With wisteria in full bloom, more hours of daylight and new rooftop openings, springtime is in full swing in the Eternal City! Make the most of the season with some of our favorite experiences and if don’t miss the chance to book additional activities through our brand new dedicated concierge service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dine at Doria Pamphili
One of the reasons we love Rome is that it’s a very green city: there are dozens of parks, gardens and leafy piazzas that transport you out into the countryside – even when you’re in the heart of the city! A wonderful way to make the most of the warm weather is to enjoy breakfast, lunch or even a picnic al fresco at Vivi Bistrot inside Villa Doria Pamphili, an elegant and sprawling park located between Trastevere and the Vatican. Located within an 19th century barn, this charming restaurant is beloved for its feminine touches and has a creative menu full of delicious, healthy dishes. After your meal, be sure to wander around the park to see the 17th century Casino del Bel Respiro villa (you can’t visit inside but you can admire the beautiful property from the outside)!
Bike along on the Appian Way
Join our partner and tour guide Rachel Zitin for a panoramic bike along the Via Appia Antica, Rome’s most famous ancient road and the reason we have the saying “All Roads Lead To Rome”. Located south in the city, this historic path runs through the Appia Antica Park that is home to some of Rome’s most important catacombs, including the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, the Catacombs of Domitilla and the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian (plus the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella). It’s one of the most scenic areas to the city and transports you back through time. You’ll also have the chance to visit a sheep farm and sample fresh ricotta and pecorino cheese, a specialty from Lazio.
Catch Rose Petals at the Pantheon
Each year, Rome marks the Christian holiday of Pentecost with a shower of rose petals at the Pantheon. The ancient celebration symbolizes the Holy Spirit’s descent to earth and is truly a sight to behold: you’ll never forget the feeling of seeing thousands of red rose petals dropped from the gigantic oculus of the Pantheon, slowly twirling their way through the expanses of the Pantheon and creating a carpet of petals on the floor of the ancient building. This very special experience will take place this year on June 9th following the 10:30am mass but we recommend showing up by 7:30am to ensure you are snag a spot inside (this event has become extremely popular over the years and space is limited).
Step Into Rome’s Most Elegant Courtyards
Italy’s Associazione di Dimore Storiche, or the Association of Historic Homes, is a network of over 4,000 private residences, gardens, castle and palazzi located in every region of the country. Many of these properties can be visited as museums or through a special request but the association also hosts annual events such as the “Open Courtyards” weekend held each spring in key cities. This year, some of Rome’s most exclusive historic homes will open their doors to the public for free on May 18-19, letting you admire a truly unique part of the country’s cultural heritage.
Food & Wine Tour of Monti
Take part in a delicious cultural and culinary tour of Monti, a bohemian neighborhood just steps from the Colosseum and filled with small-town charm. This 3-hour walk will introduce you to small family-owned businesses, street food hotspots, wine bars and more – all while explaining the history of Roman food, new culinary trends in the capital and ensuring you don’t miss out on the best corners of this quintessential quartiere. This tour is a great to add on after a visit of the Colosseum & Roman Forum.