Rome in the summer can be brutally hot, and unfortunately many parts of the city lack shade or a breeze, making walking around the Eternal City sticky and exhausting. It’s uncomfortable at best, and at worst can lead to heatstroke. That’s why we’ve rounded up our top picks for how to stay cool in Rome.
Summer heat is a perfect reason to outsource your errands to Prontopia! Chill out while our local assistants go to the grocery store, the pharmacy, take the dog for a walk, and much more!
Here are our top tips for how to stay cool in Rome:
Rome is one of the greenest cities in Europe, and offers plenty of cool and shady alternatives to enjoy the afternoon breeze, and more.
In fact, inside Villa Borghese, activities are infinite; from visiting the Borghese Gallery to watching a Shakespearean play at the Globe Theater. Check out more parks of Rome here.
You may find it macabre, but what can make blood freeze more than long dark tunnels where early Christians buried the dead? The visit is a true descent into the bowels of the history of Rome and early Christianity, as well as a break from the summer heatwave.
Always cool, in the subsoil of Rome, there are more than 40 catacombs, each with its own stylistic and architectural peculiarities. The main ones are located along the Via Appia, another beautiful route to go for a walk or bike ride, given the possibility to rent bicycles along the way.
Curious about Catacombs? Check out this article for more info.
I Ragazzi del Cinema America, a famous association in Rome and Italy, organizes several screenings every summer in one of the most popular squares in Trastevere: Piazza San Cosimato.
An unmissable event for Roman locals, who meet every year to gather under the big screen mounted at the edge of the square to watch beautiful movies and listen to directors and actors who often intervene in support of the initiative.
Near Rome, there are many seaside resorts, reachable by regional trains or by own means. From Sabbaudia to Santa Marinella, the beaches of Lazio offer an excellent refuge from the heat of summer.
If you don't want to go too far out of Rome, however, you can always choose to sunbathe on the beaches of Ostia, which offers public and private establishments, easily reachable with a few changes of metro up to Piramide and then get on the train to Ostia.
Consult the article on beaches near Rome to find out more.
Isn't an iced drink enough to cool down your hot spirits? Try to pop into the only Ice Club in Rome, a unique bar completely made of ice.
A panacea for all those who just can't stand sweating while standing still!
Roman living in Venice. Plant lover, avid reader and seasonal yogi