Discover the 3 best rooftops in Rome in style with Viewnary

Discover the 3 best rooftops in Rome in style with Viewnary

Stephan Moerman Stephan Moerman

Stephan Moerman

Rome, also named as the “Eternal City”, is – as the name suggests – timeless. As the capital of Italy, it is a dynamic hub for various sectors. Culinary delights, fashion, and businesses of all sorts have their homes here. The city is steeped in ancient history, so there are thousands of years’ worth of interesting sites to discover, including the Pantheon and the renowned Roman Colosseum.

For the more active and outdoors-y of you, walking down the Via Appia is also highly recommended. It’s less known than the mainstream sites, but equally significant; it’s the oldest Roman road and was the main artery for trade and military transportation through to Campania. The capital is also filled with numerous so-called piazzas, or squares.  These include Piazza Navona and Piazza del Popolo, to name a few.

Needless to say, there’s classic Italian food galore. Rooftops are a common venue to enjoy the cuisine and drinks.  When it comes to fun things to do in Rome, ditch the busy public rooftops and explore private alternatives with Viewnary.

Romantic date on a private terrace with the best views in Rome

Some of the best things to do in Italy are to admire the breathtaking landscapes from above. That means natural as well as urban. You’re in for a treat, because the Eternal City has a bit of both. Let’s not forget that an intimate moment with your loved one is that much better with a beautiful backdrop.

So, where do you find them? One option is to try rooftop bars in Rome with a view. Popular ones include Settimo Roman Cuisine & Terrace and Cielo Terrace, for example. There’s one (big) problem, though: you won’t get much privacy for that intimate moment. Nor will those spots give you any personalization to make your date truly unique and special.

Viewnary has a romantic date idea in Rome that fixes exactly that. Are you curious? Instead of going to the same old rooftop bars in Rome, spend a few hours at this one-of-a-kind private terrace directly overlooking the Spanish Steps. The Spanish Steps in Rome are a huge attraction, and it’s practically impossible to get a clear view of them from above. On ground- level, the site is often packed. Now you have access to a completely private space with direct views of this renowned location, just for you and your partner. This makes it one of the best rooftops in Rome, hands down.

Upon arrival, your Host will warmly welcome you with a refreshing glass of prosecco, fresh Italian breads like ciabatta and focaccia, and delicious cheese platters. Feel free to pass along any special requests through Viewnary Chat before your visit. You can customize your date to make it the most memorable one ever. The private rooftop terrace offers not just the best rooftop views in Rome, but also one of the best views in Italy.

Glass bowl of peanuts, bowls of olives, bowl of cheese blocks, bowl of chips, bowl of crackers, platter of dried ham, and two glasses of wine on table overlooking Spanish Steps in Rome

Creative photoshoot on a private terrace with the iconic Spanish Steps in the background

If you’re thinking of doing a photoshoot in Rome, ditch the usual photo studios and touristy spots and do it at the airy private terrace with panoramic views of the Spanish Steps. Italian cities aren’t big on observation decks – popular photoshoot venues – and Rome is no exception. The beauty of this space is that it functions practically the same if you want to use it that way; it’s not limited to social get-togethers or romantic dates.

Now, you might be asking what kinds of photography you can do there. First of all, seeing the Spanish Steps from a high vantage point is so rare that taking a raw picture of the view will make for a unique image in and of itself. That’s outstanding urban photography content right there.

In addition, you can get creative and do things like group-shoots and timelapses. The spectacular location makes it great for both daytime as well as nighttime photoshoots.  Another bonus is that you can photograph for however many hours you want, all while sipping a drink and enjoying tasty Italian breads and cheese platters. It’s also perfect for golden hour drinks in Rome.

Private terrace overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome

Memorable get-together on a private rooftop with sweeping views of the Vatican

The eclectic mix of new and historic in Rome means there’s a lot to explore with a group of friends or family. There’s certainly no shortage of eateries, bars and clubs to visit. They’re all hotspots for people getting together to hang out or to celebrate a special occasion. Simply doing a walking tour of the city is one of the fun things to do with friends in Rome.

Along with places like the Roman Forum, the Vatican is one of the most historic and noteworthy sites to add to your list. Millions of people book Vatican City tours every single year, but few ever see it from above. From rooftop bars like Roof Garden Les Étoiles you get a glimpse of it, but from quite some distance. Wouldn’t it be something to get an unobstructed view of the Vatican all to yourselves?

If you’re after a truly unique and personalized get-together in the heart of Rome, you should bring your friends along to this private, exclusive terrace overlooking the Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica. The space has an open-air area as well as a covered section, both fitted with comfy seating arrangements for you to unwind in. Dig into fresh ciabatta, focaccia, roasted nuts and other snacks – courtesy of your Host - at the large dining table.

The open-air area has deckchairs and couches for you and your friends to relax in as you marvel at the incredible view of the Vatican City. A popular get-together activity is a golden hour aperitivo, which this space is ideal for. Enjoy a marvelous sunset while gazing down on the  St. Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant'Angelo and Passetto di Borgo. While you’re doing that, you can sip on a refreshing glass of prosecco, wine, or any other drink of choice that your Host has available.

If you’d like to find out more about the experience beforehand, or want to request anything even more personalized, just contact the Host through Viewnary Chat. Why bother going to a mainstream public venue like Minerva Roof Garden, or buying tickets for Vatican City along with masses of people, when you have this alternative all to yourself?

Private terrace with table and sofas overlooking Vatican City

Looking for the best views?

Sign up today and book a unique view