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Best Time to Visit Rome

Rome is gorgeous enough in any season, and whatever month you choose to visit this eternal city, you will find a unique charm and great amount of things to do, see and experience.

You should take into consideration factors as the weather, the crowds and the events taking place in the city.

When it comes to weather, it's relatively mild and no matter what time of year you visit, as long as you're prepared, the weather should not stop you from enjoying the visit. Rome has it's own charm even under rain or in summer heat.

To sum up, the best time to visit Rome depends on your personal preferences and what you want to get out of your trip.

Best time to visit Rome:

  • For staying outdoors: April, May, June, July, September and October
  • For sightseeing: mid-March, April, September, October and early November
  • For budget travellers: November, early December, mid January and February
  • For shopping: January to February, July to mid August

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Beginning of the year (January and February)

St Peter's Square in winterSt Peter's Square in winter

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Winter months of January and February are the coldest one in Rome but still pleasant for exploring. You'll have some sunny and some rainy days and pleasant temperatures. You'll find affordable hotels and apartments in this period so this is great for visiting on a budget.

Sights and museums are not so crowded, so the sightseeing will be pleasant. During the January you'll find sales in the stores around the city, so this is a great month for shopping break.

February hosts the annual carnevale, preceding Lent, which brings forth a plethora of events at the Piazza del Popolo. These festivities include choreographed horse shows, exhilarating races, captivating dancers, and enchanting costumed performers.

Avoid the crowds and visit the Colosseum in February - you'll enjoy the views and taking some nice photos.

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Spring time (March, April and May)

These months are pleasant for visiting Rome, as the temperatures are mild (range from 12°C to 18°C) and the weather is pleasant in general. However, you may encounter some rainy days. Spring is a good time to enjoy the outdoor activities and attractions.

The crowds are not so large, except for the Easter and Holy week, which can be one of the busiest times in Rome (avoid this time, except if you are visiting for this reason). Note that Easter Monday is also a holiday and many things are closed on both Sunday and Monday. 

Easter usually falls in March or April, and if visiting then, witness the Pope’s blessing and the procession of the Via Crucis.

If you are looking for a romantic getaway, you might enjoy the springtime in Rome, when the city is full of flowers and life, and the evenings are crisp and cool.

Rome is infamous for its tasty food and what better season than spring, to wander the streets of Rome and taste crispy pizza, suppli or even pasta. We recommend this fabulous food tour of Prati!

Taking a private tour of Rome is a great for finding out more.

Summer months (June until end of August)

Tourists in historic centre of RomeTourists in historic centre of Rome

Summer months June, July and August are high season for Rome and the hottest one (especially August). You will find long lines in front of most sights and museums and you need to book them in advance.

This is the peak season for tourism in Rome, and also the hottest and most humid. You may have to deal with long lines, higher prices, and limited availability. Summer is a good time to enjoy the festivals and concerts, but you may want to avoid the midday sun and seek some shade or air conditioning.

You'll love spending nights out in Rome, when the city is vibrant and the nights are warm. There are some activities which are pleasant even in a hot summer day - check them below.

If you want sunshine and lot of fun, summertime is the best time to visit. As this is period when Rome comes to life. Heat means you can enjoy meals outside, especially in the evenings.

Best things to do in Rome during summer:

  • Vespa tours that takes you around the city on scooter (you'll enjoy refreshing breeze); e-bike tours, underground Rome tours, non crowded museums with air-conditioning (Galleria Doria Pamphili, Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps), a rafting experience along the Tiber River or a kayak expererience on Lake Albano (1 hour from Rome)

  • Rome is close to the seaside (the Tyrrhenian Sea) and several lakes, so you can spend time on the beach, near the water which is the best for refreshing and soaking up the sun.

Late August/beginning of September

The Fontana di Trevi, RomeThe Fontana di Trevi, Rome

Late August is one of the best times to visit Rome. The summer crowds are still away, as many Italians are still away on their summer vacation. Most shops and restaurants that close during August start slowly to open. But, bare in mind that late august still can be hot (but not as July and beginning of the month). 

The city is coming back to life in this period.

September to mid-November

f you are interested in food and wine, you may want to visit in September or October, when the grape harvest and the wine festivals occur. See what to eat in Rome!

From mid-November until Christmas

Rome in November

October and early November are still pretty busy in Rome, but from mid-November everything slow down. This is a great time for visiting Rome on a budget as you will find great affordable hotel and apartment prices. 

There are still pretty good light during the day and it's pleasant to sightsee outdoor with temperatures around 20°C. However, prepare your umbrella or rain coat, as it can be some occasional showers in this period.

Guided tours and activities are also discounted, so consider taking one. Why not to treat yourself and choose this private food tour of Rome.

Winter is a good time to enjoy the museums and the food,

This is another pleasant time to visit Rome, as the temperatures are still warm but the crowds are fewer. You can enjoy the sunny days and the crisp evenings, as well as the food and wine festivals. Autumn is a good time to enjoy the city at a relaxed pace and soak up the atmosphere.

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums & St Peter's semi private tour (a small-group tour provides an intimate way to see the sights; skip-the-line entry).

Christmas & New Year holidays

The period around Christmas and New Year is when it's busy in Rome. It's really great to be in Rome in this period. The city is decorated and lit up and it's festive atmosphere all around the city. There are also sales in shops around the city, so take opportunity for some shopping.

Hotels and apartments in this period are pricey so be prepare to pay double price for your stay from 22th December until 2-3 January. 

For New Year's Eve, there are fireworks and some concerts in the squares around Rome. So if you are looking for fan and music, this is the place to be for New Year.

While in Rome in December, don't skip buying panettone, sweet Italian bread you'll find in every store around the city.

Our top picks
for staying in Rome:

The Radical Hotel
Modern boutique hotel, situated only a few steps from Via Veneto and Piazza Barberini (Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain can be reached in 10 minutes from here as well as La Rinascente department store). This cosy hotel offers 11 modernly decorated rooms set on two floors. The staff is super attentive and will do everything to make your stay comfortable.

Sophie Terrace Hotel
This great hotel is literally 5 minutes on foot from Termini and you'll love it. The staff will help you with everything you may need and rooms are comfortable and super clean. Take the elevator to the roof terrace, where you can chill or have a drink and snacks while enjoying the views of Rome.

Nerva Boutique Hotel
Small 3-star hotel ideally located just a few steps from Colosseum and Roman Forum. This hotel has warm atmosphere and offers accommodation in 20 rooms and suites. Visitors especially love breakfast here!

Fragrance Hotel St. Peter
Great hotel in a quiet area, only 10 minutes walk from Saint Peter's Square; hotel rooms are comfortable and staff is friendly and speak good English; has rooftop restaurant with views of St Peter's Dome.

Laurina 33
This small hotel/guesthouse offers super modern and spacious rooms and suites. Homely atmosphere makes you feel like you are staying with friends. Reach Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo in a short walk. Laurina 33 has a suite at the top floor with freestanding bath in the bedroom area.

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