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Rome in the summer months seems to get hotter each year. Because the city is inland, there's no cooling sea breeze and the air can be extremely humid.
What should be a fun, amazing visit to an amazing city can all too quickly become a hot, irritable time.
But with some careful planning and tips we've taken from people who live in Rome full-time, it's possible to enjoy the city even in its hottest months.
So here are the final five of our tips about what you can do to keep yourself and your family cool and safe when temperatures soar.
Rome has its own city beach. It tries hard to be like Paris' summer beach (which, by the way, is amazing) but to be honest, it isn't very good.
There's a small above ground pool, some umbrellas, recliners and a bar on the side of the River Tiber.
No-one much uses it.
But Rome in summer gets so hot, there has to be something for kids to do that helps them keep cool and helps parents keep their sanity...
Enter Rome's themed waterpark - Zoomarine.
Zoomarine combines education about sealife with the fun of a themed waterpark. So as well as rides (including a log flume, Cath's favourite), a carousel, and several pools complete with waterslides and a sandy beach with parasols and recliners...
...there's a 4D theatre and talks about the oceans, walks through tropical forests (watch out for the parrots!) and demonstrations by dolphins and sealions. All are either rescues or born in captivity - the park has a policy of both sustaining the environment and not endangering wildlife.
Zoomarine is situated about 25 miles from Rome and there's a public shuttle bus which goes from Termini station - details are here, but only in Italian.
It's open full time from early July to mid-September. After that Italians, no matter what the temperature, think you'll "catch a chill" if you so much as look at a swimming pool.
We've already talked about planning in advance and making sure your hotel has air conditioning. Most hotels in the Eternal City do now have air conditioning - hoteliers know how unbearably hot the summer weather can be.
Before you travel, keep an eye on Rome's weather forecast. Make sure you schedule your time accordingly. Don't, whatever you do, try to do it all at once in the searing heat - you'll exhaust yourself and it will spoil your time in the city.
Get up early and visit the well known sites before the sun gets too hot. As a bonus you will beat the main rush of tourists who are still having breakfast.
The best time to see the Trevi Fountain or the Spanish Steps, for example, is before 7.30am. You'll enjoy them far more without having to push through the crowds.
Enjoying just being in Rome, soaking up the atmosphere, is one of the best things about visiting. It's what you'll remember most when your visit is over.
So at around mid-day, stop walking, get out of the sun and eat a light lunch either in an air-conditioned restaurant, or outside under the cover of umbrellas. Don't rush it. Don't feel compelled to eat quickly and run to the next place on your list.
Take it slowly. Soak up the atmosphere. Watch Italian life unfold before you.
The afternoon break is the same in any language, so when in Rome do as the Romans do - plan your day around an afternoon siesta.
You'll find most of the shops close at lunchtime anyway, and the tourist horse and carriages are bound by law not to work between mid-day and 4pm. So...
No, not because it will rain (although summer squalls are pretty common).
Because they're a good substitute for a parasol!
Walking or sitting anywhere in searing sun - even on a cloudy day - puts you in danger of sun stroke, as the sun hits the back of your neck. Men often choose to wear a hat, but women tend not to. How to keep cool without one can be a problem.
If that doesn't do it for you, you'll be able to buy a parasol from one of Rome's many street vendors. If you travel on an open top bus or visit any of the many Rome tourist attractions, you'll see them selling these brightly-coloured parasols. They cost a couple of Euros and they're well worth it.
Although they're fairly flimsy so probably won't last the journey home, they're light enough to carry easily and will keep off the worst of the sun's rays.
I know, this sounds like weird advice.
The obvious places to find some cool are churches - which are naturally colder because of their stone interiors. They also have the added advantage of providing pews to rest weary feet.
Museums and restaurants are also good.
Don't forget shops in Rome, either, particularly if you're travelling with kids. Child-friendly shops in Rome can be excellent places both to cool off and to keep kids who are bored with ancient ruins entertained.
For basic high street stores use Via del Corso. And if you head down Via dei Condotti near(opposite the Spanish Steps) you'll find some of the most famous shops in the world, all ensuring their customers spend as much time as possible there by turning the air conditioning way up high.
Gucci, Bulgari, Valentino, Dolce and Gabanna - the list is endless, and amazing. So you will be able to keep cool and marvel at the outrageously expensive goods all at the same time.
Open top bus tours and boat rides down the Tiber River sometimes don't get a very good press, mostly because they often can't get close to Rome's tourist attractions.
So face it - you may have to walk a couple of hundred yards to see the Trevi Fountain. But these are brilliant ways of getting an overview of what the city has to offer.
Take a look at this short video to get an idea of what you'll see on the city hop-on, hop-off bus ride.
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