Founding Eagle Glenn Frey was right, while many Rome experts will tell you to avoid visiting Rome in August due to drawbacks such as extreme heat, those who actually bite the bullet and come anyway may find that it is actually a perfect time to visit. Here’s why:

1. Shopping!

The end of season sales begin in July and continue on straight through to about mid August. Prices on all spring/summer clothes, shoes, and even household goods and accessories will be marked down by 50% or more by August. The new autumn collections will also be out, which means one can get great deals on goods for this season, and a sneak peak at what’s in for the season to come.

2. Cooler than July.

Over the past decade, the weather in Rome has shown an increasing trend of record heat during the month of July, with August being slightly cooler and at times rainy.

3. The joy of driving.

This perk may be more of a benefit to those who live in Rome as opposed to those just visiting, but for any of you who have had the opportunity to drive in Italy, you know how scary it can be. With most of the Romans away for the summer holidays, suddenly the Roman streets are a driver’s heaven. No traffic, no beeping, no road rage, and no problem parking just about anywhere your little Roman heart desires.

4. Keep cool and organized.

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Between the beaches, lakes, and pools right in the city, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat in Rome. For those with an ambitious agenda for sightseeing in Rome, the best way to plan your day would be to get an early start when visiting outdoor monuments such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Historic Center. By lunch time you should be ready to have a bite to eat and then back to the hotel for a siesta or swim in the pool. While there are only a handful of Rome hotels with swimming pools, rates are not much higher than those without. When the temperatures soar above 35, you won’t regret spending a few extra Euro for this added convenience.

5. Ice cream!

Scientific studies (carefully carried out by yours truly) prove that the hotter it is, the more gelato one must consume in order to maintain a healthy body temperature and overall disposition.

Published on June 19th, 2009
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