Piazza Gatherings, Rome
Piazza Trillusa is in Trastevere, and it is one of the main spots from Romans and expats to meet at night, although it has been discovered by some intrepid tourists as well. This piazza acts as the entrance to Trastevere, where there are many places to eat and bars to grab a drink in. Many young Italians just stroll from place to place, and walking in the narrow cobblestone streets acts as an activity in and of itself (in between drinks, of course). If you are facing the piazza with the river behind you, there is an authentic and cheap pizza restaurant on the left corner called La Margherita. The Diavolo is my favorite. Also, if you look up on the left above a stone wall there is a bar/club that is very popular with Romans. And, as you walk from the Piazza toward Santa Maria in Trastevere, there will be a market of sorts selling jewelry and other handmade crafts. There is a wine bar called Baccanale that is good in Trastevere. Off of Santa Maria in Trastevere, ther is a bar (I forget the name), but it has a white awning and looks slightly seedy. But, if you go in and ask for a "scropino" you will pay 2.60 for a tall glass of vodka mixed with lemon sorbet. In general, this is a great place to walk around at night to eat, drink, and people watch.
Dress Code: No dress code exactly, but Italians ALWAYS look nice when they go out. Stick with black and you will be fine. If you wear jeans, you will definitely mark yourself as a tourist.
PLaza Navona is the absolute place to be in Rome on summer weekends. Come to Navona around midnight and start your night here. The many bars and restaurants that makeup the exterior of Plaza Navona make an easy walk to get a drink. In the plaza well over 2,000 people from countries aroud the world drink and be merry together. This is a great place to start your night. Then dependeing upon who you meet, you can go to a club, another bar, or perhaps a early night is in the cards? Whatever you do I recommend starting your night here. The atmosphere, the people, and the diversity is an amazing sight.
Dress Code: What whatever you want.
The buzziest place full of people,many of them students from a nearby University. Lots of bars,restaurants,people and the place where the Romans go .
This Square [ Rectangle really ] has a couple of fountains and was once one of the [ smaller ] places where chariot racing took place.
We were taken here by the brother of a friend who has lived in Rome for 15 years.
Dress Code: None . But the Italians can wear almost anything with great style.
After dinner, take a walk around one of the squares or piazzas. Seeing the city and the buildings illuminated at night gives a totally different impression of the city. Who needs nightclubs when you have a show like this one?
If you are in Rome you cannot miss its typical squares, such as Piazza Navona. Life in this Roman Piazza starts very early and goes on til the early morning hours. Both in Summer or Winter (if the weather permits) a stroll on Piazza Navona is a must. Bernini's fountains by night look so enchanted and there's almost always someone taking pictures of these fountains. The oil painters are usually also there at night so that one can admire their talents and maybe buy one of their paintings to take home. The outdoor Cafe and Restaurants are very nice and one can taste Roman food or Ice Creams while enjoying the atmosphere at Piazza Navona or listening to the street singers, singing lovely Roman songs.
Dress Code: Anything you want but the Cafes and the Restaurants are quite Chic where I suggest tourists to wear casual smart.
We aren´t intrested in nightclubs,but we like to stay up late,and watch people.At this piazza you can sit at fountains steps free,and watch men selling strange toys,women selling roses,clowns making fun of themselves,and living monuments trying to stand still,when people stear at them.You can also buy an ice-cream,or if you want a glas of wine,it´s possible-but read the price-list,some places are quite expensive-when other ones are cheapThis is like a village in the town.
There are also some drunks,but they don´t harm you,if you don´t harm them-or so it seemed.
My personal favorite is Campo dei Fiori which is located about a block away from Piazza Navona. The square is lined with bars that cater to all different types. There are several bars/cafes with tables outside where adults can be seem sipping wine and also bars where young foriegners go crazy at the idea of no solid drinking age. My personal favorite in The Drunken Ship which has fun bartenders and beer pong in the back with generally good music. Sloppy Sam's also has good cocktails with good prices for girls. Here you'll find a mix of 14-17 year old Romans and a ton of American exchange students. Trastevere provides a good scene if you're a bit older [late teens, early 20s]. Many places here are open late so you can not only have a drink but also walk next door and get some pizza al taglio [pizza by the slice].
