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Beautiful views of Rome can be had from some the city’s lovely rooftop bars and restaurants. Just know that gorgeous views often come with high prices! You’ll find that many of these places are on the top of hotels. Some are enclosed and open year round, but others are not, so it pays to call ahead – open rooftop bars may be closed over fall, winter, and early spring, and even in summer they may close if there is a danger of rain or windy weather.
An enclosed rooftop restaurant with a view “from the Aventino to the Campidoglio.”
Open spring through fall (thanks to outdoor heaters), the American Bar is open for cocktails, overlooking the Imperial Forums. There’s also a restaurant one level down, open year-round for lunch or dinner (offering, among other things, a buffet lunch and vegetarian options). I
Aroma, a high-end restaurant, has an extraordinary view of the Colosseum. Open for dinner year-round, you can also stop by for cocktails on the lounge bar terrace overlooking the Colle Oppio (Emperor Nero’s gardens).
Overlooking the Pantheon,
this high-end restaurant is open for lunch and dinner year round. Also a rooftop bar open during the summer.
This seasonal terrace directly overlooks the Spanish Steps and is a great place to be at sunset. Limited menu.
This Michelin-star restaurant, with an amazing view over the Spanish Steps (and then sweeping across the Rome skyline), is open nightly for dinner year round. Old school elegance.
It’s quite a trek outside the historic center, but this three star Michelin restaurant (open year round, outdoor terrace also open in warmer weather) has an amazing view of Rome – as well as amazing food. Old school charm; just be prepared for the bill!
This enclosed Michelin-star restaurant (open for lunch and dinner) has views of Piazza Venezia, St. Peter's, and Trinità del Monti. The piano bar is open nightly.
Enclosed high-end rooftop restaurant open year round, with views of the Vatican and Castle Sant’Angelo. Also open-air La Terrazza Paradiso at same location.
Open during the summer, this is a rooftop bar on the quaint Via Giulia. The indoor restaurant (on a different floor) is open year-round.
The seasonal terrace looks across at the dome of Santa Maria della Pace and the Bramante Cloister; the indoor part of the restaurant is open year-round. Many vegan and gluten-free options.
La Terrasse Cuisine & Lounge restaurant, on a terrace with a retractable roof, offers great views of Rome. Bar open from 10:30 to midnight.
A beautiful view of the Spanish Steps area can be had at the champagne-centered Lemon Terrace. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Terrazze Gourmet Roma by Nicolas Schilder (book and handy app on itunes)