Situated on the top floor of the Hotel Forum, directly above the well-known Roof Garden restaurant, the rooftop American Bar is one of the most exclusive and luxurious places to soak up the sights of Rome as the sun sets. High glamour, panoramic views and great food and drink are the order of the day. Take in views of the historic cityscape while the renowned, internationally trained bartenders prepare cocktails and long drinks to your preference. In the summer months, from March to October, the American Bar is open from 11am until late, with heating for cooler evenings.
American Bar, Hotel Forum, Via Tor de’Conti 25, 00184 Rome, +39 06 679 2446
For some of the best panoramic views of the Eternal City, head to the five-star Hotel Raphaël. The multi-level roof garden offers memorable 360-degree views over historic parts of the city, overlooking the cloister of the Santa Maria della Pace church, constructed by 15th-century architect Bramante, and the church of Santa Maria dell’Anima, founded in the 14th century. Come up for the stunning architecture and stay for the top food and drinks. Whether you are looking for the perfect place to raise a glass of champagne or seeking to indulge in a romantic dinner, the Hotel Raphaël bar is sure to impress.
Hotel Raphaël, Largo Febo, 2, 00186 Rome +39 06 682831
Residenza Paolo VI
Residenza Paolo VI is the only hotel located on St Peter’s Square, an ideal spot for those keen to be close to some of the city’s biggest attractions, such as St Peter’s basilica and the Vatican gardens. The hotel’s terrace offers unrivalled views of these famous sights, with breathtaking proximity to the basilica in particular. This peaceful hotel is a perfect retreat after a day of wandering around the city. It is an ideal place to unwind and, with a special afternoon tea available, it is one of the spots to know in Rome.
Residenza Paolo VI, Via Paolo VI 29, 00193 Rome, +39 06 684870
Rinascente is a bona fide Rome shopping hotspot, offering a discerning edit of the best of the worlds of fashion, beauty, design and gourmet food – the ultimate place to invest in the best buys of the season. The department store also boasts the Up-Sunset lounge bar, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Riccardo Di Giacinto. Designed to look like a beautiful garden, it offers contemporary gastronomic delights and a vast selection of spirits from all around the Mediterranean. For those who want the ultimate shopping experience and a great place to relax afterwards, this is the place to come.
Rinascente, Via del Tritone 61, 00187 Rome, +39 06 8791 6652
Award-winning Zuma has brought its signature contemporary Japanese fare to many of the top cities in the world, and many of its restaurants boast incredible views. Zuma Rome, located in Palazzo Fendi, is among them. Zuma’s first Italian foray among its 11 branches offers a relaxed atmosphere in chic, contemporary surroundings where guests can dine al fresco on dishes from the robata grill and sushi counter. Those seeking something that extra bit special should be sure to visit the fifth-floor bar and lounge; the terrace offers fantastic views of the city and is a great spot for an aperitivo, a digestif, or both.
Zuma, Palazzo Fendi, Via della Fontanella di Borghese 48, 00186 Rome, +39 06 9926 6622