Things to love about the summer in Rome
Was there ever a more beautiful thing than the water fountains of Rome? Free, that’s FREE, drinkable water from the fontanelle that can be found everywhere in the city. The water is ice-cold, much nicer tasting than the tap-water, safe and saves you a fortune on bottled water on broiling days around town.
Lungo Il Tevere
|By kind permission of Miss Lindsay Mackenzie|
During Roma Estate, the river is finally put to good use. From mid-June to September the Tevere opens its bank to bars, restaurants, shops and a cinemas for overheated Romans. Balmy evenings are spent watching the world go by and having a cheeky cocktail or two, or perhaps a jug? (I am from Bradford)
Every year cinemas pop-up in parks and gardens all over the city. My favouite are the screens in the gardens of the Castel Sant’Angelo.
There is absolutely no need. I am a one woman mosquito-attracting machine. And I feel like such a failure when I get bitten. It’s a battle of wills. The only known cure is to electricute the bite with a ‘clicker’ (these can be bought in Boots – not found any in Italy). Top tip for prevention, lemon juice. I keep a bottle of Jif lemon with me at all times
Journeys on public transport
The after-work train back from Ostia crammed full of sun-drenched, sweaty bodies returning from a day at the beach is just painful. The trains are often old with no air-con and no seats. There should be special seats for the workers.
I can’t wait to get back to the UK 🙂