Aperitivo is the best thing that will happen to your study abroad experience. From about 6-9pm every night, restaurants open up this Italian happy hour. That means, when you buy a drink for €8-€10, you get access to a buffet full of different Italian appetizers from Bruschetta to Risotto.
Got a low budget? I'll let you in on a secret. While a handful of bars charge extra for plate refills, some places just don't care how many seconds (or thirds) you get. That means, for €10 or under, you can grab dinner and a drink with friends and save that extra cash for shopping or travel.
Here are some of our favorite aperitivi in Rome. We know you're already Hook'd.
Fluid, Piazza Navona
Aperi-cena (Aperitivo/Dinner) alert! You can fill up here as much as you want, it's the biggest aperitivo I've ever seen in Rome. There's even dessert!
This spot charges €3 per extra plate but don't let that turn you away. They have a fabulous selection of wines and a very high quality and unique selection of Italian food from all regions.
La Prosciutteria, Trastevere
At La Prosciutteria, they serve a slightly different aperitivo. At €5 a head plus a glass of wine for about €4-€5, you get a large cheese and meat board to share with friends. It's a great way to try new cuts of meat and cheese you've never had before. They also have house made spreads that are to die for, and lucky for you, available to buy by the jar.
I suggest the Lambrusco (sparkling red wine) here! *Bonus: water is free!*
Freni e Frizioni
This is a very cool and popular aperitivo and nightlife bar in Trastevere. Be sure to stop by, as it's a great place to see local Italians.
La. Vi., Spanish Steps
This bar is a more upscale aperitivo, with drinks starting at €15. However, it is totally worth it. It is definitely a place to fill your plate a couple of times, because their selection is huge! Be sure to also check out their rooftop space in the warmer months.