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How can we beat the heat in Rome in July?

Old May 27th, 2009, 07:28 PM
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How can we beat the heat in Rome in July?

Through circumstances beyond our control,we who like to travel in cold months and low season,will be spending 5 nights in Rome in early July. We would welcome suggestions for minimizing heat distress as well as ideas for our fourth visit there. Also for air conditioned restaurants for lunch. We are comitted to seeing St Agnese fuori delle muri. Our hotel is both airconditioned and central (Due Torri).

Mille grazie!
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Old May 27th, 2009, 08:23 PM
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Plan to take breaks mid-day. I've found many restaurants in Italy might have AC, but not turn it on. Many others simply don't have it.
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I don't have any clever answers regarding how to beat the heat in Rome (and the high humidity also) cmstarf, except get up as early as possible and do your sightseeing in the morning. I can't give a list of restaurants which have a/c and have the a/c turned on..check them out while you are walking around in the morning or ask your hotel for recommendations. Go back to your hotel during the very hot afternoon, take a nap or at least relax with a book, take another shower and go out after say 5:00pm to again walk around Rome. After dinner walk around in the cooler weather as so many Romans and tourist do. Go to bed late. In otherwords try to avoid the the hot afternoon time of the day and split up your sleeping times.
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Consider a trip to Ostia Antica.
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Ostia Antica was the absolutely hottest, most unpleasant aspect of our last trip to Rome. It was a wasteland...no one there but us on a July afternoon and beating-down sun, no breeze, just short of unbearable (but we still thought it was magical).

Just break your touring days into two parts. Get up early and get going and see things between 8 am and noon, then take a break for 3-4 hours, as the Romans do (nap, read, whatever, in the coolest place available to you). Around 4 pm, start up again and tour until 7 pm or so, then find a caffé for a cool drink, eat dinner around 8 or 9 pm and go to bed late and do it all over again the next day.
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Old May 28th, 2009, 05:27 AM
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Just remember, "Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun." With thanks to Noel Coward.
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Not Rome specifically, but hot places in general, we sightsee in the morning, lay low in the afternoon after a good lunch, and then go back out in the early evenning. A lot of people eat too little when it is hot and don't replenish themselves properly, then they feel the affects of the heat more severely - so a good lunch is important. Also, we avoid alcohol when the sun is up, drink plenty of water and juice, add sports drinks if we feel like our electrolyte level is getting low. This served us well during the summer in New Orleans, Singapore, and Bali.
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