When the sun goes down, both the tourists and locals in Rome, gather in some of the busiest neighborhoods that are famous not only for their pizzerias and night markets but also for the hottest clubs and bars. Whether you want to get rowdy and fired up on the dance floor or just want to chill with your friends while having signature drinks, Rome after dark has something for every tourist and local alike. Book the best GetYourGuide tours and visit the famous landmarks in Rome. Eat, dance, and party all night long as we have listed the best areas to stay in Rome for nightlife fun. Don’t miss out when you set foot in the Eternal City. Read on to find out more.
Walk to the streets of Trastevere to feel the authentic Roman life and get lost in the tiny lively alleys, small markets, and artisan workshops. When the sun goes down, witness the neighborhood turning to a core of young nightlife filled with locals and tourists in the pursuit of entertainment and fine cuisine. Make sure to drop in Piazza Trilussa to start a fab night with your friends or just sit on the steps of the church to listen to many buskers while watching people roaming around the square. Stay in the heart of Rome and book a room at Gran Melia with views of the Vatican and set on a hill on the banks of the Tiber River.
Home to Europe’s largest university, it’s no doubt that San Lorenzo is a budget-friendly destination that’s popular, not only among local students but also among tourist of the younger generation. With its unique and wide variety of options for nightlife, you will never run out of things to do in this part of Rome as soon as the sun sets in the east. Enjoy a night of live music, a cocktail bar, and street food in the free-entry courtyard at Ex Dogana or feel nostalgic while playing board games with your friends at The Victorian Monkey that serves pub foods like burgers, sandwiches, and a wide variety of drinks. Don’t forget to book your stay at Ateneo Garden Palace which is just 400 meters (0.25 miles) from La Sapienza University.
Offering plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and dining, the most enchanting neighborhood and one of the best places to stay in Rome is perfect for happy hour, dinner, and late-night drinks. Surrounding the piazza are shops, cafes, and bars to entertain locals and visitors for a good night to remember. Admire the intricate sculpture of Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi and stare in awe as the water glows at night before making your way to Bar del Fico for cocktails and a glass of wine. Lay back in the comfort of your bed after a night of roaming around Piazza Navona at Casa Cornacchie that can accommodate up to four guests in its two-bedroom apartment.
You might be interested in these Airbnbs!
Experience Rome as Romans do in the neighborhood of Monti with Piazza della Madonna dei Monti as the take-off point for a night of authentic Roman nightlife. Grab a beer and explore the vintage shops, bars, and restaurants that serve cocktail drinks during the happy hours and simple yet exquisite dishes like pasta and pizza that you will surely love. Visit Urbana 47 with a spacious bar, small dance floor, and live music to keep you up all night long or just grab a cold bottle of craft beer and wander down the Colosseum for a night stroll. Roaming around will surely make your legs sore so book your stay at Monti Palace Hotel which is only a 10-minute walk from the Colosseum.
Rome is filled to the brim with vibrant and unique districts, one of those being Pigneto. This trendy neighborhood is giving New York City’s Brooklyn a run for its money on becoming one of the coolest nightlife spots in the world. Pigneto is now home to countless laid-back restaurants and pizzerias, LGBTQ bars, and performance venues. Visitors of all ages flock here for its energetic nature, and they leave with full hearts too. You’re going to be glad you decided to stay around Pigneto.
Parione is Rome’s 6th rione, which is the term for traditional administrative divisions. Staying in this neighborhood means you get to be close to some of Rome’s finest, such as Navona Square. Street artists fill the district with their artworks, and performers liven up the mood. The district is filled with cafes and bars for you to spend the day in. Parione is frequented by locals too, so who knows, you might make a friend or two during your stay!
The Prati district of Rome boasts elegant structures and spacious avenues, a clear opposite of the other “hidden neighborhoods” on this list. Prati, almost regarded as Paris-like, is home to Palazzo di Giustizia and some of Rome’s elite. Cola di Rienzo, a less popular but equally worthy shopping street, is also found in the neighborhood. Of course, you’ll find some of the most luxurious nightlife in Prati. If you’re feeling fancy, book your stay at one of the best hotels in the area!
Known as the mecca for nightclubs, partygoers flock to the best nightlife area in Rome for a late-night salsa, merengue, and to shake a little something on the dance floor while the DJ is spinning upbeat music. Head down to Akab to experience the ultimate Roman clubbing with its flattering lights, great selection of drinks, and awesome choice of songs to play all night long. If nightclubs are not on your list, feast on pizza at Remo or discover some open-air markets in the area. Make sure to book your stay at Testaccio Loft and have a rest after a day of touring the neighborhood.
Address: Piazza santa maria liberatrice, 18
1.79 km (1.2 mi) from Colosseum
Considered as the seat of the oldest market in Rome, indulge in the picturesque and folkloristic beauty of this preserved piazza in the morning where you will find colorful fruits, vegetables, and flower stands. At night, the square turns to a nightlife hub with pubs, restaurants, and wine bars including La Botticella and Supper Club that are usually filled with locals and tourists from numerous hotels surrounding the piazza. Make sure to book your stay at Campo De’ Fiori Daydreamer Home which is just less than a kilometer (0.6 miles) from the square and can accommodate up to seven travelers.
Address: Via Di San Paolo Alla Regola 28
1.57 km (1.0 mi) from Colosseum
Mostly known for its hipster identity and street art, Ostiense is definitely less peaceful than the neighboring Testaccio but will never be left behind when it comes to food and nightlife experience. Visit Dar Moschino for classic Roman pasta dishes and hand-cut frittata or enjoy the live music and a glass of prosecco at the T-Bar while admiring the gorgeous light glinting off the Tiber River. Book in advance your home away from home in Arch B&B located at Via della Fisica which serves a buffet breakfast that you will surely need to kick off another day of exploring Rome the next morning.
Address: 37 Via della Fisica
6.8 km (4.3 mi) from Colosseum
A night to remember in Rome, Italy
Touring around Rome by day will let you see the fine details and intricate designs of historic monuments and sculptures but the sunset brings unexpected magic to this ancient city. Party all night long in the best area for nightlife in Rome, just around the corner of the so grand architecture by day yet become part of the social party scene as night time comes. Start an early evening stroll and marvel at the sight of the city’s piazzas with splashing fountains softened by velvety lighting, and medieval back lanes softly illuminated as if you are in another era.
Get Trip101 in your inbox