Footie mad stags are in the right place, with Serie A giants SS Lazio and AS Roma both playing in the capital there's no better time to go watch a game than with your best mates. Try your hand at a totally different spectator sport with a day at Gladiator School learning how to get one over on the lads with a sword or trident. Alternatively, refined stags can lap up the ancient culture at a sophisticated Wine Tasting or escape the pre wedding stresses with a day at a Health Spa. When in Rome, after all!
Best Bars in Rome
Freni e Frizioni - Ultra cool furnishings, pop art themed and a drinks list that stags have only dreamed of, Freni e Frizioni is a local favourite for very good reason.
The Drunken Ship - American owned and managed, this energetic and lively bar has top DJs on weekends, original cocktails, pitchers of beer, frozen mixers and deals all week long.
Ice Bar - Vodka cocktails served up ice glasses, a constant -5°C and a venue that's made of 40 tons of ice - that's a seriously cool stag night out!
June or July - Rock in Roma - Attracting some of the biggest names in pop, rock and metal, this incredible series of gigs takes place at the city's iconic Capannelle Racecourse.
September - Taste of Roma - Made by guest top chefs and small scale artisans alike, Taste of Roma's offerings are too good to pass up.
Rome Beer Festival - A brilliantly simple beer festival that lets visitors get on with what they're there for: beer, and plenty of it.
"I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble."
- Augustus, 1st Emperor of the Roman Empire.
Where to Head...
Testaccio is Rome's nightclub area. Set a little away from central Rome, this buzzing district attracts a lively crowd of locals and high energy crowds looking to have a legendary night out in the scorching Italian capital. Loads of clubs, bars and great music keep this area busy all year round.
For sightseeing stags there are too many landmarks and sights to possibly see in one stag do. We'd suggest seeing one of Rome's more alternative sights; foodies will love the weird and wonderful pasta museum while morbid lads can take a tour of Rome's creepy catacombs.
3,000 Euros are collected from the Trevi Fountain every night.
Cats are legally allowed to live where they're born, even among ancient ruins.
Rome has an 11 room museum that's dedicated entirely to pasta.
Emperor Caligula tried to make his favourite horse a high ranking government official.
A Taste of Rome
Eats - When in Rome, eat as the Romans eat, right? Alfredo, carbonara, amatriciana, cacio e pepe are all must try Roman pasta sauces.
Drinks - Rome is well known for its white wine, an in particular, its Frascati. This white wine has been made around the city since the days of Jesus, Gladiators and mad emperors and is great as a refreshing drink in this sizzling city.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Rome
There is no shortage of ways to get around the bustling Italian city. Roads are generally best avoided owing to the high volume of traffic and Italian way of driving, which means you're often best off getting about on foot or on bike. Getting around by bus or using the city metro is cheap and efficient if you want to save your feet for the dance floor.
So long as the stags are in the city centre they can't go wrong on foot, however, with a number of bicycle rental shops and checkpoints throughout the city cycling is also a brilliant way of seeing Rome.
"Salve" - Hi.
"Da che parte il bar più vicino?" - Which way to the nearest bar?
"Una pinta, per favore" - One pint, please.
"Due pinte, per favore" - Two pints, please.
"Sessanta uno pinte, per favore" - Forty seven pints, please.
"Lo sposo pagherà per tutto" - The groom will pay for everything.
"On Quello con i capelli divertenti" - The one with the funny hair.
like its 1929!"
Roman husbands kissed their wives to make sure they weren't drunk.
When in Rome...
Everyone knows that when you're in Rome, you do as the Roman do… and luckily for lads on a stag weekend, the Romans really know how to party. You might think cities like Rio or Bangkok are pretty hedonistic party cities - trust us, they've got nothing on the antics of Emperors like Caligula and Nero. Romans might not celebrate with orgies and offerings to Bacchus any more, but the love of wine and partying certainly hasn't faded any in the 2767 years since Rome's founding.
We beg you, though -no toga fancy dress. Please. It's been done.
Bravissimo! What makes a Rome stag weekend so great?
Well, there are a few things that come to mind. First, there's the fact that not many lads think of Rome as a potential stag do destination (so congratulations on your discerning taste, gentlemen), which means you're less likely to be encountering hoards of other British lads wearing mankinis or dressed as old ladies, and more likely to come across some actual Italians on the big night out. We're not saying all Italian women look like Sophia Loren, but if there's a chance even one does then it's well worth taking.
Next, there's the food. Pizza, pasta, ice cream. Enough said.
Third, Rome is, without a doubt, one of the most glamorous cities on the planet. On top of the nightlife, it's got fashion, design, history, culture… combining laid back style with a contemporary energy. Rome is riding a Vespa through a piazza in hand made leather shoes. Rome is sipping iced coffee outside sun drenched cafes, wearing a suit and Ray-Bans. Rome is a sizzling nightlife mixed with some of the coolest days in the world.
And, if you needed a fourth reason, there's also the weather.
Setting up an Italian Job…
The Vatican City is the world's smallest country.
The ancient Romans are legends… and a Roman stag do needs to live up to that. In any case, it's the stag's last days before he enters the era of ‘oh, I'll just have to check with my wife', so you don't want to do things by half measures. You'll want this stag weekend to be something the boys remember for the rest of their lives.
Luckily, the Italians are a passionate and inventive lot (heard of Da Vinci? Or Elagabalus, the inventor of the whoopee cushion?), and they've got a few tricks up their sleeves to make sure you and the lads have the party of a life time.
For a historical challenge (with a hilarious modern twist), you can face off in our gladiator duels. Gladiators may famously not make friends, but you're guaranteed to make a few when the lads get to snap on their leotards and bash each other about with inflatables. If you'd rather go for a group bonding experience, white water rafting is one of the most high octane and white-knuckle rides you'll ever face.
You can also enjoy a more leisurely pace with activities like a spot of wine tasting. Rome is known for its wine... in fact the ancient Roman men used to drink about a gallon a day, making this one of the best places in the world to sip a nice red.
Rome Stag Weekends - The City By Night
Rome isn't known for its hot clubbing scene like some other European cities, but that doesn't mean the nightlife isn't phenomenal. It's a cut above cities where the only draw are the nightclubs; instead, cool and sophisticated Rome offers something completely different from the usual stag weekend experience. Parties are plentiful, but Rome is in a class of its own. If your mates are modern, trendy and urban gents who like good music, good alcohol, and a very good night, then a Roman stag do is the perfect choice for you.
Is a stag weekend in Rome expensive?
Well, yes. It's one of the top tourist cities in the world, so you're not going to find the rock bottom prices of eastern European countries here. That doesn't mean you'll have to pawn off the stags wedding ring in order to afford more than a hostel and a single round, though. If you plan ahead and book with a savvy company (like, say, StagWeb), you can get huge savings and discounts and stretch your money further.
Our first advice is always to book early: the later you leave it, the more you'll pay. Look through our activity and nightlife pages now to get the ball rolling. StagWeb have been operating trips to Rome for over a decade. We know the best places to stay and the best entertainment in the city, and we know what's good value and what's just trying to trap tourists. In that time, we've also formed long standing relationships with our Italian partners that get you exclusive deals and offers, saving you even more money in the long run. If not, you might want to start praying to Juno.