18 Best Rooftop Bars in Rome

From glamorous hotels’ terraces to hipster city vibes, the eternal city has been nurturing a real love affair for panoramic aperitifs. No doubt, the perfect way to round off a long sightseeing day is with a drink or an aperitif in one of the best rooftop bars in Rome.

Grabbing a table on a Roman rooftop bar will allow you to enjoy the sunset over the city’s domes and palaces and relax in a sophisticated atmosphere while sipping your favorite cocktail.

Most of these rooftop bars in Rome are located in the city center, even though some very cool ones are in lesser-touristy areas such as Ostiense or the Esquilino. Usually, these bars serve also nibbles to match their drink list, and some, especially when on the top floor of a hotel, are adjoining the rooftop restaurants.

If you are looking for a cozy place to enjoy your evening with a view of Rome with friends or your better half, you’ve landed in the right place. We have selected some of the best rooftop bars in Rome for you to choose where to end your day.

Alto Cocktail Bar, The First Musica

Alto occupies the sixth and the seventh floors of The First Musica boutique hotel. The main hall on the 6th floor accommodates some 60 guests and focuses on more daring signature drinks with Mediterranean flavors in mind, while the 7th floor hosts a smaller rooftop bar with a 360-degree Rome view and serves more classic blends typical of a party vibe.

Counting on his creative skills and a rich foreign experience in France, Scotland, Australia, and England, the bar manager Alessandro Guaschi used typical local ingredients and fermented drinks and foods such as kombucha, kefir, and miso play a pivotal role. If you are not into cocktails, you can opt for a label from the large wine list.

From 6 to 10 pm, you can enjoy the aperitif with music and a drink served with cold and warm food while after 10 pm the kitchen serves only cold dishes with the possibility to add the sweet treats of the local patisserie.

The dishes served in the aperitif include oysters, mini burgers, bread with butter and Cantabrico anchovies, and the pizza of 180 grammi by Jacopo Mercuro.

  • Where: Lungotevere dei Mellini 27.
  • When: Every day 6 pm-2 am.
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Image: Alto Cocktail Bar one of the best rooftop bars in Rome
Photo courtesy of Alto Cocktail Bar

Divinity Terrace, Pantheon Hotel

Divinity Terrace is the cozy lounge bar that occupies the sixth floor of the 5-star Pantheon Hotel. With a suggestive view of some of the highest architectural feats from the Pantheon to Borromini’s Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza church, Divinity Terrace effortlessly claims the spot of one of the best rooftop bars in Rome.

Go to the Divinity Terrace Lounge Bar to sip on one of the signature cocktails of bartender Matteo Fatica and have some food from the Divinity restaurant, one of the best rooftop restaurants in Rome, led by chef Francesco Apreda.

The rooftop bar of the Pantheon Hotel is a perfect way to unwind after a day spent out and about Rome’s landmarks surrounded by elegance looking over the city’s rooftops.

  • Where: Via di Santa Chiara 4a.
  • When: Every day 11.30-12 am.
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Don’t miss our guide to the best places to see Borromini in Rome.

Image: Divinity terrace one of the best rooftop restaurants in Rome
Photo courtesy of Divinity Terrace, Pantheon Hotel

MAIO Restaurant & Rooftop

MAIO is the new rooftop restaurant and cocktail of La Rinascente in Via del Tritone. Its layout develops into two floors, the 6th and the 7th.

The staircase in front of the bar counter on the 6th floor leads to the 7th floor where the décor of the bright terrace under the Roman sky is enriched by the typical travertine as a tribute to the city. A 7-meter-long counter shows brass elements that convey a precious touch.

Here an area is dedicated to the wonderful view to be enjoyed with high tables as well as tables for lunch or dinner and the lounge area for an informal drink.

  • Where: Via del Tritone 61 (La Rinascente, 6th and 7th floor)
  • When: Every day 10 am-11 pm.
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Image: An informal drink with a view at MAIO Restaurant & Rooftop in Rome.
An informal drink with a view at MAIO Restaurant & Rooftop

Sky Bar, Mecenate Palace Hotel

Located in the vibrant Esquilino neighborhood, the Sky Bar is the rooftop bar of the Mecenate Palace Hotel. From its privileged position in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Rome’s most important churches, this cozy Roman rooftop bar offers a fantastic view and a relaxing vibe.

Mecenate Palace Hotel delights its guests also with a great rooftop restaurant, Terrazza dei Papi, perfect for a candlelit dinner in Rome with a view.

