When we talk about Rome’s nightlife the alternatives are plenty and diverse. Rome’s nightlife is probably as busy as you can find anywhere. The chances are out there for all tastes, budgets and age ranges. You can go for the cultural night. Exhibitions, movies, plays, social events or museums. (Talking about museums, one of the most popular and appreciated events is the recurring project “Notte dei Musei“).
Otherwise you can go for some leisure time, opting for the numerous alternatives that Rome’s nightlife has to offer. You’ll find several clubs, bars, leisure spaces, each with its own features and target. Some of them are seasonal or reserved to certain events. Some others are hangout places all yearlong.
But also Rome’s neighborhoods take their own shape and identity at night. So let’s go through the most important ones and let’s examine their peculiar features.
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Trastevere is a touristy neighborhood and it is probably the top spot in Rome when it comes to nightlife (it hosts many tourist spots). It features lots and lots of restaurants, bars, wineries, and spots where you can have a good appetizer. Alternatively you can opt for a nice walk through the many alleys and squares in the neighborhood and stop somewhere for a good icecream. But always pay attention to not stumble on the sampietrini (cobblestone).
You can have a nice night out a Campo De’ Fiori sitting under Giordano Bruno’s statue’s severe glare. Campo de’ Fiori square gets very crowded at night especially with youngsters (many of them are foreign tourists). It features bars, leisure spots, restaurants and good beer places.
San Lorenzo is the symbol of the university life because it stands close to the La Sapienza University. Life gets busy already in the afternoon. The whole vibe is very informal. It features many cultural and social events. And numerous are the quality spots where you can eat well and drink some good wine or beer. Also worth a visit is the beatiful church in Piazza dell’immacolata.
The Testaccio/Ostiense area features many leisure spots, clubs, bars as well as hangouts where you can enjoy the nightlife. Tourists and romans alike hang out in this neighborhood. It is considered to be the spot of the trendy clubs, of all kinds, and for all musical tastes. Via di Monte Testaccio hosts a gay club as well.
Rione Monti is a very unique neighborhood and its appreciation has grown over the last few years. It’s surely less of a touristy hood but it’s packed with neat places and it has its own polished and unique look. Piazza Madonna dei Monti gets very busy at night, especially with youngsters. Some consider Monti the hipster neighborhood. So this whole area is definitely worth a visit because it is rich of vintage content that is hard to find anywhere else.
Last but not least, the Pigneto. The recent opening of the subway C Line has made this neighborhood easier to reach than in the past. As far as the target goes, Pigneto is much like San Lorenzo. That is, it’s very popular among youngsters and university students. Over the last few years many restaurants and leisure spots have opened there turning Pigneto into one of the most lively and fun neighborhoods in Rome. Pigneto is also a very multicultural spot.