What to do on a rainy day in Rome

Rome has a pretty mild climate and it’s gorgeous in every season. But sometimes you can encounter bad weather and rain. This is not a problem, because there are plenty of great things in the Eternal City to see and visit on rainy days. Find them out!

  • Museums

Visit a museum! Even if it’s raining, you stay dry and warm, spending a lovely time discovering masterpieces. You are spoiled for choice, because Rome has many interesting museums. If you’d like to learn something about the Roman history, you can go to the Capitoline Museums. If you prefer contemporary art, there’s the Maxxi Museum or the Galleria Nazionale for Modern Art. Otherwise, if you are lucky, you have already purchased tickets for the Vatican Museums or the Borghese Gallery.

The Borghese Gallery

  • Pantheon

This is one of the best places to go on a rainy day in Rome. You can witness drops of rain entering the famous oculus at the top of the dome and then magically draining away: they don’t get the marble floor soaking wet. Now the Patheon is free, but visitors will have to pay to enter it by early next year.

  • Churches

Head to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which is one of the most beautiful churches in the Eternal City, or to Santa Maria di Montesano and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, “the twin churches” in Piazza del Popolo. There are a lot of churches, even smaller and hidden ones, that you can visit in Rome. St. Peter’s Basilica will be probably crowded, but there’s no harm in trying.

Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore

  • Catacombs

Get underground and escape the rain! Discover the catacombs in Rome, full of mystery and history. Read our post about the most famous ones and get ready, they are really special places.

  • Coffee (or aperitivo)

Go inside a lovely cafè or bar, have a cappuccino in the morning or a good aperitivo in the late afternoon. Rome is also the habits of all the people who live there and Romans (as Italians in general) love sitting and having something to drink. You can find many nice bars especially close to Piazza Navona or in Trastevere neighborhood.

There’s always something to do on a rainy day in Rome and its sunsets with post-rain skies are simply breathtaking.

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5 cose da fare a Roma in primavera

Il peggio è passato e il freddo è ormai un ricordo. Roma comincia a rifiorire, un sole caldo riempie le giornate e piacevoli profumi inebriano l’aria.

Sì, forse la primavera è la stagione migliore per visitare la Città Eterna: nonostante non sia per niente facile stilare una classifica di tutto ciò che si può fare in città in primavera, ecco le 5 appuntamenti che noi non perdiamo mai!

I Natali di Roma

Quando nasce una dea tutti le devono rendere omaggio, è una legge non scritta tra le sfere celesti. E così deve essere: il 21 Aprile si celebrano i Natali di Roma e tanti cittadini, romani e non,  rendono il doveroso saluto alla città madre dell’occidente.

Ogni anno tra le vie del centro storico sfilano volontari del gruppo  storico romano che con rappresentazioni suggestive rievocano i fasti dell’antica Roma.  Se avete deciso di passare per Roma, ricordatevi che questo è il suo 2770 compleanno.

Hanami di Roma

Un angolo  di Giappone all’Eur. Se siete amanti dell’oriente, non potete assolutamente esimervi da una visita al famoso laghetto dell’Eur, dove si trovano 2500 Ciliegi che il Giappone donò all’Italia il 20 luglio 1959.

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Un bellissimo posto dove fare una passaggiata, ammirare i ciliegi in fiore e magari, praticare un pò di canotaggio in una delle numerose associazioni presenti sulle sponde del lago.

Lancio di Rose al Pantheon

Ogni tradizione che si rispetti si ripete ogni anno, e così il prossimo 4 giugno una pioggia di rose scenderà all’interno del PantheonQuesta ricorrenza segna la fine delle Pentecoste e risale all’insediamento dei primi cristiani a Roma. La Rosa rappresentava infatti  rappresentava lo Spirito Santo ed era il simbolo del sangue versato dal Crocefisso per la redenzione dell’umanità.

Credits: @Romaaeterna

In origine petali di rose venivano fatti cadere sui fedeli dal lucernaio della cupola dell’antico Pantheon a simboleggiare le lingue di fuoco della sapienza. Uno spettacolo davvero unico, che ogni anno richiama moltissimi turisti e romani.

Roseto Comunale

Il 21 aprile per i romani è una data importante: non solo per il natale della propria città, ma anche perchè segna l’apertura del Roseto comunale. Situato nei pressi del Circo Massimo ad ingresso gratuito, il Roseto ospita 1.100 le varietà di rose botaniche, antiche e moderne, provenienti da tutto il mondo. Da non perdere le rose botaniche, risalenti a più di 40 milioni di anni fa.

