If you're looking for some of the best rooftop bars in Rome, you've come to the right place.
From trendy spots with incredible views, to more romantic and mellow places to relax after a long day, we've got you covered.
These rooftop bars are the perfect place to relax and spend an evening with friends or loved ones.
When I first moved here in 2001, it was not really a "thing" to visit rooftop bars in Rome.
A few of Rome's luxury hotels had rooftop restaurants, but very few had rooftop bars and even then, it felt posh and exclusive.
Now there are scores of rooftop bars across the Eternal City.
Some apartment rentals, less fancy hotels, standalone restaurants, and even a department store are all jumping on the Rome rooftop bar bandwagon, and we are spoiled for choice.
Whether you're looking for a romantic setting, a party vibe, great drinks and food, or somewhere to wind down after a day of sightseeing, there's a rooftop bar in Rome for you.
On this page you'll find these categories, some of which overlap:
Over the years, I've done quite a lot of rooftop hopping in Rome.
So this page is fully researched by yours truly, and is based on my own experiences visiting some fabulous rooftop bars and rooftop restaurants in Rome.
As I mentioned, rooftop bars abound now in Rome and there are just so many to choose from, so here's my roundup of my absolute favorites, and why I chose them.
One last thing to note is that rooftop bars tend to be pricey. You are paying for a special space and often for a fabulous view.
Is it any wonder this rooftop bar is one of my favorites?
WOW does not do it justice.
They have a large space dedicated to aperitivo, and a separate dining area just for those who want rooftop dinner with a view.
The aperitivo comes with some complimentary snacks and you can order more substantial items from the menu.
It is truly a treat to sit here and watch the sun set while the lights come on and the sky changes from the warm colors of dusk to the blue hour to darkest night.
Palazzo Nainer is one of the best new spots for rooftop aperitivo in Rome.
It has got it all!
A swanky roof with 2 levels, a gorgeous location and view of Piazza del Popolo, a buzzy vibe and good music, and best of all, serious quality food and drinks.
The aperitivo on this roof is a collaboration between my favorite wine bar in Rome, Rimessa Roscioli, who bring the wine and food (swoon!) and one of Rome's hippest cocktail bars, Salotto 42, who bring, obviously, the cocktails.
This rooftop bar is in a class by itself, with front-row seats to one of my all-time favorite churches in Rome, Santa Maria Maggiore.
This is another one in the "Wow" department.
But they also get a lot of kudos for their friendly service, reasonable prices, and easy accessibility (you don't need to reserve, they open at 5pm, and there is pretty much always a spot with a view).
The free snacks are basic but nice and carby (mini-bruschette and pizzette), but you can order some other limited light items from their restaurant dinner menu, such as the simple Roman pastas, smoked fish, grilled veggies, and some salads.
To have a full meal on this roof, you'll need to go to the restaurant inside.
This is one of my favorite Rome rooftop bars mostly because this is where we had our wedding reception in 1999.
I love it for the gorgeous views of Saint Peter's Basilica.
They have a tippy-top-roof with plenty of seating, but with just a few umbrellas for shelter.
They also have another terrace one level down, which has awnings. So when it rains, you can still watch the sunset and wait for the rainbow.
Their new full aperitivo formula costs about 35 € for one drink and quality food.
If you're looking for a Rome rooftop bar with a view, a vibe, great music, and superb food, Zuma is IT.
Perched on top of Rome's Fendi flagship store, right near the Spanish Steps, Zuma Japanese restaurant has become a magnet for the young, hip, sushi-loving crowd.
They have the best ambient music of all the Rome rooftop bars (most have none at all, otherwise they tend to have loud pop music), and by far some of the best food (as long as you like sushi, or at least Japanese-inspired cuisine).
The views are wonderful and unique - a peek at the top of the Spanish Steps (Trinità dei Monti), a very cool building from 1900 right next door, and a stunning baroque dome that makes for a killer sunset.
This is one of my favorite Rome rooftop bars for the zen and for the location.
The entrance to the hotel looks like a basic glass door to a pretty average-looking, small hotel lobby.
Take the elevator to the top, climb just a few more stairs, and you'll find a spacious rooftop that's well divided into areas with different views.
A central bar with hip, friendly, mixologists finishes the ambiance perfectly.
None of the views are super-wow, but I do love the view in the back, from where you can see the façade of one of my favorite churches in Rome, St. Ignatius.
They barely have any free snacks but have a few more items you can order from the menu.
Being this close to Michelangelo's dome is one of my favorite things about this quiet rooftop bar.
It's relaxing to have drinks up on this roof, and I love the feeling of being in a kind of secret spot that not many people seem to know about.
To find it, go to the left-hand side of Bernini's colonnade outside St. Peter's Square.
You will see a small outside foyer that leads to a closed door. (To the left is one of THE best shops for buying religious gifts and souvenirs, Savelli.)
Ring the bell there for "Residenza Paolo VI".
But anyone can come have a drink in their rooftop bar. You just have to know it's there.
Castel Sant'Angelo is one of my favorite rooftop bars in Rome for one pretty big reason.
The view. Wow.
It's not one of your typical Rome rooftop bars because most of the time, the bar closes at 7:30 PM, when the castle itself closes (the exception to this is in summer on weekends, when the castle is (sometimes) open later for visits, and then so is the cafe.)
Also, since it's inside a monument, you need to pay to get in.
But it's definitely one of my faves due to its unique characteristics of being a bar inside a castle with arguably one of the best views of Saint Peter's dome.
Pretty substantial snacks (to order), and friendly service round out the pluses here.
