When NOT to visit Rome

What is the best season to visit Rome? We really don’t know…The right question should be instead: when not to visit Rome?

FALL

The sun is often there: days in September are still warm and keep that sweet taste of summer. It’s the period of the harvest and of the historical “ottobrate romane“, the Sunday trips (sometimes they took place also on Thursdays) Romans used to take until the twentieth century, but that still recall the good weather and the desire to enjoy the city. Theatres reopens and from November we are getting ready for Christmas. Lights and decorations make Rome even more beautiful and magical.

WINTER

Grey is not a common color for the Eternal City, despite the cold air and the clouds. In fact, the sun never completely leaves it, even if you can expect rain (and, very rarely, some snowflakes). Restaurants and pubs are crowded, Rome lights up and there is so much to do: exhibitions, shows, concerts, events. It’s also the perfect period to discover food and art.

 

SPRING

The beautiful season is in the air: Rome smells of flowers and rebirth. Romans organize picnics in the parks, they start to stay outside bars and restaurants. They organize walks and historical-cultural visits outdoors. The temperature is really pleasant and, although it may rain, its colors become warmer. There are still many exhibitions, events, theatrical and musical performances to choose from.

 

SUMMER

It’s hot, very hot! The whole life of the city moves outside. Some pubs and bars close and move to the Tiber river and you can eat and and drink al fresco. The music festivals fill the parks and stadiums, the Globe at Villa Borghese is full of performances and the weekend you can go to the Roman coast. Rome dresses up in every corner and its sunsets alway leave you breathless.

Ostia Beach (Photo credit: atreboroby-Instagram)

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5 things to do in Rome in August

August in Rome means warm, less chaos and many events not to be missed. The city is not overcrowded, because many Romans leave for their Summer holidays, and this makes it quieter and even more pleasant to travel far and wide.
Summer is at its peak: so why don’t you enjoy it from an wonderful point of view? Here are the 5 things to do in Rome in August, that you must try!

Lungo il Tevere…Roma

This is the Summer appointment par excellence. “Lungo il Tevere Roma” becomes one of the busiest places in the city. Many kinds of restaurants, bars and pubs one after the other, which can satisfy every need. But there’s something more: until September there are different events such as theater performances, open-air cinema, live performances and cultural exhibitions. How about spending a few hours in the cheerful company of Roman nightlife?
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Beaches and sea

Rome has an enviable position, because it allows you to easily reach towns on the sea. You’ll be spoilt for choice among Ostia, Fregene, Ladispoli, Anzio, Nettuno… You just have to choose, to enjoy the sea and the good weather, but also some delicious seafood recipe.
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Ostia (Credits @giuliano.col-Instagram)

The “Castelli Romani”

After exploring the most famous monuments in the world, you can take a day trip out of the city. Direction? The Castelli Romani. In fact, just a few kilometers from the Eternal city there are some very characteristic small towns, which have a lot to offer (as well as a little shelter from the heat!) Ariccia, Frascati, Castelgandolfo, with its swimming lake: places to discover, especially during the Summer.
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Castel Gandolfo

Outdoor venues

From June to September, many clubs in Rome move outdoors: is there a better way to enjoy a dinner or a drink while surronding by breathtaking views? Those who love dancing and live music will find evenings and events for all tastes. With an unusual aspect: probably with less crowd!
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“Viaggio nei Fori”

Music, special effects and a wonderful location for a really magical event. the Forum of Augustus and the Forum of Caesar are illuminated to accompany the spectators in the life of Ancient Rome. Viaggio nei Fori is a show that will make your holidays in the Eternal City even more unforgettable. And the August evenings are perfect for enjoying this journey.
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Viaggio nei Fori (Facebook page)

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3 non-touristy things to do in Rome

There are a lot of things to do in Rome. Places such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Fori Imperiali must be visited, even if they are “touristic” places. But there are other places in the Eternal City to discover, even if they normally remain outside the tourist tours, or typical Roman customs to be adopted. Even just for a few days!

The nightlife of Ponte Milvio

A bridge with a great view, which became famous for the padlocks that young couples used to leave here as a proof of their everlasting love. Surrounded by restaurants, bars and pubs that are able to satisfy every taste and need, Ponte Milvio is a perfect place to live after sunset, to enjoy romantic moments followed by an aperitif or a dinner. A different point of view, but always beautiful and even trendy, on the Eternal City.

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A walk in San Lorenzo neighbourhood

It is the ‘student area’ par excellence, where university students and very young boys use to spend thier days and nights. There are many places to choose from for a pizza or a cocktail. San Lorenzo maybe doesn’t have that charm of other more known and elegant areas of the city, but it is still another face left out by the classic guides about Rome. For a bohemian evening out of the box.