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Con un panorama invidiabile il Roseto non vi deluderà.

Pic-nic a Villa Ada

Felici, ma stanchi, perché reduci da una settimana di code ai musei, tour dei monumenti e visite di tanti angoli paticolari di Roma? Concedetevi una giornata di riposo e approfittate di uno dei numerosi parchi che Roma offre e organizzate un pic nic! Villa Ada è un parco situato nel quadrante nord di Roma, con una storia millenaria: è il punto in cui si uniscono i due fiumi di Roma, Aniene e Tevere: ai romani piace passeggiare tra i sentieri di questo parco, trovare ristoro all’ombra e mangiare in compagnia qualcosa preparato a casa, o semplicemente una pizza con la mortadella.

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Bambini, giovani, aspiranti giocolieri, atleti, padroni con i cani a passaggio e anziani sulle panchine: una fenomenologia degli abitanti della Città Eterna!

Five little secrets of Rome’s most famous sites you probably don’t know

Rome is one of the most famous and beautiful city in the world. It can surprise everyone, thanks to its history, art and unique places. But are you sure you know every little secret of its most visited monuments? Here you find five fun facts about the Eternal City.

  • Colosseum

It’s the symbol of the city, the breathtaking proof of the greatness of Ancient Rome. Once upon a time it was covered by marble, which was used to build the Saint Peter’s Basilica and other important buildings. The missing part, which gives it its  asymmetric profile, was destroyed by an eartquake in 851 a.c.

colosseo-gennaio

  • Piazza Navona

In Ancient Rome this amazing place was a oval-shaped stadium, built by the Emperor Domitian. It’s still possible to visit the ruins of the old structure. Sometimes ancient Romans would even flood the stadium and hold naval battles there: maybe that’s why now it’s called “Navona”, which means “big ship”.

  • Pantheon

The most captivating part of the Pantheon- it used to be a pagan temple, then transformed into a church- is its dome, with the hole, called oculus, in the top. Roman engineers built the dome lightening it as much as possible; its special structure doesn’t allow the rain to fall inside frequently. If it happens, the floor is slanted and drains the water.

pantheon-gennaio

  • Campo De’Fiori

Now it’s a delicious square, with reasturants and shops. But during the XVII century, executions used to be held publicly here. The famous philosophy Giordano Bruno was burnt alive in this place: that’s why now we find a monument dedicated to him.

  • Trevi Fountain

According to the legend, you have to throw  a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder to return to Rome. Almost every tourist who visits the fountain does it. But what happens to all the coins into the fountain? They are collected by Caritas, a Roman Catholic charity, to fund projects for poor people.

fontana-di-trevi-gennaio

 

Unforgettable Rome: the perfect romantic weekend

Two days in Rome: it’s not an ordinary holiday, but it’s your perfect romantic escape. Two hearts and a mission: spend some time in the Eternal City for what will be remembered as one of the most beautiful trip of your life.

Ambitious? Not really…

Campo De'Fiori (Photo credit: @giuliaravaioli-Instagram)

Campo De’Fiori (Photo credit: @giuliaravaioli-Instagram)

DAY 1

Breakfast at Roscioli Caffé, close to Largo di Torre Argentina: a nice cappuccino and a ‘cornetto’ (a croissant) to start your lovely first day in Rome. Campo De’Fiori, which is just at the end of the street, welcomes you to its colorful and peculiar market. Piazza Navona is a 5-minute walk: it’s such a beautiful square that you won’t stop kissing! And if you suddenly feel hungry, you only have to choose: Piazza Navona is surrounded by many restaurants and bars. In the afternoon, the Pantheon, and then Trevi Fountain, are the right choice to continue your day with beauty, before spending the night in the Monti neighborhood: nice restaurants and bars and a magic (and authentic) atmosphere. 

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

DAY 2

Rome is in your hands: your second day starts at Colosseum, the place where, holding each other’s hands, your love will become eternal. From that point, you can go shopping at via del Corso, full of shops, passing through the Spanish Steps. Otherwise you can take the tram no.8 to Trastevere neighborhood, where you can eat, have a walk and experience Roman life. And if love makes you hungry, you can go to Osteria da Zi Umberto for a real Roman lunch (or dinner). So many things to see, so many feelings to keep in your hearts…Try to close your weekend looking at each other under the moonlight, in front of Castel Sant’AngeloYour wedding is just around the corner!

Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo