We all need a Roman holiday from time to time and where better to get a view of the Eternal City than from its rooftops?
We’ve found some of the most enjoyable rooftop gardens, restaurants, bars and pools, so that you can make the most of feeling like an emperor…
1. Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese
Enjoy incredible views whilst sampling some of Italy’s finest cuisine at the Villa Borghese rooftop restaurant La Terrasse Cuisine. This is Italian cuisine with a French twist, so you can indulge in an organic risotto, followed by delicate macarons. Yum.
This 5-star villa is a world of cosy interiors, architectural flair and a relaxing atmosphere that contrasts with the bustling city outside. The historic building dating back to the 1890’s was also the setting for the infamous 1960’s movie La Dolce Vita.
2. Exedra-Roma Boscolo Hotels
Located in the splendid Plaza del la Repubblica, the Boscolo is nestled between the Baths of Diocletian and the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels designed by Michaelangelo. Envision yourself relaxing in the inviting rooftop pool, taking in all the architectural highlights of the surrounding buildings.
The hotel hosts a plethora of well-appointed rooms and suites each featuring plush furnishings, attention to detail at every turn and that holy grail of hotel rooms – free Wi-Fi. The Presidential Suite is a lesson in luxury, complete with flawless marbled bathroom, fascinating artworks and a sneak peek from the living room into the spacious Jacuzzi.
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3. Atlante Star Hotel Rome
With a view of The Vatican, the rooftop garden of the Atlante hotel is not to be missed! The roof terrace is split into three different gardens, the Roof Garden les Etoiles Restaurant, the Coffee Garden La Terrazza Paradiso, which is surrounded by fresh herbs and the Roof Garden Place de Soleil with fabulous views over Rome, perfect for weddings and events.
Stay at either the Atlante Star or the Atlante Garden hotel, each about a block away from the other. Both are designed to be more affordable options whilst providing luxury comforts and modern amenities.
4. Radisson Blu hotel Rome
The gleaming rooftop pool at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Rome has to be one of the city’s best hidden gems. Relax under the Italian sunshine and enjoy a cool beverage from the poolside bar or do a few laps to work up an appetite for a large lunch.
If you want to extend your relaxation then head to the spa where you can enjoy the Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi, steam bath or book yourself in for an energizing massage or facial treatment tailored to your skin type.
5. The First Luxury Art Hotel Rome
A chic boutique hotel with a quirky design and incredible art, the First Hotel Rome offers a luxury experience that differs from the norm. The recently opened rooftop bar, is the epitome of laid-back charm with wooden floorboards and romantically set tables so you can relax with a glass of vino and enjoy the view.
The Jacuzzi Suite is the perfect room if you’re looking to splurge a little. With a private terrace featuring a large Jacuzzi and lounge chairs for you to relax in whilst enjoying the sunshine and looking out over all of Rome.
6. Mecenate Palace Hotel
The roof garden at the Mecenate Palace Hotel is ideal for candle lit al fresco dining complete with 360-degree panoramic views of the Eternal City. Terrazza dei Papi offers Mediterranean and interregional cuisine or if you simply fancy a tipple opt for a sunset cocktail in the Sky Bar.
The palace is located in the historical centre of Rome and a luxury room positioned on the upper floors affords views of the Basillica of Saint Mary Major. The rooms are decorated in a classical style whilst being equipped with modern comforts and amenities.
7. Hotel Forum Rome
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served from the rooftop of this beautiful four-star hotel. Enjoy locally sourced produce and a variety of international dishes, including options for vegetarians so that everyone feels welcome and catered for.
Residing in one of the hotel’s 80 rooms means soaking up the city’s buzzing atmosphere and enjoying being in the thick of things. Each room is tastefully decorated in the Italian style with large 18th century windows opening out onto the streets of Rome.
8. Palazzo Manfredi
With a rooftop restaurant that looks out over The Colosseum, the Palazzo Manfredi is steeped in history. In fact in 1937 they discovered an ancient training school for young gladiators just metres from the hotel’s front door. The Aroma restaurant was recently awarded a Michelin Star and is a foodies idea of heaven – be sure to try the mascarpone mousse with spice-bread ice-cream for dessert.
Whilst staying at this magnificent hotel, why not get out and enjoy seeing Rome on foot? The hotel offers a personal trainer to offer fitness tips and advice and there are many jogging routes just across the street in Oppian Hill Park – so there’s really excuse to abandon your fitness regime.
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