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10 THINGS TO DO FOR SELECTED DATE RANGE

Gelaterias

April–September • food

Don't jump to say you dislike ice-cream until you've been to Roman gelateria—these recipes have lived through centuries

Secret Keyhole in Aventino

June–September • activity

Did you know that ancient Rome was built on seven hills? One of them has a secret to be discovered

Bougainvillea Bloom

June–September • nature

Rome's streets become even more romantic when houses are covered by vibrant bougainvillea in bloom

Fiori di Zucca

May–August • food

Have you ever tried zucchini flowers? Romans first stuff them with cheese and anchovies​ and then fry them!

Vespa Scooter Tours

June–August • activity

Ever dream of riding like the wind with an Italian beau or belle? The teenage dream can come true!

Frascati

August–October • food

A glass of white Frascati wine will turn you back two thousand years

Beach Season

May–September • activity

When in Rome no need to fret that the Mediterranean is too far as there are still a few decent seaside resorts nearby

Caffè Freddo or Iced Coffee

June–August • food

If you don't like coffee and a croissant for breakfast you might starve in Rome

Roma Tomatoes

June–September • food

Romans cook these sweet, acidic, and pectin-rich tomatoes rather than eat them raw, but you are welcome to do as yo​u please!

Roman Pasta

All year • food

Don't hesitate to try Rome's world-famous pasta. Bucatini all’amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, tagliatelle cacio e pepe—these are a must!

16 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Natale di Roma or Rome's Birthday

not in range • event

This spectacle of parades, fireworks, open museums, and exclusive natural illumination happens just once a year during Rome's birthday party

Winter Sunsets

not in rangeDecember–February • activity

Heard a lot about Rome's beautiful architecture? This city's Baroque masterpieces look especially charming during winter sunsets

Roman Artichokes

not in rangelate February–May • food

A great complement to​ Italian pizza, pasta, and Easter food. Try artichokes prepared in both Jewish and authentic Roman styles

Carnevale di Roma

not in rangeFebruary 13, 2018 • event

Rome's famous piazzas turn into open-air theatres, that amuse visitors with masks, costumes, and comedy

Castagnaccio

not in rangeSeptember–November • food

When on the lookout for something sweet, help yourself to a slice of chestnut cake

Settimana Santa or Holy Week

not in rangeMarch 25–April 01, 2018 • event

When the question is where to travel for Easter, the cradle of Christianity is certainly a top destination!

Maratona di Roma

not in rangeApril 08, 2018 • event

Rome hosts one of world's most scenic marathons

Wisteria in Bloom

not in rangeApril • nature

Rome is considerably more purple during wisteria blooming season

La Befana (Epiphany)

not in rangeJanuary 05–January 06 • event

Have you ever received a present from La Befana? Keep an eye out for the Italian female equivalent of Santa Claus!

Roses at Roseto Comunale

not in rangeMay–early June • nature

Fond of roses? Check out endless rows of these flowery shrubs along the Roseto Comunale park

Puntarelle alla Romana

not in rangeMarch–May • food

This salad is a truly Roman dish and can be found only in a few settlements in southern Italy

Starling Murmuration

not in rangeNovember–February • nature

A few millions of birds over the city—a fanciful natural phenomenon to observe, and also a poopocalypse for the city's utility services

Poppies at the Roman Forum

not in rangeMay–June • nature

The funeral altar of Julius Caesar, the Arc of Titus, and other ancient temple ruins—all grand monuments, surrounded by bright red flowers

Easter Food

not in rangeApril 01, 2018 • food

You make know Easter bread and Italian panettone but how about trying dove cake or a rustic pizza?

Roman Catacombs Offseason

not in rangeNovember–April • activity

A part of Rome's dark history lies deep underground in its catacombs and crypts

Risotto ai Funghi Porcini

not in rangeSeptember–November • food

Mushrooms make for a unique taste and perfectly complement the rice in this dish