A Local Guide to Rome’s Summer Events.

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Namaste, Bonjour & Hello!

I’m delighted to introduce Mary, a bella from Roma, who’s authored this post and knows all the cool escapes in Rome’s hot summer! Happy reading and keep sending your love!! I’ll catch up with you guys soon. Over to you Mary – PLS 

 

Hi, I am Mary, an expat living in bella Roma enjoying the dolce vita whenever I can. Thanks a lot to Nykita for this lovely occasion to give a contribution to her blog. I hope you like Rome, parties and high temperatures – if yes then you should definitely go on reading.

 

ROMAN SUMMER IS TERRIBLE!

First (I have to admit it), I want to say the following: Summer in Rome for tourists, working people and all the rest can mean absolutely NO fun. Now you’ll ask why. Well, it’s because the roman summer can easily reach the 35-40 degrees, not one cloud which could bless us with some shadow, mixed with the every-day-smog, the very sultry air, which makes you sweat also if you don’t move anything. Last but not least, the terrible, insisting mosquitos, the most terrific one of them is called “zanzara tigre” which means tiger mosquito and alludes to their striped little body.

 

ROMAN SUMMER IS BEAUTIFUL!!

But there’s always a BUT: if you don’t have a stressful tourist program with nearly no time for relaxing, you’re welcome to enjoy the also exciting hot summer in the Italian capital and are welcome to feel like a real ancient Roman.

Try to find an air-conditioned accommodation, if possible a little distant from the river (because of the mosquitos). The beautiful San Giovanni district (with the basilica San Giovanni in Laterano) could be a possible solution for that, the costs for rooms are also more reasonable there, I’ve checked on Venere.com.

Rome is probably also the only city in the world having drinking fountains nearly everywhere! So one thing is sure: you won’t dry out here and can dive into the Italian chaos.

 

WHEN?

In the time from end of June until September (sometimes if it’s very hot also in October) people strolling around in the city center of Rome will have some reason to remain: romans definitely know how to entertain themselves and others and offer some special events in the summer time. It seems that the city really comes alive when the weather is nice, and few things are better than enjoying some cool events on a nice Roman night. Let’s have a look at some of them!

 

WHAT? – Cinema

Do you love cinema? Then you’ll probably have to discover these places in Rome: there are two amazing outdoor theaters that are open in the summer. The first is the cinema in Piazza Vittorio that shows great feature films between the end of June and September. Just check the website to see what is on on any given night. The second (and in my opinion more beautiful) cinema is right on the exciting Isola Tiberina, a little island dividing the Tevere river.

Personally, I find that a great night out includes taking in a film at this outdoor theater and then enjoying dinner and drinks on the banks of the river.

– Drinks and more in a very special location

“Banks of the river”, you said? This is the next (and main) attraction where nearly everybody is going in the summer time! It is called the Lungo il Tevere and it is a cool mini-city of outdoor stalls which have restaurants, shops and sometimes even nightclubs. You can simply have a nice cocktail with friends or even sit down for a great meal; it is the best place to go for a night out in the summer, really!

Check out the official site of Lungo il Tevere for the program and more!

 

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Lungo Il Tevere

 

 

There are three other areas I’ve been to, which are exclusively open only during the summertime. The first one, taking place every year during the month of August, is located in the San Lorenzo district, is not as big as the Lungo il Tevere scenery, but offers a more “youthful” program with concerts of all type of music, a lot of table-top football and bars of course.

San Lorenzo is one of the biggest student areas, so if you prefer a more relaxed and less touristic place, make sure to visit San Lorenzo and its summer festival “San Lorenzo estate”! You can find the second one in the less famous but not less alternative and youthful zone called “Pigneto”. They have one of the more tiny open air spaces, called “Pigneto spazio aperto”, but they’re having great concerts there!

 

 

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This pic is from the concert of the Italian band “Spiritual Front”.

 

 

The third one is located under a big, old gasometer and is my favorite one!

The gasometer can be found from nearly everywhere, being one of the highest and biggest buildings in Rome. Next to this piece of history (it’s not in use anymore) that is spectacularly illuminated at night, you can find a meeting place of a rather young crowd. This summer the place opened on the 1st of August, and it depends on the weather for how long it’s going to stay open (usually at least until mid of September). In my opinion, this is the place where you can find the most creative bars – from vintage to highly modern to country style – you will find everything here!

 

 

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The Gazometro

 

In the night time there are many different club nights organized by the bars, a bit earlier in the evening there are also live concerts. I usually go there for an aperitivo, at this time there are less people and you can always find a nice bar with a more than delicious menu. My favorite last year was a vintage bar offering a cheeseboard with some extraordinary dips, such as marmalade made of onions, which is really tasty in combination with cheese.

 

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Vintage terrace gazometro

 

 

MUSIC, OR WHAT?

You can also enjoy some of the best live music during your stay in Rome! In the summer a festival called Rock in Roma (here the official page for 2015 program) is held in different places inside and outside the city and seems to always attract some of the biggest bands and artists in the world.

Last year for example, the Rolling Stones were playing at the Circo Massimo and two years ago, I went to see The Cure outside of the city at the Hippodrome. It really is a special event, and every band seems to have a lot of fun too – the Cure for example performed for 3 hours! Last year I’ve been to the Depeche Mode concert in the stadium! You see, only the best bands for Rome!

 

 

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I took the photo while waiting for the beginning of the concert.

 

If you prefer more classical music, there’s another possibility. For the more refined palate there is the Opera held in the baths of Caracalla, which is one of the finest experiences you can have in the Eternal City. You can enjoy a wonderful Italian opera set amongst one of Rome’s most impressive ruins! This year I absolutely want to go there, I’ve been hearing so many people saying they loved it.

The 2015 program of the opera can be reached here.

 

So, now you have some extra reasons for coming to Rome! 🙂

-Mary.

Comments

  1. Nice travelogue, a good guide to Rome.

  2. Mary….Loved the guidance given on how to touch every curve of Rome, Thanks!

    & nevertheless thanks to my friend Nykita for introducing amazing people/places to us…

    Great Work!