Things to Do in Rome This Summer
Temperatures soar in Rome from June to September, when there is very little respite from the relentless Mediterranean sun. To see the Eternal City’s highlights in comfort, plan carefully, and avoid long lines in unshaded areas. Here are a few ways to savor the best of Rome’s sights—even in the dog days of summer.
- Skip the outdoor line and indoor crowds with aprivate after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
- Get out of the sun and join a skip-the-lineunderground tour of the Colosseum.
- See city highlights from an open-top bus on ahop-on-hop-off tour.
- Head below ground on acrypts and Roman catacombs tour.
- Escape the city heat by taking a day trip to visit the lush gardens ofTivoli.
- Enjoy the shade inVilla Borghese Park, and make a stop in theBorghese Galleryto see some of Rome’s most spectacular art.
- Avoid the hottest hours of the day by touring Rome at night.
- Discover Rome’s cuisine with afood tour at sunset, when temperatures drop and appetites awaken.
- Do as the Romans do and head for the hills of theCastelli Romani.
- Cool down with agelato-making workshop (and tasting).