Drinking, Dining and Shopping in Rome

moscardini-cesareVisitors to the city may be surprised to discover that Rome’s nightlife only really gets going after dinner, but if you’re more the early-to-bed, early-to-rise sort, you still have the city’s superb selection of restaurants and cafés to enjoy before turning in. Italy’s food is among the best in the world and Rome’s restaurants are among the most prolific in the country, with street cafés, pizzerias and rustic restaurants permeating the city.

Warming up in Style

Cafés tend to double as both bars and restaurants, and are a great place to hang out in the early evening hours and enjoy a tramezzini and some local conversation. Trendy cafés and wine bars pepper the area between Campo di’ Fiori, Piazza Navona and Via della Pace and are a great place to kick off a night on the town.

Dancing the Night Away

For more frenetic nightlife, head to the Testaccio and Ostiense areas, where you’ll find a hip selection of bars, pubs, clubs and live music venues. Ostiense is a favourite location for venues locally known as ristodisco, where you can grab a late night snack and then dance your heart out.

Shop Until You Drop in Rome

Rome is a real paradise for people who crazy about designer labels and fashion, with designer outlets galore and a stunning selection of upscale boutiques. To satiate your retail urges, head to Via del Corso and make your way down the three main shopping streets that lead off from it: Via Condotti, Via Borgognona and Via Frattina. Rome is also known for its colorful flea markets, of which there are an abundance selling everything from fresh produce to antiques, crafts and clothing. Check out Campo di’ Fiori for a vast selection of high quality goods or Porta Portese on Sundays for great bargains.