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Summer in Rome: 10 tips by an insider

If you come to the Eternal city, as well as visiting the touristy places, why not enjoy the city like an insider?

Summer in Rome is something magical, especially if you come for the first time. Don’t just plan to visit it like any old tourist, but add some stops off the beaten track too. Swide is here to help. Last summer we talked about grattachecca, jazz, beaches, tiramisù and many other heavenly things to do. But the resources of Rome are infinite, so let add some others to the list.

LUNGO IL TEVERE

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The best place for eating, chatting and enjoying music or cultural expositions in summer is Lungo Tevere. The Roman river is a place full of life and pubs, in this period, thanks to Romans who treat it like an annual appointment. Make sure to pass by, or spend an entire evening on the banks.

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MERCAT BISTROT&OLD BAR

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In one of the most iconic places in Rome for street art, in Via del Gazometro in Testaccio, there is an adorable bistrot with 20ies style furniture and delicious fresh food: from sandwiches to quiche passing by cakes for the sweet toothed, but also cocktails, beer and wine, everything is studied with love and care to leave the clients really satisfied.

 

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VIVI BISTROT – VILLA PAMPHILI

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Founded by two entrepreneur mums Daniela Gazzini and Cristina Cattaneo, with the idea and the ambition of creating beautiful refreshments spots in green urban areas and art sites of Rome. They absolutely do it with their ViVi Bistrot in Villa Doria Pamphili. The food is healthy and tasty, using only high quality organic products to satisfy the most demanding palate. Guests can sit and relax in the flower gardens, or indoors in romantic candle light atmosphere, what else could you ask for?

 

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PARCO DEGLI ACQUEDOTTI

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Roman aqueducts have been a milestone in the history of hydric ducts. They were masters and also today most of their structures still work.They are not just an example of engineering, but also of architecture. In Via dell’Appia Antica it is possible to enjoy this fantastic view on foot or rent a bicycle.

 

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EUTROPIA FESTIVAL

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There are many important musical appointments during summer in Rome, but amongst all, the Eutropia Festival is a very interesting one. Inspired from the fantastic city Eutropia created by Italo Calvino, the idea of a city in the city, located in the Ex Mattatoio in Testaccio, is one of the most iconic examples of post-industrial archaeology in Rome. The 2015’s calendar is full of great artists: from Goran Bregovic to The Kooks passing by Italian famous songwriters like Carmen Consoli, Brunori SAS and many others. Here you can find music, art, food and of course, fun, the good mix for a perfect summer night.

 

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MOON ON THE COLOSSEUM

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Just for summer there are some extraordinary openings of the Colosseum by night. You will breathe the timeless appeal of this incredible monument enjoying the evening breeze. A really fantastic and unique opportunity!

 

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GELATERIA FATTORI

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You can’t leave Rome, or Italy, without tasting icecreams, especially in summer. Fattori is one of the most interesting and of course appreciated, because of its ample assortment of flavours, basically created with seasonal fruits.

 

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STAZIONE DI POSTA

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In the heart of Testaccio, this restaurant is famous for its incredible structure but also for its Michelin star thanks to the great young chef Marco Martini. High cookery with Italian typical taste, a place you will appreciate for its great staff too.

 

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SAINT PETER AND PAUL 

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On the 29th of June, Rome celebrates its Saints San Peter e Paul, protectors of the city. In the Vatican City the statue of Saint Peter is dressed like Pontifex while, at sunset, there is a procession for Saint Paul in direction of the Church San Paolo Fuori Le Mura. Behind Castel Sant’Angelo, in the heart of Lungo Tevere, there are fireworks to celebrate the day.

 

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HAPPYHOUR AT HOPSIDE

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Burger bar, street food, beers and many typical Italian dishes with a new concept. This place offers good food at reasonable prices but also a perfect company during happy hour with lovely live music. The best place to go after an all day sightseeing to rest and refresh a bit.