You have booked your flight, found the perfect hotel to make home for a few days, packed your bags, researched day trips from Rome but did you forget to research things to do in Rome at night? Trying to decide what to do in Rome at night can be difficult depending on if you are looking to relax, hit the clubs or just have dinner.
Deciding where to go and what to do in Rome at night can be overwhelming. I will help you decided which neighborhoods are best for an authentic Italian dinner, best bars in Rome, and even which ruins are open at night for tours. There are so many things to do in Rome at night and so keep reading as I take the guesswork out of what to do in Rome at night.
Things to Do in Rome at Night
Sunset in Rome is absolutely magical at night so Do Not go back to your hotel room, I repeat Do Not go back to your hotel room. There is nothing like a late night stroll on a summer evening in the Eternal City.
Once all of the museums close and the city become quaint, intimate and sexy from the charmed narrow cobbled streets, the cool Mediterranean climate, delicious authentic Italian food along with some of the best wine made in Italy makes exploring Rome at a one of a kind culinary adventure.
There are also a ton of free things to do in Rome at night so no worries I’ve got you covered so will not be worried about exceeding your budget.
Here are some of my favorite things to do in Rome at night.
Throw a Coin In The Trevi Fountain
Rome’s Trevi Fountain is packed with thousands of tourist during the day so it can be hard to really enjoy its beauty. In Rome after dark you’ll find the Trevi Fountain deserted! Experiencing the such a beautiful place alone or with your husband is a surreal experience.
Colosseum Night Tour
Want to experience the Colosseum in a way that few visitors ever do? Tour the Colosseum at night!
After the gates close to most visitors, you can still purchase a specialized tour to see the Colosseum under the night sky: no crowds. No heat. Just you and the weight of history.
Vatican City After Dark
Experience the magic of the Sistine Chapel without standing shoulder-to-shoulder with hundreds of tourist. Plan a Friday evening excursion to the Vatican!
The museums are only open at night on Fridays, so they’re far from deserted–but the crowds are much thinner than during the day.
Hotel Raphaël-Relais & Châteaux
Best Rooftop bar in Rome. Adorned with ivy and famous for being where Julia Roberts stayed while filming Eat, Pray, Love, this classy hotel is tucked away behind Piazza Navona. Its small-but-perfectly-formed terrace overlooks the iconic rooftops of Rome’s historic centre.
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
See a show at the stunning Teatro dell’Opera.
Attending an opera in Rome you will get the chance to participate in an exciting cultural experience, see a side of Rome that few tourists do, and admire the interior of the stunning Teatro dell’Opera while experiencing beautiful music.
Spanish Steps Tours
The crowds on the Spanish Steps during the day are notoriously large–during the summer, it can be difficult to even see the steps at all underneath the sea of tourists that stack themselves on the steps like they’re attending a sports event.
The Roman Food tour in Trastevere 5pm start
Get to know the Roman neighborhood of Trastevere through its food and wine with this half-day walking tour. Visit five local favorite venues for over 20 tastings including cheese, ham, pizza, pasta, and aged balsamic vinegar. Explore Trastevere’s cobblestone streets between sampling local wines and beers. Save room for the tour’s final bite: traditional gelato.
Dark Ages of Rome Night Walking Tour with Hidden History & Hauntings
For a twist on the usual sightseeing experience, take an after-dark tour of Rome to admire its illuminated landmarks and monuments while listening to stories about ghosts, myths and legends. You’ll explore the winding alleys and squares in the city’s historical center with a guide, who provides eerie commentary about the supernatural and historical mysteries that have plagued the Eternal City for centuries. See attractions like Campo de’ Fiori, Castel Sant’Angelo and Palazzo Farnese in a whole new light.
Il ristorante - Altrove
Open from morning to night, it boasts a café, a pasticceria and a restaurant that combines Mediterranean flavors with the native cuisines of its employees – order a buffet plate at lunch or dishes like tempura, ceviche, couscous and kofta à la carte at dinner.
Lungo il Tevere – Summer Festival in Rome 2019
Rome is such a super city to explore as it is, and if it couldn’t get any ‘cooler,’ here’s one festival you should not miss. Since 2003, Rome has been hosting the annual summer festival, Lungo il Tevere. It’s where the banks of the famous Fiume Tevere, or Tiber River, in the heart of Rome, come to life with numerous cultural events.
