If you really really want to be in the thick
of things, the Campo dei Fiori is the place for you. Try
the Vineria, which serves over 600 bottles of wine, and
you'll be able to see young and old, Italian and otherwise,
mixing and mingling en masse in Rome's most hopping square.
Campo dei Fiori 15
Antico Caffe della Pace
A more refined environment is found at the Antico Caffe
della Pace. Situated two blocks from Piazza Navona and
in front of a gorgeous church (Santa Maria della Pace)
built by the Baroque artist Pietro da Cortona, the Antico
Caffe attracts an upscale crowd. Higher prices reflect
the elite clientele.
Via della Pace 3-7
On a street that runs from Campo dei Fiori to Piazza Farnese,
this bar offers a great view of passers-by as well as
of the Palazzo Farnese, topped by a cornice designed by
the divine Michelangelo. Open from early morning until
late night, prices are moderate.
Via dei Baullari 106
An old-fashioned but famous coffee bar between the Pantheon
and Piazza Navona. Sant'Eustachio claims to make the best
coffee in town and many agree. Stop by and try the 'joe'
yourself. You can take your coffee at the counter or occupy
one of the few tables in the street. Be warned that they
sugar the coffee unless you ask them not to do so. You
can also buy coffee -- ground or beans -- to take home.
Piazza Sant'Eustachio, 82
is a neighborhood bar in one of the most splendid piazzas
in the city, Santa Maria in Trastevere. The church on the
square has a beautifully golden-mosaic facade that's a stunning
backdrop for Rome's urban drama. Sit down here for a coffee,
glass of wine, or campari and watch the locals and tourists
dodge babies learning to walk, kids playing soccer, and
people of all nationalities demonstrating their chic-ness.
There's a bit of everything here and you'll be vastly entertained
for hours. Closed Mondays.
Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere 15
This tiny winebar/restaurant has outdoor tables when the
weather is pleasant and is located just meters from Piazza
Navona. They have over 1400 wines in stock and serve light
meals as well. You'll find the place crowded but pleasant
-- it's usually filled with a mixture of tourists and locals.
Open everyday from 12 to 4pm and from 7pm to 12:30am.
Piazza Pasquino 73
Phone: 06 688 010 94
Located in Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere, just at the foot
of the Ponte Sisto bridge, Friends Cafe offers coffee and
pasteries in the morning. At lunchtime, the fare becomes
a bit more hearty -- there are sandwiches to eat while standing
at the bar, and a sleek dining room in which excellent salads
and pastas are served. This is a great place to take a break
from the pace of sightseeing -- lunch is served efficiently
and prices are economical. Closed Sundays.
Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere
Phone: 39 06 57 30 53 38
Ultra-cool as befits its location just below the Spanish
Steps. Perhaps the smallest yet chicest wine bar in Rome,
Shaki offers light fare: great salads and sandwiches at
a reasonable price. You can stop by and just have a glass
of wine too.
Via Mario de Fiori 29/a
Phone: 06 679 1694