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Planning a trip to Rome in Summer? This post will help you in planning a perfect trip to Rome in Summer months.

Rome is the capital city of Italy is known for famous landmarks like the Colosseum. Rome is also known as the City of Seven Hills and Eternal City. The history of the city dates back to 753 BC which spans for over 28 centuries. The city is one of the oldest cities in Europe thus an architectural hub.

Weather in Rome in Summer

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The city of Rome experiences summer during the months of June to September. Rome in Summer reaches an average temperature of 81 Degree Fahrenheit. The heat in the city is at its peak in the months of July and August. There is often little or no breeze and the summers are sweaty.

There is very little rain during these months and there is very little chance of rain and cool breeze during the summer months. During the winter months, the temperatures are freezing.

General Tips of visiting Rome in Summers

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Spending Summer in Rome is a fabulous idea as there are many things you can experience. There are few tips and tricks to enjoy your summer in Rome and are important for your travel. Here are some tips that you follow for a perfect Summer in Rome.

Order coffee at a bar

Ordering coffee at bar is much more cheaper that ordering at a table. This is because you avoid paying service charges which can increase the bill by large amounts. When you place an order on the counter for you coffee, enjoy your coffee standing up as Italians do not spend much time on the coffee and espresso does not take much time.

Do not order cappuccino

Ordering cappuccino post noon is one of the biggest Italian food crimes. Enjoy your delicious coffee. Italians believe milk is heavy to digest post noon and they are very attentive of their digestion.

Buy a bus ticket before time

If you are travelling to Rome make sure to buy tickets before time as one cannot buy tickets on the bus. Tabaccheria is a convenient store where you can buy your tickets for 24 hours, 48 hours or for a week, totally depending on your trip duration.

Always carry cash

The economy of Rome majorly functions on cash. The small cafes, restaurants and stores would not have the facility to process cards, thus cash is a suitable option. If you’re travelling in a group, it is advisable to pay cash as the large restaurants in the city do not split the bill.

Keep a check on your bags

Rome is a safe city but there are petty crimes that take place in the city. Around the major tourist attractions and public transport, the petty crimes are high. Thus, keep the bags zipped and close to you all the times.

Best time to sightsee in Rome during summer

The summer months of June to September experiences extreme summers. Outdoor sightsee might not be feasible in this case. The best time to visit Rome in Summer is between April and June or September and October. The city is on a vacation during the month of August.

Rome summer holidays to plan for

If you are planning of spending your Summer in Rome, it is advisable to plan around city’s major events. These events start in June. The public holidays fall in Summers and there are many firecrackers, celebrations and parades you can see on your trip to Rome.

Rome will be closed during the summer months of August as they go for holidays. This does not affect the tourist sites but alot of restaurants and cafes are closed in the month of August.

How to get around Rome in Summer

The transport system in Rome is very vast, cheap and user friendly. The main means of transport are metro, bus, tram, urban railway and taxis.

Rome in Summer is accessible through Metro which has three lines and crosses the city diagonally. The bus is the second most popular mode of public transport. The third popular mode of transport in Rome during summers is tram. The tram network is laid out as six lines and have vast connectivity.

Best Things to in Rome in Summer

Colosseum

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Your Colosseum Rome trip is going to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. It’s no wonder that it’s a subject for epic novels, movies, and songs about love and revenge. If you’re planning a visit to Rome, the Colosseum is one of those must-see attractions that you’ll want to include on your itinerary.

In addition to its historical significance, the Colosseum is a major tourist attraction. It attracts more than 5 million visitors a year, which means that you’re likely to encounter tourists when visiting.

Before you make your final booking, here are some tips for enjoying this trip without stress:

Get there early. The best way to avoid crowds is to arrive at the Colosseum as soon as it opens. That gives you an extra hour or two to take in the sights without having to fight through crowds with your back against the wall.

And to be honest dont miss exploring this and Pre Book your tickets to avoid the line and to save time when you are exploring the Colosseum. So no doubt Colosseum is one of the Top Things to do in Rome Italy.

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill (Italian: Palatino [palaˈtiːno]) is the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. It stands 40 metres above the Roman Forum, looking down upon it on one side, and upon the Circus Maximus on the other. From the time of Augustus Imperial palaces were built here.

Travel tips for Palatine Hill for Things to do in Rome:

The Palatine Hill can be visited as part of a tour or independently.

The hill is also open from 9 am to one hour before sunset, so try to plan your visit accordingly.

Palatine Hill can be reached by metro, bus, taxi or on foot; however, there are some steps to climb after entering.

Trevi fountain

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Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous architectural work in the world, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762. The design of Trevi Fountain is based on ancient Roman aqueducts with a combination of Baroque architecture. Its location is on the junction of three ancient streets in Rome, Italy.

Trevi Fountain draws millions of tourists from all over the world each year and is also a symbol of Roman tourism and one of the Top things to do in Rome. If you want to go to Trevi Fountain, it is convenient for you to take Line A to Spagna Station and walk about 450 meters (about 5 minutes).

Pantheon

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Pantheon the perfect place for travellers who want to see the ancient Roman history and culture. The Pantheon is the best preserved building from ancient Rome and arguably the best preserved building of its age in the world. The building stands as a lasting symbol of ancient Rome’s glory, and it has been in near continuous use throughout its history. It is one of the most copied buildings in the world with numerous pantheons throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States.

