Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Most of you know that come 7 o’clock, a cocktail is what I’m thinking about. Sometimes a perfect martini will do, sipped while I make dinner. But while on vacation, or up in Todi, the cocktails usually come with the perfect garnish: a view. One definitely improves the other.
And while I live in Rome, and often take the city for granted, I realize that most of world comes here for vacation. And so are probably expecting views with their Negronis.
A few weeks ago I met some visiting New Yorkers for what has got to be one of the most elegantly Roman drink/view combos in town: the rooftop of the Grand Hotel della Minerva. Located smack next to the Pantheon, the hotel bar takes up the best corner of their terrace.
Get there by 7 and settle in for the spectacle of a Roman sunset. As the light changes, the blue sky starts to turn pink, the already glowing roof tiles seem to catch on fire and the Pantheon’s dome hovers against a city scape that is right out of a Zeffirelli opera production. Elephants and all.
Minerva Roof Garden
Grand Hotel della Minerva
Piazza della Minerva 69
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