Part 1: Evening by Sta Maria Maggiore
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
Miscellanea: What is good and what is not
Don't go to Miscellanea, is a Pub near the Pantheon.
I was there with a friend and I was looking to the kitcken when I saw my food going on the floor.
The waiter bring it to us and I had to fight with the guy to have a new one coocked.
Anyway the service was poor.
I find out this blog, next time I'll go only to a suggested pub http://www.iloverome.net/rome-night-life-clubbing-locations-in-rome/
The Center: Nightlife in Rome
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.
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trastevere: nightlife in Rome
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.Related to:
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Hobo ArtClub: An alternative night out!
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!Related to:
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Trastevere region: night bars and live music
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.
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.
Testacchio: party region of Rome
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.
THE STREETS OF ROME: MAGICAL BEAUTY OF THE NIGHT
When in Rome, do as....you know the rest, but when in Rome what the real nightlife activity is has to be walking at night from one Piazza to another or down the side streets to be witness to the magic of light on the history of Rome.
Oh, you can dine at night in a pizzeria, trattoria, or a ristorante. Maybe even a vinoteca, discoteca, or a night club, but the real delight at night is in gazing at the play of light on the buildings and fountains throughout this ageless city. You can be in the moment or transport yourself to ancient times via the mind as you caress the beauty of the night.Related to:
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Drinks, Aperitfs and music
Few places that might be interesting for you:
BarBar – Via Crescenzio, 18 – Tel. 06.68308435. Hours 19.00 – 3.00. Closed on Monday. Cocktail bar. First loungebar New York style. Minimal interior with big sculptures and small waterfalls. Cigar room.
Bloom – Via del Teatro Pace, 29/30 – Tel. 06.68802029. Hours 19.00 – 2.00. Closed onTuesday. Free entrance. A high tech New York-style design restaurant on two levels (international, oriental inspired cuisine) with a sushi bar and music.
Duke’s – Viale Parioli, 200 – Tel. 06.80662455. Hours 19.30 – 2.00. Closed on Saturday. Free entrance. Trendy, contemporary Californian style cocktail bar. International cuisine. with Californian touch.
ES Hotel 7th Floor – Via Turati – Tel. 06.4448411 – www.eshotel.it Sette - gourmet restaurant overlooking the swimming pool. Hours 19.30 – midnight. Zest - Top floor restaurant, informal setting for all-day dining, Mediterranean cuisine. Hours 13.00 – midnight. Also available for private hire.
Gilda – Via Mario de’Fiori, 97 – Tel. 06.6784838 – www.gildadiscoclub.it Hours 23.30 – 5.00. Closed on Monday. Entrance fee Friday, Saturday and Sunday Euro 20,66. The place to spot famous Italian actors and politicians. The sophisticated nightspot near Spanish Steps has a piano bar as well as a restaurant and dance floors with live and disco music. Jackets are required. Gilda has opened a new place dedicated to wine tasting “Le Cru a Gouter” - Via Mario de’Fiori, 98/99 - Tel. 06.6784838. Hours 17.30 – 23.30. Closed on Mondays.
Goa - Via Libetta, 15 – Tel. 06.5748277. Hours 23.00 – 3.00. Closed on Monday. Famous disco with original and avant-garde music. Ethnic and industrial style interior.
Gusto Wine Bar & Hostaria – Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 9 – Via della Frezza, 23 – Tel. 06.3226273. Hours 11.00 – 1.00. Always open. Free entrance. Winebar /Restaurant. Minimal-chic, fancy food and great wine list. Jazz, fusion and swing concerts. Buffet brunch on Saturday and Sunday 12.30 – 15.30
Ketumbar – Via Galvani, 24 – Tel. 06.57305338. Hours 20.00 – 3.30. Closed on Sunday. Free entrance. Discobar. Trendy place divided in various spaces, oriental and minimalist atmosphere for dinner and after dinner. Fusion kitchen and good wine list, restaurant open until midnight. Chill-out and lounge music.
La Maison – Vicolo dei Granari, 4 – Tel. 06.6833312 – www.lebain.it Hours 23.00 – 4.00. Closed on Monday. Entrance fee Saturday and Sunday Euro 15,00. Disco. Exclusive, fashionable and intriguing. Lounge and ethnic music. After midnight you can dance to the latest tunes.
