Avoid long lines, be aware of holidays, and take a note of the best beaches by planning ahead
Hot summer months are definitely the case when it comes to Rome. Temperatures tend to range from 20°C to 35°C and the humidity can be brutally high. As you plan your trip to Rome, here are our tips to make the most of your summer holiday to the Eternal City.
This tip is true no matter what time of year you are coming to Rome, by booking your tickets online you can save some money and avoid long lines. During the summer, you can expect multiple closures so be sure to check if your desired attraction will be open in advance. Also, book some unique Roman experiences ahead of time, take a pasta making class, go on a vespa tour, or check out the eclectic city street art. For a full list of experiences, check out our Romeing Shop.
Keep in Mind Ferragosto
It is especially important to plan ahead if you’re coming in August because of an Italian holiday called Ferragosto. Ferragosto is celebrated for multiple reasons, it was originally introduced in 18 BC as part of the festivals of Emperor Augustus, but now it signifies the Virgin Mary’s assumption into Heaven. Regardless of why they celebrate, around August 15, many Italians take this time to travel and escape the city. Therefore many restaurants, shops and museums like the Vatican Museums will be closed on August 15th. Keep this in mind as you plan your vacation and especially your tickets to the Vatican Museums!
Take a Day Trip
If none of your desired attractions are open, do as the Italians do and take a vacation from your time in Rome. Go on a hike to the fairyland that is Civita di Bagnoregio, see Rome’s very own ghost town Ostia Antica, explore the Garden of Nymphs, or visit the beautiful Island of Ponza. For more day trip suggestions, check out our list of spectacular spots for unique day trips from Rome.
Go for a swim
In the summer months, Romans love to escape the city heat and take a dip at nearby beaches. In August, we recommend that you live like a local and enjoy some fun in the sun. Visit some of the nearby beaches like convenient Ostia, hipster Fregene, or family-friendly Santa Severa. For a full list of the best beaches, check out our guide of where to go to the beach from Rome.
If you can’t spare some time to go to the beach, we suggest going to an outdoor pool in the city. Rome has a wide selection of pools, from luxurious spas like Aqvi Blu to budget friendly centers like Club Lanciani. For a full list of pools in Rome, check out our story on Rome’s outdoor pool guide.
Dine al Fresco
One of the best parts of Rome in the summer is outside dining. As the sun sets over the bustling Roman streets, you can enjoy a traditional Roman Carbonara in the fresh summer breeze. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, we suggest that you check out places like Osteria delle Coppelle near Piazza Navona, Tree Bar in Flaminio, or Roma Sparita in Trastevere; just make sure to call in advance to check if the family isn’t on vacation. For a full list of the best al fresco dining restaurants, check out our breakdown of the best outdoor restaurants in Rome.