Finding a Touch of Modernity in Rome, Italy
The ancient ruins, crumbling facades, and historic streets of Rome make even the most hardened traveler sigh with awe. But if after looking at all the gorgeous decay you'd like some sleek surfaces, clean lines, and drinks with ice in them, head to the Zest rooftop bar—hidden in plain sight, high above the Radisson hotel across from the Termini train station. Its open-air poolside environment looks like the vodka-fueled love child of Brett Easton Ellis and Edward Hopper. Drinks may be on the pricey side for a budget traveler, but after 7pm it includes a delicious buffet of tiny, beautiful foods nibbled on by tiny, beautiful people talking on cell phones. So go on, live the high life—and then come back down to earth with a mellow buzz and a full tummy.