  • Where: Via Carlo Alberto 3.
  • When: 4 pm-12 am.
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Image: Santa Maria Maggiore basilica in Rome

I Sofà Bar Restaurant & Roof Terrace, Hotel Indigo St. George

I Sofa is a beautiful restaurant and rooftop bar located on the top floor of the 5-star luxury boutique Hotel Indigo Rome – St. George in Via Giulia, one of the jewel streets of Rome. In summer, both the restaurant and the bar move to the scenic roof terrace and you can enjoy a drink or dinner with a 360-degree view of the city.

From noon to midnight, the bar will serve bite-sized snacks while for dinner, the menu is focused on the excellence of the Italian cuisine and territory.

  • Where: Via Giulia 62.
  • When: Bar 12 pm-12 am, dinner 7-10 pm. The restaurant is closed on Monday for dinner.
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Acquaroof Terrazza Molinari

Acquaroof Terrazza Molinari is one of the most scenic rooftop bars in Rome. Located slightly off Via Ripetta in Rome’s Tridente, from Acquaroof you are sure to enjoy an unforgettable view that covers famous places such as the Pincio Hill, Casina Valadier, and Villa Medici.

This sophisticated cocktail bar occupies the 6th floor of The First Arte 5-star boutique hotel. Acquaroof in central Rome serves food and drinks, including a wide array of signature cocktails by Ecuador-born bartender Carlos Soriano who seeks to blend flavor, aesthetics, and hospitality in a contemporary experience.

Some of the cocktails on his new drink list “Divina” inspired by female deities are Pachamama, a symbol of mother earth in South America, with Curcuma, elder, and lime, Atlacamani, thyme-infused tequila with chili liquor, Marsala, caper powder, and smoked salt, Afrodite made with the botanist 22 gin with Cointreau and sage syrup, and Atena featuring Metaxa 12, Molinari Extra, saffron liquor, kanela roots, and Vermouth.

From 6 to 8 pm guests can enjoy an aperitif with an incredible view of Rome nibbling the treats dished out by Acquolina’s chef Daniele Lippi. If you are joining for lunch or dinner, you can order from a tempting menu of fish and seafood-based Italian cuisine.

  • Where: Via del Vantaggio 14.
  • When: Every day 12.30-2.30 pm and 6 pm-1 am.
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Image: Acquaroof Terrazza Molinari one of the favorite rooftop bars in Rome.
Photo courtesy of Acquaroof Terrazza Molinari

Tiziano Terrace, Monti Palace Hotel

Tiziano Terrace is the panoramic cocktail bar located on the top floor of the 4-star Monti Palace Hotel and the view opens to the lovely Monti neighborhood. Go to Tiziano Terrace for an assorted drink and cocktail list as well as rich platters of Italian cheese and cold cuts.

You can order from a large list of organic juices and soft drinks, beers, wines, bubbles, spirits, liquors, cocktails, and mocktails if you are not feeling like drinking alcoholic beverages.

An urban skyline during the day turns into a romantic atmosphere in the evening with a night view of some of Rome’s most famous buildings such as the Vittoriano complex, the Campidoglio on Capitoline Hill, all the way to St. Peter’s Basilica dome. Comprising an inside hall and an outside rooftop terrace, you can enjoy a fantastic view from both of them. This classy Roman rooftop is very popular so reserving is mandatory.

  • Where: Via Cavour 185.
  • When: 5-10.30 pm.
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Terrazza Borromini, Eitch Borromini

Showing off a view of Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s undisputed most beautiful piazzas, the terrace restaurant of Eitch Borromini hotel offers one of the most suggestive sceneries in the city. Enjoy your night in full dolce vita mode by lounging on this elegant terrace on the top floor of one of the palaces belonging to the powerful Pamphilj clan in Rome.

The hotel Eitch Borromini is, in fact, set in a Pamphilj palace overlooking Piazza Navona and was designed by Francesco Borromini, one of the biggest architects of the Italian Baroque. Adding this building, known as Collegio Innocenziano after the Pamphilj pope Innocenzo X, to the others, the family turned Piazza Navona into what’s called “isola dei Pamphilj”, the Pamphiljs’ island.

Terrazza Borromini occupies the fourth floor of the building and in the summer months, it opens to a beautiful terrace nestled between the belltower and the dome of Sant’Agnese in Agone church, another project by Borromini.

On the very top, on the 5th floor, is the rooftop, nicknamed “La Grande Bellezza”, which opens only upon booking and a few times a year.

