When in Rome I am forever trying to find new bars, preferably with good views. The terrace at Hotel Raphael goes to the top of my recommendations. Even though it was January and fairly chilly, it was so special having this terrace completely to ourselves. And with it the most stunning 360 degree view of Rome.
The hotel itself is Relais & Chateaux, and has a wonderful location right behind Piazza Navonna. I’m not quite sure if I would recommend staying there though – the interiors were modern and I felt lacked taste. Even the (vegetarian) restaurant on the top floor lacked character or atmosphere, though it has great views. But the multi-level terrace is something else. I can imagine it being wonderful in the summer, where you can enjoy a warm summer evening with a cold glass of prosecco or even have dinner outside (the terrace is part of the restaurant).
A drink with a view like this comes with a premium. This is not the place for a cheap drink. A bottle of prosecco will set you back about 36EUR. But it’s worth it as the staff are wonderful, friendly and warm, and they also brought out some aperitivo.
We had a very special time here, and spent a number of hours drinking and enjoying the view. And watching the sun set over the eternal visit. I would highly recommend a pre-dinner drink here.
Largo Febo, 2