Things to do in Rome in August!
August is a very particular time in Rome and finding things to do can be difficult. The heat is at its peak and the city can be pretty stuffy. For this reason, most of the Romans leave the city and head to the beach or into the mountains for the month of August to stay “al fresco.” Unfortunately, this renders Rome a bit empty! But not to worry because there is still plenty of things to do in Rome in August! It’s all about knowing what’s on and where it’s on! Here are a few suggestions of things to do in Rome in August.
August 5- Festa della Madonna della Neve
This is the “Feast of the Madonna of the Snow” that celebrates the miraculous fall of snow that took place in the 4th century. A re-enactment of the event takes place at Santa Maria Maggiore church with white petals. This is worth checking out when you are looking for things to do in Rome in August.
August 15- Ferragosta
“Ferragosta” marks the beginning of the summer holidays and the mass exodus from Rome. Not to worry, though. There are still plenty of the things to do in Rome! On this day there are many dance and music festivals around the city to celebrate with those who remain!
From the 6th of June up until the 9th of September Castel Sant’Angelo becomes open to the public for concerts of all kinds of music as well as the possibility to visit the historical castle itself. The cost of entry is 10 euro and a full list of what’s on offer is available at. Mind-blowing atmosphere! http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/sito-MiBAC/Contenuti/MibacUnif/Comunicati/visualizza_asset.html_2004707615.html
Le Terme di Caracalla
Talk about a unique atmosphere to see a show! The illustrious setting of the Baths of Caracalla offer a chilling and memorable experience of opera, classical music and other events. It is open until the 8th of august and a full programme is available at http://www.romatoday.it/eventi/terme-di-caracalla-2012-programma.html
San Lorenzo Estate
San Lorenzo is a very sweet quarter of Rome. During the summer the main piazza hosts live music of all types from the afternoon right up until 02.00. You will also find little stalls where you can buy some really beautiful art, jewelry and clothes. It attracts a very friendly crown and promises a wonderfully relaxed night out.
Isola del Cinema
Along the river Tiber one can find “the Island of Cinema” where each night popular films are shown out in the open on a big screen! Unfortunately the films are in Italian with no subtitles which can be challenging for non-Italian speakers. But if you’re fortunate enough to know the language it’s the perfect spot to grab a movie with friends. Tickets are 6 euro! Full programme available at http://www.isoladelcinema.com/?lang=en
Directly across from the Baths of Caracalla is a funky spot called “Roma Vintage.” There is a big dance floor full of people dancing to vintage music and doing the twist! Also to be found are great food stands and jewelry stands! Guaranteed fun! Roma Vintage is open right up until the 15th of August.
Lungo il Tevere
Right up until September there is so much to do along the Tiber. Whether it’s a quiet walk to check out the stalls, or a beer along the river or listening to the music on offer it’s perfect for a relaxes night out and is one of the best things to do in Rome!
Museums and sight seeing
Of course the museums and sights are all still open during the month of August. The churches and the Vatican are perfect for visiting in the afternoon when the sun is really boiling the city as they are fresh as can be! Outdoor visits should be kept for the morning or the late evening to avoid the strong rays of the sun, dehydration and exhaustion.