This is my favorite time of the year in Rome when the weather heats up and the outdoor summer celebrations get into full swing. Anyone visiting our city during June, July, or August should not miss out on this festive atmosphere by having an aperitivo along the river. Not to mention that the air at water level is refreshingly cooler than the city streets sitting 20 meters above.
Just walk across one of the bridges that are connected to the Isola Tiburina and you’ll see what I’m talking about. A continuous string on white tents are set up on both sides of the Tevere and on the tiny island itself. About 75% of these are temporary bars and restaurants which remain open only for the summer months. The rest of the tents contain little specialty shops selling everything from books to clothes to every kind of souvenir that you can imagine.
The aperitivo hour starts around 7:30 and there are many cozy spots to have a drink and a small bite. The choices vary, so look around and find something that fits your mood. If you are new to town or just passing through, why not join one of the social groups that meet up here regularly? On Tuesday evenings at 8:30, there is a weekly meeting of Expats Living in Rome, a mixed group of Italians and foreigners that gather on the island to exchange languages and make new friends over cocktails and hors d'oeuvre.
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