I’m all about vino with a view. After all, there are few things in life better than enjoying a glass of sparkling wine on a rooftop terrace in Rome, as the sun slowly sets over the city’s most iconic monuments. The Eternal City is filled with panoramic rooftop bars and restaurants that are perfect for an al fresco aperitivo, lunch, or dinner.
Discover the 30 best rooftop bars in Rome below with a handy map for easy navigation. If you click the star next to the title it will save it to your Google Maps. And if you’re looking for more, here’s my list of the 50 best wine bars in Rome.
Most of the rooftop bars in Rome belong to the city’s luxury hotels, with the exception of Up Sunset Bar, located at the top of La Rinascente department store, Zuma, located within Palazzo Fendi and Pianoalto. I’ve tried to be comprehensive and include all the best rooftop bars I could think of on the map. But, I also wanted to share some notes about a few favorites.
Terrazza Borromini is tied with Zuma for Rome’s trendiest rooftop. This beautiful terrace is located on the roof of the 17th-century Palazzo Pamphili in Piazza Navona. As one of the highest terraces in Rome, you’re treated to an incredible 360 view of the city. Here, you can see Rome’s rooftops and the piazza’s ornate fountains from up above. The whole feeling is very la grande bellezza, complete with plush white seats that wrap all around the terrace.
Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30, 00186 Roma RM
Zuma was an immediate hit when it opened within Palazzo Fendi. The Japanese restaurant was one of the Eternal City’s buzziest openings. Today, it continues to attract a crowd of fashionistas and jet-setters. Covering two entire floors, you can dine in the Fendi restaurant or in the outside terrace on the upper floor. Of course, I recommend the terrace! As it boasts views of the sculptural “La Lanterna” building by Fuksas, prominently visible next door.
Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48, 00186 Roma RM
Les Étoiles Rooftop Garden
If you’re after a view of St. Peter’s, the Les Étoiles rooftop of the Hotel Atlante has a great view. Plus, it has better prices than most. The terrace has a laid-back atmosphere and has stayed largely under the radar. This reinforces my belief that Prati, despite being next door to the Vatican, is one of Rome’s more local neighborhoods. Also, it’s conveniently located just around the corner from Sorpasso and Passaguai, two of my favorite restaurants in Rome.
Via dei Bastioni, Via Giovanni Vitelleschi, 34, 00193 Roma RM
9 Hotel Cesàri
The terrace of the 9 Hotel Cesari is one of the best-kept secrets in the Eternal City. Located just around the corner from the Pantheon, it’s just a stone’s throw from Piazza di Pietra. It also looks out onto the arresting facade of the church of Sant’Ignazio in Rome–with its famous trompe l’oeil ceiling paintings. And, the terrace has a more intimate feel than most.
9 Hotel Cesàri
Via di Pietra, 89/a, 00186 Roma RM
Santa Maria Maggiore is my favorite of Rome’s four basilicas and seeing it up close is a real treat. The Mecenate Palace seats you close to the facade, making you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a secret spot. This rooftop is not as well known as others and is located far from the tourist crowds in the Esquilino neighborhood.
Via Carlo Alberto, 3, 00185 Roma RM