August in Rome has changed from when we first arrived
That said things do quiet down and places are closed for at least part of the month. Here is a roundup of lists of where to eat, find a dentist, get your hair cut and see a movie in Rome in August.
The city of Rome has complied a list (in Italian) of commercial services available in August from mechanics to plumbers to hairdressers to bakeries.
Romewise is written by the owner of the very chic Daphne Inn. She has compiled a really terrific resource for all things Rome and her August openings page is thorough and very useful.
Puntarelle Rossa's list is in Italian, but very easy to decipher even if you are not an Italian speaker.
Need a pastry fix? Pasticceria Bompiani is open. Even on the 15th
Dentists and Pharmacies
It sometimes seems like mishaps are just waiting to happen at the most inopportune time. Your teenagers brace wire pops out on August 10 or you get a brutal headache and only realize you are out of Motrin (Moment in Italian) on a Sunday. At 10:00 pm.
The website Dentista Agosto has a list of all the dentists in Rome working in August.
To find a pharmacy open at any hour this site FederFarmaRoma lists them by hour and neighborhood. (one's with defibrillators are noted as well)
I feel like this is the first summer that there are still movies being shown in a few theaters and not only on the Isola Tiberina (where there are a few films in original language - look for V.O. in the listing) as part of the summer Lungotevere summer festivities. The America Occupato has moved to Piazza San Cosimato for the summer. Also check the city of Rome's Estate Romana for a list of events (music, dance, theater.)
The always information packed site In Rome Now has listings at the Barberini, Lux and the charming Cinema dei Piccoli, which sometimes has films in original language in the late afternoon for children and evening for adults.
Il Kino has set up shop at the
(Via di Scalo San Lorenzo 10) for the summer. Most films are shown in original language, but double check to be sure.
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