18 things to do in Rome at night
1. Visit the Trevi Fountain
2. People-watch in the many piazzas
3. Shop at the Spanish Steps
4. Go to Travestere
5. Take a Night Walking Tour
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
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
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
15.Tour the Vatican at night
16. See a show at the Auditorium Parco della Musica
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.
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.
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!