My favorite Must See for Rome is the view– any off-kilter perspective of the Eternal City while the sun lowers itself in the backdrop of the multi-domed panorama. Preferably, I have a cool beverage in hand as I watch the tramonto coat the city in an incandescent pink haze. With the hot weather solidifying itself into the Roman evening, a rooftop aperitivo must be integrated into any stay in Rome, whether long or short. Lately my top three watering holes with a view are:
- The Terrazzo at the St. George Hotel, a 360 degree panorama from the rooftop of Rome and almost all of her domes (as shown on right and below). Location: on the lovely via Giulia, near the Tiber and adjacent to Campo dei Fiori.
- The Rooftop Lounge bar at Grand Hotel de la Minerve, front row and eye-to-eye view of the dome of the Pantheon, and occasionally a keyboardist singing the best Manilow hits. Location: behind the Pantheon
- American Bar at Hotel Forum, the most private peak at the Forum (seats about 6 people). Location: Directly behind the Imperial fora in Monti neighborhood
Other faves include: Forty Seven, bird’s eye view of the delectably cute and round Temple of Hercules. Location: near the Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verità), Hotel Exedra car watching from the rooftop and the 2nd floor caffe at the Altare della Patria (yes, the wedding cake) for its stunning view of the Roman Forum and Colosseum.
I have a seventh spot but I'll leave that to those in the know to figure it out.