If you are planning a trip to the ancient capital of Italy, Rome, then you there are many good reason to visit it during the summer. From April to October the city essentially becomes a big piazza. Although there is no real off-season, if you like a really hot holiday, then August is a very good time to find decent hotel deals, as a lot of Romans head to the beach. In the following article we will look at some things to see and do in Rome this summer, which you will find particularly useful if you are completely new to Rome and Italy.
Villa Borghese holds one of the world’s biggest and greatest private art collections. Among the visual treats are Titian’s Sacred and Profane, as well as Benini’s stunning sculpture of Apollo and Daphne and a plethora of Caravaggio originals. Even if you fancy a break from the art overload, the beautifully landscaped gardens surrounding the house are just as aesthetically appealing especially on warm summer afternoons.
Roman Forum And Palatine
This is one of the places in Rome that you should at all costs make sure you have time to visit. To get the best out of your trip, print of a plan of how it looked in the time of the Roman Empire, although you can buy a map from the visitor centre. Having that to hand will help you appreciate the true sense of majesty and power the empire had when it ruled most of the known world.
You should also make sure you while you are there that you take the fully guided tour of the Casa Di Augusto, the intimate and modest private residency of Roman Emperor Augusto. Although this will cost you 12 Euros (£10), it is definitely worth it as it gives you a good indication of what it was like to be one of the earliest rulers of the Roman Empire and includes entry to the famous Colosseum.
Ninfa is one of the most beautiful gardens all of Italy and was worked on between the 1920’s and 1960’s by the Caetani family where an old and abandoned village of medieval times used to sit, around 37 miles from Rome. Don’t worry if you don’t have a car as you can still get to Ninfa by taking the train to Latina on the Naples line and then getting in a taxi.
Rock In Roma
Every year these is a massive rock festival held at the Capanelle racecourse in Rome that last year saw artists such as Green Day, Neil Young, The Killers, Deep Purple, Blur, Mark Knopfler, Bruce Springsteen and the Arctic Monkeys take to the stage.
Estate Romana from June to October
The umbrella term translated as Roman Summer refers to a citywide schedule of theatre performances and dance performances, open air concerts, cinema screenings and other events that really bring Rome to life during the hot summery months. One of the highlights is always the Isola Del Cinema held on the Tiber Island.