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Summer in Rome 2015 | Top 10 things to do on your visit

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Date: 2014-10-09 19:27:33

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A Travel Guide to Visiting Rome in the Summer of 2015 with Tips on What to See and Do

The summer is arriving fast and hopefully you are planning your trip to Rome for 2015. The Italian capital of Rome is a great destination for your European adventure. A city buzzing with art, culture, great food and festivities. One of the great advantages of Rome during the summer months is that the weather is pleasant and with little rainfall.

As a travel destination, Rome has everything a tourist could want. With only a 40 minute metro ride you can be at one of Rome's beaches in the summer time to spend a day relaxing or you can wander through the city centre and make the traditional visits to the major monuments such as the Vatican, the Colosseum or just hang out with a drink in one of the many piazza's doing a bit of people watching.

There are numerous towns on the outskirts of the city to visit as well such as Tivoli, Castel Gandolfo or if you prefer lakes to the beach there is even Lago di Bracciano, which is worth the short one hour ride.

So here is a list of 10 options of the things to do while in Rome for the summer of 2015.

1. Take a Short Metro Ride to the Coast to Visit Some of Rome's Beaches

Rome's Beaches

It will take approximately 45 minutes to reach Ostia, which is the nearest beach town to the Capital; although not the most glamorous of Italian beaches you will still find nice, long, sandy stretches and clean water for swimming. Here you will have the option to take one of the private beaches with a beach club in which you will pay a daily rate to use the services of the club, sun loungers and umbrellas, or you can head down to the free beaches and put down your towels with an option to rent the deckchairs, etc.

To get to Ostia Lido, take the Rome Metro Line B to Piramide stop, then take the Ostia Lido train in the direction of Cristoforo Colombo (using the same ticket for both). Get off at the Ostia Lido Centro stop, about half an hour ride, or continue to the next stop, Ostia Stella Polare for the more private beach club options.

If you prefer the free beaches get off at the last stop Cristoforo Colombo and take bus n° 7 (mare), a 10 minute ride to the gates (Cancelli). The Cancelli run all down the coast, but any of the first few gates will be fine. The same bus will return you to the Cristoforo Colombo station.

Otherwise a prettier beach as you can see in the photo above is Santa Marinella from which you can take a train from the central station Termini in the direction of Civitavecchia. To reach Santa Marinella it will take approximately 1 Hour and 10 minutes, though well worth the trip to see a place just outside of Rome city centre.

2. Visit Lago di Bracciano with its Wonderful Lake and Castle of the Orsini Family

Lago di Bracciano

Not known by many tourists to Rome, Bracciano is a small town overlooking Lake Bracciano and is only an hour’s train ride from Rome. The lake offers wonderful views arriving by train as you approach the top of the lake and can walk your way down to the town. The lake is of volcanic origin and is the second largest lake in the region of Lazio after Lake Bolsena.

Once in Bracciano there are a number of things you can do. You can visit the Castle, Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, which offers guided tours every hour. Please note that you cannot visit inside the castle without taking a tour and the prices are: €7.50 for adults and €5.00 reduced.

Along with the castle the town has some lovely shops, streets and piazza's and you can also relax on one of the lakes beaches, go for a swim or take a boat ride to one of the lakes other villages.

For more info Tel. +39 0699804348 or Email: museo@odescalchi.it

3. Papal Blessing at Castel Gandolfo

Castel Gandolfo

In the month of August, which is the month of most Italian holidays, even the Pope likes to take a rest from the city, very often spending time in the Papal residence at Castel Gandolfo. For more information regarding the schedules for the Papal blessing in 2015 follow this link; http://www.papalaudience.org/information

Overlooking Lake Albano, which is another volcanic crater lake with beautiful blue waters, you can spend the day taking a walk around the lake or even take a bit of sunbathing. You can visit San Tommaso di Villanova or Via Saponara on the path down is a great place to take some photos. Maybe you can even try the Roman Porchetta, which is famous in the Castelli Romani region.

4. Take a Segway Tour Down the Ancient Appian Way

Segway Tour

Every Sunday you can take a tour by Segway down the "Appia Antica," one of Rome oldest and most important roads. A 3 hour and 30 minutes tour will take you along this pedestrian only part of the road of which Segway’s are allowed. Passing the Catacombs, Baths of Caracalla, the church of Quo Vadis and much more. You will get a feel for Ancient Rome along the cobblestones and the greenery for a lovely Sunday especially if the sun is shining.

For more information and to make a booking you can see the following link: TOUR BY SEGWAY OF APPIA ANTICA

5. Make a Visit to one of Rome's Waterparks

Waterparks in Rome

Aquapiper

Rome with Kids - Aquapiper is one of the country’s biggest and best waterparks. Containing an Olympic-Size swimming pool, wave pools, hydromassage pools and, of course, a variety of slides. Aquapiper is a great place to cool down and enjoy the water. The complex also has bars, restaurants, shops and various other features.

