Visiting rooftop bars in Florence and Rome

Published: April 6, 2016

Our 5-day trip to Italy over the Easter resulted and lots of nice rooftop bars. Here you can read about the best ones we visited in Rome and Florence.

Nice view over Florence
Nice view over Florence.

The rooftop terrace at Pace Elvezia in Rome:

The trip to Italy began with a whole day in Rome where we began to check out the rooftop of our hotel Pace Elvezia which was located right in the heart of Rome. Classic routine nowadays when we arrive at the new hotel. Leave the bags in the room and then up onto the roof terrace.

The views that met us was really nice with a 360-degree view of all the famous buildings and monuments in Rome. The rooftop bar here had not opened for the season yet, but we could instead buy us some Budweiser from the store that we brought up and enjoyed in the sun.

Beer at Pace Elvezia with views over whole Rome
Beer at Pace Elvezia with views over whole Rome.
Sunset and Budweiser <3
Sunset and Budweiser <3.

The rooftop bar at Croce di Malta in Florence:

The same procedure here. Check in and then straight ahead up to the rooftop bar. The weather was brilliant and the view from the terrace extended over the whole of Florence in all directions. Always the same comfortable feeling to come up at some higher altitude, where the quiet murmur replacing the hectic big city pulse down on the streets.

Croce di Malta's rooftop bar was a very pleasant experience and the hotel itself was very cozy and with a good location close to the train station and the Duomo.

View over the Doumo from Croce di Malta
View over the Doumo from Croce di Malta.
View from the rooftop bar at the other direction
View from the rooftop bar at the other direction.

The rooftop bar at Plaza Hotel Lucchesi in Florence:

A luxurious rooftop bar located at the luxury hotel Plaza Hotel Lucchesi. Here we had access to the swimming pool - which we unfortunately could not try because we forgot swimwear.

The terrace was also equipped with comfortable lounge sofas overlooking the Doumo, Fiorentina's home stadium Artemio Franchi and the Arno River. We settled for an espresso because the clock was only about 11:00 when we came here.

Nice rooftop pool
Nice rooftop pool.
Lovely view over Florence
Lovely view over Florence.

The rooftop bar Antica Torre Tornabuoni in Florence:

Here we had booked a meeting with the Front Office manager Daniel Fortmann. Daniel showed us around the hotel and the two roof terraces that were available here. One with an open bar and the other that you can rent for private events such as weddings or partys.

Here they made us a classic Aperol Spritz with snacks that we drank in one of the comfy sofas overlooking the sunset and the Arno River with one of the world's most famous bridges, the Ponte Vecchio,as a powerful main point. Daniel was a really nice guy who gave us a very warm welcome, good talk about rooftop bars and Florence in general.

The meeting with Daniel Fortmann
The meeting with Daniel Fortmann
Cozy roof terrace
Cozy roof terrace that can be booked for private events.

The rooftop bar at the department store La Rinacente in Florence:

After some shopping we peered into the rooftop bar at the famous department store La Rinacente. The terrace was full with people, so we had to settle for standing in the bar. We ordered the a Peroni each and enjoyed the central views of Florence and the sunset as we managed to time perfectly.

The time we had here was failry short, but the 20 minutes was well worth the visit. Cold beer and good sunset is never wrong.

Beautiful sunset over central Florence
Beautiful sunset over central Florence.

The rooftop bar at Hotel Raphael in Rome:

A classic rooftop bar which I have visited several times. A given stop every time we are in Rome. All the times I have been here I have been fortunate to get the best table out there in the corner of the upper terrace.

We had a lot of rooftop bars to check out this day, so we only took an Aperol Spritz and some snacks. The drink was lovely - as usual - and the sun shone on us the entire visit. A perfect rooftop bar for those who like relaxation in the heart of Rome.

The table in the corner
"Our" table in the corner of the terrace.
Aperol Spritz with views over Romes rooftops
Aperol Spritz with views over Romes rooftops.

The rooftop bar at Grand Hotel Minerva in Rome:

Perhaps the best location for a hotel in all of Rome. Right next to the Pantheon and close to the main shopping street Via del Corso, right in the center of Rome. The roof terrace is luxuriously decorated with stylish furniture and a good view. Here we took an espresso and a glass of Prosecco while we enjoyed the view of the piazza outside the Pantheon.

View over the Colloseum
View over the Colloseum.
Pantheon
Pantheon.

The rooftop bar at Hotel Atlante Star:

One of the least central rooftop bars in Rome. You walk over the Tiber River, head towards the Vatican and there it is. A magnificent rooftop with quite stunning 360-degree views over Rome. The Vatican in one direction and the Colosseum in the other.

The bar stuff made us a classic Aperol Spritz (the 4th of the day) and some tasty snacks. The rooftop season had just started in Rome which resulted in that we were almost completely alone on the large terrace.

The last Aperol Spritz for the day with view over the Vatican
The last Aperol Spritz for the day with view over the Vatican.

Here's some more info about the best Florence rooftop bars and Rome rooftop bars. Next blog post will be about one of the best lunches we ever had on the rooftop bar SE·STO on Arno in Florence.

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