Rome is one of Europe’s most interesting cities to visit, both historically and culturally. It can be an overwhelming destination for first time visitors. There is just SO much that you want to pack into your limited time. The city boasts plenty of ‘bucket list’ sights, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon (to name a few). Add to that the city’s must see museums, and throw in a day spend exploring the Vatican City, and you already a week’s deep in sightseeing.
It’s preferable to visit Rome during the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn. During these months the temperature is pleasant and you may wander the streets from sunrise to sunset without risking dehydration or sunstroke. However, for those who do happen to find themselves in Italy’s capital during the sweltering months of July and August, all is not lost! We have compiled some tips to help you keep your cool, even when temperatures reach staggering highs.
1. Schedule your day to allow for a siesta. The hottest hours during Summer in Rome are from 1-4pm, and are far too hot for traipsing around the city. Instead, make an effort to get up early for a few hours of sightseeing, retreating to your hotel room by 1pm to relax. By 4pm, the sun will be less intense and you can head back into the city for more sightseeing, followed by dinner and drinks.
2. Cover up. It may be tempting to strip down to singlet and short-shorts during peak summer hours. However, shade is scarce in Rome, and those who do not dress appropriately will end up victims of the sun’s relentless rays. You will fare much better in a wide brimmed hat, and a loose breathable shirt – made from a breathable fibre such as linen or cotton.
3. Stay hydrated. This may seem pretty obvious, but is surprisingly easy to let slip by the wayside in a city as hot as Rome. Always carry a drink bottle with you, and be sure to take regular sips to keep yourself feeling cool and refreshed. There are over 2000 ‘nasoni’ or endlessly-running water fountains within the city of Rome, so refilling your bottle is easy. If you need a little sugary pick-me-up, then delicious italian gelato can be found on almost every corner, and will refresh while reinvigorating!
4. Midday museum visits. If you can’t make it back to your hotel for a siesta, then plan your day so you are spending the hottest hours at one of the city’s many interesting (and air conditioned) museums. The Borghese and Musei Capitolini art galleries in particular are must-sees for art lovers.
5. Book a private airport transfer. There is nothing worse than arriving into a city in the heat of summer and attempting to organize your inward travel with heavy luggage in tow. Instead, book a private airport transfer in Rome with a limousine service such as Blacklane. You will be greeted at the gate by your driver, escorted past the crowds to your waiting, air-conditioned car. Bliss!
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Rome is an wondrous city to explore, and as long as you take the appropriate precautions can be enjoyed year round. From the glittering waters of Trevi Fountain, to the imposing Colosseum, no matter how much time you have in the city one thing is for sure – as soon as you leave, you will be planning your next trip back.