The Eternal City, with its year round warm weather and stunning scenery is the place to relax with a drink and watch the world go by. Our locals have selected these bars and their favourites in the city...
The perfect location for an aperitivo after a busy day in the city, the Roof Garden Bar at Grand Hotel De La Minerve, housed in a 17th century palace, offers one of the most spectacular views of the city - directly overlooking the Panteon's dome. The cocktail hour is probably the best time visit to enjoy the spectacular sunset whilst sipping on a cocktail or a glass of spumante.
Grand Hotel De La Minerve: Piazza della Minerve 69, 00186, Rome, Tel: +39 06 695 201, www.grandhoteldelaminerve.com
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Set within the very glamourous Hotel de Russie. Stravinskij Bar is famous for its cocktails as well as for popularising coctail culture in the city. Inside, plush purple armchairs give the place the air of a sophisticated club, whilst outside intellects and celebrities relax in wrought iron armchairs in the lush 'secret' garden courtyard. The house speciality is the award-winning de Russie Martini, a blend of sherry and vodka served with spoonful of Beluga. Former guests of this 1837 landmark include Picasso and Cocteau.
Stravinskil Bar: Via del Babuino 9, 00187, Rome, Tel. +39 06 328 881, www.roccofortehotels.com
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Salotto 42 is the living room of choice for Rome's beautiful people. This handsome 'book bar' located on the Piazza di Pietra, opposite the spectacular Temple of Hadrian, is owned by Damiano Mazzarella and his Swedish supermodel wife Malin Persson, former host of Scandinavia's Next Top Model. Together they have created a sophisticated space full of low couches and comfortable armchairs and an interesting selection of magazines and books.
Salotto 42: Piazza di Pietra 42, 00186, Rome, Tel: +39 06 6785 804, www.salotto42.it
Located in the hip neighbourhood of Trastevere with an outdoor area overlooking the Tiber this bar is not only the place to be seen but, with mixologists behind the bar, the place to enjoy seriously good cocktails. Also offering an impressive aperitivo (food) bar this place justifiably packed on warm evenings.
Freni e Frizioni: Via Del Politeama 4, Rome, Tel: +39 06 4549 7499, www.freniefrizioni.comioni (Facebook)
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