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.

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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!

 

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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!

Where to buy bus tickets in Rome

Rome is definitely a city to explore by foot. You can discover hidden gems getting yourself lost in its streets, but it is a pretty big city as well. So if you need to see different places and you don’t have enough time to wander around, you can take the metro (lines A, B and C) or you can catch the bus or the tram.

How to buy tickets Rome-TreasureRome blog Ticket cost €1,50 and are active for 100 minutes from validation, or for one metro ride (but you can use it also for buses after the metro within that time period) on urban routes. Thy cal also valid on regional trains: Trenitalia (2nd class only), Roma-Lido, Termini-Centocelle and Roma-Viterbo (urban route).They must be validated: on buses and trams there are machines close to the doors; if you take the metro, you use it to go through the turnstile.

There are self service machines at every metro station, but you can’t buy a ticket on the bus. Actually it could be possible, but only in some buses and you don’t know which ones. Don’t ask the driver, he can’t help you! So where you can purchase them?

  • At a Tabaccheria (Tobacco shops). You can easily find a tabaccheria everywhere in Rome. They sell differents things like cigarettes, sweets, souvenirs, stamps and tickets.Here you can buy a single ticket or multiple single tickets: you can also reload a monthly pass (abbonamento).
  • At an Edicola (kiosk). Here you can buy newspapers and tickets. As the tabaccheria, it’s easy to find it around the city.
  • How to buy tickets Rome-TreasureRome blog On an app: there’s a good one called “MyCicero” to use with a credit card. It’s really  useful because you don’t need to find a shop or change your money.
  • At Atac –the Rome public transportation company- ticket offices (you can also check its site for further information on routes).

If you are planning to experience all that Rome can offer, you can also get a 24, 48 and 72 hours passes.

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Tickets and passes

Enjoy Rome and don’t forget to buy your tickets!

 

The Seven Hills of Rome

Have you ever heard about the Seven hills of Rome? Probably you have, because they are related with the history of Rome’s foundation and development. Today it’s difficult to recognize them due to constructions and changes over the centuries, and they are more like land ridges than hills. But all of them have something special to tell.

Palatine

According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill is where the city of Rome has been founded by Romulus. It is also the most ancient area of Rome: it stands above the Roman Forum on one side and upon the Circus Maximus on the other. Today the whole hill is an archaelogical site, with the ruins of ancient imperial palaces, a “hyppodrome” and landscaped gardens.

Palatine TreasureRome

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Capitoline

In ancient times many important buildings were located here, like the Temple of Jupiter. Today the Capitoline Hill hosts Rome’s City Hall (Campidoglio) and it is dominated by the Altare della Patria and two staircases. One leads to the famous church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli; the other one was designed by Michelangelo and leads up to Piazza del Campidoglio, where also the Capitoline Museums are situated.

Aventine  

According to the legend, the Aventine Hill is where Remus chose to establish his empire while Romulus decided to stay on the Palatine hill. Today it is a famous and visited place thanks to its main attractions like the Garden of Oranges, the church of Santa Sabina and the keyhole of Villa del Priorato di Malta.

Garden of Oranges

Esquiline

It is the largest of the seven Hills of Rome and today it hosts the beautiful Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four Papal churches, as well as other churches, and it is close to Termini station.  

Quirinal

This hill is dominated by Palazzo del Quirinale, where the Presidente della Repubblica italiana lives and where it is also possible to admire an amazing panorama over the Eternal City. Close to Quirinale there are also important churches and monuments like Sant’Andrea al quirinale designed by Bernini; the baroque San Carlo Alle Quattro Fontane designed by Borromini and the quattro Fontane, a crossroads between the ancient via Porta Pia and via Felice, characterized by a fountain on every angle. In the vicinity of the Quirinale there is also the Scuderie del Quirinale, where exhibitions and cultural events take place.

Piazza del Quirinale

Caelian

The Celian is probably the lesser known hill, but it hosts beautiful churches (like the Basilica of San Clemente, the Santo Stefano Rotondo and Basilica dei Quattro Coronati), a lovely park-villa Celimontana- and a military hospital.

Viminal

Situated between the Esquiline and the Quirinal Hills, the viminal is the smallest of the Seven Hills of Rome and it is famous because it is the location of the Termini station, the museum Palazzo Massimo, the Teatro dell’ Opera and the Baths of Diocletian, which worth a visit.

