Summer Festival in the City – Lungo Il Tevere

As we mentioned here, along the river Tevere in Rome there’s a refreshing event all summer long, don’t miss it! Here’s some pictures as a teaser – enjoy!

We spent hours at the “chess table”, in the end it was almost as crowded as the restaurants, would you believe it? (A missing black knight was replaced by a giant green bottle for a while, the show must go on!)

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Our favourite pub in Testaccio (among the best aperitivo places in Rome), Rec23 this summer hits the festival as well! Check out the great burgers and coctails!

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And another hit of this summer, Monti district’s proud, La Crostaceria at Lungotevere! Wow this is seafood heaven!

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Vintage shops, bars and concerts, open air cinema on the Tiber Island and much more…

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How to survive summer HEAT in Rome

It’s a tough one. July and August boost one of the highest tempreature ever this year and still, we’re ready to proove it’s possible to enjoy the Eternal City during the hottest summer period! Keeping it short and simple 🙂

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Escape!
No better moment to check out the fabuolous underground Rome, don’t you think?
The catacombs, underground burial places (mostly but not esclusively) Christian burials from the 2nd century AD are our favourite sites, as a matter of fact, just taking a walk in the Catacombs of Domitilla today!
Along the Appian Way there are the most known ones but worth to visit the smaller ones as well, not to mention the Capuchin Crypt in the Historical Center, it’s a real gem! (Remember to book your visit at least 15 days in advance for this one!)

Reverse!
Sleep during the day and start your sightseeing at sunset! Best way to avoid heat and find a pleasant breeze along the river. Many museums also stay open until 8-10pm or are visitable at night, such as Coliseum, Vatican Museums, Planetarium of Rome. Rememeber to book your tour in advance!
Also for the evening walks there are many free summer festival programs to enjoy, like at Ponte della Musica free concerts or along the Tevere banks Estate Lungo il Tevere.

Beach time!
Beat the heat by the sea at Ostia Beach or take the train to the beautiful Anzio and after a refreshing bath eat a good seafood dish at the Porto! No other words needed here 🙂

Sale!
Yes, crazy July heat is more than a good reason to check out summer sales at the air conditioned shopping malls! Pick Euroma2 or Porte di Roma shopping center, they are well connected to the center and offer more than hundred shops to check for the best summer deals!

Eat, drink, shade!
If you decide to keep along with sightseeing as planned and face the heat in the City Center, remember these three basic survival rules:

1. Stay hydrated! Rome has free water fountains where you can fill your bottles so you will never run out of fresh and cold water. Here’s a map to find the closest to you.

2. Eat cold, fresh dishes, such as fruit salad and yes! Plenty of gelato!

3. Protect yourself from the sun with umbrella, large hat or simply walking on the shady side. Pay special attention to children!

The Best GELATO In Rome! #2

With this not-so-ingenious title here we go with five more of our favourite gelato-parlours in the Eternal City – Enjoy or better, try them all!

 

il gelato torceIl Gelato
Via dell’Aeronautica, 105 (EUR)

We love to explore the districts of Rome following the tastes of artisan gelato! Here, we are in the heart of EUR (Esposizione Universale di Roma) impressive residential and business district planned by Mussolini. The Great Master of artisan gelato has his sober original laboratory here, though his creations can be found in several points of Rome. Claudio Torcè is famous for his meticulous research for perfection and clean, natural, high quality ingredients but not only! Some of his creations (especially the ones at the end of the long glass bar with over 70 flavors) are more than surprising! Would you try Mortadella (you know the pork sausage Sophia Loren tried to take to NYC in Lady Liberty?) or the spiciest Habanero? Celery or Gorgonzola cheese maybe? If you are for more classic flavors, try the fruit which are almost all without milk and other allergenic. Or choose from the almost 20 different choclolates, we recommend the one with Himalaya salt. Our absolute favourite flavors are the ones with ricotta! With honey and chocolate, with bluberries or with orange peels and bourbon…. and the whipped cream (home made, of course) is just so delicate and soft, a must try even if you usually decline it.
(They have a central located branch in Viale Aventino 59 too!)

 

teatroGelateria del Teatro
Via dei Coronari, 65

The Institution par excellence of the artisan gelaterie in Rome with timeless elegance. They have an open laboratory so you can admire the creation process from the very ingredient turned into addiction called gelato. We especially love to sit at the tiny space outside with the small round tables surrounded by beautiful flowers, sometimes a cat passing by, so intimate rounding the special experience of this extraordinary place. They play a lot with herbs as complementary flavors, lavender with peach, basil and rapsberry, sage or rosemary with lemon… give them a try you’ll not regret the refreshing taste and the mastery of the flavor combinations. (A new location has been opened in Lungotevere dei Vallati, 25 too!)

 

neve di latte gelatoNeve di Latte
Via Luigi Poletti, 6

New, fizzy, love at first sight. Though they opened in 2011 and won the Best Gelato in Italy prize in 2013, the minimal laboratory in Flaminio district feels brand new, with its clean and pure outlines. Near to the MAXXI (21st century Art Museum) Simone Romano’s pride is worth the (literally) extra mile you’re walking for it. The location features a separate room with wooden and metal design if you want to enjoy your gelato inside instead of walking. All natural ingredients and rigorous high quality are the very base of Neve di Latte. The origin of the ingredients are all listed, such as the organic milk from a German producer, Amadei chocolate, arabic coffee beans and seasonal, mostly local, organic fruit. The fruit flavors called sorbetto are all without milk, have a unique consistence and harmony in taste. Simone is there for you to recommend combinations of the actual flavors, explain the process of the creation and as well to share his passion for his beloved gelato.

 

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Come Il Latte
Via Silvio Spaventa, 24

Oh, the hedonistic gelato heaven… Can you believe we haven’t yet made it to a foto? When we get our cup we just forget about everything else… There.
Come il Latte (just like milk) is located near the central Piazza della Repubblica, and as we learnt, has been opened by a former employee of I Caruso (established gelato artisans, very worth to try). They make the most creamy and rich and soft gelato we have ever tasted!  Of course, only carefully selected high quality ingredients, additive-free preparation, but the cream! That’s amore, as the commercial says, the flavors are rounded and rich, smooth yet not in the silky way, completed with surprising crunchy pieces here and there. Salted caramel and Zabaione are Heaven on Earth, also the fruit flavors are just perfect. We loved Fig and Chestnut, worth to mention that some flavors among fruit are also dairy free.
And in Come il Latte is not all about flavors! The crunchy cones and whipped cream and chocolate topping take the gelato-experience to a higher level giving the hedonist what they deserve! You can have your cone or cookie dipped in white or dark chocolate, or you can ask the chocolate topping onto your gelato , it’s included in the price of your cone.

 

ilgrezzo urbana gelatoIl Grezzo
Via Urbana, 130

Ok, it’s not the classic gelateria but they are definitely a unique spot in the supertrendy via Urbana as the first raw and vegan place in Rome! All their creations are made with organic, vegan and raw very high quality ingredients. The heart of these is the raw chocolate of not toasted but dried beans. All the cakes, cookies, pralines and desserts are made this way, raw and vegan, and they are incredibly delicious!  In the summer they have also gelato, made with almond milk, cashews and coconut meat for the creamy texture, sweetened by coconut sugar. This preparation method takes to a very intense flavor, like in coffee and chocolate, you will definitely not need a coffee afterwards. Fruit flavors are also all with organic fruit, lemon is something fabulous, mango is also a favourite.
If you’re not so into gelato, try the Sacher cake or Mango cheesecake – you won’t regret it!

 

Read also the first part of the Treasure Hunt for the Best Gelato in Rome!