  • Where: Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima 30.
  • When: Every day 12-3 pm and 7-11 pm.
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Check out our guide to the best places to see Borromini’s masterpieces in Rome.

Image: Piazza Navona in Rome Centro Storico

Cielo, Hotel de la Ville

If after a whole day exploring Rome’s Centro Storico, you are still not ready to move away from all the art and history, book yourself down for a drink or an aperitif at Cielo, the rooftop bar of Hotel de la Ville.

The door to a magical view over Rome’s unforgettable skyline, Cielo serves a sophisticated food menu and a cocktail list inspired by Roman myths and deities such as sea water-based Neptune, fruity Juno, spicy Plato, and smokey Volcano.

A wide choice of raw foods from carpaccio to tartare to oysters created by Cielo Bar’s chef Fulvio Pierangelini are the perfect addition to an elegant evening, while DJs and live concerts complete the already extraordinary experience.

  • Where: Via Sistina 69.
  • When: Every day 12 pm-12 am.
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Image: Cielo one of the best rooftop bars in Rome
Photo courtesy of Hotel de la Ville

Les Etoiles and Roof Garden Bar, Atlante Star Hotel

The Roof Garden Bar tops 4-star Atlante Star Hotel in the Prati neighborhood. It occupies the terrace on top of Les Etoiles restaurant and its hard-to-beat position makes it one of the best rooftop bars in Rome with the view of the Hadrian Mausoleum, Ponte Sant’Angelo, and Saint Peter’s Square and Basilica.

Pick Roof Garden Bar to chill out and watch the sun go down while enjoying a scrumptious aperitif of cocktails and finger food from 6 to 9 pm.

  • Where: Via Giovanni Vitelleschi 34 and Via dei Bastioni 1.
  • When: Always open.
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Otto Rooftop Bar, W Hotel

There are many reasons to choose Otto Rooftop Bar for your evening. Apart from the beautiful view over Rome’s city center, domes, and palaces, the elegant terrace on the upper floor of Marriott’s W Hotel guarantees a great drink list and a fantastic food offer.

If you are thinking about enjoying cocktails, bubbles, kombucha, and wines from the drink list concocted by bartender Emanuele Broccatelli, make sure you get there hungry because you don’t want to miss the fantastic pizza of Pier Daniele Seu. Quickly established himself as a reference in the city’s food scene, Seu is owner of one of the best pizza places in Rome, Seu Illuminati in Trastevere.

Otto Rooftop Bar is great for panoramic views as well as sightseeing because it’s close to Via Veneto, the Capuchin Crypt, Palazzo Barberini, Trevi Fountain, and Villa Borghese gardens.

  • Where: Via Liguria 36.
  • When: Thursday to Saturday 5-11 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm.
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Rooftop Jim’s Bar, Singer Palace Hotel

With a beautiful view over Rome’s monuments and churches, Rooftop Jim’s Bar is the panoramic terrace of the Singer Palace boutique hotel, the former headquarters of Singer sewing machine producer.

Located just off Via del Corso, so close to several famous landmarks in the very heart of the city, this Roman rooftop bar ensures a fantastic experience between beautiful views and 1920s-inspired cocktails. Each drink is served with some savory nibbles expressly prepared and paired by the hotel’s chefs.

Even if you are not staying in the hotel, an evening spent here will sum up your daily sightseeing from another perspective while you relax in an elegant ambiance.

  • Where: Via Alessandro Specchi 10.
  • When: Breakfast 7-11 am, lunch 12.30 – 2.45 pm, dinner 7.30 – 10.30 pm, drinks 5 – 11.45 pm.
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Image: Rooftop Jim's rooftop Bar in Rome
Photo courtesy of Singer Palace Hotel

The Court, Palazzo Manfredi

Whether you want to go on a date or sip a cocktail with some friends, grabbing a table (or a couch) in one of the best rooftop bars in Rome is always a good way to spend an evening with an extraordinary view of the Colosseum.

Inspired by his many years abroad between the United States and Japan, bartender Matteo Zed matches mixology with innovative ingredient combinations and techniques. An aperitif at The Court rooftop bar is a sophisticated blend of age-old Rome’s iconic landmarks and contemporary Italian drink creativity.

  • Where: Via Labicana 125.
  • When: Monday to Saturday 6 pm-2 am, Sunday 1 pm-2 am, Sunday brunch 1-5 pm.
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Hey Güey, Chapter Roma Hotel

If you are a fan of Mexican flavors, the cozy terrace bar of Chapter Roma Hotel might just be what you need to chill out after a day out and about in Rome. Hey Güey rooftop bar in Rome’s city center is located in the Jewish Quarter and offers a lovely view of the city’s churches and palaces.

