Roman Holidays

Rome at ferragosto

How to survive Ferragosto in Rome!

Around this time last year, we told you the story of why August, and August 15 in particular, seems to be the month when almost every Roman, and every Italian more generally, seem to go on vacation. This year, we would like to list what your options are if you’re in the city at this […]

Statue of emperor Augustus hit by the sun

Free water and cool churches: fighting the heat in Rome

So it’s official: the Copernicus satellite system has declared this month of June the hottest ever recorded. Tourists who were in Rome in the past few weeks probably don’t need that kind of validation – they felt it on their skin! Everywhere we looked we saw visitors fanning themselves with maps of the city, resorting […]

Primo Maggio (Labor Day/May Day/International Workers’ Day) in Rome

  You can call it many different names: International Workers’ Day, Labor/Labour Day, May Day or, as locals would, Primo Maggio. No matter what you pick: this particular holiday will always creates some inconveniences for those who are visiting Rome (and Italy at large, as it’s a nationally observed celebration) at this time. That’s why […]

Romanesco language: what is it?

The Romanesco language: how to use it when visiting Rome

This will ring particularly true to those visiting who have a smattering of Italian but everyone, regardless of their fluency, will have probably observed it: the local language doesn’t have just the one sound! Depending on where you visit, you may hear it as musical or harsh, romantic or unattractive. It almost seems like more […]


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