If you’re an American visiting Rome the first week of July, it’s a particularly interesting city to celebrate the 4th of July.
Modern Italians love the United States and if you say you’re American you’ll surely start a conversation about pop culture, politics, or any number of beautiful destinations in America. Additonally, the city is full of American expatriates, so there’s a healthy community of Americans that celebrate the 4th of July in Rome.
To join the festivities, or plan your own Fourth of July celebration, here’s some helpful information for all Americans in Rome.
Join the American International Club of Rome for Independence Day
Saturday July 2nd from 3:30 to 9:30
An open celebration for all members, non members, Americans, Italians and all other nationalities are invited to the lovely Acquedotto Romano Polo Club to celebrate the 240th anniversary of American Independence. Advanced ticket purchase required. For ticket prices and public transportation information, visit the event website.
Find decent American Barbeque
What’s the 4th of July without barbecue? If you didn’t bring one with you, you’ll be hard-pressed to find barbecues in the parks in Rome like you’d find in the states. There are, however, a few good places to get authentic American barbecue.
Via Portuense, 86 | Website $$
Mr. Doyle Barbecue
Via Massaciuccoli, 66 | Website $
Research your ancestors at the Emigration Museum
Rome’s Complesso Vittoriano, free entry – More information
Explore the often dangerous and horrifying journey many Italians took at the turn of the century to reach the United States. Many Italian-Americans today are descendants of these brave souls. Learn about their history and even locate your family members in this emotional exhibition.
Visit the graves of fallen soldiers at the American cemetery in Nettuno
Piazzale Kennedy, 1 00048 Nettuno, free entry – More Information
Nettuno is a coastal town outside Rome that served as the landing beach for armed forces in WWII. It now hosts an American cemetery for fallen soldiers. Take the regional train (FL8) from Termini Station and arrive at Nettuno in about an hour.
Cook a feast for the Fourth of July in Rome!
If you’re looking to cook a feast for the 4th of July, then you’ll need an adequate kitchen! Kitchens in Italy are comparatively much smaller than their counterparts in the US. But not always. Here are a few vacation apartments in the heart of Rome that boast beautiful, large kitchens!
Mazzini – The perfect vacation apartment near the Vatican for the whole family, with a lovely Scavolini kitchen and large living room for an enjoyable family dinner all together.
Campo Marzio – Minutes by foot from Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps, this 3-story vacation apartment has 2 kitchens and a roof terrace. Need I say more?
Belle Arti – A short tram ride from Piazza del Popolo, this classically decorated vacation apartment has a coral-colored kitchen and garden views from every window.
Baullari III – This vacation rental near Campo de’ Fiori features a stunning red tile kitchen and minimal glass table that can accommodate up to 12.
What are you plans for the 4th of July in Rome? Share your story in the comments below!