How to keep cool in Rome  summer visit

You’ve decided to visit Rome during the busy summer season. Maybe you don’t have a choice or maybe you’ve decided the sunny weather will make your trip more enjoyable. At some point it’s come to your attention that Rome can be fairly warm during the summer months. Temperature routinely hitting 35C/95F or even higher during the day. So how to keep cool in Rome?

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Drinking fountains are mainly in the classic “nasoni” form but not always. Most of these fountains run 24/7 and provide high quality fresh cool drinking water. Best if you have a bottle to fill but you can take a drink straight from the fountain. Do not bother with a huge bottle. Even a one litre (1 quart) bottle will likely warm up before you can finish it. Plan on stopping regularly to refill your bottle with new cool fresh water. In the image gallery you will see not just the classic nasone but several other drinking fountains. They range from more ornate fountains near the Vatican to fairly simple.

Watch for signs!

If you see a sign reading “acqua non potabile” DO NOT  drink from that fountain. You might see it on ornamental fountains.

 

Bottled water

If for some reason you don’t want to use the drinking fountains you can find bottled water all around the city. Supermarkets sell room temperature water for reasonable prices. Expect to pay €0.50 for a two liter bottle. Smaller shops often sell chilled water. This will be more expensive and likely will warm up before you can finish a larger bottle. A note of warning avoid the street sellers selling water (along with many other things) There have been news reports of the sellers storing their goods in sewers. Buying a purse that’s spent the day in a hot wet sewer isn’t a great idea but putting that water bottle to your lips is even worse.

Cool spots in Rome

If the heat has started to become too unbearable you can duck into many of the cooler buildings you will find around the historic centre. Many of the churches are open during the day and will be fairly cool. At times potentially even too cool when compared to the outside air. Most of the shops today are air-conditioned. You will likely be surprised how even a minor church in Rome can contain a wealth of art works .  Visiting these churches can be quite rewarding.

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Final note

A final note on how to keep cool in Rome. The various churches all have rules on clothing. St. Peter’s is the one most likely to enforce the rule but the rules are the same for all the churches. The rules are fairly simple. Your shoulders and knees need to be covered. If you’re running around Rome in short shorts and a tank top consider bringing something to wrap around yourself before entering the church. At St. Peter’s Basilica you risk being refused entry.

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Staying cool during a Roman summer visit
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