Summer is the most attractive season for Rome visitors. Numerous events from morning till late night, ice cream, blooming nature, seaside vacation time, amazing nightlife and the festive atmosphere everywhere makes people choose exactly this time of the year. Moreover, pupils and students have their summer holidays, which means they can join their families in Rome and enjoy the city together! So, here are some travel-to-Rome tips for summer lovers!
Oh yeah, summers in the Italian capital are just something! Unfortunately, the Roman heat can be also a little exhausting. If you come to Rome during this period, between June and August, you will understand what the middle day break means for Italians and how important it is to have a couple of hours in the shade or in the cooling home atmosphere during the afternoon.
You may think that heat must scare away the tourists
from coming to the city of seven hills, but it’s quite vice versa. This period
is extraordinarily popular with tourists, because summer in Rome is full of
fantastic sexy days and nights, full of things to do all day long. Just get prepared
in a wise way! We don’t want you to feel sapped by one of the best cities of
the world and get tired. Follow the recommendations and have a look at an example of a summer day you can enjoy in the city of seven hills.
1. Before booking your hotel or apartment make sure it
has a good air-conditioner. Otherwise you might have troubles with staying at the hotel and looking for other hotels or apartments. No one obviously needs this kind of problems.
2. Take a hat and plan your outfit accordingly, so that you can enter
churches and monasteries without a problem. No entrance for people in shorts with naked elbows is allowed. If you want to visit St.
Peter’s Basilica, for example, you should be prepared. So, taking at least a stole with you can be a good idea. Another thing that ensures your comfort and happy mood in Rome is a couple of proven pairs of shoes/sandals (2 pairs are better than one). Just remember when you were unlucky to put on a brand new pair of boots that rubbed your feet in a trip or excursion and that made your day intolerable? Add to this an image of beautiful but cobbled and curvy Rome and take care of your precious legs!
3. Never ignore the importance of drinking enough water and don’t be lazy to refill your container in any nasoni fountain you meet on your way. People who don't leave in hot countries often underestimate dehydration and not to drink enough water actually can be dangerous.
4. Rome has the seaside, which means that you can consider spending a day at the beach and it will be a great opportunity for cooling off as well as to see other sightseeing which aren't exclusively inside Rome, they are all around it!
5. Take tours to the concealed part of Rome: famous catacombs, various crypts and the underground of the Colosseum! These places leave indelible impression and won’t exhaust you as much as walking in the heat of the sun.
6. Leave walking around the city for early mornings or late evenings!
7. Take an eating tour around the oldest district of Rome such as Trastevere or Testaccio. Being in a restaurant means having an air-conditioner and enjoying Italian food means having great time! What a perfect union for summer in Rome!
8. There is an enormous amount of museums and churches in the city. In summer they are even more attractive because of their cool and calm
atmosphere. Some churches might not work during the day-break, so checking
time-tables is recommended.
9. Other good places with less exposure to the sun are the Vatican City and the Vatican Museums, which you are going to visit by all means. Just don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance, because, agree with us, standing in a 10-km queue is not an option for this time of the year!
10. It goes without saying, eating delicious ice-cream is a must on a hot summer day in the Italian capital, but for a change consider drinking a
frothy shakerato (an iced espresso drink) or granite di caffe – crushed ice drinks, which give you long
nice cooling-off moments and help batter the heat while you are exploring the
I know it can seem a weird preposition for you, but what one can do to make life much more comfortable in hot Roman summer is to revise your sleeping habits (obviously if it’s possible, no drama!). Just imagine, you go out of the house at 7 o’clock and see no people around, but the cafes are already open and the locals are already having their breakfast. This is when you have a chance to blend in with the Roman aborigines and experience the real Roman breakfast which traditionally finishes at 9-10 in the morning, exactly the time when most of the tourists just get out of their hotels and start cluttering the streets.
After breakfast you may proceed to the Borghese park
and have some fresh air before the heat spreads over the city completely. Have
a walk around it enjoying the gardens or taking a Segway tour around the park.
Then if ordered in advance go to the Borghese Museum enjoying the masterpieces
of all times! For lunch go to an authentic restaurant or a café for a nice
Italian meal and then come home and have a brief nap.
In the evening the sun is not as sweltering and many museums prolong their working hours. You can also visit churches, exhibitions, go shopping, sit on the bank of the Tiber river etc. After that why not to hop on an English speaking tour around the Colosseum, starting at 8:30 or later (they have tours on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Many different museums work until 12 am. Another popular place is Castello Sant'Angelo, for example, which works from 8 pm until 1 am during summer.
Obviously, this is just one example out of many others of how you can spend your summer time.
Note that the last two weeks of August is a holiday time for all Italians, called Ferragosto. This period is known as a dead period in Italy and can be accompanied with big tailbacks on the roads from Rome and back to the city. Keep that in mind if you plan to travel outside the city by car or by bus. Rome itself doesn’t stop working like many smaller Italian cities do and that’s a good news for tourists. Another good news is that half of the Roman population disappears from the city during this period and Rome becomes a little bit less crowded for a while.
Enjoy your summer and keep on learning more useful things about Rome with us!