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The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore is a great sight to behold. Since it's near Stazione Termini, it's often one of the first monument visitors see on arrival in Rome and it stays with you from then on. About the church itself, I'll just mention that it's the largest in Italy and that it has the highest steeple in Rome.
My focus is on the life you'll find all around. First, the church is on a grand piazza -- Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore -- good adrenaline rush from a typical Roman street scene: traffic, passersby, cries of Rome, terrace cafés, rushing waiters, fountain, gelateria, tourists snapping pics, etc.
What I liked here is that it always felt safe, even as darkness fell -- (careful crossing street however.)
I recently spent nine days at the Youth Hostel on Carlo Cattaneo (3 minutes from the Piazza) and passed the Piazza often, at all times of day or night. Just to give you an idea, here's what I found near the church:
- a laundromat
- 3 cafés to eat at late at night
- a small bar to end an evening pleasantly
- a good gelateria
- a supermarket
- many hotels
Updated Sep 17, 2010
Visiting Rome and don't know where to go to relax and have fun after a long day of sightseeing? Here is not just a list of bars and clubs you have likely never heard of, but the areas with the best nightlife so you can choose for yourself. Rome is full of great places to go at night, but some of them are harder to find than others. I have make sure to focus on the places where the staff usually knows english, so the language barrier shouldn't inhibit your night out.
Updated Sep 10, 2009
I agree with Dino about the location you chose. For nightlife I absolutely recommend Trastevere! Packed with people, local stalls in the night, street musicians and artists, etc. Very nice especially as it is a pedestrain area! There is also an international nice bookshop, if I well remember, in the area 'the almost corner bookshop' in Via del Moro that might be open till late.
Another famous one is The Lion Bookshop (which is also a nice cafè)and I've read it's the oldest English bookshop in Rome (Via dei Greci, 33/36)close to Piazza Navona.
Piazza Navona and Campo de' Fiori are also hot spots where to be by night. Do not expect nightclubs, discos and so far: I am talking about local lively vibe, a fresh beer sitting on the square with loads of locals and international tourists...You won't forget the warm breeze of Rome's evenings...
We stayed at a place - a fully furnished apart- right between the 2 squares: Vespucci's that I remember booking with flashbooking.com that I guess is an italian booker. We had a great week-end: and do not forget to try the famous gelato (icecream) at Giolitti's! Ask around when you are in the Parliament area: locals will show you where it is. That's all from me now...
Dress Code: no special dress code... can be cool.. so get a jacket with you or a schall.
Written Jun 3, 2009
Address: Trastevere Rome
Where else can you buy a music score and have a bite to eat with a glass of wine or micro-brewed beer until 2am! Delighted to discover a rare selection of contemporary music scores. They have weekly music events, book presentations, photography, art and live streaming shows. Open for lunch, dinner and late night drinks. An architectural gem with stone vaulted ceilings and vintage furniture located in the heart of pulsating Pigneto, Rome's fastest growing alternative neighborhood, not far from Termini Station. I followed a tip and found them through Australian Gourmet Traveler. Catch Pigneto's used market on the last sunday of every month..it's a real treat!
Written May 29, 2009
Address: via Ascoli Piceno, 3
I came here a lot once I had been introduced to it by a local. It has a great ambience, with nice outside tables and sofas. I liked the sofas.
It has a bouncer. When I went there it had a German bouncer who was really on the ball and was also great to chat to. I had had my bag snatched at an Irish pub - which had no bouncer -so I appreciated the security. I have been told American students come here because of the bouncer.
Happy hour is late. Rome is a city that wakes up late. It was something like 8pm-9pm. Locals start to arrive about 10pm.
They often had no food, but once they were experimenting with aperativo nibbles.
There is a disco downstairs on Friday nights but that also starts late. I seem to remember it starts at midnight.
It is in a quiet side street off the main drag in Testaccio - and if you are there about 10pm you will see the Roman cab horses heading eagerly to their stables just around the corner.
They have a great range of cocktails - I was slowly working my way through their menu - but I didn't make it so will have to go back.
I liked all the staff that I met. I asked one girl for an ashtray - a portecenere - and she made an extravagant gesture to the whole world and said - "Tutti portecenere!" Most amusing.
A very pleasant, laid back sort of place.
Dress Code: Seemed cool about the dress code.
Updated Apr 28, 2009
Address: Via Galvani - Testaccio
another region for parties is Trastevere. This part of the city is full of night bars with live music or just long cocktail menues :-) there are dozns of small and big bars and pubs in streetes of Trastevere. There is only one big problem - if you go there by car you will have big problems finding partking place, especially on weekends.
Updated Mar 17, 2009
I went on the Colosseum pubcrawl and had the TIME OF MY LIFE!
The staff were SO much fun and the bars were really cool-from what I remember.
They start at the Colosseum metro stop at 9pm every night and they wait
there til 10pm just for those of us (me) who run a little late. I drank SO much
and met SO many people...people who I'm actually travelling with now!
Check that out man, I want to come back to Rome for at least a night before
I go back home!!!
facebook group: Colosseum Pub crawl pictures, videos, news and events.
Dress Code: Clothes.
Written Feb 26, 2009
Address: Colosseum metro stop
It is not just a night club - it's a street of night clubs and area around here is full of little bars. The clubs are all different from R&B, pop to rave, techno, whatever. To be honest, i do not remember any club name. In different trips i was in at least 5 different clubs here.
Dress Code: you have to be dressed :-) i never had problems with entrance, so did not notica any special rules.
Written Feb 21, 2009
We just wanted to have a beer,and didn´t found so many pubs in Trastevere.This one had interesting list of beers.Funny thing was,that when we sat down,and choosed a beer,the waiter told us,that they only have three beers right now..So the reason we went there was lots of different beers,but then they had only three :)
Nothing wrong with the place anyway,and if you are dirsty,pop in.Owner was friendly anyway.
Dress Code: no dresscode
Written Oct 13, 2008
Address: Piazza G.G.Belli
It sounded like very romantic idea,to cruice at night at Tiber.They cruised from thursday to saturday at 21.30 22.30 and 23.30,leaving close to Isola Tiberina.It was only at time of Estete Romana-festival.Little desapointment was,that we didn´t get a seat from upper deck,and saw allmost nothing.The banks of Tiber are so high,that it´s not easy to see from down there.Best -and only things to see were near the castel san Angelo.I´m not sure,but I think,that from upper deck they saw more.We went up first,but they didn´t let my husband stand next to my chair,so we went down to sit together.
Updated Oct 13, 2008
Address: Near isola Tiberina,at Trastevere side of river
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