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Roman Holiday
Comments () | Published March 22, 2010
Lively Night Spots
Drawing both glitterati and wannabe scene­sters, Gilda (Via Mario dè Fiori 97; 39-06-678-4838; gildabar.it) is one of Rome’s most famous nightclubs—and one of the few that stay open past 2 am. Despite the throbbing pop music, the club attracts a middle-aged crowd. Unless you’re an Italian VIP, you may not get in if you’re not wearing your finest suit or skimpiest dress.

Located in Rome’s most famous singles meeting point, Campo dè Fiori piazza, I Giganti della Notte (Campo dè Fiori 27; 39-06-687-4182) gets packed with young locals and foreign students looking to let loose. DJs perform regularly and spin rap, house, and rock.

For an elegant evening, sit under the white umbrellas at stylish Caffè della Pace (Via della Pace 3/7; 39-06-686-1216; caffedellapace.it). This Art Nouveau bar isn’t cheap, but the ivy-draped walls, al fresco drinking, and people-watching are worth the high prices.

For More Information
For those with some knowledge of Italian, Romac’è (romace.it) is the city’s best weekly listings publication. It also has a substantial English-languge section in the back and is available on newsstands for 1.50 euros.

In Rome Now (inromenow.com) provides a detailed listing of lodging, food, culture, nightlife, and shopping recommendations that goes beyond the guidebooks.

The American  (theamericanmag.com) is a wonderful general-interest English-language online magazine produced in Rome that focuses on Italy’s culture, politics, and lifestyle.

Dream of Italy (dreamofitaly.com) is brimming with practical tips on shopping, dining, and sightseeing throughout Italy, and it features extensive—and regularly updated—information on Rome.

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