Baths of diocletian (Credits: @orchidearci_book-Instagram)

Le 5 domande più ricercate su Google che riguardano Roma

Cosa chiedereste a Google su Roma? Quale dettaglio o piccolo segreto vorreste che vi svelasse? Ecco quali sono le 5 domande più curiose sulla città cercate online: potrebbero essere anche le vostre!

Perché Roma si chiama Roma?

L’origine del nome della città è in realtà avvolto nel mistero, anche se sono principalmente due le ipotesi al momento più accreditate. Una è quella che fa risalire il nome all’antico nome del Tevere, ossia “Rumon” o “Rumen”: “romanus” quindi, in origine, significava “fluviale” e Roma sarebbe “la città sul fiume”. La seconda ipotesi invece identifica Roma con “rume”, ossia mammella, il nome dato al Palatino-dove venne fondata la città- per le sue due vette che venivano paragonate a un seno. Improbabile che il nome derivi da Romolo, secondo la leggenda il suo fondatore, mentre gli studiosi ritengono più probabile il contrario.

Perché Roma è la città più bella del mondo?

Per la sua storia millenaria. Per i suoi angoli che regalano sempre dettagli inaspettati. Perché il centro storico della città, insieme alle proprietà extraterritoriali della Santa Sede dentro la città e alla Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura sono Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità. Perché Roma ha monumenti straordinari e unici. La risposta a questa domanda può avere moltissime sfumature e nessuna di loro sarebbe errata.

 

Perché Roma è diventata capitale d’Italia?

Roma divenne capitale con la legge del 3 febbraio 1871, dopo che venne annessa al Regno d’Italia dallo Stato pontificio. Ma di questa scelta si stava già discutendo mentre si faceva più reale l’idea dell’unificazione italiana (avvenuta nel 1861). Questo perché il nuovo stato sarebbe stato considerato più grande e potente se avesse avuto un legame con la magnificenza e le indiscusse glorie dell’antico impero.

Perché Roma è detta La città Eterna?

In molti fanno risalire all’imperatore Adriano la prima definizione di Roma come “Città Eterna”. Ma questa espressione, ormai di uso comune per tutto ciò che la città ci ha tramandato, è sicuramente da attribuire anche alla cultura latina, che vedeva enorme valore nella durevolezza del tempo. Roma, anche definita “Caput Mundi”, per la sua grandezza e predominanza nel mondo antico, non poteva che esserne la più alta espressione.

Perché Roma città aperta?

L’espressione “città aperta” signfica che una città è stata ceduta alle forze nemiche senza combattimenti, in modo da risparmiarla dalla distruzione. Questo accadde anche a Roma, quando venne dichiarata tale nel 1943 durante la seconda guerra mondiale, ma solo dalle autorità italiane: una condizione che non venne però ratificata da quelle tedesche. “Roma città aperta” è inoltre il titolo del film del 1945 del regista Roberto Rossellini, con Anna Magnani e Aldo Fabrizi: un racconto corale della vita quotidiana della città occupata dai tedeschi.

The best rooftops for your Summer in Rome

Summer is finally here and Rome is a great place if you are already dreaming of enjoying a drink with a stunning panorama. There are awesome rooftops where you can relax and discover how beautiful life can be surrounded by the beauty of the Eternal City!

Terrazzo Officine Farneto

An Italian aperitivo under the moonlight, listening to some good music: is there a better way to spend a Roman night? Terrazzo Officine Farneto is open from Thursday to Sunday form 7:30 pm. Don’t miss the magic atmosphere of this restaurant and cocktail bar close to the Foro Italico.

Feria

It’s the most relaxing rooftop in Rome. Feria, the “secret garden” of the club Lanificio 159, is open from 6:30 pm to 2am with different kinds of music, food, exhibitions and events every week. You can have a drink or dinner with your partner, friends or family in a fairy-tale location.

Terrazza Posh-Boscolo Exedra

Are you looking for something really exclusive? The Terrazza Posh on the rooftop of the Exedra Hotel has a pool and an amazing view over the city. You can have a drink or a delicious dinner with fish-based dishes, thanks to the chef Niko Sinisgalli. It’s also a few steps away from the Termini station, in the Piazza della Repubblica.

Your unforgettable Summer in Rome starts here!