An Insiders Guide to the Seasonal Sights and Flavors of Rome

Rome Travel Tips

A Roman summer is something special, with plenty of sunshine, hot-blue skies, outdoor dining, and lots of festivals.

Exciting Summer Events

Rock in Roma, on Circus Maximus (the ancient Roman chariot-racing track), has some big names this year, including Lauryn Hill, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers…Read More

Rock in Roma, on Circus Maximus (the ancient Roman chariot-racing track), has some big names this year, including Lauryn Hill, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers…Read More

Rock in Roma, on Circus …Read More

Rock in Roma, on Circus Maximus (the ancient Roman chariot-racing track), has some big names this year, including Lauryn Hill, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kasabian. The Rome Opera moves outside June to August, and this season you can choose from Carmen, Tosca and Nabucco at the magnificent Roman ruined baths, the Terme di Caracalla. There are concerts most evenings in July for the Luglio Suona Bene (July Sounds Good), including the Kaiser Chiefs, at the Auditorium’s open-air auditorium. The Lungo il Tevere festival is a festival of film, music  and food along the riverbank from mid-June to the end of August.

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Delicious Dining

Summer is when ice cream becomes not just a pleasure, but an essential. Around the Rome Luxury Suites locations, you can eat superb gelato at some of…Read More

Summer is when ice cream becomes not just a pleasure, but an essential. Around the Rome Luxury Suites locations, you can eat superb gelato at some of…Read More

Summer is when ice cream…Read More

Summer is when ice cream becomes not just a pleasure, but an essential. Around the Rome Luxury Suites locations, you can eat superb gelato at some of Rome’s finest artisanal makers, including Venchi, Ciampini, Fatamorgana and Gracchi. Some restaurants close during August (especially Ferragosto on 15 August). Restaurants where you can dine outside include Babette, Edy and Otello alla Concordia. Restaurants open in August include Palatium, Roscioli, and Osteria dell’Ingegno. Find more restaurant and ice-cream recommendations in the Roman Notebook you’ll receive on arrival.

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Summer Sights Highlights

Don’t miss the most atmospheric way to visit the Colosseum: after dark. The tour takes you around the great amphitheatre, including the underground section.…Read More

Don’t miss the most atmospheric way to visit the Colosseum: after dark. The tour takes you around the great amphitheatre, including the underground section.…Read More

Don’t miss the most atmo…Read More

Don’t miss the most atmospheric way to visit the Colosseum: after dark. The tour takes you around the great amphitheatre, including the underground section. There’s now also an incredible new after-dark tour to the beautifully lit Roman Forum. Another new highlight is a visit to Domus Aurea, Nero’s former palace, with the addition of virtual reality to bring it to life. At the Scuderie del Quirinale you can see masterpieces from the 16th century with the blockbuster exhibiton ‘From Caravaggio to Bernini’, and a shade-dappled stroll or cycle in Villa Borghese is one of summer’s many treats.

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All-Weather Sights

Now is the ideal season to visit the Vatican Museums , incredible Roman frescoes in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme , and the glorious classical collections…Read More

Now is the ideal season to visit the Vatican Museums , incredible Roman frescoes in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme , and the glorious classical collections…Read More

Now is the ideal season to…Read More

Now is the ideal season to visit the Vatican Museums, incredible Roman frescoes in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and the glorious classical collections of the Capitoline Museums. You can explore the multiple layers of the Basilica of San Clemente, go underground to discover the atmospheric catacombs close to the Appian Way or visit the high-tec Roman house, Palazzo Valentini. But perhaps the best place to visit in the rain is Rome’s Pantheon, a church converted from an ancient Roman temple, where the water falls in a column through its central oculus. 

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Insider Tips

It’s now possible to visit the subterranean 2000-year-old subterranean Basilica at Porta Maggiore, about 40 feet underground, by appointment, until 11…Read More

It’s now possible to visit the subterranean 2000-year-old subterranean Basilica at Porta Maggiore, about 40 feet underground, by appointment, until 11…Read More

It’s now possible to visit…Read More

It’s now possible to visit the subterranean 2000-year-old subterranean Basilica at Porta Maggiore, about 40 feet underground, by appointment, until 11 December. Other special places to visit, which were long closed to the public, are Nero’s Golden House, Domus Aurea, and the underground and upper levels of the Colosseum, which you can visit at night via Dark Rome, who also run a semi-private Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour.

The Pyramid of Cestius, a Roman funerary monument, has also been restored and may be visited by guided tour.

