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.
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
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
MAXXI 21 Café
The MAXXI, a contemporary art museum nestled in the Flaminio neighborhood, is home to an adjacent café with plenty of tables and lounges 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. (Note: The Maxxi 21 café is currently undergoing renovation and will tentatively re-open May 3rd).
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
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
It doesn’t get much more underground than this! This bookshop/cafè/co-working space is literally at garage level, so don’t be discouraged if you can’t initially see much of this bohemian venue from the road. Theater, cinema, music, design, art and literature are all well represented in the rich calendar of events, so make sure to check it out. It’s also the perfect place to work and study while enjoying free wifi!
Via Ostiense, 5 (Ostiense)
Open Tues – Fri: 10am – 2am;
Sat – Sun: 4pm – 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
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
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
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:
Expresso Wifi – www.expressowifi.com
Just about as portable as a take-away ‘espresso a l’italiano’, Expresso Wifi is a pocket-sized router with a 4G/LTE sim which can be connected to your smartphone, tablet, or PC. With Expresso Wifi, 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.
WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR DEVICE USE THE PROMOTION CODE ” romeing “ AND GET 10% OFF
WiFi Metropolitano – signup.cittametropolitanaroma.gov.it/owums?locale=en
You must have an Italian cell number or a credit card for this service, but once you’ve registered, when you run into one of Rome’s free hot spots, it will automatically pop up.
Last but not least is the mobile wi-fi service Wi Tourist – www.witourist.com
You can book one or more 4G Unlimited devices with a single 12€ reservation fee plus daily rates. Pick up and return are available at your accommodation (Hotels, B&B, Apartments), or your preferred TNT Point (over 1100 locations in Italy, including in airports and ports), with delivery fees starting from €2.