Rome is known as the “Eternal city” for a reason. Indeed it has something to offer you all year round. The historical ruins to the breathtaking churches, everything in Rome seems magical. Whether you are vacationing with a group or just looking for an escape for the mundane life, a holiday in Rome will surely give you an album full of memories with your loved ones. In fact, the city is said to be extremely peace loving, making it ideal for an all-Girls trip as well as a solo trip, if you are yearning some me time for yourself. Every time you visit Rome, you will certainly have something new to explore. If you are planning for a vacation to the amazing city, keep reading to find out about the best time to visit Rome.
The city of Rome is blessed with a Mediterranean climate throughout the year. A pleasant weather all year round means that you can visit the city according to your convenience. However, if you are looking for specific activities to do, we will guide you with the complete activities and events that take place in Rome throughout the year. This way, you can get the most out of your vacation and not miss on anything fun.
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Rome is blessed with pleasant weather throughout the Year.
The climate of Rome is divided into four seasons- Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. While any time of the year to a good time to visit this magical city, there are a few activities that are exclusive to a particular season. The months of June, July, August and September are hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 27 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius. The months of October and November come under the fall, where the temperature may still be hot, but the evenings will be cooler. Winter season in Rome is a treat to the eyes. The chilly winds in the months of December January and February surely will have something new for you to offer. The months of March, April and May comprise of the spring season.
Here is a month wise table of the maximum and minimum temperatures of Rome, according to each month.
|Months||Minimum temp.(‘c)||Maximum Temp.(‘c)||Precipitation. (mm)|
(Source: Climate data.org)
Best time to visit for Religious and Sporting Activities
Spring months- March, April and May.
Average Temperature- Maximum temp- 14’C Minimum temp- 5’ c
Spring Season in Rome
The spring season comes in the months of March, April and May. It is also called as the shoulder season. This is the perfect time to visit Rome if you want to escape from maddening crowds and sky rocketing prices. The only tourists who throng the place are the devout Christians as it the perfect time visit the St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum before Easter week in March.
Apart from the religious places, the other historical places will be less crowded. This may be the perfect time for you to soak in the perfect weather of the place, with relatively less crowd. The prices of the hotels may not be very cheap but you will surely find some good bargains. This may be the best time for you to visit Rome.
Rome during the Shoulder season
1. Best time for sightseeing
The city is scarcely crowded during this season, giving you perfect opportunity to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. The temperate weather gives a perfect opportunity to walk around the city and explore new eateries and street art. The cosy little nooks and corners of Rome will surely make for an unforgettable vacation.
2. Best time for Religious pilgrimage
Rome is the centre of the papal state in Italy. The st Peter’s Church and the Vatican Museums attract the most devout Christians from all over the world. The spring season perfectly coincides with Easter, making it a season for religious pilgrimages. The Easter mass by the pope at the St Peter’s square is attended by a whopping 80,000 people every year. Millions of people visit Rome each year around this time to get a glimpse of the pope and visit some of the holiest sites of Christianity.
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3. Lots of sporting activities and Open concerts-
Due to the perfect weather conditions, Rome sees a lot of open air concerts happening in the spring season. It is also the apt time to indulge in athletic events like the Rome marathon. Make sure to ask the locals for the best tours and local events happening around your area. They will surely suggest you something good worth your time.
What do you pack for the spring season in Rome?
The temperatures are pleasant during the spring months. Therefore anything you wear may be appropriate. However, do remember to layer evening clothing as the temperature may dip. It is important to wear conservative clothes while visiting the holy places, though.
Top activities to do In Rome during the spring season
- The International Women’s day is celebrated on March 8th every year with great pomp in Rome.
- Good Friday mass starts at 5 Pm in ST Peter’s Basilica followed by a torch lit procession.
- Easter Sunday mass at St Peter’s Square from 10 AM is something that should not be missed.
- The famous Rome marathon kick starts in April every year.