Cul de Sac Wine Bar
A perennially popular wine bar just off Piazza Navona, with an always-busy terrace and narrow, bottle-lined interior. Choose your tipple first – the list of Italian regional wines is encyclopaedic – and then pick from the ample menu of Italian staples, pâtés and platters of regional Lazio cold cuts and cheeses. Book ahead for an evening sitting.
Panoramic Rome by Night Tour
See the famous sights of the Eternal City on an evening tour of Rome. Walk and cruise through the city by coach, admiring landmarks like the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Castel Sant’Angelo beautifully illuminated after dark. To enhance your experience, you may upgrade your tour when booking to include a traditional Italian dinner at a local restaurant near the Trevi Fountain.
Gregory's Jazz Club -
Dinner & Jazz - sums up the experience at Gregory’s : a palate pleasing night of fine dining in the restaurant downstairs, in the intimacy and charm of the upstairs concert hall , before or during the concert , for a night that will satisfy all your senses . You may want to accompany your dish with a fine Italian wine, or perhaps a cold beer from our fine selection of non-pasteurized drafts.
Things to Do in Rome at Night For Couples
If you are traveling to Rome on your honeymoon or anniversary here my top picks for most romantic things to do in Rome at night for couples. From long strolls holding hands to sightseeing off the beaten path neighborhoods in Rome.
Here’s my my list of best things to do in Rome for couples after the sun has set. The hubby and I have uncovered some of the best things to do in Rome to make the best of your trip to Rome.
1. Professional Photoshoot In Rome
Celebrate a special occasion with your loved one and take an unforgettable tour of the Eternal City. This sightseeing tour is created with couples in mind and visits some of the most romantic places in Rome including the Milvian Bridge, Trastevere, and the Colosseum at night.
Capture your romantic moments with included photo and video shoots and end your tour with a candlelit dinner complete with sparkling wine. Read more about the Photoshoot in Rome here.
2. Take a cruise tour on the Tiber River
Admire Rome from the water on a Tiber River cruise with a 4-course dinner. You’ll glide past landmarks like Castel Sant’Angelo and St Peter’s Basilica, illuminated against the nighttime sky. Enjoy musical entertainment on board while you feast on Italian dishes like lasagna, gnocchi and beef with pesto sauce, and finish with dessert and coffee. Read more about a cruise on the Tiber River here.
3. Take a romantic stroll in Villa Borghese Garden
Take a tour of Rome’s third largest city garden, Villa Borghese, and enjoy a delicious picnic in the park during this half-day tour. Stroll through the 80-hectare space and admire pond, the statues, the terraces, and of course, the beautiful plants. Visit the Terrazza del Pincio and enjoy a delicious lunch while taking in the scenery of the park. Read more about the Villa Borghese Gardens.
4. La Traviata The Original Opera with Ballet
Travelers looking for a unique night out in Rome can look no further than this performance of the opera, La Traviata, in St. Paul Within the Walls Church. You’ll see one of Italy’s most popular operas performed in a remarkable setting. You can also opt for a pre-performance dinner at a nearby restaurant in Piazza della Repubblica for a fully-planned evening out. Read more about La Traviata Ballet.
5. Rooftop Cooking Class and Dinner in Rome: Pasta, Gnocchi and Tiramisù
Learn to make fresh pasta and tiramisu, then dine on the rooftop of a private house near Vatican City and watch the sun go down. The relaxed Rome cooking experience includes a glass of prosecco, which you’ll sip as you learn to make classic pasta such as fettuccine and ravioli from scratch.
The class is suitable for all ages, and can accommodate vegetarian requests. Read more about Rooftop Cooking Class and Dinner in Rome: Pasta, Gnocchi and Tiramisù 2019
6. Rome by Night with Pizza and Gelato
See the Eternal City come to life after dark on a 4-hour, small-group tour of Rome at night. Kick off your evening over pizza in a classic Roman restaurant, then see the ancient sites and monuments with dramatic illumination. Take in the soaring arches of the Colosseum and the shadowy pillars of the Pantheon, then take a leisurely stroll through Piazza Navona to three picture-perfect fountains.