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Discovering Porta Portese

Porta Portese is probably the most famous market in the city. It’s a historic one, where you can buy everything from clothing to antiques, products and accessories for your home to vinyls and various objects. It is held every Sunday in the Trastevere area. It is a symbol of a Rome that perhaps no longer exists but that does not forget its traditions. 

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Majestic, ancient, contemporary, happy and traditional: Rome really has many, wonderful faces. Each of them makes it more and more unique.

Experiencing Rome off the beaten path

The Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the spanish Steps are unique places in the world. The Janiculum, the Pincio and the Zodiac: wonderful panoramic views over the city. Stories, anecdotes and memories make these places of Rome even more special. But there are also other itineraries that can make you fall in love with the Eternal City. Unusual paths that cross neighborhoods, squares and alleys of the most authentic ‘Roman spirit‘ to be experienced.

CINECITTÀ

The name of this neighbourhood already suggests its main attraction: the famous Cinecittà Studios, where they have been filmed about three thousand movies, both national and international. That “Factory of dreams” 100% Italian that today you can visit thanks to the project “Cinecittà shows off” . But it is not the only place you can visit by going to Cinecittà. Not far away there is in fact the beautful Park of the aqueducts, which is perfect for walking, relaxing and enjoying its timeless beauty. Here you can also find nice restaurants, bars and pubs.

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EUR

A particular, modern neighbourhood where you can admire the famous “Nuvola” by Fuksas and the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also called the “Colosseo Quadrato“, now the Fendi headquarters. But the EUR is also known for the amusement park that has accompanied generations of children and has recently reopened under new clothes, the Luneur Park; for the Palazzo dei Congressi – where various fairs and events take place – and for its lake which, surrounded by greenery, is a nice place to be discovered in spring. Morover, its bars, discos and restaurants animate the Roman nightlife.

Colosseo Quadrato (Photo credit: @david_conti1)

PIGNETO

Those who love the auteur cinema will surely know Pigneto thanks to the movies by Pier Paolo Pasolini. The “Bar Necci” and its street art continue celebrating the great director, who had found a place of inspiration here, but today the neighborhood is even more. It is considered among the most “cool” ones in Europe. Thanks to its lively soul, to the clubs and restaurants where you can listen to live music and enjoy traditional Roman cuisine, but also that trendy and artistic atmosphere that blends with the most authentic and genuine Rome. Its pedestrian area is the heart of Pigneto: culture, tradition, modernity and history enclosed in a single place.

Street art (Photo credit:@lia_in_corea)

5 things to do in Rome in Summer

Wear a hat, comfortable and light clothes and don’t forget a bottle of water:  this is how you can prepare yourself to the great Roman summer. The city is more alive than ever, it’s colorful and cheerful, and there are many activities to choose from in order to deal with its (hot) days. Because Rome is really special, even in Summer!

Lungo il Tevere…Roma

Restaurants, pubs, cinemas, but also theatrical performances, concerts and exhibitions: Lungo il Tevere..Roma is the event that every summer – this year from June 8th to September – takes place on the banks of the river, which becomes the beating heart of the city nightlife. An unmissable appointment for those seeking for not only culture, but also fun.

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Zoomarine

A water park close to Rome, where you can not only have fun (and looking for fresh air!) but also participate in special events and interact with dolphins, seals and penguins. Zoomarine is the ideal place for children and can be reached with the special shuttle that leaves from Termini station.

Sea or…lake

The city becomes very hot and after a nice walk to the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and Piazza Venezia, do you feel like spending a day at the beach? The beaches (and the clubs!) Of Ostia can be reached by the Rome-Lido line train from the Piramide metro station. If you love lakes more, Castelgandolfo is suitable for swimming and is definitely worth a visit.

Ostia beach (Credits crib18-Instagram)

Catacombs

To escape the heat, but at the same time enjoy the millennial history of Rome, why not plan a visit to its famous catacombs? Those of San Callisto are among the most important in Rome and are located on the Via Appia Antica. But you can also opt for those of San Sebastiano and Domitilla.

Viaggio nei Fori

Music, special effects and a great location for a magical event: the Forum of Augustus and the Forum of Caesar from April 21 to November 11 are illuminated to accompany the spectators in the life of Ancient Rome. Viaggio nei Fori is a show that will make your holidays in the Eternal City even more unforgettable.

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Summer is coming, so start planning your vacation in Rome!

 

5 reasons to fall in love with Rome

Beyond the beauty and its wonderful monuments. There are some aspects of Rome that will make you fall in love with the Eternal City: not only its magnificence, but also the habits and customs of those who live there. Because Rome is always a great surprise and experiencing the city means being able to appreciate what makes it unique.

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JOY

“Dear” and “darling” are very common words to greet those you know, even if you are not close friends: in a shop, at the hairdresser’s, at the bakery. If you are having a bad day, don’t worry: there is always someone who makes you smile with a joke or a nice word.

