7 (very cool) things to do in Rome this summer

I’m back inne engliche to give you some tips and tricks about surviving the warm season in the Eternal City.

So, you’re visiting Rome during the summer, huh? Brace yourself; it’s hot as hell. Make sure to bring a hat, lots of sunscreen, a reusable water bottle (there are drinking fountains everywhere in the city) and, my personal essential, a micellar water mist. Wear comfortable shoes and breathable clothes, and be as naked as you can. #freethenipple Got it? Okay, you’re good to go.

Rome is a wonderful city, and there is so much to do, to see and to eat all year ‘round. But during the summer months, it’s best to avoid the crowded, zero-shaded places like the Vatican, the Coliseum or the Trevi Fountain – at least during the middle of the day. But don’t worry, there is plenty of other nice stuff to keep you occupied (and sometimes to keep you cool-ish).

The Parks

There’s, of course, the famous Villa Borghese park, in the centre. But there’s so much more! A couple subway stops away, you’ll find the impressive Parco degli Acquedotti, a green and flowery park decorated by kilometres of ancient Roman aqueducts. There is also the beautiful Villa Ada, with its nice lakes and summer concerts, or Parco della Caffarella, in which you can come across sheeps, cows, rabbits or chickens. After a lil’ nature stroll, you’ll feel very far from the busy city. Just grab a blanket, a couple of cold beers, some fruits, un po di prosciutto and a bit of fresh cheese and, voilà! A perfect summery picnic setting. PS: It’s legal to drink everywhere in Rome, basically, so no need to sweat it, but be aware that there are usually no public toilets in the parks. Hold it in or use a goold ol’ bush.

The Beaches

A lot of nice beaches – I mean, it’s not Amalfi, but it does the job – are easily reachable by public transport from Rome. The beaches in Ostia are popular, but my personal favourite is Santa Marinella, a bit up north. From Termini station, it’s a 45-minute train ride, and less than 10 euros for a round trip. Worth every penny to swim in the cold sea water during a freakishly hot Italian day!  And the entrance is gratisss’; just bring your own beach towel, a good book, and you’re all set.

The Bars All’aperto

I absolutely did not know that before moving here, but during the summer, lots of popular Roman bars open a second ~estiva~ location in nature; usually near (or on!) the Tiber River, in bushy parks or in cool gardens. They serve alcohol and food and, some nights, you can catch a free concert here and there. Circolo degli agrumi, India Estate, Na’ Cosetta Estiva, Isola Passamonti… I’ll probably grab a spritz in all of them sooner or later this season!

The Museums

They have AC. And you’ll learn stuff. What more do you want? Some of them even have cool summer events and festivals, like the museum of modern art MAXXI.

The Historic Aperitivi

Do you want to grab a drink and a bite in incredible archeological places, exceptionally open at night just for the feast of your eyes (and of your stomach)? The Aperitivo Archeologico are organizing exactly that all summer, all around the city. It costs about 20 euros, and includes a visit, food and wine. You’ll need to book a bit in advance, though (on Facebook). A very cool and different way to visit the historic wonders of the city, if you ask me.

The Cinemas Sotto Le Stelle

Or «Cinemas under the stars». Cute, eh? You’ll find them all around the city, mostly in parks and public piazzas. Explore the cinematographic events on Facebook to find a movie you’d like to watch; it’ll probably be in Italian, but there are subtitles from time to time. Maybe you’ll be lucky! With a nice bottle of red wine and some snacks, the experience is enjoyable in any language anyway.

The Pools

They are expensive. They are hard to find. But hey, I promise you will not care about spending a buck or two to cool down after a day of walking around in 45 degrees weather! You have a couple options; you can pay a lot of money (around 80 euros) to go lounge in a 5-star hotel pool terrace (like at the Radisson Blu), or you can pay a bit less (around 15 euros) to take a dip in a communal pool, with children screaming around you (like at Summer Village). With a drink in hand, it’s tolerable. My advice? Go sooner than later, as they fill up really quickly, and they have a maximum of guests they can accommodate in one day. Oh, and bring your swimming cap! (I’m not even kidding.)

Have fun - and drink a lot of water! xo