The Pantheon was rebuilt by Hadrian sometime between AD 118 and 128, and some historians think that it was built over an earlier structure commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD).

The Pantheon was used for various purposes throughout its long history, including a fortress for a medieval Roman family, a Roman Catholic Church since 609 A.D., a burial place for several Renaissance artists from 1527 until 1870, and a museum since the unification of Italy in 1870.

The Pantheon is open daily from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm except Sundays when it closes at 6 pm. Admission is free. However, you will have to stand in line to get inside unless you have a guide or are visiting on your own early in the morning so no doubt I had to include this in my list of things to do in Rome Italy.

There is also an Audio Guide for Pantheon which you can take for 5 Euro on your phone.

Roman Forum

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The Roman Forum (Forum Romanum) is one of the most impressive ancient sites in Europe. Best known as the place where Julius Caesar was assassinated, it became a thriving marketplace and the social centre of Rome, only to be ravaged by fire and earthquakes over time.

Today, you still have the chance to visit this incredible site and see the ruins, which include temples, arches and columns. As you walk around, it’s easy to imagine what life was like here thousands of years ago.

The Roman Forum is included on the Colosseum ticket (€12) – which covers three different attractions. You can buy tickets from the ticket office at the Colosseum or online in advance. It is one of top things to do Rome Italy so I would say book the tickets in advance because it is at times sold out as well.

Spanish steps

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The Spanish Steps are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The monumental stairway of 138 steps (the slightly elevated drainage system is often mistaken for the first step) was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed funds of 20,000 scudi, in 1723–1725, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy to the Holy See, (hence its name), above.

The stairway was designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi.

Capuchin crypt

The Capuchin Crypt (Italian: La crypta dei cappuccini) is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini in Rome, Italy. It contains the skeletal remains of 3,700 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order. The Catholic order insists that the display is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth and our own mortality.

The subterranean crypt was built in the 1630s under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, which was constructed on top of an ancient cemetery for Capuchin friars. The layout and design was created by Francesco Busiri Vici (1598–1685), an architect who also worked on many other projects for the religious order in Rome.

Appian way

One of the most popular attractions in Rome, the Appian Way is a great place to take a walk with your family or friends. The road was constructed in 312 BC and is also known as the Regina Viarum or Queen of Roads.

Considered one of the most beautiful paths in Italy, the Appian Way was an important trade route, connecting Rome to Brindisi in the early days. Today, this ancient site makes for a wonderful day out.

Walk along this historical road and admire its original cobblestones from the 4th century BC and ancient tombs. This 3-mile long road leads to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and San Sebastian, which is another attraction you can visit on your way back.

St. Peter’s basilica

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St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world, as it is the final resting place of Saint Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. The church has been constructed over a span of more than 120 years and is one of the largest churches in the world with a capacity to hold around 60,000 people. The height of the dome is around 136 meters that makes it even taller than the Pantheon.

St. Peter’s Basilica has many chapels including Cappella Paolina and Cappella Sistina which has been designed by Michelangelo along with other renowned artists like Bernini, Bramante, and Maderno. The interior design of the basilica is quite ornate and beautiful owing to which it attracts millions of tourists every year from all over the world.

Want to take the guided tour for the Basilica then I would recommend you to book the tickets well in advance and it is one of the most beautiful things to do in Rome Italy.

Capitoline Museums

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The Capitoline Museums (Italian: Musei Capitolini) are a group of art and archeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the Capitoline Hill in Rome, Italy

The museums are contained in three palazzi surrounding a central trapezoidal piazza in a plan conceived by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536 and executed over a period of more than 400 years. The history of the museums can be traced to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of important ancient bronzes to the people of Rome and located them on Capitoline Hill.

Since then, the museums’ collection has grown to include many ancient Roman statues, inscriptions, and other artifacts; a collection of medieval and Renaissance art; and collections of jewels, coins, and other items. The museums are owned and operated by the municipality of Rome.

Where to stay in Rome in Summer

Hotels

Hive Hotel

Hive Hotel is located at a distance of 300 metres from Maria Maggiore Basilica. The hotel provides free WiFi throughout the hotel and air conditioned rooms.

Price: 126 Euros per night

Hotel Giolli Nazionale

Located on the Via Nazionale and close proximity to Roma Termini Railway Station. The hotel is on one of the main localities of the city.

Price: 153 Euros per night

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn is located at a distance of 500 metres from a train station for Rome city centre and Airport. Holiday Inn is located in the business district and has many features such as complimentary breakfast and Free Wifi.

Price: 99 Euros per night

Hostels

The RomeHello

RomeHello is a hostel providing free WiFi and is a three minutes walk from Repubblica Metro Stop and 1 minute from Trevi Fountain.

Each unit include a desk, air conditioning, a flat screen TV. The rooms have a private bathroom

Free Hostels Roma

This hostel provides rooms and beds in dormitory rooms and is a 5 minutes walk from the Manzoni Metro Station. It is a 20 minutes walk to the Colosseum.

The beehive

The rooms in this hostel consist of microwave, fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and other facilities. The hostel rooms have an attached balcony. The airport is 15 kilometres from the hostel. The restaurants and shopping is located within a few minutes from the hostel.

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