Rome was home to the original reality entertainment – long before the likes of the Kardashians and Jersey Shore – where gladiators fought lions, convicted criminals, and other gladiators to the death in front of rowdy crowds at ... moreIppodromo Capannelle
Via Appia Nuova, 1255
Party Earth Review The ritzy stores of Piazza di Spagna give way to chic boutiques on the way down Via del Babuino toward Piazza del Popolo, a charming square often ignored by tourists – which makes it a wonderful spot for resting after a shopping spree. Crossed by the three major roads of Babuino, Ripetta, and Corso, the square is usually ... more
North end of Via del Corso
Party Earth Review The magnificent Pantheon is emblematic of everything that is great about Rome, its architecture, and its history. Built almost two thousand years ago as a pagan temple, the Pantheon has been in continuous use ever since and is the most well-preserved monument of the ancient city. For 1200 years – until the construction ... more
Piazza della Rotonda
Party Earth Review It may require a bit of a hike, but the effort will be rewarded upon reaching Piazza Garibaldi at the top of Gianicolo Hill. Sitting high above Trastevere, the tranquil square offers an incredible panoramic view of Rome, especially breathtaking at sunset. During the day, a festive vibe dominates as families bring their ... more
Piazza Garibaldi on Gianicolo Hill
Party Earth Review A Middle Eastern hookah bar just off Campo de’ Fiori, Sciam is a peaceful haven in the midst of chaos. Sensual Syrian music, the sweet smells of flavored hookah tobacco, and an exotic décor intermingle to create the perfect environment for both relaxed and lively conversation. Divided into various levels and nooks, the ... more
Via del Pellegrino, 56
Party Earth Review When the sun sinks to the horizon and the heat of the city subsides, the hip urban tide of Rome changes direction as streams of people head toward Campo de’ Fiori. The majority of this vibrant square is occupied by over twenty bars and restaurants of every stripe, where an international crowd gathers to mingle and share ... more
Piazza Campo de’ Fiori
Party Earth Review The glorious Villa Borghese is a vast, beautiful park that offers visitors and citizens alike a much-needed oasis from the congested city streets. Among the many museums and cultural attractions within the park is Galleria Borghese, where visitors can admire the sculptural masterpieces of Bernini and paintings by Titian ... more
Via Pinciana, 31
Party Earth Review A popular residential neighborhood and nighttime destination, Trastevere is full of lively restaurants, lounges, bars, boutiques, and cafés that draw a consistent stream of young professionals, locals, residents, and travelers eager to take advantage of the area’s many charms. Although days can be rather quiet, the idyllic ... more
Party Earth Review Heralded and admired by the likes of John Keats, Mary Shelley, and Casanova himself, the Piazza di Spagna is a beautiful square noted for the famous Spanish Steps leading up to the Trinità dei Monti church. Nowadays, the steps are usually crowded with tourists and stylish young Italians who gather to mingle and flirt, while ... more
Piazza di Spagna
Party Earth Review In the university district of San Lorenzo, all roads seem to lead to Piazza degli Aurunci, a square at the heart of the neighborhood where alternative, punk, and student types gather to hang out with friends and enjoy a few affordable beers. During the day, the quiet piazza resembles any other residential area, with locals ... more
Via degli Aurunci
Party Earth Review During the day and early evening, Piazza Navona is a virtual circus of sightseers, vendors, artists, and street performers that attracts a touristy, family-oriented crowd – but it’s always worth a stroll through to check out the performances and browse the makeshift galleries set up by local artists. The long oval piazza ... more
There are hundreds of things to do in Rome and an ever-present focus on outdoor activities is felt throughout the city’s daytime social scene. Cafés set up plenty of seating in the piazzas to accommodate the hordes of shopping denizens taking a break from the extravagant fashion houses and charming boutiques around Piazza di Spagna, as well as the mass of tourists who just want to admire the architecture, famous landmarks like the Colosseum, and The Pantheon, and the stylish crowd over a refreshing gelato.
Although there’s no shortage of parks and plazas in Rome to choose from, popular areas like the historic center and Trastevere offer some of the best places for people-watching from the vantage point of tree-shaded patios, or for wandering the streets to take in the historical scenery.
And after a full day of outdoor action and things to do, Romans duly engage in the ora dell’aperitivo, a daily tradition similar to Happy Hour, which usually features a buffet and some aperitifs, that helps lubricate the night for what lies ahead.