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 Winter Events

Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera opera and ballet winter season includes Tristan & Isolde , Rigoletto , Cosi fan Tutte , Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker…Read More

Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera opera and ballet winter season includes Tristan & Isolde , Rigoletto , Cosi fan Tutte , Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker…Read More

Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera…Read More

Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera opera and ballet winter season includes Tristan & Isolde, Rigoletto, Cosi fan Tutte, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker. Il Vittoriano has something to please everyone, major Star Wars and Edward Hopper exhibitions until 29 January. For New Year’s Eve, there are firework displays in central locations such as Piazza del Popolo and Via dei Fori Imperiali (by the Colosseum), so book a restaurant or bar with a view to enjoy these in comfort. Sales from 6 January make this a great time to shop in Rome. The city’s Auditorium has wonderful Christmas-themed concerts, and every Roman church has a presepe (nativity scene), from huge at St Peter’s Basilica (usually unveiled on 24 December) and the Spanish Steps, to tiny at il Gesù. Papal Christmas Eve Masses take place at St Peter’s, while Pope Francis makes his Christmas Day address in St Peter’s Square.

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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…Read More

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…Read More

Don’t miss of-the-moment…Read More

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.

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Winter Sights Highlights

The Colosseum looks better than it has for centuries following Tod’s-funded €25-million restoration. The Spanish Steps are also gleaming courtesy of Bulgari,…Read More

The Colosseum looks better than it has for centuries following Tod’s-funded €25-million restoration. The Spanish Steps are also gleaming courtesy of Bulgari,…Read More

The Colosseum looks better…Read More

The Colosseum looks better than it has for centuries following Tod’s-funded €25-million restoration. The Spanish Steps are also gleaming courtesy of Bulgari, and the Trevi Fountain has re-opened in all its foamy splendour following Fendi-funded restoration. Visitors can now also walk the Imperial Ramps – opened in October – that once connected the Forum to the Emperor’s palace on the Palatine Hill.

On Saturdays up to 3 December, the Capitoline Museums are staying open late, with live music, theatre, readings, food and art, and tickets only €1. The Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (better known as the Square Colosseum) in EUR  is now the Fendi Headquarters and is now partly open to the public, with the exhibition A New Rome. Another reason to visit EUR is the extraordinary Maximilian Fuksas-designed convention centre, La Nuvola, open to the public from 8 to 11 December.

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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 fall events

From 24 June to 18 September, the RomaEuropa Festival presents art, music, dance and theatre. Until 30 September there is a series of jazz concerts and events on the roof of the huge Victory Monument, a short walk from your hotel, during Vittoriano: appuntamenti d’arte e musica. Across the piazza, Il Giardino Ritrovato (‘The Recovered Garden’) festival features concerts, theatre and dance in the gardens of Palazzo Venezia, until 16 September, celebrating this secret-seeming central garden being finally opened to visitors. At MACRO there’s the Roma Pop City exhibition until 27 November, with works featuring Rome inspired by 1960s Pop Art .

Sights Highlights

The Colosseum and Trevi Fountain are out from under wraps, gleaming after extensive cleaning and restoration, and Spanish Steps will finally reopen following renovation this Fall. Villa Borghese, is a few minute’s walk away from Via del Babuino and is the best place to enjoy Fall colours – it’s a backdrop of russet, copper and a thousand shades of green. Palazzo Venezia, a short walk from the Spanish Steps, has recently opened its gardens to visitors, a new green escape for visitors in this busy area of the city. Fall is also the perfect moment to visit the ancient Roman road to the south of Rome, the Appian Way, where you can hire bikes or stroll across the huge time-polished cobbles.

Delicious Dining

In Rome it’s still warm enough to eat al fresco in the Fall.  Top picks for dining against an iconic Roman backdrop include Dal Bolognese overlooking Piazza del Popolo, and Babette, offering a feast of brasserie-style dishes, and tables in a modern courtyard at the end of arty Via Margutta. Ciampini is a café in a beautiful piazza, ideal for a light lunch, just off Via del Corso, and classic Roman Da Fortunato offers a sliver of view of the Pantheon. Find these and more in the Roman Notebook you’ll receive on arrival. Restaurants serve up rich autumnal produce, and markets pile it high: mushrooms, grapes, nuts, pears, broccoletti (little broccoli), and chicory.

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

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

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

Via del Babuino

Rome Luxury Suites

Perhaps Rome’s most extraordinary café is that of the former studio of 19 th -century sculptor Antonio Canova, with tables set amid… Read More

Via Margutta

Rome Luxury Suites

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

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