I don’t recommend visiting Rome in the summer, especially August. Many businesses are closed, the Romans have fled to the seaside to work on their tans and it is simply troppo caldo (too hot).
But if you do come a few things you can enjoy are less traffic, a reduced chance of being sideswiped by a car or scooter, unlimited amounts of gelato, beautiful parks that offer a cool refuge from the city center and lots of cultural events.
Another benefit is free water. There are more than 2,000 nasones (water fountains or literally big noses) pouring fresh water from the Apennine Mountains to water drinkers throughout the city. Pure as a mineral water and high in calcium, some consider this water the best in Italy, so fill up a bottle and enjoy anytime.
For a little Roman summer escape of your own you can enjoy these images but if you live in New York and want a small taste of summer in Rome fly yourself down to il laboratorio del gelato. You may not have the animated scene of a Roman gelateria but you will have some of the tastiest gelato outside of Rome.
And if you are lucky enough to be in Paris don’t miss the gelato chain Amorino, bringing a love of Italian gelato straight to the hearts of Parisians. Amorino’s gelato not only tastes great but a beautiful floral presentation makes every bite even more inviting.
If you have a favorite gelato destination feel free to share your recommendation by submitting a comment, so we can all enjoy a taste of summer in Rome.