Sip a spritz at one of these spectacular rooftop bars in Rome… it’s magic. Are these the best cocktails in the world? Not necessarily. Are they overpriced? Absolutely! But that’s not what you care about when you go to a rooftop bar in Rome. You want a nice drink, a little bit of glamor and a stunning view of Rome’s magical skyline that will blow you away. Working as a guide in Rome, I started to get addicted to the grand finale effect of ending a tour on the top of one of these incredible spots where we could sit back, chat about the things we’d seen and enjoy Rome in all her splendour. I hope you enjoy them as well.
View of Trevi Fountain
at Relais Trevi Fountain
This teeny, tiny rooftop is big enough for just a few tables and it’s tucked away into a corner on the Relais Trevi Fountain Hotel. However if you get that front table, THIS is your view:
And if you’re seated a little farther back, it still ain’t bad and you can enjoy your drink without having people reach over your head to take pictures all night 😉
View of St. Peter’s basilica Dome
Residenza Paolo VI
When you stumble out of your Vatican tour at St. Peter’s and just can’t wait to sit down, this is the hidden rooftop that is not only the closest place you can reach, it’s got to be the closest view of St. Peter’s Basilica you can find.
Plus their drinks are good and well priced.
And you also get a great view of the other buildings in Piazza San Pietro like the old papal residence (slightly blocked by the Papal flag in the picture below). While the pope doesn’t live here now, he does the Angelus blessing from the second window on the right every Sunday at noon.
360 degree view of Rome Skyline & St. Peter’s Basilica
at Les Etoiles Rooftop of Hotel Atlante Star
One of my favourite rooftops ever, this view is absolutely sensational and the pictures just don’t do it justice. You can see so many details of St. Peter’s Basilica it feels like you’re almost on top of it. 360 degrees of beauty. There is a lower garden level where you can also order snacks and also an upper level surrounded by flowering plants.
View of Piazza Navona
La Grande Bellezza Rooftop at Hotel Eitch Borromini
You’re sitting directly on top of the Church of St. Agnes designed by Borromini in Piazza Navona with 360 degree views of the Roman skyline. The view of Piazza Navona is better observed from the restaurant a little further down but the rooftop is beautiful and you get a 360 degree view over Rome. While the cocktails here are some of the most expensive I’ve found in the city (ahem, €25 for a spritz that will cost you €5 at the local bar) it’s a special experience. Book in advance, this is definitely a hot spot.
View of the Pantheon
Minerva Roof Garden at Grand Hotel de la Minerva
This is one of my favourite rooftop bars in the city. The views are incredible and the monuments you can see feel so close. Price tag also a little better than some of the other ones.
View of Piazza Venezia and Trajan’s Column
NH Collection Roma Fori Imperiali
This hotel has numerous locations in Rome but I think you’ll agree that this one has to have the best rooftop of them all.
View of Santa Maria Maggiore
Terrazza dei Papi at Mecenate Palace Hotel
Somewhat strange garden-y furniture but it’s just enough off the beaten track that you won’t find many people here and the prices are a little better.
View over Roman Rooftops Near Spanish Steps
Set in Villa Borghese, just getting to this location, you will enjoy numerous amazing views. call in advance to get a table on the terrace overlooking Rome’s rooftops but if you sit on the side or in the back you’ll still have a view of the leafy green Borghese gardens.
View of the Colosseum
The court at Palazzo Manfredi
Cheating, since this isn’t a rooftop but it feels like it. Directly in front of you are the ruins of the Ludus Magnus where gladiators trained to compete in the Colosseum that rises up in the distance. Cocktails are also delicious and creative and the snacks they serve were great compared to many others in Rome.
Other incredible rooftops in the long list
- Hotel Forum: Near the Roman Forum and Colosseum (pic below)
- Hotel Raphael: Next to Piazza Navona. View of Piazza Navona
- Bernini Bristol: Overlooking Piazza Barberini next to Via Veneto but the bar is in the back so you have to enjoy the view for a few minutes then they shoo you back to drinks
- Hotel Martis: Right next to Piazza Navona and usually empty (shh)
- Rinascente: The close to the Trevi Fountain, they have a big rooftop and right downstairs serve
- Zuma: Close to Spanish Steps, Serve Sushi
- OTIVIM Hotel Bar: Near Piazza Venezia. Amazing view of the Campidoglio though when I went the drinks were odd. (pic below)