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2016 Holidays in Rome ITALY

Tuscany and Umbria are the most popular destinations for 2016 Summer Vacation Holidays in Rome ITALY, and our online expert destination guides provide comprehensive information on the regions.

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If you are visiting Italy during Summer Vacation Holidays first time be sure to look beyond Chianti, between Florence and Siena, which is often densely wooded. There are few towns, and long journeys on twisting roads to key historic centres. Rather, it is the Val d’Orcia, south of Siena, that has the best of the region’s classic landscapes.

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Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

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The 18th-century Spanish Steps sit at the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, with designer boutiques lining Via Condotti and Via Borgognona. Visitors toss coins into the iconic, baroque Trevi Fountain. The Pantheon, dating to the second-century A.D., holds Raphael’s Renaissance-era tomb. Rome’s hearty cuisine includes such traditional dishes as carbonara, amatriciana and saltimbocca. After-dark activities range from seeing one of Verdi’s classic operas at Teatro dell’Opera to club-hopping in working-class Testaccio, once the city’s slaughterhouse district.

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2016 Summer Vacations in Rome

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The best time to visit Rome is from October to April when most of the tourist crowds have dissipated and room rates are lower. Although you’ll need a warm coat, weather this time of year hardly ever dips below freezing. For warmer weather without throngs of tourists and the sweltering humidity come in May or September. High average temperatures flit between the mid-70s and the lower 80s.

Ancient Rome Festivals

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Parentalia – February 13-21. During this festival the Romans honoured their ancestors at the family shrines within their own homes, thus, all other temples remained closed and weddings were forbidden. Lupercalia – February 15. This feast celebrated the founding of Rome, and was held in honour of the god Pan.

Roman Harvest Festival

The Roman celebration of Cerelia which is a harvest festival was dedicated to the honor of Ceres. Ceres was their goddess of corn. It was also an autumnal festivalheld each year on October 4th. Offerings of the first fruits of the harvest and pigs were made to Ceres.

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