La Suite – Via degli Orti di Trastevere, 1 – Tel. 06.5861888. Hours 24.00 – 4.00. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Disco. Famous, international atmosphere that reflects the free spirit of the ‘70s. Possible to dine with and fruit while listening to lounge music.
Le Bain Art Gallery – Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 32/a – Tel. 06.6865673 – www.lebain.it Hours 19.00 – 2.00/20.00 – 24.00 restaurant. Closed on Monday. Free entrance. Fashionable Champagne-lounge, a favourite with bon vivants in search of the pleasure of exclusive atmospheres, washed in distinctive red and with an ultra-modern design.
Piazza di Siena Art Cafè – Viale del Galoppatoio, 33 – Tel. 06.36006578 – www.piazza-di-siena.it. Hours 19.30 – 3.00. Closed on Monday. Fusion. Exhibitions, fashion shows, disco and live music. Big open space under Villa Borghese. Elegant and trendy, minimalist interior New York style with DJ.
Other popular places for a drink and aperitif at the moment are:
Salotto 42 (Near the Pantheon)
Societé Lutece (Piazza di Montevecchio)
Etabli (near Navona Square)
Freni e Frizioni (Trastevere)
Dar Belli: Normal pub
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
Batteli di Roma: Cruise at night at Tiber
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.
Estate Romana: If you are here at summer
There´s open air restaurants,handigraft sellers,and some shops selling their things here also.Food is more expensive tha at Trastevere restaurants,but you can find cheap beer,drinks and wine,if you just want to sit here and watch the people.There is also boats cruising at nighttime at Tevere(Tiber),but because of the high banks of Tevere,you don´t see as much as we tought.If you anyway deside to go,I suggest to try to pick a seat upstairs,at downstairs of the ship we saw allmost nothing.
Dress Code: Anything goes!
St. Paul’s Within the Walls: Amateur Opera
“Paul, receive our prayers,
Thou whose zeal overcame the philosophers.
Thou that art steward in God’s house,
Bring us food full of divine grace,
So that the wisdom which nourished thee
May feed us too through ty teaching.”
— From a 9th/10th century poem, written at Verona
Rome’s American Episcopal Church St Paul’s Within the Walls must not be confused with the Roman Catholic basilica, St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Here we attended a concert performance of “La Traviata”. It was not of good quality. The poor quality of the show is a common flaw with these amateur productions. Part of the trouble for not enjoying it was the oppressive heat; not that it was a warm evening. The church does not have air conditioning, and the fans on site were ineffective. With so many spectators crowded into a small, non-air conditioned space for two hours those people will be uncomfortable.
The church is quite lovely, though. Above the outside front door (see photo #4) on via Napoli is a mosaic of St. Paul preaching to, who else?, the Romans (see photo #1). And on the rear all of the interior is a 19th-century mosaic “The Adoration of the Magi” (see photo #2). Some highly glazed tiles (see photo #3) decorate the wall at the rear of the church.
In 1859, the first worship was held in the Rome according to the liturgy of the Protestant Episcopal Church; Alonzo Potter, Bishop of Pennsylvania, celebrated the Eucharist in a private house on Trinità dei Monti. A group of Americans, from various Protestant denominations, resolved to establish an Episcopal Church. This church became known as Grace Church.
By 1870 a united Italy passed a constitution allowing freedom of worship, and non-Roman Catholic Christian denominations were permitted, for the first time, to build churches within the walls of the Rome.
The name changed in 1871 to St. Paul Within the Walls. Ground was broken for the foundations in November 1872, and on the feast of St. Paul, 25th January 1873, the cornerstone was laid.
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Marconi: Irish pub close to Santa Maria Maggiore
Right in front of the Santa Maria Maggiore basilica you'll find the Irish pub Marconi. Cosy atmosphere, and with good food.
Went there for the first time in May 2007, when I sat on a chair outside, and watched the sun go down over the basilica, while I slowly sipped on a beer.
Went back again in December, when it was way too cold to sit outside... But the beer still tasted as nice as in May!
Unfortunately this Irish pub doesn't have any Magners for sale, which should prompt them to be very ashamed of themselves. Instead they only have Guinness and Strongbow, which is just a sad excuse for Bulmers/Magners.
Have never seen the place crowded, it's more like a pub where the locals go for a late beer after work, and where everyone knows everyone.
Not a place I would spend the whole night in, but for a few beers with your friends it's perfect!
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