A Guide to Enchanting Terraces in Rome

December 9, 2023

An Eternal-City Romance: A Guide to Enchanting Terraces in Rome

Welcome to the eternal city of Rome, where each cobblestone street whispers tales of history, and every corner reveals a breathtaking view. As a Roman enthusiast and local, I am thrilled to guide you through the city’s most captivating terraces, providing you with a front-row seat to the timeless beauty that is Rome. Whether you’re seeking a quiet escape or a romantic backdrop, these terraces promise an unforgettable experience.

Welcome to the timeless embrace of Rome, where each cobblestone whispers stories of ancient glory and modern charm. As a devoted local, I am thrilled to guide you through some of the most captivating terraces, offering you front-row seats to the eternal beauty that defines Rome. But the magic doesn’t stop there. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll also unravel the threads of daily life, sharing the hidden gems, rituals, and rhythms that transform a visit into a true Roman experience.

1. Terrazza Caffarelli (Capitoline Hill)

Location: Capitoline Museums, Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Begin your journey at the iconic Terrazza Caffarelli, nestled atop Capitoline Hill. Gaze upon the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, immersing yourself in the grandeur of ancient Rome. This terrace is a serene escape, offering a peaceful atmosphere to contemplate the city’s rich history.

Insider Tip: Before or after your terrace experience, wander through Piazza Navona, a short distance away, to witness the artistic brilliance of Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers.

2. Campidoglio Terraces (Capitoline Hill)

Location: Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Explore the Campidoglio Terraces, adjacent to Terrazza Caffarelli. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to a stunning view of the Imperial Fora. Marvel at the archaeological wonders below, where ancient columns and ruins tell stories of a bygone era.

Insider Tip: After taking in the view, make your way to the Pantheon, an ancient marvel that stands just a short walk away. Witness the grandeur of its dome and the play of light through the oculus.

3. Pincio Terrace (Pincian Hill)

Location: Piazzale Napoleone I, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Elevate your Roman experience at Pincio Terrace, perched on Pincian Hill near Villa Borghese. As the sun sets, witness the golden hues caress the rooftops of Rome, creating a magical panorama. It’s a romantic spot that captures the essence of the city’s timeless beauty.

Insider Tip: After enjoying the sunset at Pincio, stroll down to Campo dei Fiori, where the lively market transforms into a social hub. Experience the Roman way of life with an aperitivo at one of the bustling bars.

4. Fontanone del Gianicolo (Fontana dell’Acqua Paola)

Location: Via Garibaldi, 00153 Roma RM

For a gorgeous view on the historical center of Rome, and with the stunning background of a huge fountain, go to the Fontanone (literally “The huge fountain”) and if open, you can also go in behind the little terrace and admire the city with an even more breakhtaking view.

Insider Tip: It’s just a perfect view above the city; you can walk up from Trastevere area.

5. Aroma Restaurant (Colosseum)

Location: Via Labicana, 125, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Indulge in a culinary and visual feast at Aroma Restaurant Terrace, near the Colosseum. This Michelin-starred restaurant’s terrace offers an intimate setting for a romantic dinner with a captivating view of the illuminated Colosseum against the night sky.

Insider Tip: Before or after your dinner at Aroma, take a leisurely stroll through the Colosseum area and soak in the magical ambiance of the iconic monument.

6. Giardino degli Aranci

Location: Piazza Pietro D’Illiria, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Perched atop the Aventine Hill, the Giardino degli Aranci, or the Orange Garden, unveils a panoramic spectacle that captures the essence of Rome’s timeless charm. With its lush greenery and fragrant orange trees, this hidden gem offers an enchanting retreat. The terrace provides an uninterrupted view of the city’s iconic landmarks, from the majestic dome of St. Peter’s Basilica to the historic rooftops of Trastevere.

Insider Tip: After enjoying the view from there, venture to Trastevere and explore the charming streets and squares, such as Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, alive with the spirit of Roman nightlife.


  1. Hotel Raphael’s Rooftop Bar: Luxury with a View

Indulge in the luxurious ambiance of Hotel Raphael’s rooftop bar. Sip on a cocktail while enjoying a 360-degree panorama of Rome, including iconic landmarks such as the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica.

  1. Piazza Navona Rooftop Terraces: Fountain Romance

    Surround yourself with the charm of Piazza Navona by discovering its rooftop terraces. Overlooking the beautiful fountains and baroque architecture, these spots offer a unique perspective of one of Rome’s most iconic squares.


I hope this guide adds a touch of magic to your time in Rome. Whether you’re a history buff, art lover, or simply someone seeking a romantic experience, these terraces showcase the city’s timeless beauty. Remember, even if you choose not to embark on a photoshoot, the memories created here will last a lifetime. As you explore these captivating terraces, let the beauty of Rome inspire moments of connection and romance. Whether you choose to capture these memories through photos or simply soak them in, the eternal city awaits your discovery.

For a truly enchanting experience, consider a professional photoshoot to immortalize your moments in Rome. If you’re interested in a couple session or planning your honeymoon, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be delighted to help you create lasting memories in this magical city.

Wishing you a love-filled Roman adventure!

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