Party Earth Review Bartaruga – a play on the Italian tartaruga (turtle), which is in turn a nod to the four bronze turtles in the nearby fountain – is an enchanting neighborhood bar located in a peaceful little piazza. Low peach lighting... ... read full review
Piazza Mattei, 9
06 689 2299
Tu–Th, Su 6pm–1am, F–Sa 6pm–2am
Centro, Rome –
Bartaruga – a play on the Italian tartaruga (turtle), which is in turn a nod to the four bronze turtles in the nearby fountain – is an enchanting neighborhood bar located in a peaceful little piazza.
Low peach lighting, turquoise walls with gold-leaf moldings, and deep velvet sofas set in cozy nooks create a nostalgic, romantic atmosphere, helped along by the fading photos and dog-eared mementos tucked into frames and cracks.
That refined, sensual feel is set off, however, by the ever jovial regulars who all seem to know each other – and who happily welcome any stranger who wanders in – as well as the sociable waiters who are more than willing to share the tragic legend of star-crossed love told by the square’s 16th-century Fontana delle Tartarughe.
The drinks at Bartaruga may be pricey, but those who get a seat on the square on a night when one of the owner’s friends stops by to play jazz on the grand piano will definitely experience a night to remember.
Neighborhood regulars, late 20s to 40s.
Classic and modern jazz and popular ambient music from the likes of Norah Jones and Bebel Gilberto. Occasional live jazz piano.
Beer €6, wine €7–€10/glass or €35–€50/bottle, cocktails €10+.
Weekends naturally draw more crowds, especially on rainy nights and winter Sundays.