Ciao sarah and hello July!

Summer has most definitely arrived!

Rome is hot and crowded, and you will likely find it like this for the rest of the summer.

This means two things:

  1. Make sure to take care of yourself and stay cool!
  2. Plan ahead, especially for anything you really want to see.
There are no public holidays in July, so you will find most things open daily.

This is the perfect time of year to do things at night to keep cool, including taking in an opera at the Baths of Caracalla, strolling by the Tiber and enjoying the Summerfest event along the banks of the river, and visiting things at night, like the Vatican Museums and Colosseum.

Many people don't realize that the Galleria Borghese also offers late visits on weekends during the summer. Again, it is crucial to book ahead!

To find out more about visiting Rome this month, take a look at these pages:

Travel rules and restrictions

The great news is that almost all restrictions have been dropped. FFP2/N95 (they are the same type) masks are now only required on public transportation - this includes buses, the Rome metro, trains, ferries and taxis.

You will not face any Covid-related restrictions now when visiting the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Pantheon etc.

Stay up to date by bookmarking this page, which I update regularly with any changes.

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Coming to Rome this month, or later in the summer? Take a look at these pages for all the details you could need:
Beaches near Rome

Most people don't think of Rome as being a beach destination, but there are several great beaches you can easily visit from Rome using public transport.

So, if you'd like to take a day out from sightseeing and escape the crowds, why not take a day trip out of the city and relax by the sea!

This is a fantastic way to see another side of Rome and Italy - click the button below for some of my top beach recommendations!


Colosseum tickets and Colosseum Underground

I've received many questions about what is going on with the Colosseum ticketing system and why it's nearly impossible to book tickets for the Colosseum Underground area.

There are two issues here:

  1. The contract for issuing Colosseum tickets has expired, but a new contract has not yet been awarded. The existing entity (CoopCulture) is continuing to offer tickets, but only on a very short-term basis in case another entity is awarded the new contract and takes over the ticket management. However, there is no news about this happening anytime soon, so unfortunately for all of us, for the foreseeable future, you will find that on CoopCulture's website you cannot book any Colosseum tickets more than a few weeks in advance.
  2. There is limited availability for any Colosseum visit due to the fragility of the monument and the available space. Before Covid, they kept the maximum number of visitors at any given time at 3,000. We may not be at that number now, but it's probably pretty close given the size of the crowds I've seen. The Underground area has much less space available, and this is why tickets are so scarce.
So, between the problem with ticketing and the problem of limited supply compared to extremely high demand, it may seem difficult to snag any Colosseum tickets, let alone tickets to the Underground area.

If you can't get tickets on the official site, your best bet is to use a ticker reseller. This does involve paying surcharge, but you are more likely to find tickets for when you want to visit.
So why can you buy a tour of the Colosseum Underground months in advance?

Because the tour companies sell futures in the hope that they'll be able to get tickets later. If they cannot get the tickets, they cancel and reimburse the sale, but then you're stuck without an option.

If this happens, try rebooking something else using one of the tour portals such as Tiqets, Get Your Guide or Viator.

If you can't get tickets for the Underground area, try for the Arena floor which has more availability. If you can't get Arena tickets, try for the regular Colosseum tickets, which have the most availability. This way, at least you see the Colosseum on the inside.

I know this is frustrating, all I can do is tell you to keep checking all options, hope for the best and stay flexible.

New Content

As always, I've been working hard to bring you new and improved content on Romewise.

Read our new page to find out how you can explore the port town of ancient Rome, Ostia Antica - just a short train ride from Rome!

Discover the history of Campo di Fiori and everything there is to see in this fascinating neighborhood of Rome here, and don't miss out on our top tips for taking a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Rome.

Now that Rome is busier than it has been for a long time, lots of people have been asking me where they can go and what they can do to escape the crowds - take a look at my top suggestions here!

Thank you as always for following me and for all your support. Wherever the next few months take you, whether Rome or beyond, I hope you have a happy and healthy summer!

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