FUN

There is always something to do. An event, an exhibition, a concert, a theatre, a special evening in a club, a new restaurant to try: in Rome you do not risk getting bored. Never!

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DISCOVERY

From Rome you can reach many beautiful places: it is close to the sea, the lakes and the mountains. In addition to the surroundings of the city and the many cities of Lazio,  you can choose Abruzzo, Tuscany, Umbria and Campania for your trips. Florence, Milan and Bologna are easily reachable by train. You only have to decide where to go!

WEATHER

The weather is truly enviable. Winter is usually mild, spring is a triumph of colors and scents, autumn is a bit cooler than summer and summer is very hot, but you can go to the beach or choose one of the many pools open in the city. The sun often shines so bright and Rome with the sun is wonderful!

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CHOICE

There are so many shops to choose from for shopping: there are deals on every corner. From the most popular brands to craft shops. And the choice also concerns food: starred restaurants, but also traditional restaurants, pubs, street food and pizzerias. Every desire can be easily satisfied.

 

“In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.” George Eliot

5 esperienze da vivere a Roma almeno una volta nella vita-2 parte

Roma è la capitale del mondo! In questo luogo si riallaccia l’intera storia del mondo, e io conto di essere nato una seconda volta, d’essere davvero risorto, il giorno in cui ho messo piede a Roma. Le sue bellezze mi hanno sollevato poco a poco fino alla loro altezza. (Goethe)

La bellezza di Roma colpisce ed è in grado di dare allegria e conforto. La città offre cultura, divertimento, relax, buon cibo e ogni volta che si decide di visitarla c’è un nuovo angolo da scoprire, un nuovo gusto da assaporare. Le esperienze che la Città Eterna può offrire sono davvero moltissime: ecco la seconda lista delle cose da fare assolutamente a Roma almeno una volta nella vita (hai già letto la prima?)  

  • Andare alla scoperta dell’Appia Antica

Percorrendo equella che viene chiamata la “Regina Viarum”, ossia la splendida Appia Antica, sembra di essere stati catapultati in un altro mondo. La campagna romana si fonde con il patrimonio storico e architettonico, regalando scorci suggestivi e molto particolari. La parte visitabile inizia dalla Porta di San Sebastiano fino alla località Frattocchie, dove si ricongiunge con l’Appia Nuova. Lungo l’Appia Antica è possibile visitare la tomba di Cecilia Metella, ma anche noleggiare una bici per percorrerla in lungo e largo.

  • Fare shopping in via del Corso

Una passeggiata tra negozi di tutti i tipi, partendo da Piazza Venezia fino a Piazza del Popolo è sicuramente d’obbligo. Via Del Corso è una delle strade dello shopping più frequentate della città e tra i suoi vicoli è possibile trovare pizzerie, osterie, bar e gelaterie per riposarsi dopo tanta fatica! 

  • Assaggiare la “sorchetta”

Avete mai sentito parlare della famosa “sorchetta” o “sorchetta doppio schizzo”? È un dolce tipico molto particolare e dalla forma un po’ “equivoca” (da cui prende il nome): una sorta di brioche da farcire con creme a scelta e panna. Il “Sorchettaro” si trova nei pressi dalla stazione Termini ed è aperto dalla sera al mattino presto. Un appuntamento notturno e peccaminoso che vale la pena concedersi!

  • Mangiare puntarelle e baccalà

Filetti di baccalà fritto e puntarelle: non si può lasciare Roma senza averli provati. Il Filettaro di Santa Barbara, a due passi da Campo De’ Fiori, è famosissimo ed è anche il posto ideale in cui rifugiarsi dopo una giornata trascorsa a visitare la città.  

  • Visitare la Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura  

Una delle 4 basiliche papali di Roma, la seconda per dimensioni dopo quella di San Pietro: oltre a essere imponente e suggestiva, la Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura ha un grandioso atrio con 150 colonne da cui è possibile ammirarne la facciata, ricoperta da un mosaico dorato. Non è in centro città (è situata lungo la via Ostiense), ma merita senza dubbio una visita.

Roma è una meta da visitare con gli occhi, la mente ma soprattutto il cuore.

3 traditions you can’t miss in Rome

Planning a holiday in Rome is not easy at all. There are so many things to do: which museums to visit? Which dishes to taste? What experiences to try?
But in addition to monuments and restaurants, in Rome it is also possible to experience truly unique events, because they are rooted in the history, culture and traditions of the city. In particular there are 3 events you can’t miss, very much felt by the Romans and that will show you a different aspect of the Eternal City.

Natale di Roma

The “Natale di Roma” is celebrated on April 21: it refers to the foundation of the city. According to the legend Romulus, after the murder of his brother Remus, founded Rome that day in 753 b.c. Every year, in the days before and after this date, conventions, exhibitions, historical re-enactments, guided tours, meetings and cultural and musical events take place in the historical center of the city. You can breathe the love that many Romans and visitors have for this city.

