Nightlife in Italy has it going on! Each city has its merit. But Rome! Rome is cut from a different cloth. The same great locations that make Rome so alluring during the daytime - the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Coleseum just to name a few - are even more impressive when the sun goes down and the city lights are turned up. An evening stroll or sightseeing excursion is practically a tradition in itself. In a word, Rome is breathtaking at night - especially Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza San Pietro, Capitoline Hill/Roman Forum, and the Vittorio Emanuel II Monument in Piazza Venezia. All breathtaking under the city lights and all worth seeing after sunset. It's locations like these that give nightlife in Italy such a good name!
When you hear about nightlife Rome is more than just nightclubs and hotspots. Although certainly there are plenty of locations of that nature available for passing away the late night and early morning hours. But those clubs can wait, the night is young! There's an entire city to see out there!
In case you didn't know it, on Friday and Saturday nights all auto traffic is banned in the "centro storico" (historic center or "old town") as much for health reasons (smog) as for safety reasons (mopeds and car traffic) this practice allows visitors to enjoy the nightlife in Rome without worrying about getting mowed down by an Italian in a hurry to get home. The no-traffic ban lasts until close to midnight. You can plot this out on a map to better understand what you have under foot: from Piazza Venezia down Via dei Corso to Piazza del Popolo and all streets in between to and including Piazza di Spagna.
In the meantime, nightlife in Rome includes all the cafes and restaurants, which stay open allowing for max shopping and socializing and nightlife in Rome. After all that shopping and strolling you'll want to see a different kind of nightlife Rome will not disappoint. But be prepared. Nightlife Rome is expensive. There are some great clubs and you'll want to spend some time at most if not all of them over the course of an evening.
One thing to be aware of is the dress code. Even though plenty of clubs "go grunge" the majority of really nice clubs have dress codes that - as a minimum - either require a coat and tie or well heeled designer labels. But hey, when in Rome do as the Romans do. So get ready for nightlife Rome and meeting all that Rome has to offer.
Club hopping is still an option but you'll find just as many people congregate outside the clubs as they do inside. And because usually the clubs include one drink along with the cover charge, patrons learn how to m-i-l-k their drinks to the last drop so they don't have to send another 15 or 20 euro for another drink! Remember, a regular no-nothing club can charge up to 15 euro and the trendier clubs even more just to get in the door. The hope is always that you might bump into someone famous and for that chance you have to pay the money!
There are at least 15 decent clubs in Rome and easily 30 more just a notch or two below. Rather than list them all her, you're recommended to go on-line and check out the Rome listings.
Nightlife Rome is an unforgettable - even if expensive - experience.