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Rome Summer · Estate Romana · Open air & more

Many say that the summer in Rome is too hot. Might be. But it’s worth visiting Rome in summer. Many Romans are on vacation and on the mild summer evenings there is an extensive program with events and gastronomic offers.

Rome summer · The best time to travel

There are school vacations from mid-June and that’s a good thing, because it’s too hot to study in buildings without air conditioning. Many Romans rent a house by the sea in June and go to work in the city during the day.

In August the city becomes even quieter because many companies and offices are closed for at least two weeks. There is little traffic during this time and the attractions are more accessible. In August, for example, you don’t need to pre-order for papal audiences.

Summer weather in Rome

Rome summer Pantheon fountain

In summer, the maximum temperatures in Rome are regularly above 30°C and the minimum temperatures are rarely below 20°C. Grasses and meadows turn brown. When choosing accommodation, air-conditioned rooms are recommended. A regular breeze moves through the city and the temperatures are not uncomfortable in the shade. Nevertheless, you should have a sun hat or a parasol with you for protection. There are many watering spots with good cool drinking water.

Attention! When visiting the sacred sites, including the catacombs and papal audiences, the shoulders and knees must be covered, even on hot summer days.

Climate data Rome Summer

JuneJulyAugust
Tmax Ø28°C/82.4°F31°C/87.8°F31°C/87.8°F
Tmax absolute38°C/100.4°F40°C/104°F40°C/104°F
Tmin Ø17°C/62.6°F20°C/68°F20°C/68°F
Tmin absolute6°C/42.8°F11°C/51.8°F9°C/48.2°F
Sunshine hours Ø9.311.210
Days with rain Ø422

Source: www.wetter.com

How to really enjoy Rome in summer

Summer in Rome morning at the Vittoriano

In the early morning the city is calm and empty. The sunrise offers wonderful pictures and maybe you will meet a wedding couple at the photo shoot. Early morning is also the best time to jog.

When planning your day, you should take care not to walk around in the heat of the afternoon. You should plan rest periods or a visit to a park, a swimming pool or a trip to the sea.

The best way to get around on two wheels is by e-bike or Vespa; on four wheels there are golf carts, hop on hop off buses and public transport. The luxurious variant is a sightseeing tour in the air-conditioned luxury limousine.

A lively and colorful nightlife develops after sunset. Traditional festivals and events along the banks of the Tiber provide variety.

What’s going on in summer in Rome

Around mid-June, the “Estate Romana” begins with open-air cinema and numerous concerts, including the “Rock in Rome” concert series. On the banks of the Tiber in the evening there are pop-up bars and restaurants.

For opening hours, exhibitions, events and concerts please read our monthly overviews.

Gastronomy

Rome Summer dinner

On hot summer days, Romans hardly eat anything for lunch.

Whether you want a sumptuous dinner, a pizza, a sandwich, an ice cream or something sweet, in Rome you will find a wide choice of the best quality. Roman gastronomy is usually excellent. In our category Food in Rome you will find tips on street food, pizza, the best ice cream parlors, but also very elegant restaurants. For a first overview we recommend a street food tour.

In the evening, stalls along the Tiber offer a varied selection of gastronomic specialties, drinks and entertainment as part of the Estate Romana.

Shopping

Italian fashion is known all over the world and everyone will envy you for your purchases. Leave yourself enough space in your suitcase!

The luxury brands can be found around Via dei Condotti, which leads from the Spanish Steps to Via del Corso. Along Via del Corso you will find stores in all price ranges.

There is a lot of art and antiques in Rome. Many visitors also stock up on gastronomic specialties. Read about shopping in Rome.

Estate Romana · Roman summer

Rome offers an extensive program in the summer to enjoy the long evenings outdoors. As part of the Roman Summer, the Estate Romana, there are numerous free concerts and film screenings.

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The Roman Summer runs from the end of June until September, starting with the Rock in Rome concert series, pop-up restaurants on the banks of the Tiber River, and mostly free film screenings in various squares. Many concerts take place in the Casa del Jazz park and in the Caracalla thermal baths. Smaller events are held throughout the city.

For an overview of the most important events of the Roman summer, see our monthly overviews.

Amusement parks

Some amusement parks in Rome and the surrounding area offer a welcome change of pace.

Luneur

Luneur

The Luneur Park offers many rides. It is located in the south of the city in the EUR district on Via Cristoforo Colombo. The opening hours are irregular in winter, mostly Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 18, in summer daily until midnight. On the Luneur website you can see the calendar with the opening days. Bus connections are lines 30, 170, 714 and 791, Colombo / Agricoltura stop. From there it is 750 meters to the entrance on Via delle Tre Fontane 100.

Hydromania

Hydromania is an pleasure bath in western Rome.

Hydromania is located at exit 33 of the Grande Raccordo Anulare. Unfortunately it is not easy to reach by public transport. The journey by bus 088 from the terminus of Tram 8 near Casaletto is a bit lengthy.

Cinecittà World

Cinecittà World is a theme park about cinema and television. It is located next to the Castel Romano outlet center on Via Pontina between Rome and Pomezia. A shuttle bus runs from the Termini main station. Tickets

Roma World

Roma World is a theme park on ancient Rome. It is right next to Cinecittà World. The program is supported by the Gruppo Storico Romano. Roma World is open in summer. Tickets

Excursions in the area

Rome has a beautiful environment. Romans use especially the weekends for trips to the sea or mountains. There are many traffic jams many places are crowded. Therefore, it is better to go during the week when there is less traffic.

You can reach many destinations by public transport. Of course, it is more convenient to rent a car.

Trips to the sea

Ladispoli, Santa Severa and Santa Marinella are very nice seaside resorts in the north of Rome. To do this, take the FL5 train line, which runs from Ostiense, Trastevere and San Pietro stations to Civitavecchia. A 3-zone ticket is sufficient for Ladispoli, and 4 zones for the locations of the two saints.

Ostia antica July

It is very easy to get to Ostia Lido. A ticket for city traffic is sufficient for the journey and on the way you can visit the excavations of the old port city of Ostia Antica.

Formia is very beautiful in the south of Rome. The journey from Roma Termini takes around 90 minutes.

Trips to the mountains

The most famous summer residence of the Romans is Castel Gandolfo. Here the popes spent the summer at around 400 m. Pope Francis, on the other hand, remains in Rome and the palace and gardens in Castel Gandolfo can be visited.

You can get to Castel Gandolfo by train from Roma Termini or from Ciampino with a 3-zone ticket. The train station is on the volcanic hill between Lake Albano and the village. On hot summer days the lake is especially inviting. You can swim, go for a ride on the pedal boat or just lie in the sun.

Very nice on hot days is also the Villa D’Este in Tivoli with its impressive water features. The huge fountains, fed by the Aniene River, create a pleasantly cool breeze. Further down the valley are the remains of Villa Adriana, rural seat of government for Emperor Hadrian. The villa, however, is very hot in the summer. Protect yourself from the sun and take plenty of water.

Day trips

With the high-speed trains that are punctual to the minute, Florence and Naples are only around 1 ½ hours away. With our tips you can put together your own day tour or book an organized tour. Take a day to visit the excavations at Pompeii and see Vesuvius, still active today, which buried the city under its ashes.

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