Italy was made for al fresco rooftop bars thanks to its balmy temperatures and impressive landscape. Here at Citalia we love nothing more than enjoying an aperitivo on an Italian summer evening and looking out onto views such as the Bay of Naples or the rooftops of Verona. Here we have rounded up our favourite rooftop bars in Italy. Enjoy!
Winning the title for having one of the best locations in Florence (500mts from the famous Duomo), it was only right this hotel created a rooftop bar and restaurant. Boasting panoramic views across the city, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a late afternoon aperitivo. Alternatively, head up a bit later for dinner. Trying a traditional dish is a must. We recommend the patate e funghi mantecati alla maggiorana (sausage ravioli, creamy potatoes and mushrooms with marjoram).
Grand Hotel Minerva – Three Sixty Rooftop Pool Bar
A short, five-minute walk from the Baglioni is the Grand Hotel Minerva. Order a bottle of wine and it comes complete with a generous handing of snacks. The views from here are still pretty impressive, looking down on Piazza Santa Maria Novella. In the summer, musicians catch the attention of many passers-by, who sit down in the square and watch.
Continentale Hotel – La Terrazza
Fancy yourself as a martini drinker? Then make a beeline for the Continentale Hotel and its rooftop bar, La Terrazza. Situated at the top of a 13th-century medieval tower, the setting here is lovely for a cocktail under the stars. Your martini will fit in perfectly with its 1950s glam atmosphere. Just to top it off, some of Italy’s famous landmarks, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio, can be spotted from here.
Hotel Capo – La Terrazza
La Terrazza is one of the most dramatic rooftop bars on our list. We bet you won’t be able to find a view of the Colosseum better than from here (we would love to know otherwise!). The world-famous amphitheatre will be a mere 350 metres away as you sip on your cocktail.
Hotel Raphael – Terrace Bramante bar
The Terrace Bramante at the Hotel Raphael arguably boasts the best panoramic view of Rome. Dominating the skyline is the dome of the Chiesa Santa Maria della Pace. Stand with it in the background and it makes for the perfect photo. You will also be able to spy from the top Castel Sant’ Angelo. We recommended heading here for a nightcap after a long day exploring. Grab a nightcap and say goodnight to Rome.
Duomo 21 is hip, cool and it’s where the locals head straight after a hectic day at work in the city. This rooftop restaurant and bar enjoys incredible views across Milan’s Piazza del Duomo. The atmosphere here is quite special, so we like to opt for a glass of champagne. Duomo 21 is open until 1am, if your sightseeing hasn’t put you to bed already.
The Rinascente really has won the jackpot when it comes to locations, situated just a stone’s throw from Milan’s main cathedral. The view of the Duomo is pretty spectacular, offering up great photos of the spires. The bar’s comfortable couches mean you can kick back, relax and enjoy the view. Open seven days a week until midnight, there is no excuse not to check this place out at least once.
Hotels don’t get more impressive than the Danieli in Venice. It’s so impressive, film directors and authors have given it many starring roles over the years. Its Bar Terrazza is just as impressive, with stunning views of the lagoon and the islands. Our favourite thing to drink here is a Bellini (just ask our Content Manager, Laura, who enjoyed one or two on her honeymoon!) If you are feeling peckish, the restaurant serves delicious, typically Venetian cuisine.
The panoramic roof terrace at Due Torri Hotel is one of the best spots in Verona during the summer. Verona is not renowned for its rooftop scene, so it makes this an extra special bar in the city. If you feel like you haven’t had your fair share of aperitivi, then definitely enjoy one here. Watching the sun set over the terracotta rooftops spread across the city makes for an Instagram-worthy photo.
Grand President Hotel
When people think of Sorrento, they conjure up some of the best views in Italy – and they wouldn’t be wrong. The Grand President Hotel has made the most of this with its roof terrace bar. The furniture is ridiculously cool, with a colour scheme of lime green and white. Start your evening off here with a glass of wine looking out across the Bay of Naples, before jumping on the hotel’s complimentary bus (for staying guests) and heading down into Sorrento.
Hotel Mediterraneo – Terrazza Angio
Waking up in Italy has never looked more beautiful with the Hotel Mediterraneo’s breakfast spot. Located on the 11th floor of the hotel, the terrace roof garden boasts gorgeous views out to sea and across Naples.
Slap-bang in the middle of the Viareggio promenade, the views out to sea don’t get much better than from here. The views, in fact, go as far as Liguria. Sun set is a pretty special time to visit the Terrace. Comfy sofas provide the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail from the hotels extensive list.
Catalunya Blau Skybar
This is a favourite with our Sardinia concierge, Marcella. The bar offers up fantastic views of the bay and the historic centre of Alghero. The best time to visit is for a pre-dinner drink, to catch the sun set.
Des Etrangers Hotel – Roof Bar
Ortigia, Syracuse’s historic centre, is a pretty special place and the best way to experience is from on high. Head for Des Estrangers and its rooftop bar. If wine is your thing, there is a list as long as your arm.
Have you enjoyed a drink at any of these rooftop bars? Or do you have any recommendations?