Rome is gorgeous no matter the time of year. Yes, you might have to get your umbrella out more often than you’d wish, but who cares when you’re in the Eternal City? Check out 10 things students should do in Rome in the spring:
1. Enjoy a free outdoor movie
La Casa del Cinema is the perfect plan for those days when you feel like having an excuse to leave the house. Climb up to the gorgeous Villa Borghese, sit down for a drink on the terrace of the cafeteria, and watch a movie on the outside screen — they can be international or Italian movies. Check out their screenings here.
2. Travel in time to Ostia Antica
A city of ancient Rome that has survived the hardest times and where you can marvel at monuments, squares, thermal baths, as well as the old theatre and numerous private residences. A perfect day trip for a sunny day. You can get there by train very easily and it’s a very #instagramableplace.
3. Stop and smell the roses at the Pantheon
On Whit Sunday, celebrated 50 days after Easter, red rose petals will rain from the 43 metres high Roman Pantheon. It represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Virgin Mary and the Apostles — and it just smells nice. This year, it’s on June 4 at noon after the mass.
4. Enjoy an afternoon at Monk
Monk is one of those places with an amazing potential for a student’s mind. The outdoor space is just perfect to spend a spring afternoon. You can choose to lie down in the beach chairs, relax listening to live music, or play basketball (or connect four!) with your friends. If it’s one of those rainy days, no problem, because they have billiard pools and an inside stage.
5. Dance your ass off at Spring Attitude 2017
Spring Attitude is a festival dedicated to electronic music. Every edition has hosted internationally relevant artists and it’s become a point of reference for those who want to discover new musical sound drifts. This year, it’ll be on May 25 to 27.
6. Discover inaccessible places at Open House Rome
Open House Rome is an annual event that offers free access to hundreds of buildings and palaces around the city. Mark May 6 and 7 on your calendar and don’t miss this opportunity to check out usually inaccessible places — otherwise you’ll only ever see them through a peephole.
7. Have a spritz at Baja
An old bar on the Tevere is the perfect place to end the day while sipping a spritz over the river. A look at the drinks menu is enough to know that this site isn’t only wood and glass, but a true temple of national liquors and cocktails.
8. Light up the sky at the Festival of Coloured Lanterns
On May 6, the Roman skies will be filled with light. At 11pm in Circo Massimo, let your own coloured lantern float up high and sit back to watch the dazzling and magical effect.
9. Relax with a brunch at the Lian Giardino
Just as spring began, the Lian Club announced their Sunday brunches. It’s the best way to maintain the typical snoozy weekend feeling while enjoying great food on the Tevere with friends.
10. Wish Rome a Happy Birthday
The Eternal City is blowing 2770 candles this year. On April 21 to 23 there will be lots of celebrations around the city, including a historical parade in Circo Massimo. Naturally, gladiators will be present. Wish Rome tanti auguri and celebrate with the locals!
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