Bright colors and Latin American flavors will give your Roman evening an unusual kick, definitely out of the ordinary in the Italian food scene. But this is precisely what Chapter Roma Hotel wanted, to make their guests vicariously travel and offer a piece of Mexico through fresh tequila-based cocktails, tacos to pair, and the colorful ambiance of a tropical garden.

  • Where: Via di Santa Maria de’ Calderari 47.
  • When: Every day from 6 pm.
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Up Sunset Bar, La Rinascente Shopping Mall

This classy rooftop bar in central Rome occupies the top floor of the popular shopping mall in Via del Tritone La Rinascente. Here, you can sip your favorite drink or enjoy a Mediterranean meal for lunch and dinner.

Grab your table with either chairs or comfy sofas under the large shades and enjoy some relaxing time in one of the hip Rome rooftop bars. The roof is mainly for drinking and taking selfies, but if you want to eat, go down one floor to the delicious restaurant.

As a plus, La Rinascente department store of Via del Tritone has in its undergrounds the fascinating ruins of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct. The findings of this ancient pipeline came to light during the works for the shopping mall and now it’s always open to the public to see and read about the discovery from the multimedia installation.

  • Where: Via del Tritone 61 and Via dei Due Macelli 23.
  • When: Every day 10 am-11.30 pm.
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Don’t miss our guide to the most impressive archaeological and ancient sites in Rome.

Lana Rooftop Bar, Ostiense

More than a restaurant, this is a rooftop cocktail bar that serves also food. The rooftop bar of GUS – Gasometer Urban Suites is located in the former wool wash house of the Ostiense neighborhood, famous for its vestiges of Roman industrial archaeology.

Here the evening starts with the sophisticated cocktails (and non-alcoholic cocktails) paired selection of cheeses and cold cuts of the aperitif. Carrying on, for dinner, you can order seasonal dishes with a modern touch such as farro salad with salmon and zucchini, eggplant-based vegetarian balls served on a hummus bed, or the chicken morsels “alla cacciatora” style.

If you are used to the rooftop restaurants in Rome in the city center with a view that is strictly domes and notable palaces, Lana will be a pleasant change.

The first thing you will see from Lana’s rooftop is the tall metal tower of Rome’s old gasometer, Europe’s biggest, which, together with the platforms of the local railway, creates the perfect urban landscape.

Turning your gaze, the view will be all-encompassing and embrace also Monte dei Cocci in the Testaccio neighborhood, the Aventine Hill and all the way to the elegant Monteverde quarter. If the view from the rooftop restaurants of Rome’s city center is filled with Renaissance palaces and majestic domes, Lana’s rooftop offers a glimpse of Rome’s contemporary side.

  • Where: Via del Porto Fluviale 35.
  • When: 6 pm-12 am. Closed on Sunday.
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Image: Lana one of the rooftop bars in Rome
Photo courtesy of Lana Rooftop Bar

47 Circus Roof Garden

This is one of the very first rooftop bars in Rome, opened before it was a thing in the city. From this cozy terrace, you will have a great view of the Tiber river, the Temple of Hercules Victor, and the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin famous for the ancient sculpture known as the mouth of truth.

47 Circus Roof Garden is a scenic oasis on one of the most hectic roads of Rome so a great place to relax and escape the street traffic. Along with a long wine and cocktail list, chef Antonio Gentile and Gabriele Enrico dish out creative and delicious treats to pair the drinks.

From lunch to aperitif to dinner, here you can relax while gazing at the great scenery of ancient Rome.

  • Where: Via Petroselli 47.
  • When: Every day 12 pm-12.30 am.
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Terrazza Nainer of Palazzo Nainer

If you are looking for great food, a diverse drink list, and unforgettable views, the terrace rooftop bar of 4-star hotel Palazzo Nainer has it all. Laid out on two levels, this elegant modern terrace is the perfect place for some posh holiday vibes and good music.

All-encompassing of the most famous landmarks in Rome, the view from the Terrazza Nainer rooftop bar is really hard to beat. An aperitif here means high-quality food and wine from Rimessa Roscioli and top-notch cocktails from famous cocktail bar Salotto 42 with a view that stretches from Piazza del Popolo to Villa Borghese gardens and the Pincian Hill.

  • Where: Via del Babuino 196.
  • When: Every day 5-11.30 pm.
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