Italy in the summer is an experience unlike anything else in life. The streets are filled day and night with people, parties, festivals, and sights as far as the eye can see. From the Sistine Chapel to the Colosseum to the Pantheon there is enough classical architecture and ancient history to keep you tied up nearly forever. Whether you decide to venture out on your own or go with a tour guided approach you certainly won’t be disappointed in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
When you aren’t busy cruising the city and have time to enjoy some cuisine Italy is known for its gelato and for good reason. Similar in texture and taste but a lot more refined in flavor, gelato is Italy’s variation of ice cream. You can select from a variety of flavors ranging from nut flavorings to fruit flavorings and everything else in between. Depending on where you go there are also specialty flavors offered only at certain gelato shops. If you can’t find a flavor at one shop do not worry however because you can certainly walk down the street to another as there is an abundance of gelato shops in the heart of the city.
If sweets aren’t your thing that is fine because Rome also offers tons of other famous food choices in addition to their sweets. As a matter of fact their markets are a great place to visit as they are always loaded with fresh produce. I highly recommend trying out some of their produce because regardless of where you go it is almost always remarkable. From the fruits to the vegetables the quality of their produce seemingly never disappoints.
As for the meals, Rome offers tons of main course Italian specialties. Things such as risotto, panino (panini in English), spaghetti, and neapolitan pizza headline some of the most notable dishes. If you ever get a chance to experience a good risotto or neapolitan pizza I would suggest not passing that opportunity up. Another nice thing about Rome is that there are restaurants on literally every street corner so that if you are interested in getting something to eat you are never too far out of reach from your next meal.
Additionally, if you are more interested in picking up food gifts for back home or simply making your own meal while traveling there are tons of specialty stores too. What I mean is that depending on where you are in town there are stores which specialize in bread, meats, cheeses (fresh mozzarella!), or a combination of the three. If you are curious about trying various foods from these categories I advise you check some of those shops out. They are usually chock full of variety flavors and depending on where you are they can be pretty reasonably priced too.
After you have had your fill of good food and are finally looking to enjoy the Italian nightlife it is time to roll up your sleeves and begin. Rome offers a large amount of bars scattered all throughout the city with a multitude of themes to keep you entertained throughout your stay. If you find that you are in the more touristy parts of the city there is an abundance of bars which are completely filled at night and run bar related themes (sometimes with karaoke) depending on the night.
If bars aren’t your thing however that is fine also because you can walk the streets with your drink in hand too. One of the coolest parts of the city is that on any given summer night there are groups of people that congregate in the streets just to hang out while they have a few beers. It makes the city feel much more alive because as you are walking down the cobblestone at night with the cold breeze at your back there are tons of people walking, sitting, and playing all around in the streets. It gives the city a very open feel and I would consider it a pretty unique but inviting experience.
In contrast to Rome’s nightlife the final experience I want to touch on comes in the form of monument visiting and viewing. Most of these places come highly recommended and from my first hand experience I can certainly agree. First off I just wanted to say that regardless of whether or not you are religious the Sistine Chapel is an absolutely magnificent place to visit at least once. The Colosseum is also a must see monument too. The Trevi Fountain is yet another great location to visit despite usually being packed with tourists. The pantheon is also an excellent choice and usually not terribly cramped with people too.
Those names I just listed are only a few of the whole. The actual list of places you should visit seemingly goes on forever. At the bottom in the talking points I will provide a longer list of all of the major places that I recommend visiting at least once.
Rome is a city truly unlike any other. It is a worldly experience enriched heavily by its religious significance and beautiful architecture. You can even look around the city walls and almost see the ancient history written there in plain sight. It remains one of the most gorgeus cities in the world and for good reason. The food, the culture, the sights, and the people run deep within its core giving Rome the feeling that it has. It is one of the most inviting feelings you will ever get from traveling and during the summer it is absolutely stunning. You would be doing yourself a great disservice by not treating yourself to Roma, Italia at least once.
⦁ The sights in Italy are absolutely beautiful. They are also abundant. If you have any expectations of what you want to see it is best to plan it out in advance. Also, arrive early to whatever you want to see as there can be long waits depending on the time of the year and the volume of tourists.
⦁ The cuisine, despite being amazing, is limited in nature to its Italian roots. You won’t find many Asian, Latin, American, or other cuisines in Italy. In other words if you don’t like Italian food you might be a bit out of luck.
⦁ Don’t hesitate to indulge in the local produce. The markets offer tons of food at reasonable prices and you almost won’t ever be disappointed.
⦁ Check out the other various markets in town. You can typically barter with the sellers and find some really cool or interesting gifts, trinkets, or toys depending on where you look.
⦁ With its massive scale (although it depends on what you want out of the trip) it is best to enjoy Italy in a one to two week time frame. Places in Rome I would recommend visiting include: Campo De Fiori, Piazza Navona, Piazza Del Popolo, Trevi Fountain, the colloseum, the wedding cake (monument of Victor Emmanuel II), the forum, and the Sistine Chapel / Vatican City. Those should get you started. If you go through all of the locations I just listed and are looking for more there are countless churches and museums all worth visiting in or around the city.