- The international tennis tournament is held in Studio Olympio in Mid-May
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Best time to Visit for families and Summer Vacations
Summer months- June, July, August
Average Temperature- Maximum temp- 32’Celsius Minimum temp- 17’ Celsius
The summer months are the peak tourist seasons in Rome. Tourists from all over the world come to experience the charm and hospitality of Rome. This is also the season where you see a lot of families with little kids coming in as the months of June and July are the time for summer vacation in the western countries. The temperatures are souring, with the maximum temperature reaching close to 38 ‘Celsius.
Humidity in the air forces the locals to take respite by moving closer to the coast whereas tourists prefer to soak up the warm sun. This is indeed the high season in Rome where you have to wait in long queues to enter famous architectural buildings. The peak season also means high prices of hotels and accommodation. However, this time of the year may be the best time to visit Rome if you are looking for an ultimate vacation destination.
Rome during the summer season
1. It is the best time to visit for a family vacation
There are a lot of Family events happening all across Rome. Also, The Rome biopark is a must visit if you are vacationing with a toddler or a teen. What makes this Zoo kid friendly is the fact that it houses a special section for kids where they can interact with domesticated animals. The Rome beach is also a perfect kid-friendly spot to beat the scorching heat of the Roman summers and sun bathe or make sand castle. If your kids are great fans of soccer, they will surely be delighted to watch the roman teams in action at the Studio Olympio.
2) It is the best time to enjoy Open Air movies
The summer season sees a lot of Open air movie screenings all across the city. Book tickets to an open air theatre in your nearest neighbourhood. This seems to be the perfect time to make memories and spend some quality time with your loved ones.
3) Summer treats such as Gelato is aplenty during the summer
Summers are indeed the best time to visit Rome due to a wide variety of street food to gorge on. Right from pizzas, pasta to the world famous original Gelato ice cream, the street food of Rome is a dream for kids. You can spend an entire day just browsing through the street of Rome in order to hunt for the best eating grubs. Children will sure have a gala time in the eternal city.
What do you pack for the Summer season in Rome?
The summers are quite relentless. Light coloured clothes in cotton or other breathable fabrics may be your best bet. Also make to carry umbrellas and SPF along with you as the sun can be quite damaging to your skin. The visit to the beach must be followed with appropriate beachwear.
Top activities to do in Rome during the Summer Season
- The Festa di San Giovanni is a festival that happens every year around June. This Festival is a celebration of the vibrant and modern culture of Rome. You will find a lot of Dancing and music going on, along with lip smacking foods to try.
- The Lungo II Tevere Roma is another festival that is held in July along the banks of the River Tiber. Lots of food stands, restaurants and pop up bars make this event a must visit while spending your summers in Rome.
- The annual film festival Isola del Cinema is held in August every year, on the Tiberian Island, in the middle of the Tiber River.
Best time to visit for Travellers & History Buffs
Fall Months- September, October and November
Average Temperature – Maximum temp- 20’Celsius Minimum temp- 10’ Celsius
Fall months in Rome
The fall season in Rome is the best to visit as the weather is quite pleasant. Though the winters have not set in yet, the days are warm and the nights are quite chilly. This is the time when the tourist start thinning. You will find the best deals on hotels and other activities as this is the off season in the city.
However, you will find a few tourists scattered here and there who like to stay away from the maddening crowd and find solace in their own company. The best part about this season is that the historical monuments and the churches are less crowed. So even if you haven’t booked for a tour in advance, you may not have to stand in unending queues. You may also experience light showers, something that is definitely to be enjoyed. The Rains in Rome are said to be magical indeed.
Rome in the fall
1. A pleasant weather makes is possible for you to explore every nook and corner of the city
It is said that the best way to explore the untouched side of Rome is by riding a bike through the cosy streets and roads of the city. The pleasant weather indeed the best time to visit Rome. Two- wheelers on rent, especially Vespas are aplenty in the city. So, just grab a bike and be on your way to explore the other, rather hidden side of Rome.