Pause to throw a coin into the Trevi fountain and savor a cup of local gelato before returning to your hotel. Read more about Rome by Night with Pizza and Gelato 2019.
7. Night in Rome on a Vespa
Experience Rome after dark at your own pace on the back of a Vespa. During the 12-hour rental period, take in the sparkling lights and the night life of this ancient city. Follow your own itinerary or use the included Official Guide to Rome to construct your tour, which could include Piazza del Popolo, Campo de Fiori, Piazza Navona and the romantic Gianicolo lookout point.
Make a pit stop to enjoy your included ‘Rome Eat ‘n’ Run’ picnic. All safety equipment, anti-theft device and Vespa accessories are provided. Read more about Night in Rome on a Vespa 2019.
8. Monte Gelato Waterfalls Tour and Picnic
Discover Monte Gelato waterfalls: one of the fascinating places near Rome, and enjoy your lunch in a beautiful surrounding
The Best Restaurant in Rome After Dark!!
You can’t travel to Italy without indulging in some of the world’s most delicious pasta. I was in Italy for 10 days and I had some of my best meals in Rome.
The culinary scene in Rome at night is nothing short of amazing and there are a ton of old favorites you must try if you are visiting Rome along with a few new cutting edge restaurants that should also be on your list of restaurants to try in Rome especially for dinner.
There’s a new up and coming chefs that are putting a modern twist Italy’s classic dishes at contemporary trattorias all over the capital. Prepare your taste buds to be blown away by authentic Italian classic dishes on your next trip to Rome.
Restaurants You Need To Try In 2019
Altrove is a restaurant with a mission to promote inclusivity by working with a multicultural staff and offering not only authentic Italian dishes but also other international dishes. Open from morning to night, it boasts a café, a pasticceria and a restaurant that combines Mediterranean flavors with the native cuisines of its employees – order a buffet plate at lunch or dishes like tempura, ceviche, couscous and kofta à la carte at dinner.
2. Ego Bistrot
Set on the top floor of the 17th century Residenza Doria Pamphilj, the restaurant combines high-end cuisine with sweeping views of the city rooftops. The romantic terrace is perfect for dining al fresco and the menu has an ample selection of fresh seafood and shellfish. A bowl of cacio e pepe is kicked up a notch with red prawns, yuzu and mint, while spaghetti come tossed with monkfish, fennel, olives and grapefruit.
Osteria Fratelli Mori is named for Alessandro and Francesco Mori, two brothers with a love for cooking, who serve honest, Roman fare in a relaxed environment. The menu isn’t exactly surprising but everything is executed to perfection, from the fritti to the desserts. You’ll find Roman classics like meatballs and a Gricia with artichokes, plus woodfire pizzas that are a cross between Roman and Neapolitan style. Ingredients are sourced from the nearby Testaccio Market and local suppliers and the wine list is primarily focused on the Lazio region.
Set within the storied Hotel Hassler at the top of the Spanish Steps, the Michelin-starred Imàgo was the first rooftop restaurant to open in the 1950s and pairs iconic views with high-end dining. Imàgo remains one of Rome’s most exclusive restaurants thanks to its innovative cuisine and old-world charm. Try the capellini aglio, olio e peperoncino (olive oil, garlic and red chili pepper) with smoked eel.
Moma is the latest restaurant to receive a Michelin star in Rome and was recognized for its quality ingredients, distinctive flavors and consistently high standards. It has been a perennial favorite of Rome’s business crowd who flock to its coffee bar at all hours of the day. Located opposite the US Embassy, the restaurant is named after New York City’s Museum of Modern Art and was conceived as a “gastronomic showcase” for artistic dishes and unusual combinations. Look out for dishes like persimmon with blue cheese and walnuts and grilled calamari with fresh strawberries and foie gras mousse.
One of the buzziest openings of the past year, Santo Palato is a retro trattoria that has become exceedingly popular with the city’s tastemakers who appreciate the nuance that chef Sarah Cicolini brings out of traditional dishes. The menu appeals to those with more carnivorous appetites; in fact, the restaurant is part of a larger cultural revival that is seeing offal grace menus across the capital. At Santo Palato, tripe, sweetbread and tongue make an appearance alongside more palatable classics like Amatriciana and Genovese. Book well in advance because it’s a popular spot.