Close to the suites, you can visit the fabulous newly renovated flagship Fendi store, while around Via del Babuino, hidden in first-floor workshops, you can discover artisans creating bespoke accessories, tailoring and more, all detailed in A Roman Notebook – you will receive a custom guide to local artisans and more upon your arrival.

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Best City Tours

If you want to ease your way around Rome, try taking a tour with some Roman insiders. Walks of Italy offer tours such as VIP Colosseum by night and Vatican…Read More

If you want to ease your way around Rome, try taking a tour with some Roman insiders. Walks of Italy offer tours such as VIP Colosseum by night and Vatican…Read More

If you want to ease your…Read More

If you want to ease your way around Rome, try taking a tour with some Roman insiders. Walks of Italy offer tours such as VIP Colosseum by night and Vatican tours, while Imago Artis Tours provide themed excursions including Rome for kids or ancient Rome archaeology. Alternatively, you could hire a vintage scooter to see the city. All this and more may be arranged through the hotel’s concierge.

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Exciting Spring Events

Holy Week builds up to Easter (27 March) with processions, services, ceremony and celebrations. There are various local processions on Good Friday, with the largest the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) led by the Pope around the Colosseum. On Easter Sunday there’s a Papal Mass in St Peter’s Square, but there are also impressive services at churches such as the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Rome celebrates its 2769th birthday (Natale di Roma) on 21 April, with pageants and re-enactments on Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot-racing track in the heart of the city. There is also the annual spring festival of Azaleas coming up, when the newly restored Spanish Steps burst with colour, covered in pink flowers.

Spring Sights Highlights

Many monuments in Rome are looking better than they have for centuries. The Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and even the Artists' Fountain in Via Margutta have been cleaned up and restored (courtesy of Tod's, Fendi, and Bulgari). For the first time in many years, you can visit the Square Colosseum in EUR, as it's now the Fendi headquarters. Its exhibition halls are showing the contemporary sculpture of Giuseppe Penone to 16 July 2017. Since February this year, visitors can take a new, virtual-reality-augmented visit to Nero's former house, now an underground site, Domus Aurea.

Delicious Dining

Don’t miss of-the-moment Madre in Monti, which has lushly beautiful pattern-tiled garden terrace and instagram-friendly food including ceviche and Neapolitan-style pizza. Also in Monti, L’Asino d’Oro serves up great-for-winter Umbrian cuisine, combining game and berries. Other picks include brasserie-style Babette and romantic Osteria Margutta, both on Via Margutta. Enjoy a light lunch while sampling local wines at Lazio specialist Palatium.

For warming Tuscan meals, Nino is wonderful, or you can enjoy the rich cuisine of Emilia-Romagna at perennially stylish Dal Bolognese. If you fancy something different, iconic Japanese restaurant Zuma is atop the Fendi building. Find these and more in the Roman Notebook you’ll receive on arrival at Rome Luxury Suites.

All-Weather Sights

Rain is rare in Rome, but if the weather surprises, Rome has plenty of astounding boltholes. There are miles of galleries in the Vatican Museums, incredible Roman frescoes in the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, and the glorious classical collections of the Capitoline Museums. You can explore the multiple layers of the Basilica of San Clemente, go underground to discover the atmospheric catacombs close to the Appian Way or visit the high-tech Roman house, Palazzo Valentini. But perhaps the best place to visit in the rain is Rome’s Pantheon, a church converted from an ancient Roman temple, where the water falls in a column through its central oculus. 

Attractions

Via Margutta

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Via Margutta is a short street with a long history. Its three gracious blocks go back 2,000 years. It’s thought that the name comes… Read More

Via Condotti

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Via Condotti is the most fashionable street in Rome. Dating back to Roman times, it is named after conduits which carried water to… Read More

Spanish Steps

Local attractions near Rome Luxury Suites

Did you know that the Spanish Steps were actually built by the French? In the 17 th century, the French built this elegant staircase… Read More

Trevi Fountain

Local attractions near Rome Luxury Suites

The most famous fountain in Europe, if not the world, the Trevi Fountain is another Rome must-see. Just at the edge of the Spanish… Read More

Piazza del Popolo

Local attractions near Rome Luxury Suites

A few paces away is the Piazza del Popolo, a vast oval public space edged by three harmonious churches. It’s centered on an ancient… Read More

Villa Borghese

Local attractions near Rome Luxury Suites

This beautiful park was once the playground of one of Rome’s foremost and most powerful families, the Borghese. Opened to the public… Read More

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