Rome at night

What is the best way to see Rome at night? Any tour or sights best done at night?

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18 things to do in Rome at night

1. Visit the Trevi Fountain

This Roman icon is exceptionally beautiful at night with its soft lighting. The fountain spans the entire southern wall of Palazzo Poli and is made up of nearly a century of artistic expression.

2. People-watch in the many piazzas

Take in the culture of this century-old city by buying yourself some gelato, finding a spot in one of the many piazzas and experiencing the sights, sounds and people of Rome.

3. Shop at the Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps can be found between the Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti with the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. At the base of the steps you will find an array of shops for every taste, which is the perfect nighttime activity.

4. Go to Travestere

This is one of the most famous neighbourhoods in Rome. Head to Travestere to get away from the crowds, experience some medieval charm and take in the vibrant nightlife.

5. Take a Night Walking Tour

Experience Rome from a different perspective by signing up for a night walking tour. Let an experienced, English-speaking local take you down the cobbled streets to the most worthwhile sites, restaurants and piazzas. Experience the sights and culinary delights of the city and also get to hear the story behind it all.

Your tour operator will arrange to meet you at a central location where you will set off on foot. Rome’s sites look completely different at night. Take in the Colosseum, sip on authentic Italian wine and find out about the many historical characters that stem from the city. Each tour lasts approximately 2 – 3 hours so participants should be comfortable with being on their feet for that duration. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended.

6. Take a Night Bus Tour

Sit back, relax and enjoy seeing the beauty of Rome at night. Discover the city’s most famous sites by night, an experience that you won’t soon forget. Some operators also offer tours that include dinner and drinks. Bus tours are ideal if you’re looking for a relaxing way to see this beautiful city at night.

7. Drink a cocktail at a rooftop bar

Although Rome is famous for its wine,there is nothing like sipping an exotic cocktail during your holiday, especially as the sun sets. Here are my favorite

  • Salotto 4 with magnificent views of the Temple of Hadrian.
  • American Bar of the Hotel Forum. Have your drink admiring the Colosseum that can be seen from the tiled roof-top garden.
  • The Gin Corner at Hotel Adriano for their delicious gin-based cocktails (try a vesper martini instead of a G&T).

8. Chill out at the Ice Club

Ice club Rome is a novel and different way of spending an evening in Rome. When it’s hot outside, venture into the cool Ice Club-5 bar. The bar is kept at -5 degrees Celsius and drinks are served in ice cones.

9. Engage in Italian tradition with a passeggiata

Walking around Rome at night

Passeggiata is the long-held Italian tradition of wandering through the main street of piazza of the city, and it is a time to simply see and be seen. You might end up being a part of this whether you intend to or not if you are and about in the early evening, but you will fit in more if you are dressed up a little and are wandering slowly on your way to buy gelato.

10. Find somewhere for an aperitivo

There is no better way to start the evening than finding a bar for an aperitivo, a small, strong, alcoholic drink to enjoy before you go out to dinner. This is a long-held Italian tradition and is also a great way to enjoy the local Roman atmosphere and eat non-expensive snacks.

11. Go to Piazza del Popolo

This is a beautiful, wide open piazza with fountains and a giant obelisk in the centre. This is one of the many places where you can come and relax and people watch, and it is even more beautiful at night than during the day

12. Look out from Capitoline Hill

If you have not had enough of Roman history and architecture during the day, head to Capitoline Hill to look out over the Roman Forum as the sun is going down. This is a magnificent view and is worth going to see even if you are not a history buff.

13. Climb up the Janiculum hill

If you want to see the city from above, go up Janiculum hill for stunning panoramic views of the city and all its lights. You can see all the way from the Vittoriano monument to the dome of the Pantheon.

14.Spend the evening on Tiber Island

If you are visiting Rome in summer, cross the bridges from Tiber and spend an evening on this 300 metre long island. This small island hosts several bars, restaurants and clubs. I

15.Tour the Vatican at night

If you are there on the right night, you can tour the breath-taking Vatican museums at night. There will be less crowds than during the day, and you can save time for other things during the day if you are only on a short trip to Rome.

16. See a show at the Auditorium Parco della Musica

If you want to experience Roman cultural life at the forefront of music, dance, theater, science, art and history, go to the Auditorium Parco della Musica. This immense theatre offers something for nearly every cultural taste, all shown within the characteristic amphitheatres.

173. Go to the Opera or the Ballet

Experience some of Rome's high-end culture and go see an opera or a ballet at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma - the lush interior will have you in awe before the show has even started!

18. Go watch the Miracle Players

In summer, you can go and watch historical comedies performed in the Forum by a theatre troupe called the Miracle players. These are performed in English and offer a unique look into Roman theatrical history.

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1. Stroll through the Fori Imperiali to Piazza del Campidoglio

Taking a walk from the Colosseum to Piazza Venezia you can see the Imperial Forums lit up at night. At the end of the walk you go up by way of San Pietro in Carcere up to Piazza del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo, at night it is deserted and dominates only the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius in front of the Capitoline Museums.

2. Walk of the Janiculum

Through the streets of the Janiculum you get lost on the panoramic view of Rome. We pass from the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola also called the "Fontanone del Gianicolo" to the Lighthouse, to the Piazza del Gianicolo where there is the statue of Garibaldi.

3. Overlooking the Pincio and walking up to Piazza del Popolo

Il Pincio is the terrace of Villa Borghese, next to the Church of the Trinity of the Mountains and Villa Medici at the top of the Spanish Steps. From the Pincio the view of Rome and the dome of St. Peter is wonderful and through the steps you get to Piazza del Popolo. The square, with its four churches and the fountain with the obelisk is beautiful at all hours of the day, but at night it is breathtaking.

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Lo Zodiaco - Sentiero delle lucciole

Lo Zodiaco is on Monte Mario hill, the highest hill in Rome. In this place there is a
terrace but also a restaurant with large window that open to the landscape. If you go to Zodiaco in the night you can see a path plenty of fireflies close to the entrance. It’s a magical thing!

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