One reason I love this place so much is that it feels cozy and even a little secret (it's not a secret, but it feels like it is!)
The snacks are seriously minimal (peanuts and potato chips), and there is no other food you can order.
I really love this rooftop bar for the unique view.
You look directly onto Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill) and the Complesso Vittoriano (otherwise known as the "wedding cake".)
It's not a large rooftop, but it's comfortable and there are plenty of places to sit.
There are some minimal complimentary snacks and you can order more from the menu.
How about a rooftop bar where you can have drinks right on/above the Spanish Steps?
Il Palazzetto is actually part of the Hassler hotel, but you can access the wine bar directly from the top of the Spanish Steps.
I can't get enough of this rooftop bar.
I love the big open, welcoming space, the WOW (this one is big on the "wow"), the sunsets, and the friendly yet professional waitstaff.
From one side you can gaze at the roof of the Pantheon.
From the other, you can sit at the bar and look out over a sea of Roman rooftops.
The free snacks are pretty good, but you can also order some simple foods from the bar menu, like a club sandwich with fries. (Sometimes we just order the fries!)
It's open all day, which means if we want to have drinks at 5pm, we can! (There are umbrellas so if it's super hot and sunny, or even a bit rainy, you're literally covered.)
If you go before peak happy hour time (7-8pm), you can almost always find a seat with a view.
Just a couple of blocks over from the Minerva Hotel, you will find the Pantheon Iconic Hotel with a similarly striking view of the Pantheon.
This terrace is all about wide open spaces and sweeping views of Roman rooftops and church domes.
And my favorite thing about it is how welcoming and friendly they are.
Again, a bit of a splurge but worth it for these views!
This one is all about the WOW.
You have a wide-open rooftop, with 360 degree views.
It makes for a stunning setting to enjoy drinks and a sunset.
Did I mention you are sitting right next to the dome and bell towers of Borromini's church, Sant'Agnese in Agone?
The free snacks are pretty good and they also have a menu for more substantial items like mini salmon sandwiches, caprese salad, but I find it really expensive for what you get.
This rooftop bar is all about the view and the vibe - it's always packed and the ambiance is convivial, as people move around to take photos from all angles.
As a really special thing to do you can even attend a concert here!
Rocco Forte Hotel de La Ville, sister property of sister property, Hotel de Russie, has one of the loveliest Rome rooftops bars.
There are two spacious comfortable rooftops here, on two levels. Both offer exquisite views over Rome.
The staff is friendly, efficient, and helpful.
Drinks come with some snacks but they also have a menu with plenty of other options including, pasta, fish, and meat dishes.
It's pricey but the views are what you pay for.
Already listed above, these rooftop bars in Rome have a very buzzy feel:
Here are a few more places to try if you're looking for a rooftop with a lively atmosphere:
The flagship store of Rinascente right in the center of Rome is a modern, urban, hip shopping venue.
There is not much in the way of snacks on the roof, so you may want to head down one level to the beautiful restaurant Madeiterraneo that has outdoor seating and lovely views of Roman rooftops and Borromini's dome of the church next door.
It's a bit of a bustle up on the roof with people coming and going, and moving around to get photos of the rooftops and sunset.
The Corner is a lovely rooftop with separate spaces for drinks and for dining, and the 1* Michelin restaurant is excellent.
While there is no view to speak of, and the "roof" is just one level up from street level, it's got a great atmosphere and also, it's a pretty romantic place to eat or drink, due to the beautiful mix of flower-filled trellises, cozy garden furniture, and gazebo-like gathering spots dotting the rooftop.
The hustle and bustle of Rome, especially if you are engaging in a full day of sightseeing, can be overwhelming. Sometimes enjoying a drink in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere can be just the thing!
Some of my favorite rooftop bars in Rome that I listed above do offer a calm environment:
Here are a few more:
One of the latest hotel trends in Rome has been to create boutique hotels out of old buildings like banks, factories, mints, etc.
Where once was the Singer factory and headquarters in Rome, today it's a luxury boutique hotel right in the heart of Rome's historic center just off via del Corso.
There is a restaurant and outdoor lounge for aperitivo on the 5th floor rooftop.
They also have a 6th floor rooftop that is for aperitivo only.
I have a soft spot for the roof of this hotel, because it was one of the first rooftop bars to open in Rome and the one I came to the most before so many others opened.
You'll get nice views of the ancient Roman temples along the Tiber river if you sit near the edge, and you can also gaze upon the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin.
The snacks are ok and the service can be spotty.
It's fairly close to some of the main tourist attractions like the Jewish Ghetto, the Mouth of Truth, and the Circus Maximus.
To eat nearby, I'd suggest heading into the Jewish Ghetto and trying Nonna Betta or Beppe e i Suoi Formaggi.
I love the hushed feeling of the beautiful flower-filled rooftop at this 4**** luxury hotel.
There are no views to speak of but it's a lovely cozy space.
There is a lovely rooftop bar, complete with pool and comfy, chic furniture, and decent snack menu.
Palazzo Naiadi, formerly known as the Hotel Exedra, in Piazza della Repubblica has a gorgeous rooftop bar, and some tables inside that overlook the pool.
You will see some rooftops and part of Piazza Exedra when you have a drink there.
Because they dedicate this space and this view to their restaurant goers, these hotels are less inclined to have a real rooftop bar, let alone with a view, for "just" drinks/aperitivo.
If you want a special, delicious, romantic dinner out in Rome, you cannot beat these restaurants.
Just don't expect to go here for aperitivo or cocktails with a view.
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