As if it were a dream, the month of August has come and gone. While most Italians escaped the city to seek relief from the heat, tourists continued to come to Rome. Oftentimes, guests ask us the best times during the year to visit the Eternal City and when answering we always seem to be in the middle of a rock and a hard spot. There is so much to consider. Of course, if you are looking for a more economical time to travel, the slow period for holiday apartment rentals tends to be between 7 January and 28 February, the month of August, and again from 1 November up to about a week before Christmas. The best savings on apartments is by far the month of August, though.
However, although price is something to consider when booking a trip to Italy, remember that the prices in August are low because there is less going on in the city. Many local restaurants, shops, and markets close down leaving the city full of tourists without a sense of the local spirit. Personally, although we enjoy the month of August in Rome because it is never very difficult to find parking, there is less traffic, and of course less chaos, 31 days of life like this is plenty for us. What we like most about Rome is the chaos, the noise, the traffic…all of this combined with the local people makes Rome what it is.
Thankfully, only a few days into the month of September, Rome is slowly returning to normal. Restaurants, shops, and markets are once again open for business, locals are going back to work, and before long students will return to the classroom.
The memories of days under the sun, late drinks on the beach, and a peaceful awakening in the morning without the sound of an alarm sounding will hopefully be enough to keep us hopeful for next summer.
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