Summer in Rome is hot & sticky. But there are some ways to make the experience more enjoyable. Here are tips to Survive Rome in the Summer:
Stay hydrated by drinking water. Buy a bottle of water and refill it for free at one of the many water fountains throughout the city. Cold, clear, fresh water streams out of twenty-four hours a day. Use this free iPhone app to find the nearest water fountain to your location.
Drinking water isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. Eat high-water foods such as cantaloupe, watermelon, berries and tomatoes. These foods provide minerals like sodium and potassium to help your body hold on to water.
Romans siestas are famous for a reason. There is no reason to be out in the heat of the day.There is no shade at the Roman Forum – so don’t schedule a visit it at 2p. Start the day early, take an afternoon nap when the temperatures reach the highest point and then head out again as it begins to cool off.
Special Night Openings
Vatican Museum is open on Friday nights in July.
Castel Sant’Angelo is open at night (closed Mondays) until September 7 with jazz concerts and a rooftop bar & restaurant. Free evening tours include Passetto di Borgo (passage linking the passage linking the former papal fortress to the Vatican), prison cells and believe it or not – a papal bathroom!
Underground sights such as ruins below the Basilica of San Clemente offer relief to outdoor temps. Pop in to a church where you will find more than religion. Rome’s churches also contain architecture, art and history. The thick stone walls keep churches cool.
Italy’s beaches have public areas and private areas. The public area is free. Stake your claim by laying down your beach towel. Beaches also have private beach clubs. You do not need to be a member to enter. Daily admission is available and the price comes with sun beds/chairs and umbrellas – plus access to a bathroom. Most beach clubs have bars and restaurants.
It will not win any awards for being the most beautiful beach but it is the closest one to Rome. In the summer the coast is filled with bars, restaurants, and clubs.
How to get there: Take Metro Line B to the stop Piramide then transfer to the Ostia-Lido (using the same ticket). Get off at the Ostia Lido Centro. The beach is short walk from the station.
Santa Marinella Beach
About an hour by train from Rome Termini Station is the town of Santa Marinella. Santa Marinella has good sand beaches and clear water for swimming. It’s a charming summer beach town with great seafood restaurants. For train schedules visit Trenitalia.
Sperlonga is a lovely coastal resort town between Rome and Naples. Its beaches consistently win Blue Flag awards for high environmental and quality standards. Shops, bars and restaurants are abundant. To reach Sperlonga take a train from Rome Termini Station to Fondi-Sperlonga and then take a bus to Sperlonga from outside the station. It’s well worth an overnight trip if you can spare the time.
POOLS IN ROME
Enjoy a day in the sun between dips in a pool without traveling out of the city.
Piscina delle Rose Club: €16 per person for sunbed, umbrella and pool. Fitness center, canoe rental and restaurant also onsite. Open daily. How to get there: Take Metro Line B to stop EUR Palasport.
OS Club – Os Club is a restaurant and night club located near the Colosseum, close to the Colle Oppia Park. During the summer it also hosts a temporary pool. €12 per person for sunbed, towel and pool Tuesday-Thursday, €15 Friday-Saturday, €20 Sunday. Closed Mondays. How to get there: Take Metro Line B to stop Cavour.
Last, but not least, the best way to beat the heat is to enjoy a gelato. Check out Food Guru Katie Parla’s Gelato Guide for the best in Rome.