It has only been open since May, and yet, Cielo, perched high above the Eternal City at Rocco Forte Hotels’ newly launched Hotel de la Ville, is already known as the most glamorous Roman rooftop bar. Offering the most extraordinary sunset experience in Rome, guests will be also be captivated by the warm and sophisticated atmosphere, while sipping on signature cocktails and enjoying gourmet tapas.
Better known by locals simply as Il Cielo - literally the sky - the rooftop terrace is beautifully lined with retro red and white striped parasols shading an eclectic mix of guests, from locals to foreigners, who, throughout the day can enjoy celebrity chef, Fulvio Pierangelini’ s menu of creative sharing dishes. A highlight, dim sum, an Italian and Chinese fusion marries the lightest Chinese pastry with the most Italian of Carbonara or Cacio e Pepe fillings.
As the light fades, candles begin to flicker, framing St Peter’s Basilica’s dome as the last rays of the sun cast a captivating evening light over the city. Even the Romans, who are well accustomed to wonderful views over their city, are struck by the most glorious sunset aperitivi, leaving some guests speechless when gazing at the stunning panorama.
The renowned mixologist and bar strategist, Oscar Cavallera, has created a cocktail menu based on herbs, spices and fresh ingredients such as the much loved Nova, based on Vodka with ginger, lime and violet liquor. His inspiration derives from the Romans who would add spices to their wines to preserve them. Another favourite is the Gavio, a refreshing mix of Billecart Salmon and Saint Germain liquor on a bed of Elderflower. Complementing the cocktails is the live music or perfectly designed playlists featuring local artists, lounge sounds and popular international tracks.
The Cielo Terrace bar at Hotel de la Ville is a perfect example of the creative flair with which Rocco Forte Hotels designs its bars and restaurants, adding character and atmosphere to award-winning recipes. It is no wonder Cielo has been the talk of Rome since it opened, praised by enthusiastic guests from all over the world, including the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, who recently used the rooftop for the launch of the movie against the mesmerising backdrop of the Eternal city.
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 12 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de la Ville & Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.
Future openings: The Westbund Hotel, Shanghai and Villa Igiea, Palermo in 2020