I stumbled upon this little restaurant name of Faciolaro accidentally while waiting on reservations at the restaurant across the street.
I don’t even remember the name of the restaurant we were waiting on but it was over an hour wait and I was starving after a long day sightseeing so we decided to try Faciolaro and it was the best decision I ever made because from the time we walked up to be seated through the entire meal I felt nothing but warmth and kindness from the old gentleman whom I think was the owner.
My husband called him our granddad because he took care of us like we were his grandchildren and the pasta was so good, it melted in my mouth like butter, the clams were so tender and juicy I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Simply delicious!! We ate entirely too much pasta but as the old saying goes “when in Rome, do as the Roman’s do.”
Things not to Miss in Rome:
- Tossing Coins into the Trevi fountain only!!
- Walk through Ancient Rome
- Enjoy a cup of coffee
- Italian pizza followed by gelato
- Explore Vatican City
- grab a bite to eat or enjoy a bottle of wine outside
When to go to Rome:
Most people travel to Rome in the summer, but keep in mind it gets really hot in the afternoons, therefore, the best time to travel is either spring or fall. March -May or September -November are best for sightseeing with mild temperatures.
Tourist Alert: Things NOT to do when in Rome:
- Hold on to your stuff!! Do not keep money or electronics easily accessible in your backpacks or pockets because Roman pickpockets love this and will spot you right away. Be smart and keep your documents and money in separate bags and check on them once a day. Do not put valuables in an external pocket. Do not leave anything laying around even for a few minutes. I-phones and iPads are now the most stolen items when traveling because people are preoccupied with sightseeing and they don’t realize someone has stolen their items until it is too late.
- Fountains are not for washing your feet! Rome is extremely hot in the summer, and you will be tired of walking and your feet will need a break but you cannot dip your feet in any of the fountains because Romans find this very disrespectful.
- Always beware of pickpockets, especially when traveling on buses, metros and public transport, but also when in line for gelato or pizza because pickpockets’ are always waiting and watching.
- Please do not enter a church or museum in spaghetti straps or skimpy attire. Save that for a date with your significant other. It is a good idea to keep a big scarf in your backpack so you can quickly wrap it around your shoulders when entering a church or museum.
- Do not accept flowers!!! I have never been offered so many flowers and selfie sticks in my life but firmly say No and keep walking. You will meet people who will try to scam you by offering you a rose as free gift or because you are so beautiful but when you accept they will ask for money and then harass you for money and or corner you if you refuse so a firm NO and keep walking and make sure you watch your surroundings.
Stay Safe in Rome at Night
With that in mind, here are common sense tips for how to stay safe in Rome (and for just saying safe in general wherever you might be):
- Italian emergency numbers.
- General Emergency: 113
- Police (Carabinieri): 112
- Fire (Vigili del fuoco): 115
- Sign up for the US STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The Embassy will know how to contact you in case of an emergency.
- Don’t travel in unfamiliar areas alone. travel with a friend and keep an eye out for each other.
- Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know and don’t leave your drink unattended. This is true no matter the destination and staying safe while traveling especially for ladies.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Rome is notorious for pickpockets who will snatch your panties right off your behind so be very careful.
- Don’t leave valuables in plain sight. Practice common sense
- Have copies of your important documents stored electronically, or left with family at home to ensure you can easily replace anything that is stolen, and quickly cancel stolen cards.
- Pick secure accommodation. Make sure the hotel you decide to make home in Rome is safe. I have a list of my top boutique hotels in Rome. Book your reservation now for Rome.
The unique charm of the narrow cobbled streets, calming Mediterranean climate and delicious authentic Italian food makes Rome one of the most traveled to destinations in the world.
Exploring Rome at night is one the most romantic things you will ever do whether it’s an intimate dinner in the square, holding hands strolling through one of the many neighborhoods, or experiencing local wine there is something for everybody.
It will only to take you a day to enjoy the food, open-air markets, and astonishing historic sites. Make sure you toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, contemplate the Colosseum and the Pantheon, and sample gelato before you leave.
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