No Office, No Problem: Rome’s Best Places to Work and Study
Rome is unique in many ways in comparison to other major cities around the world, one of which is the culture around working outside of the typical office. You won’t find a single Starbucks, at least for now, and you’d have a similarly difficult time spotting people working on laptops in a café. In fact, in Rome, it has historically been frowned upon by locals if done at the incorrect time and place, as the Italian culture considers working on a laptop in a café borderline taboo.
However, as of late, more and more Roman cafes are catering to the idea of offering co-working spaces with WiFi as an ideal place to relax, enjoy a coffee, and even work out of your laptop. Here are some favorites that are frequented by those seeking a break from working at home, divided by location!
Tucked away just footsteps away from Piazza Navona, Ex Circus is a work-friendly café with great coffee, food, drinks and free wi-fi. Better yet, Ex Circus has cozy couches, power outlets, and coffee tables. It maintains a homey, yet hip vibe, allowing one person to study in peace, while another person eats nearby. Come for the free wi-fi and cozy atmosphere and prolong your stay by tasting everything from peanut butter and jelly bagels to caramel hot chocolate to superfood salads with avocados.
Via della Vetrina, 15 (Navona)
Mon – Thu from 8am – 10pm
Fri – Sat from 8am – 2am
Sun from 10am – 10pm
Bar Del Fico
Although this restaurant, turned bar at night, is quite lively in the evenings, come in the early mornings/afternoon to experience a great and convenient place to work, as it’s located right in the city center. Great for grabbing a bite and people watching on the outside tables and meeting with friends. Get some work done here sooner rather than later, as the scene is far more social once the sun starts to set.
Via della Pace, 34 (Navona)
Open Sun-Sat, 8am-2am
Chiostro del Bramante
If you are looking for a more scenic view while working, come here as the outdoor seating available overlooks the main courtyard of the museum, giving you a chance to be outdoors on a nice day. The relaxing and comfortable atmosphere is great for anyone that just wants to “wind down” or study alike. Away from the crowds, you will be sure to find some quiet time in this charming setting not too far from Piazza Navona.
Arco della Pace, 5 (Navona)
Open Tues-Sun, 10am-8pm
Make yourself at home in this circus-themed locale, featuring a menu that is constantly changing (we highly recommend the homemade pastries). Like Bar del Fico, the nightlife here is quite active so come early in order to avoid the evening rush and to take advantage of the calmer scenery during the day.
Via del Pellegrino, 87 (Campo de’ Fiori)
Open Mon 8:30am-12midnight; Tues-Sat, 8:30am-2am
Rome Free Lounge
This newly opened lounge in the heart of Rome is perfect for tourists and locals alike, who can come and experience a list of different services. Not only do you have access to a comfortable lounge with free Wi-Fi, but you can also book guided walking tours, bus/car services, and store luggage. The space also serves as a location where workshops, meetings, and events can be held.
Piazza d’Aracoeli, 16 (Piazza Venezia)
Open Sun-Sat, 8am-8pm
Just a side street away from the Pantheon, Arnold coffee strives to provide the American coffee experience to university students, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. Comfy chairs and couches fill Arnold’s cafe, making it the perfect place to work or study. The diverse drink menu fuels customers with iced-coffee, cappuccinos, expresso, American coffee, and herbal-infused teas. The food menu also has an array of yummy snacks for study sessions, from pancakes, to bagels, to salads.
Via dei Gustiniani 15/B (Zona Pantheon)
Located near John Cabot University, Pimm’s restaurant pulls any passerby inside with its streaming lights, live music, and spritely chatter. Along with the invigorating atmosphere, Pimm’s cocktails (particularly the Pimm’s cup) and yummy food ensure a pleasurable meal during any time of day. Customers can enjoy a hearty breakfast of pancakes, toast, and eggs with their English breakfast service, traditional Roman appetizers and pasta for dinner, and street food for a late night snack. And who would’ve thought, with its free wifi it’s also the perfect place to get some work done!
