5 Reasons to visit Rome this summer
2020 has been a year unlike any of us have experienced thus far. People throughout the globe have put their lives on hold in one way or another due to the Coronavirus pandemic but there is a glimmer of light at the end of this dark tunnel. Most of the cases of the illness have leveled off and many countries have seen a marked decline in the number of new cases. With that in mind it is time for us to start re-claiming the lives we pressed the pause button on.
As we emerge from this crisis it is important to recognize that some countries were hit especially hard and without our support the challenges they face in re-building will be particularly difficult. That is why we put together this list of the most prominent reasons for visiting the Eternal City this summer.
1.Avoid The Crowds
Every year, millions of tourists pour into the city of Rome in search of their Italian adventure. A great majority end up coming during the summer as this is when a lot of schools and universities are on break and jobs have their slow seasons. This creates an influx of people that makes the city very difficult to manage with huge wait times for monuments, packed restaurants and hard to book specialty tours. While the world is in recovery from the recent pandemic it might not be a bad idea to take advantage of the wariness that a lot of people will feel for international travel and what that entails for destination cities like Rome. The more intrepid traveler might view this as an opportunity for visiting a quieter, more relaxed Eternal City than the one you should expect any other summer. It will also give you easier access to sites such as the Dungeon level beneath the Colosseum which is highly sought after and typically difficult to access during the summer months. Lines will be shorter, restaurants more charming, and there will be less trash on the streets without the typical hustle and bustle that usually go hand in hand with the city. The diminished traffic on the streets will also make the air quality superior. Overall the city will be in better condition than you would usually find it.
2.Support a Struggling Economy
While the relatively small country of Italy houses a large portion of the world’s fine arts, they also have one of the weakest economies in the European Union. The Coronavirus threatens to impinge on one of Italy’s largest sources of income, tourism. Northern Italy is largely industrial and southern Italy is agricultural but the driving forces that allow cities like Rome to thrive are the tourists and the money that comes with them. One of the most visited cities in the world and it’s citizens depend on the people that love to visit it. Fortunately for you, the way to help in this situation is as simple as taking that once (or maybe more) in a life-time trip you have always dreamed of and seeing one of the most historic cities there is. Easy as that.
3.More Inexpensive Experiences
In order to attract those tourists that are on the fence about traveling this summer, many companies are offering special, discounted rates for their services. This includes your transportation costs in getting to Rome such as flight costs, hotels, tour companies, and more. If Rome has always been a dream that was out of your grasp, reach again. This summer will be full of methods to save and make Rome accessible on a tighter budget.
4.Rome’s Lower Rate of Coronavirus
During the peak of the crisis, Italy was often highlighted in the news as one of the European nations where the virus was spreading like wild-fire. The media coverage led to a misconception that the whole country was being affected at a similar rate of contagion. The reality is that Rome has had a much lower rate of Coronavirus cases than the rest of the country and then many major metropolitan cities across the world.
A large slice of Rome’s main attractions such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and St. Peter’s Square are located outside where it is easier to maintain your social distancing.The misconception that Italy has been ravaged throughout its territory can be fortuitous for the traveler who is willing to look a little deeper and see that a trip to Rome this summer presents minimum risk and the benefits would highly outweigh those pitfalls.
5.Get Out of Your House
Most of us have been stuck inside recently. It has been a challenging few months where we have had to reorganize our time, our relationships with other people and our priorities. It has forced us to take a long, hard look at how precious life is and how quickly everything can change. That being said, I know that I am ready to get out of the house and if you feel the same then it might be time to take a trip to one of the locations that remind us of the true majesty the world has to offer. Rome is more than a city. Rome is a symbol of survival. It has stood through the fall of an empire, invaders and time itself. It has evolved through history, like we all have been forced to do in recent times. Rome and its inhabitants need you and will almost certainly provide you with an extra warm “Benvenuti.”
*The European Union has placed travel bans on visitors from many countries so before you plan your Italian vacation make sure to check and see if you are able to enter the country. Be safe and have fun.