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Festa de ‘noantri

This festival is celebrated in honor of the Beata Vergne del Carmelo (Vigin Mary) in July, in the rione Trastevere. It is certainly one of the most felt festivals by Roman people and its origins probably date back to 1535. The program usually includes religious initiatives, folk music concerts and theatrical performances.

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Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

San Pietro and San Paolo are the patrons of the city of Rome and the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast is observed on 29 June. Several initiatives are organized to celebrate them. The most famous are the “infiorata“, the traditional event that can boast 400 years of history, and the pinwheel (girandola in Italian). During the infiorata in Piazza Pio XII over a thousand masters florists from different countries of the world donate floral paintings to St. Peter and Paul in front of the basilica. La girandola is a show of fireworks in sync with music that took place in Castel Sant’Angelo for several years, while in the last two years it has been set up on the Terrace of the Pincio, clearly visible from Piazza del Popolo.

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These 3 special traditions should be experienced at least once in life.

6 things NOT to do when in Rome

The big day has arrived: you are about to visit Rome! The city of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain,  Spanish Steps: it is almost a paradise. But have you ever thought about what it’s better NOT to do in Rome?
An old proverb says: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. But if you really cannot identify with the life of the Romans, at least try to avoid these 5 things

Order cappuccino for lunch
In Rome (and in general in Italy) you can have cappuccino for breakfast in the morning, along with a croissant. In any other occasion it would be out of place and also a bit weird. Can you have it after 11am? Yes you can , at dawn, before returning home after an evening spent at the disco.

Get wet in the fountains
Roman summers can be really hot, but this is not a good reason to look for refreshment in the historic fountains of Rome. And it is also forbidden to consume food, climb or sit on the marble: you could be fined. In fact, art must be respected and preserved.

Wear uncomfortable heels or shoes
Are you a fashion addicted? Very well: Rome is a city that definitely appreciates fashion. But to get around on foot, it’s better to avoid heels and shoes must be comfortable: the city is famous for its cobblestones, which do not go well with the heels. And especially in the summer do not forget to wear a hat: the sun can be very strong!

Throw a coin into each fountain
The only fountain in which it is possible to throw a coin hoping for the return to Rome is Trevi Fountain. In all the other historic fountains of the city it is neither necessary nor recommended.

Wear skimpy clothes
If your plan includes visiting the St. Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Vatican Museums or the other beautiful churches in Rome, avoid low-cut t-shirts, miniskirts or shorts. With these clothes you could take a walk on the beaches of Ostia, but do not visit sacred places!

Ask for tap water at the restaurant
In the restaurants, taverns and pizzerias of Rome, water is exclusively bottled. On the contrary, walking through the streets of the city you can take advantage of the famous “nasoni” to cool off and have some fresh and good water. Better to avoid buying bottles in the kiosks in the center, where prices are particularly high.

The Eternal City can offer unforgettable memories. The important thing is to respect it and seize its most authentic sides, also through the customes and traditions of those who live there.

Rome at Christmas, 3 things to do

Rome is a really fascinating city, but during the Christmas holidays it becomes even magical. The city lights up and you can breathe a very special atmosphere. You can feel something different in the air. But what to do in the Eternal City at Christmas? Here is our top three!

Visit Christmas Markets in Rome

Decorations, sweets of all kinds – including nougats and candies- toys and many gift ideas: a visit to Christmas markets is a must. The most famous one is definitely in Piazza Navona, which this year returns traditionally from 2 December to 6 January after a few years of absence, where you can also find music and children’s rides. But it is not the only one: there is also a Christmas market in Piazza Re di  Roma, in the San Giovanni district and in the Auditorium of Rome. In the Castle of Lunghezza, a few miles from Rome, there is Santa Claus waiting for all the children.

Have a walk in the historic center of Rome

A beautiful Christmas tree and a wonderful crib make St. Peter’s Square even more impressive. But also Piazza Venezia and the Spanish Steps host two different Christmas trees every year. What about the fully illuminated via del Corso and all the well-groomed boutiques in via Condotti? Strolling in the historic center of Rome becomes a real experience and even shopping is more enjoyable: all the shops extend their opening hours (and then they close on 25 and 26 December).

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Try the Roman Christmas traditions

December 24th and 25th are days dedicated to the family. On Christmas Eve you eat fish, while the Christmas Day is dedicated to delicious dishes such as lasagna, baked oak or fried potatoes, Roman artichokes and, of course, nougats, panettone and pandoro! Restaurants offer traditional dishes or re-interpreted ones, but the Christmas atmosphere remains intact: it is a beloved holiday in Rome as well as in Italy and you can notice it on the table!

Spending Christmas in Rome is an adventure full of beauty, events and traditional dishes: an experience to try!