Via di S. Dorotea 8/9 (Trastevere)
Daily 10am – 2am
Big Star, thriving in the heart of Trastevere, offers something for every customer, whether they’re looking for scrumptious breakfasts, cocktails, live music, or international food. Dedicated customers and tourists enjoy munching on burritos, vegan paninis, and burgers while sipping craft beer. Apart from hosting various bands on Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights, Big Star is a student retreat during the day. Get some work done, indulge in yummy food, and get into work-mode!
Via Goffredo Mameli 25 (Trastevere)
Mon-Sat 7.30am – 2am, Sun 8am – 2am
This newly opened café situated just a short walk from Termini is perfect for a morning cappuccino paired with a handmade pastry in a bright, clean interior and an even friendlier staff, making it a great place to get some work done. They also host coffee workshops for those who would be interested in learning different methods of extraction and coffee art. Visit their website for further inquiries.
Via Piave, 55 (Piazza Fiume)
Open Mon-Fri, 7am-7pm; Sat 8am-7pm; Sun 9am-7pm
Whether you are looking to meet with a group of people or work by yourself, AntiCafé is a great option for a co-working space without the guilt and obligation of leaving after one cappuccino. Along with the low hourly fee for their services, they also offer an unlimited amount of beverages with snacks to choose from during your study or work hour(s).
Via Veio, 4b (San Giovanni)
Open Mon-Fri, 9am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-10pm
Linea & Typo @ MAXXI
The MAXXI, a contemporary art museum nestled in the Flaminio neighborhood, is home to not one but two cafes where you can study or work and use their free wifi. The first one is Typo, the adjacent café right on Via Guido Reni, where you will find a bookshop and tables where you can work. The second one, Linea, is in the MAXX complex, right the courtyard. It offers plenty of tables and lounges indoors and outdoors, perfect for those who are looking to soak up the sun while getting some work done. Its spacious interior serves up everything from pastries to a full coffee and liquor bar.
Via Guido Reni, 4a (Flaminio)
Open Tues-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat 11am-10pm
A co-working, aperitivo, and live concert space that is off- the-beaten-path and frequented by most locals who have kept this gem a secret for years. The inside library makes it a perfect place to browse the wide selection of DVDs and books available as well as get some work done or study on their comfortable couches.
Via Ostiense, 95 (Testaccio)
Open Tues-Fri, 10am-2am; Sat-Sun, 4pm-2am
Popular among the locals at night, Analemma also serves as a great workplace during the day. Enjoy the funky décor and bring a friend to try out their selection of hot and cold coffees alongside a plate of pancakes, as breakfast is served throughout the late afternoon. A short walk from the Colosseum, Analemma is conveniently located in the Monti neighborhood.
Via Leonina, 77 (Monti)
Open Sun-Sat, 10am-2am
If you’re exploring the Gianicolo hill for amazing views of Rome or strolling through Villa Pamphili park for the day, the Caffé gli Archi is the perfect stop for coffee or aperitivo. During the week, Archi is flooded with students from the nearby American University of Rome, and is a popular stop for iced-coffee and take-away cappuccinos. In addition to Archi’s pastries and sandwiches, their kitchen also serves hot dishes during lunch hours, making it the perfect place to work or study all day long.
Via Fratelli Bonnet 4 (Monteverde)
Mon-Fri 6am – 9pm , Sun 7am – 9pm
Rome certainly wasn’t built in a day and maybe we’ll have to wait another century for free wi-fi for the whole city, but now there are a few other services you can use to get connected on-the-go:
ONEMYFI – www.expressowifi.com
Just about as portable as a take-away ‘espresso a l’italiano’, ONEMYFI is a pocket-sized router with a 4G/LTE sim which can be connected to your smartphone, tablet, or PC. With ONEMYFI, customers also have the opportunity to connect up to 10 different devices, so you don’t need to worry about leaving your friends and family out of the surfing fun. You can choose the place where you want your device to be delivered as well as the place of the return. Ooh and did we forget to mention it’s cost-effective? From 4 euro per day you can avoid hefty roaming charges.