Location: 31 Via Maremmana Inferiore. You can get a bus from Piazza della Republica, which leaves at 8.30 am and 11 am, returning at 6 pm and 7.30 pm. Opening hours: from 9 am to 7.30 pm every day from mid-May to mid-September. Price: adults €16 and children accompanied by an adult €6.

Hydromania

Hydromania is another giant waterpark in Rome. With various fun slides and attractions for all ages, it also offers treasure hunts, water races, water aerobics classes and a baby entertainment club which allows adults to have some time to themselves. There’s also shops, a restaurant and locker facilities, meaning practical needs are taken care of.

Location: Vicolo del Casale Lumbroso, 200. Opening hours: 9.30 am to 6.30 pm (7 pm weekends) every day from mid-May to mid-September. Price: adults €18 and children €13.

Zoomarine

Zoomarine is perhaps the most varied of the different waterparks in Rome, with dolphin and seal shows and even a rollercoaster as well as the standard waterslides. There’s also a big emphasis on nature and education, with various information about dinosaurs and various bird species around the park.

There’s a free shuttle from Roma Termini. Opening hours: from March to October. Price: adults €25 and Children under 10 years old €18.

6. A Trip to Rainbow Magicland

Rainbow Magicland

If your visiting Rome with the kids then a visit to Magicland will put a smile on their faces. Rome can be hard for kids at times with many museums to visit and lots of walking, but there are also many places you can take to children to have some fun and Magicland is definitely one of them. Located in the Valmontone area of Rome, this theme park offers a mixture of amusements, fairground rides, restaurants and shops.

For more details you can see the official website; https://www.magicland.it/. You can buy a ticket to Magicland from the Terracafe located on Via Marsala at Termini station. The ticket costs €36.00 and includes the shuttle transfer from Roma Termini and back.

7. A Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums

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The museums can be quite crowded in the summer with the city in high season. You will find long lines of people waiting to enter into the Vatican as for many it will be the highlight of the trip for Christians or non-Christians alike! During the summer time it's worth taking a guided tour of the museums just to take advantage of the skip the line tickets on offer so you will not have to wait in the lines.

A 3 hour guided tour visiting the museums, the Sistine Chapel and also passing the lines and a visit to St. Peters Basilica will fill your trip with interesting facts and history about the worlds smallest state and country. After the tour it's even worth a trip to the top of St. Peters at the Cuppola, where you will have spectacular views of the city and also from St. Peters on the inside.

For more information and to make a booking you can see the following link: TOUR OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

8. A Tour of the Colosseum and Ancient Rome

Colosseum and Roman Forum - Around Rome Tours

In the same way you visit the Vatican you can also take a tour of the Colosseum with a guide to skip the lines and save some time while learning about the battles and stories of Ancient Rome, which took place inside the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Capitoline Hill. You will learn all about the architecture and some interesting facts along with the chance to ask questions with your tour guide. A guide is a great way to explore the Ancient City with and will help you gain some culture along the way.

For more information and to make a booking you can see the following link: COLOSSEUM TOURS

9. A Daytrip from Rome to Naples and Pompeii or to the Island of Capri

For those of you looking to get out of the city to see something different, then a trip to the Neapolitan Riviera has 2 excellent daytrip options:

Naples and Pompeii

Daytrip to Naples and Pompeii - the first selection would include a hotel pickup in Rome early in the morning between 6:30 am and 7:00 am, which will take you by coach down the highway of the sun on a visit to Pompeii, the Ancient historical site conserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The visit will include a tour guide and your entrance ticket. After the visit to Pompeii you will have lunch included in the price of the tour and will then visit the historical centre of Naples.

For more information and to make a booking you can see the following link: DAY TRIP FROM ROME TO POMPEII AND NAPLES

Capri Daytrip

Daytrip to Capri - the second option would be, once again, an early pickup from your hotel in Rome and a coach journey direct to the port of Naples, from where you will take a ferry ride across to the Island of Capri. A highly popular destination of the rich and famous, of which you can see why with its spectacular views and great food. The tour will include all your transfers and ferry ride along with lunch and a guided tour on the island before returning to Rome at the end of the day.

For more information and to make a booking you can see the following link: DAY TRIP FROM ROME TO CAPRI

10. Visit the Lungo il Tevere for Summer 2015

Tiber River & Castel St. Angelo

Every night in the summer starting from July, the banks of Rome’s Tiber River come to life! The city-sponsored event, which runs through August 28th, features hundreds of venues offering the summer’s largest nighttime attraction to locals and travelers alike. You will need to make your way towards Trastevere and by just crossing the river you will be able to walk down to the Markets. The summer fair has something to offer for everyone, you will find lots of bars and restaurants, shops, games stands, 5D cimena, table fusball, large football/tennis playing court, live music and much much more.

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Guest Comments:

Elizabeth on 08/10/2014 at 15:41:39 wrote:

Great Article, will come back to this to decide which of the sites we will be able to visit next year. Difficult choice but very excited xx

Reply: Thanks for the comment Elizabeth. We look forward to seeing you in 2015

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