Roman sunset? Then it’s time to relax, sip wine, feast on fruits, antipasto, and classic Italian entrée’s at some of Rome’s finest rooftop bars and terraces. With panoramic and unique views of Rome, there is no better way to end a day than from above. Here are 8 rooftop bars and terraces that offer some of the finest views of Rome at sunset.

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1. The Bramante terrace atop the Hotel Raphael-Relais & Chateaux offers the finest organic and natural cuisine. With views of Chiesa Santa Maria della Pace, Castel Sant’Angelo, and Piazza Venezia, your meal, location, and service is the epitome of good Italian living.

2. Bella Vista at Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese is open from morning until night. Start your day with a morning pastry and coffee, but end it with a spectacular view of the Villa Borghese and surrounding area while enjoying original cocktails and fine Italian cuisine.

3. Enjoy the finest Mediterranean cuisine at the rooftop La Terrazza dell’Eden in Hotel Eden. With a 360 degree view of Rome, diners will enjoy views of St. Peter’s, Piazza Venezia, and the towers of the Trinita del Monti. After dinner, end the evening with a cocktail at La Terrazza piano bar.

4. The Minerva Roof Garden at the Grand Hotel De La Minerve offers wonderful views of Rome’s spires and domes. Whether you start your day with breakfast in the roof garden or finish it with a drink and a golden sunset, the Minerva will relax your tension from a day of Roman exploration.

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5. With the Imperial Forum lit after an amazing Roman sunset, the Piazza Venezia across the way, and offering international cuisine using mostly organic ingredients produced in Italy, the Hotel Forum Restaurant atop Hotel Forum will help you unwind after a long day of fun and adventure.

6. Depending on your budget, you can splurge at the elegant and expensive Mirabelle Restaurant or settle for drinks at the American Bar at Hotel Splendide Royal. Whatever choice you make, you’ll have fantastic views of Pinciana hill, Palazzo Medici, and St. Peter’s Basilica.

7. La Pergola Restaurant in the Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria has a wine cellar with over 60,000 bottles, 29 choices of water and offers the best olive oils and balsamic vinegar from the top producers in Italy. Coupled with panoramic views, La Pergola provides culinary excellence unmatched in the eternal city.

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8. Lovers of Champagne will enjoy Champagnerie ai Limoni Terrace at the Grand Hotel Plaza. Plan accordingly as this tiny terrace only offers champagne on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from 6 p.m. to midnight.

A relaxing evening at any of these rooftop bars and restaurant terraces will find visitors engaged in conversations, dining on fine cuisine, and sipping on the finest cocktails. Most importantly, guests have unprecedented views of Rome at sunset where fears, stresses, and tension melt away.

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About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He’s based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

Four Roman Neighborhoods to Experience Authentic Italian Life

“Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled”

The Eternal City of Rome is internationally recognized by millions. Known for tourist attractions such as Vatican City, The Colosseum, The Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Trevi Fountain, Rome always ranks high on travelers’ must-see destinations. What about the lesser-known attractions and local hot spots in the districts that make up Rome? Here are four districts/neighborhoods that answer the question: Where do the locals go?

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Nomentano

Nomentano has many local businesses. This may not sound exciting, but it’s a wonderful opportunity for visitors to practice their Italian with the locals. Walk the well-known shopping streets of Via Nomentano, Via Salaria, and Via Regina Margherita and engage a local with a buongiorno (good morning/afternoon). This well-received gesture may lead to a local showing you the Villa Torlonia complex that was once home to Benito Mussolini. If turn-of-the-century nouveau architecture entices you, Quartiere Coppede is a small district nearby, home to eccentric buildings worthy of storytelling.

Trastevere

Once a working-class neighborhood populated by immigrants, Trastevere’s central part is now a hub for socializing and entertainment. Bars, wine houses, pubs, trattorias, and restaurants dominate the narrow streets. The northern part of the neighborhood has a lot of parkland and monuments depicting 19th-century Rome. The south section, rich with art, is quiet with old-style allure around every corner. The highlight for many visitors to Trastevere is touring the churches to see mosaics, with the Villa Farnesina and the Santa Cecilia being the most compelling.

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Named after Esquline Hill (Esquilino) and the Basilica (San Giovanni), these adjacent neighborhoods have an eclectic mix of native Italians and a sizeable Chinese and Indian immigrant community. Although there are many Chinese and Indian restaurants in the area, traditional trattorias serve authentic Italian seafood, pasta, and antipasto. These healthy dishes give plenty of fuel for touring the Museo della Liberazione — a museum dedicated to telling the story of liberating Rome from German occupying forces in WWII. The area also boasts a vast number of churches to explore that are rich in history.

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Testaccio

Testaccio is the southernmost neighborhood in the heart of Rome. A 20-minute walk from Trastevere along the Tiber River, Testaccio doesn’t have many high-traffic tourist attractions making it a traveler’s delight. Visitors will experience authentic Italian living, and it’s home to an impressive food scene. Testaccio Market is one of Rome’s oldest markets housing food stalls offering fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and bread. Generations of families have owned many stalls, and they take tremendous pride in their high-quality food. Immerse yourself in Testaccio and you won’t regret it.

Staying in the center of Rome allows for easy access to the Modern Center and surrounding neighborhoods by foot or public transportation. There are many hotels in Rome to choose from but The De La Ville Roma atop the Spanish Steps will start your historic visit in true Italian style. Like many monuments and buildings around Rome, The De La Ville Roma has a beautiful history and it’s a great place to start your Roman adventure.

About the Writer

Tony is a freelance travel writer and photographer, roller coaster enthusiast and self-proclaimed Sudoku master. He is based in the Midwest U.S. and blogs at The Walking Traveler. He is working with Hipmunk on their #HipmunkCityLove Project.

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