Discover Rome After Dark

03_NavonaRome’s nightlife is a bit of an insider’s scene, where it helps to know the hot spot of the month. Many clubs and bars will appear for a couple of months and then simply fade away as the trend moves elsewhere. It’s not obvious at first where the action is, but if you head to Trastevere and the area around Piazza Navona, you will find a bustling bar scene.

Summer Scene

During the summer, the Estate Romana festival dominates the city. Open-air concerts, discos and bars spring up all over the city as Romans come out of their stuffy apartments to cool off. The via di Monte Testaccio is the best area to enjoy these free outdoor parties.

Alternative Nightlife

Much of Rome’s nightlife doesn’t involve clubbing or barhopping. The Piazza della Rotonda, across from the Pantheon, is a great place to go after dark. Locals and tourists alike come to this dramatically lit square to relax and mingle. The Piazza del Popolo and via Veneto are two other popular outdoor areas to enjoy the warm summer nights. The cafés around here are charming and full of activity at night. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch an impromptu guitar jam or classical tenor singing Italian ballads, proving that the romanticism is still alive and well in Rome.

Theater and Music

Rome’s premier cultural venue is the Teatro dell’ Opera, where you can see the excellent Rome Opera Ballet. Many visiting performance groups play here as well. For classical music, you can catch the RAI Symphony Orchestra at the RAI Auditorium. For a special experience, try and see an opera at the ancient Baths of Caracalla. Only 2,000 spectators are allowed into each show, which is set against the backdrop of the lovely open-air ruins. Rome is also one of the standard stops for world music tours. Major music stars often play at Stadio Flaminio or Foro Italico.