Rome is a city that’s popular year-round, where the high season has expanded beyond just the summer months. That means the “shoulder seasons” in Rome are shorter. The spring shoulder season is really only March-April (and by late April prices are already going up) – so the best spring deals are often in March. Here’s what you need to know about visiting Rome in March.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “all roads lead to Rome,” and thought that it was more than a little bit of hyperbole. At one time, however, most roads did actually lead to what was then the center of Western civilization. Today, you can still walk on one of those roads – the famous Appian Way.
Rome is a feast for all the senses, but it’s a quite literal feast for foodies who pay a visit to the Eternal City. There are several dishes that originated in Rome, or for which the city is particularly known, but few have the cult following of “cacio e pepe.” This pasta dish sounds deceptively simple to make, and the end result is the kind of flavor you may just find addictive.
Sergio Grom shares his enthusiasm for Rome with visitors, leading tours that focus on everything from an overview of the Vatican Museums to an in-depth look at Rome’s architecture. He offers walking tours, night tours, historical tours, and more, all tailored to the group’s needs. We asked him for some inside tips on seeing the Eternal City during the cold winter months. Here’s what he had to say.
While most people will plan their trips to Rome in the summer, you can save quite a bit of money – and avoid the worst of the tourist crowds – by visiting in the off-season. In Rome, that means winter, and particularly after the holidays are over. If you’re planning to visit Rome in February, you can expect shorter lines and lower prices – and cold weather. Here is what you need to know before going to Rome in February.
Pompeii is one of Italy’s top tourist attractions, and with good reason. It’s an ideal day trip from Naples, but what if you’re not going further south than Rome? Never fear, you can visit Pompeii as a day trip from Rome, too, as long as it’s a well-planned day.
You might be familiar with “happy hour” where you live, but the Italians take it to another level with “aperitivo.” Aperitivo started in Italy up north in the chic city of Milan, but it spread through the country fairly rapidly. Rome is now one of the best cities to do aperitivo in Italy. Here’s what you need to know about aperitivo in Rome.
Common wisdom is that visiting Rome during the winter will save you quite a bit of money over a summer high season visit. If you’re in Rome over Christmas and New Year’s, however, prices jump to create a mini-high-season right in the middle of winter. To take full advantage of the low winter prices, you’ll want to wait until January to visit. Here’s what to do in Rome in January.
New Year’s Eve events in Rome include a free classical concert at the Piazza del Quirinale, which the Italian President typically attends (the Quirinale is the Italian President’s official residence), and there’s often a New Year’s Eve theatrical performance at the Auditorium Conciliazione. There are also plenty of night clubs in Rome that turn up the music and light shows on New Year’s Eve. Most of these require that you buy tickets in advance, so be sure to find out before December 31st.
Outdoor Christmas markets are a common element to many parts of Europe during the holiday season. They’re especially typical of Germanic countries, but their popularity has made other countries adopt the tradition, too – including Italy. And there are a few places where Christmas markets in Rome spring up in the weeks before Christmas.