Summer is over and the weather has changed, but it’s still sunny and temperatures are warm. In October Rome is full of nice colours and smells good. Romans call it “Ottobrate romane”, which refers to the Sunday trips out to the countryside, that people used to go on until the first decades of the 20thcentury to celebrate the end of harvest. So it is a really good period to visit the Eternal city, even if it’s a bit crowded. You won’t be missing the summertime, because skies are often blue and you’ll probably get awesome sunsets.
You can still enjoy the outdoor sites and you can even have dinner or a drink outside: you only need to wear a light jacket, because nights are obviously colder than days. You can combine with a visit to the surroundings- The “Castelli romani” or Bomarzo, for example- or attend one of the many events that take place in the city. Through the end of October you can visit the Colosseum, the Vatican and the Forums by night. It’s not so hot to go sunbathe at the beach- even if it’s nice to have a walk there- but it’s perfect for your seightseeing.
There are many things going on during the whole autumn in Rome, like exhibits, music events, concerts and food festivals. You’ll be spoilt for choice and Rome will be even more magical and charming. Plan your visit!
Halloween in Rome
Halloween is not a typical Italian holiday, but in the last few years it’s becoming more and more popular. You’ll see decorations in shops; discos and bar will organize dress parties and there are many events for children. The first of November is a bit more cherished: schools are closed and it’s a day dedicated to family and relax.
Celebrate the “Ottobrata romana” and experience the city like a Roman!
There are a lot of things to do and see in Rome, as we already know. But if you stay more than three or four days, you can consider visiting the area of the Castelli Romani (Roman Castles in English). They are beautiful towns located in the south-east of Rome’s countryside: not so frequented by tourists, they are definitely worth a visit. There you can discover the essence of Roman traditions and gastronomic culture. In particular, we suggest these three little gems.
It’s a relaxing place, overlooking Lake Albano. It’s well known because it used to be the holiday residence of Popes and cardinals. The lakefront is stunning and there are also some nice restaurants and pubs. The Church of San Tommaso da Villanova, the main church of the town, was created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
It’s famous among Romans for its “fraschette”, the typical local restaurants where you can taste the “porchetta”, ham, salami or homemade pasta with local red wine. But Ariccia is also known as an artistic town, thanks to its “Piazza di Corte” (which was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana) and its bridge, which is massive (and sadly used for suicides).
It’s maybe the most beautiful town of the Castelli Romani. It’s full of bars and restaurants and has a lot to offer for the nightlife. Morover, you can have a stroll trough its amazing small streets and a coffee in the central square: you will discover a really fascinating place.
If you like discovering new places, you just can’t miss the Castelli Romani!