Reviews Bars Vatican City

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There are no typical bars in Vatican City itself. However, in Rome you will find an array of bars, whether you are looking for something sophisticated or a place with local charm. Rooftop spots with stunning views of St. Peter's Basilica or cozy, tucked-away gems? Whatever is your preference you will find the perfect place for you with the Nova Circle app.

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Bars in Rome near Vatican City

With Rome and Vatican City being some of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, there are many kinds of bars to choose from.

If you are looking for a sophisticated atmosphere, you may want to visit one of the many cocktail bars and delve into an extensive cocktail menu. Drinks like the "Ginger Spritz" are popular, a blend of local flavors with classic cocktail craftsmanship.

At one of the many rooftop bars you will have an exceptional view of the Vatican’s stunning architecture, a fantastic spot for a special occasion or a relaxed evening enjoying the sunset over the city.

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Local bar culture and traditional drinks

The bar culture in Rome, including the Vatican area, is centered around "aperitivo" – a pre-dinner drink meant to whet the appetite. Bars might serve small dishes or snacks along with drinks during this time.

Traditional drinks include Italian classics like Negroni and Aperol Spritz. Limoncello is a popular after-dinner drink.

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Explore local wines

Vatican City is one of the largest per capita wine consumers in the world, primarily because wine is used in Holy Communion. The wines used in Vatican ceremonies are usually sourced from other regions in Italy or from other wine-producing countries.

However, as a visitor, you will rather try the local wine at one of the many bars in Rome. So-called enotecas specialize in wine and are a great way to learn about and taste various wines from Lazio and other Italian regions.

Many wine bars around Vatican City offer wine tastings, where you cannot only enjoy the local offerings but also gain knowledge from experienced sommeliers.

Lazio’s wines, particularly the white varieties, pair wonderfully with the local cuisine, such as seafood dishes, pasta with lighter sauces, and regional cheeses.
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Nonalcoholic alternatives

Bars in Rome also offer great local non-alcoholic alternatives that you may want to try out.

Italian sodas come in a variety of flavors. Made with carbonated water and flavored syrup, they can be customized with different syrups like cherry, peach, or lemon.

Sanbittèr and crodino are popular Italian nonalcoholic aperitifs. Sanbittèr is known for its bright red color and slightly bitter flavor, while Crodino boasts a blend of herbs, spices, and citrus flavor.

Limonata and aranciata are Italian lemonades and orangeades (respectively) that are much more natural and less sweet than, for example, their American counterparts. They often come in beautifully designed glass bottles and offer a refreshing alternative to more sugary soft drinks.

Italy is famous for its coffee culture, and many bars serve high-quality coffee, which can be enjoyed any time of day. Italian bars also often offer a selection of teas, both hot and iced.

Want to find the best coffee around Vatican City? Ask a question using the search box in the Nova Circle app the app will come up with suggestions. Or just check with your circle of friends on the app. 

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A few tips when visiting bars

Reservations: Especially for dinner or special occasions, making a reservation can ensure you avoid long waits and secure a spot with the best views.

Time of visit: Visiting bars during less busy times can lead to more personalized service and a better overall experience.

Ask for recommendations: Ask the staff for drink or food recommendations. They often know what is best and can suggest unique, lesser-known local specialties.

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