Roman Holiday: must-dos for Rome in the summer
When you visit Rome in the summer the rising temperatures perfectly complement the hot and heady temperament of the Romans, and you’ll really experience this ancient city in all its glory. From the famous historic sites, the indulgent Italian gastronomy, and the amazing fashion, summertime in Rome is a treat for the senses.
Here’s some of the quintessential Roman summertime experiences you can look forward to if you book your Early Bird Europe holiday for 2016...
See it on a Vespa
As they say… “When in Rome.” The Vespa is such a key part of Roman culture, and there’s no better way to see the city. Unless you’re an experienced scooter driver and have a basic understanding of the city’s layout; hiring a scooter will be a bit of a white knuckle experience here in Rome. The best way to enjoy Rome on a Vespa is to join in a fun and adventurous guided scooter tour. You’ll get to enjoy the exhilaration of Rome on a Vespa, with someone to guide you through the bustling streets and show you the way.
Indulge in some Gelato
The true taste of the Italy in the summertime, you simply can’t come to Rome without indulging in some heavenly gelato. This Italian delicacy typically has less fat and sugar in it than regular ice cream, so you can get stuck in guilt free! Gelato’s not hard to find in central Rome, but if you want the best, head to the famous Giolitti near The Pantheon. Perch yourself on a side street table and enjoy the flavours of Rome, with the sounds of Rome all around.
As the intense afternoon sun starts to wane, the Romans start to wine (and dine). L’aperitivo (or happy hour to you and me) is a strong part of the culture in Rome, with people gathering for after work drinks and tapas style snacks before dinner. In the summertime l’aperitivo is especially popular, with bustling patio chairs overlooking the streets and attractions of Rome. The classic Roman aperitif is made from white wine, Campari or Aperol, mixed with sparkling water, and sipping one in the sunshine will truly make you feel like you’re living La Dolce Vita.
An iconic Italian attraction, the Spanish Steps link the romantic Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinità dei Monti. Made famous by Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, the Spanish Steps and surrounding architecture create a magnificent Roman scene. At the bottom of the steps you’ll find the famous Baroque-style Barcaccia Fountain built by Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo who went on to build much of Rome. Sit on the steps in the sunshine and take in the scenery and the atmosphere to inspire lasting memories of your special time in Rome in the summertime.
For a quirkier side of Rome and to get off the beaten track a little, take a visit to Rome’s Cat Ruins, Largo di Torree Argentina. This ancient multi layered temple-complex was uncovered during an archaeological excavation in the 1920’s. Sitting 20ft below street level, the ruins also include part of the Theatre of Pompey where Julius Caeser was betrayed and killed in 44BC. After the site was excavated, hundreds of feral cats began moving in, cared for by volunteers, today you can watch the cats sunbaking in the sunlight among the ancient ruins.
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