Dress Code: Anything goes in Campo, but don't be too dressy. Trasteve may be one step up but you still see kids wearing jeans and toting moped helmets.
There are several pubs and bars situated around Piazza Navona, take any of the side streets around Piazza Navona and check out the Italian typical bars and many other Irish Pubs too.
Dress Code: Casual or Casual Smart.
Good for drinking and all American! Bartenders are (nearly) all either British or American (exception: the manager), so you'll get along here quite well. Mostly filled with English-speaking people, so if you can't see the Italians anymore, you can come here. The bartenders are always in a good mood and try giving everybody a good time (try a body shot!!!).
Dress Code: No dress code, sometimes there are Hawaiian Nights were you are allowed to come in nothing or a coconut bikini! ;-)
If after your European travels, a little English would be music to your ears, head to Campo dei Fiori. We were followed by a couple drunk Italians as we left the piazza, but I think they were the only locals in the place. The bars surrounding the Campo host large groups of International tourists. We ended up drinking in Sloppy Sams with a girl from Spain and a guy from Boston. A fun scene if you want to kick back with fellow wanderers.
Dress Code: Casual
The first time I went here I had a great time because it was one of my first nights in Rome.
Really, Campo di Fiori is a place everyone must visit for a nice nighttime experience (see "must see tips" to hear about Campo di Fiori during daytime).
There are several bars, including Sloppy Sam's and The Drunken Ship. Last time I was there both of these bars had Australian bartenders! That gives you some idea of the flavor of this place. Usually there are a lot of American students there. But there are also Italians and people from all over. On warm nights, and even on cold nights, people spill out into the piazza with their plastic glasses of beer. Sometimes people bring their own bottle of wine and sit by the statue in the center of the piazza.
It's a lively place surrounded by nice streets and it could be a good place to start a pub crawl!
Dress Code: Very mixed - but "la bella figura" is very important in Italia so you might feel out of place if you're wearing raggedy jeans (unless they're designer ;)
While being in Rome during the summer you can wish to master your Italian and at the same time have a good time.
What I really enjoy in the evening is going to the cinema under the sky, it's called "Cinema all'Aperto". There is approximately one such a cinema in each district of Rome.
One I've gone to was located on Piazza Vittorio, where form the 28th June till the 1st September every night there were shown 4 movies.
The fee is 5 E and it allows you to see 2 movies, the first one starts at 8.30pm and the second one starts at 10pm or 10.30pm depends on movie.
Remember all movies are in Italian, but if you have basic knowledge of this language it's more than fine. Just mingle with Italians, have a drink or gelato and watch a movie!
So, Campo di Fiori is where all the Americans hang out. It sounds sad, but it's true. There are plenty of bars, but I only recommend Black and White's. They have shots for 1 euro. Two friends and I spent a good night in there drinking tequila.
But Campo is a nice place to wander around at night.
Dress Code: Totally informal
Depending on how much time you spend in Rome, you will either have a compact program to enable you see as much as you can and at the end of the day you will be a dead beat, or just tour a sight at ago which leaves you time to explore Rome for hours on end in the night. Any how you can always sit back and relish the romantic atmosphere on live music.
After spending a whirlwind day trying to catch all the sights and shopping of Rome's popular tourist areas, it was a welcome relief to sit down and soak up the "Locals" scene in the Campo di Fiori area.
We spent the day shoulder-to-shoulder playing "shove the tourist" with everyone in the Piazza di Spagna. When we found the Campo di Fiori section, it had such an interesting character to it. Lovely trattorias surround the piazza and the beautiful Roman fountains add the Italian flair to it. Mix that in with the art graffiti paintings and young crowd mingling........and it's total ambience!
Dress Code: People-Watching attire!