Don’t know where to go this summer for holidays? The Mediterranean area is perfect for the summer, since it combines good weather, beaches, culture, history and excellent nightlife. The city of Rome exemplifies perfectly why this is there’s only one place to be this summer.

Out of all the problems that one could have in life, choosing where to go on your next holiday is definitely a welcome one. Summer is also a time of year where, depending on taste, people choose one type of tourism or another: beach and sun or countryside and cool temperatures. Of course it all depends on the preferences of each person but few places have the great vibes that the Mediterranean area has during the hot summer months. For example, the city of Rome comes to life in the summer, with its sunny squares that are filled with terraces from bars and people having a cool drink under the shade of the parasols, whether it’s a lovely glass of Italian pinot grigio or the typical spritz, essential ingredients that lead to the phrase “life is good”.

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Of course that the heat can sometimes be annoying, but that’s why people should be prepared for it. Going and visiting a city during the day, when the sun is at its highest point, is not the best way to go. During the day it’s beach time, time to enjoy the fine white sands bathed by the Mediterranean Sea. In Rome, the best  bet is to go to the beaches at Lido di Ostia, which you can easily access by public transport in just a few minutes from the city centre.

After that, it’s time for lunch, and the Mediterranean diet is one of the most famous cuisines in the world, made with fresh and healthy ingredients and very little or no fats at all. Vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, olive oil… it’s all part of a cuisine that will not only fill you in terms of taste and exquisiteness but that will also not see you pile the pounds while on the holiday.

Now that the sun is on its way down, it’s time to visit the city. The crowds will have died down, the heat will have died down also and you can see all the landmarks with the utmost peace. There’s no need to mention all the landmarks of Rome since everyone knows them but it has to be said that the Italian capital is the city whose landmarks are most beautiful at night. So if you visit Piazza Navona and its sculptures, the Fontana di Trevi or the Colosseum after the sun has gone down, you’re in for a treat.

Those who choose countryside ahead of the hot Mediterranean will argue that these places are too crowded. Yes, the most touristy ones are, but it’s a great feeling to discover some of the areas that aren’t in a city, where tourism plays little or no part and where you can relax and feel just like another local. In Rome, make sure you spend time in the Trastevere and Monti districts, two districts that bring out the best of the local culture, cuisine and people.

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As Rome has been exemplified here, it’s a similar case with all the cities that surround this beautiful part of southwestern Europe, but the Italian capital is a city that has strong cases in every single aspect that one would want on their holidays. The food is great, the drinks are better, the weather is amazing, the history and the culture are incredibly rich and the nightlife is mind-blowing. It’s a no brainer really.

It’s also great to feel like a local during the holiday, so why not look at the Rome apartments directory and find one in an area such as the Trastevere or Monti, and experience the true feeling of being a Roman.

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