2. Availability of Amazing sea food in Rome around this time of the year
If you are a foodie, then the fall is a perfect time to visit Rome. The diet of the romans depends on the seasonal availability of produce. During the fall, the dips in temperatures have a drastic effect on the diet. However, this also means that it is harvest season in Rome and therefore the time for some amazing gourmet food. Olives and grapes both are harvested in this season to make olive oil and wine.
This is the perfect time for you to indulge in some wine tasting tours or see fresh olives being pressed for oil right in front of your eyes. The Rome food market is also full stocked in this season. There are a lot of food festivals being held in different parts of Rome as well.
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3. Autumn festivals and events
The food festivals are a gastronomical treat to any one visiting Rome in the fall. The festivals contain the best of produce from different parts of the city. You will get to taste everything ranging from chocolates, wine, truffles, artichokes, polenta and wild boar meat as well. The fall also marks the start of the opera season. Movie festivals and art exhibitions happening throughout the fall, certainly makes it the best time for you to visit Rome.
What do you pack for the fall in Rome?
Some warm clothing may be recommended during the fall. There are a lot of chances for you to encounter some unexpected showers as well so do not forget to carry a light water proof jacket with you.
Top activities to do in Rome in the fall
- The Sagra dell’Uva is the harvest event that is held in September every year at the basilica of constantine at the Forum
- September marks the beginning of the soccer season in Rome.
- Rome Jazz festival kick starts in October every year.
Best time to visit for Couples & Honeymooners
Winter months– December, January, February
Average Temperature- Maximum temp- 13’Celsius Minimum temp- 5’ Celsius
Winters in Rome
Winters are magical in Rome. The cold nip in the air makes you want to snuggle up to your partner. This is exactly why the winters are a perfect time to visit Rome for couples and Honeymooners. The cold temperature along with the smell of Christmas in the air will certainly make you fall in love with Rome all over again!!! And of course with your partner as well!
Winter season also marks the rainy season in Rome so be prepared for some showers to spoil your plans for the evening, Though you will not be able to enjoy the sun, you will have a memorable time nevertheless. This is the low season in the city and so you will not find many tourist throng the city. This will be plenty of opportunities for a romantic rendezvous with your partner, making it a popular honeymoon destination.
Here are a few reasons why you should visit Rome in the winter
1) The perfect time to indulge in Winter sweets
The winter months are the best time to gorge on some delicious desserts that the Romans make, especially for Christmas. Winter sweets such as hot chocolate, Panettone and frappe are exclusively made during this time of the year.
2) Ice skating is quite common in the Winters
The Castel Sanángelo set up an ice skating rink under the umbrella pines for the tourists nad people of Rome to enjoy the winters to the fullest. If you are a huge fan to ice skating, the winters are a best time to visit Rome for you.
3) Christmas lights
The Christmas fever n Rome catches on quite early. You will find the streets and houses decorated with Christmas lighting as early as the start of December. A lot of people visit Rome for the charm and the warm ambience of Christmas it exudes.
What do you pack for Winter in Rome?
It may be wise to keep yourself covered with warm clothing during the winter seasons and the weather can get chilly. Also, there are chances of rain all the time. So it is important for you to choose your clothing wisely.
Top activities in Rome for the Winters
- The Annual Christmas market in Piazza Navona is known to be a shoppers’ delight.
- The Christmas Eve in Vatican is celebrated with the traditional Unveiling of Baby’s Jesus’ statue.
- The Mid night mass on Christmas Eve is a must see if you happen to be in Rome for the Christmas.
- The New Year is celebrated with Pomp and firecrackers at the Piazze del Popolo.
- The carnival of Lent kicks off in February and marks the beginning or lent.
Rome attracts tourists all year round from all over the World. So if you are planning for a visit to this Gorgeous City, you can plan according to your need and convenience. There are a lot of activities and events to enjoy in Rome throughout the year and your vacation plans should definitely co-incide with the activities of your interests. A bit planning a research will go a long way in ensuring you have a perfect and memorable holiday in the city of Rome.