Tag: Weather

Planning a Picnic, Roman Style

It’s technically the perfect time of year for a picnic. Rome’s weather tends to get it “just right” in the late spring, achieving that rare temperature which makes sitting in the sun bearable and lying in the shade a pleasure. If you were in the capital in recent weeks, you might have found yourself dodging…

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Five cheap and cheerful ideas for getting back to nature in Rome this summer

There’s something about the summer in Italy which makes the city’s delights pale in comparison to the natural world. Whether you love beaches or mountains, relaxing in the heat or flexing your legs, here are five cheap and cheerful ideas for getting back to nature in and around Rome. We’ve favoured plans that involve public…

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The world beyond the river wall

For most, the Lungotevere is just the western border of Testaccio, a busy road flanked by a cracked pavement that runs the length of the river wall. Beyond that, there is only a sparse canopy of trees on a steep slope and the fast running Tiber. The Tevere is tobacco-coloured in the winter, carrying debris…

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Spring is coming

Yesterday was one of those mornings when the sun splits the streets in two. Ten degrees in the shade, maybe 17 in the light. The benches were half full in Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice. I walked up to Via Marmorata, keeping to the sunny side of the street. Words & photo © Isobel Lee

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