Choose Your Best Time to Visit Rome

Rome is beautiful at any time of the year. But every tourist who is going to visit the Eternal City is interested what is the best time to go to Rome. It's no surprise that you want to enjoy the city in good weather and not spend a lot of time waiting in lines. Rome has its high and low seasons, but they are not as pronounced as in other tourist cities of Europe. We have prepared for you an overview of all seasons in Rome, so that you could choose the right time for yourself.

Rome in Autumn

Autumn is considered a great time to visit Rome, especially with cultural events and festivals. Accommodation prices are getting lower. For example, in September, the weather is still full of soft warm days, the average temperature reaches +26 degrees during the day, and +16 at night.

You can walk along the streets of Rome without the long lines and the sultry sun, and go to the sea and enjoy the beaches of Ostia or Sabaudia for a day, or visit the town of Tivoli with its beautiful villas.

If you visit Rome in September, you can get to a festival called "White Night" (La Notte Bianca), which is also followed by a Museum Night. On this night, almost all cultural attractions of the city are open for free. Both tourists and locals walk around the city all night, like in the daytime.

If you are going to Rome in October, do not forget your umbrella, as it often rains in the city at this time. The average temperature is +20 during the day and +12 degrees at night. In October, the weather is considered comfortable for sightseeing and walking on foot. October is also considered a gastronomic month, as the restaurants receive game, pumpkin, chestnuts, mushrooms and all sorts of delicacies that are not easy to resist.

In November, the weather in Rome becomes classic autumn and the number of tourists on the streets is noticeably reduced, therefore it is considered an ideal month for visiting museums. The weather is not quite touristy, as the average daytime temperature reaches +15 degrees, and at night up to +9, so housing prices are falling enough, and November is considered a low season here.

Rome in Winter

A trip to the Eternal City in winter has its advantages, especially in December when you are destined to plunge into an unforgettable fairytale atmosphere of Christmas markets (Mercatini di Natale). On December 25, Catholic Christmas is celebrated here so during this period nothing works in the city. The average temperature during the day is +12 degrees, and at night - about +6.

If you find yourself in Rome during the New Year time, you will be able to join the celebration somewhere in the historic center. For example, recently the celebration has been taking place around Circus Maximus with fireworks and various lighting and music installations. The demand for hotels for this period is significantly increasing, so you need to book your rooms in advance.

In January, you can take advantage of the winter sales (Saldi) in Rome. The weather in January is considered cold and reaches +10 degrees during the day and +3 at night.

Also on January 6, the Holiday of Befana (the feast of the Epiphany) is celebrated, the main character of which is the witch Befana, whose figures you will meet around the city.

February is the month of carnival in Rome - you will meet kids dressed up as princesses or Spider Mans. Frittelle donuts appear on the local menus, which is also almost impossible to ignore. The weather in February is very similar to January, it can also be quite damp and sometimes even snow.

Rome in Spring

Rome is beautiful and bursting with interesting events, spring is considered a high season, so housing prices begin to rise. It rains in March, but nevertheless the number of warm days increases and the average daytime temperature reaches +15 degrees, and +7 degrees at night.

At the end of March, they open Tulipark for visitors - it is the first Dutch garden in Italy with thousands of tulips. Inside the park, various performances with typical Dutch dances and photo sessions are held, you can also create your own individual bouquet. The entrance ticket costs 5 euros.

In April, Rome is in full spring mode and the average temperature during the day can rise up to +18 degrees, and at night +10. Usually it’s the time of Catholic Easter, so you can drop by the Vatican to listen to the Pope. Italian supermarkets sell a variety of Easter sweets, the so-called colomba and a surprise chocolate egg, which you can bring home as a souvenir.

April 21 is the main holiday of the year - the day of the Rome city foundation by Romulus in 753 BC. On this day, mass celebrations, exhibitions and a parade are held starting from Chirco Massimo and all the way to the Forum.

Also in April, a sports marathon is held that is open to any participants. Its route runs from the Colosseum to the city's most important landmarks. To take part, you need to register in advance and pay a fee (starts from 50 euros).

Oriental Festival is held annually in April, as well. It presents traditional dances and martial arts from various countries of the East, and also sells traditional dresses and jewelry. The ticket costs 12 euros and also includes admission to the Irish and Latin American festivals.

The first heat usually begins in May, and you will have an excuse to go to the sea or soak up the sun in one of the public villas in Rome. Also in May, the Roman Rose Garden (il Roseto comunale) opens, which will delight visitors with its flowering.

Rome in Summer

Summer is considered a low season in Rome, as it usually gets unbearably hot in the city, but you can still combine a cultural holiday with some quality beach time. Also on the 50th day after Catholic Easter, usually in June, a liturgical mass is held in the Pantheon, during which rose petals are thrown through a hole in the roof of the Pantheon in honor of the descent of the Holy Spirit. This is an unforgettable sight that we advise you to watch if you can, but you need to take the queue at 7 am.

On June 29, Rome celebrates its patrons, the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and this is a very important event for its citizens. In front of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, a festival is unfolding with the decoration of colorful carpets of flowers, called Infiorata di Roma, and as soon as it gets dark, the celebration ends with an unforgettable fireworks display over the Castel Sant'Angelo.

On the first weekend of July, summer discounts begin and last until mid-August, after that all shops are closed for the holidays. The temperature reaches +30 degrees during the day, and +20 at night.

In the second half of July, the Trastevere region hosts a typical Roman festival called Noantri, accompanied by dancing, songs, and games - it has existed already for over 500 years. During the festival, the holy relic Madonna del Carmine, found at the mouth of the Tiber River after a violent storm, goes around Rome accompanied by people in white robes.

August in Rome is hot enough, but many Romans leave the city for Ferragosto holidays and Rome becomes half empty.

So, when is the best time to visit Rome? It is best from April to June or early autumn, but in general the weather in Rome is quite comfortable all year round. Of course, we wish you to see Rome in each of the seasons and feel its charm and have a wonderful experience.

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