If you are thinking of visiting historical Rome this year then September is the perfect month to do so. The sweltering summer heat has started to subside and the city begins to enjoy temperatures around the mid 20s. With locals arriving back from their summer retreats the city becomes alive again with events, entertainment and plenty of things to do.
So what is there to do around Rome in the month of September?
If its one of your first visits to Rome then visiting the many historical sites are a must. Guided tours are the perfect way to take in these sites. A qualified guide will show you the sites like no guidebook can. Explaining the fascinating history whilst guiding you through the winding cobbled streets of Rome. There are many tours to choose from and if you have already taken in the sites of the main historical attractions then why not consider something a little different, a tour of Rome’s beautiful fountains for example will enlighten you to the wonderful fountains of the city and their magical and sometimes mythical tales.
Why not take advantage and experience the Vatican Museum by night.
Every Friday until October 30th the Vatican Museums open their doors to night visitors. Make your way around the historical rooms at your own pace without the hoards or guidebook weilding tourists. Evening visits include entry to the Pio-Clementine museum, the upper galleries, the Raphael rooms, the Borgia Apartments and the wonderful Sistine Chapel. An additional bonus to the relaxed environment of an evening Vatican tour are the Musical events held every night.
In between the museum and historical sights head to Villa Borghese.
Villa Borghese is a beautiful 140 acres of English styled parkland in Rome. It is the perfect place for a warm September stroll or an afternoon picnic. And if you are still seeking some more art and history, take a tour around the most famous museum within the park: The Galleria Borghese.
If you only have the time for one art gallery in Rome, make it this one. Set up by Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577-1633), this amazing museum contains sculptures by Bernini from the Borghese collection including his Rape of Proserpine, his Apollo and Daphne and other paintings by Titian, Raphael and Caravaggio.
Finally you could spend a lovely day browsing one of the many art and antique fairs to be found around Rome in September. The area around Via Murgutta is renowned for its hip and fashionable art studios or head to the antiques fair which is held on Via dei Coronari from mid september to mid october. Or if arts and crafts are more your thing then plan to be in Rome for the the unique craft fair held in Via Dell’Orso near Piazza Navona in the last week of September.
So Rome in September really does have something for everyone as well as perfect temperatures.