Rome: Three bars with a twist


Hadrian's Wall, the impressive locale of Salotto 42. Photos by Samantha Collins.
Hadrian's Wall, the impressive locale of Salotto 42. Photos by Samantha Collins.

Fancy something different with your glass of wine during your stay in Rome? Try one of these three centrally located bars which all come with a little something extra to taste alongside your drink—whether your interest is cheese, books, or motorbikes….

Obika Roma Mozzarella Bar
Open from 10 AM to midnight
Piazza di Firenze (not far from Via del Corso)
Angolo Via dei Prefetti

What else to go along with your drink but a hunk of freshly made mozzarella? Giving a whole new slant on the “wine and cheese party” of the 70s, Obika is sleek and modern, serving a range of regional mozzarella cheeses including the famous DOP Buffalo Mozzarella produced in the Campania region by water buffalo. Obika also serves salads, snacks, and pasta and has a good selection of wines and coffee.

Outside Bar Salotto 42

Outside Bar Salotto 42

Salotto42 Book Bar
Piazza di Pietra 42 (not far from Via del Corso)

Overlooking Hadrian’s Temple, this Roman book bar is styled on a New York penthouse. In fact, “salotto” means “living room” in Italian, and its decor of cozy settees, low slung coffee tables, CDs and magazines filling the walls (available to buy), encourages you to linger with a book, a glass of wine, or a pot of tea. €6 will get you a drink and aperitivo (and you can help yourself to a finger buffet) from around 7:30 PM.

Ducati Caffe’
Open 8 AM – 2 AM
Via delle Botteghe Oscure 35 (Largo Argentina)

This new bar is dedicated to the much loved Italian biking brand, Ducati. Displays of Ducati-related memorabilia, including motorbikes and a merchandise shop, are worth a look for anyone with a love of bikes and GP motocross. The bar also serves food, but it’s not the cheapest menu in the center. Better to enjoy a coffee and pastry or come in the evening, when you can find live music or cooking demonstrations. Check the website for the events calendar.

About the author

About the author: Samantha Collins is a freelance travel writer and editor, who has lived in Rome for the past two years.  She is originally from Manchester in the UK.  Read all about her adventures by visiting her blog,

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