BEST TIMES OF THE YEAR TO VISIT ROME

Irrespective of the time of the year you are visiting Rome, it is definitely an incredible place to visit! However, a number of things to consider before making the decision to visit Rome may include the weather, events, and the financial burden on your wallet. If you don’t mind the crowds, you may decide to visit during Christmas or the holy week. Typically, October through April are the best periods to visit the eternal city. Traveling during these months, with the exception of the aforementioned holidays, will reduce crowds and costs of transportation and hotel rooms.

Trastevere, Rome, Italy
Trastevere, Rome, Italy *

WEATHER CONDITIONS IN ROME

Rome experiences a Mediterranean climate, which brings about a warm, humid summer. During July and August, the temperature could rise as high as 90°F. The rest of the year experiences temperature possibilities below 40°F. January is the coldest of all the months, while October and November experience the heaviest rains. The months of intense rainfall or the poorest overall weather slash accommodation prices, making them very affordable.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN ROME

Summer and winter seasons in Rome are slated with religious celebrations and cultural events. In late June every year, the Festa Di San Giovanni is held in the city. This is an important cultural event when people usually focus on eating, listening to music, and dancing. Other popular celebrations include Easter and Christmas, which are both the main religious festivals of the year.

SPRING IN ROME

The weather condition during spring makes this season a great time to visit Rome. In March, the weather is a bit variable and chiller. In April, the weather becomes warmer. If you will be visiting during the holy week, then be prepared to pay extra for lodgings and other provisions.

Turtle Fountain Rome Lazio Italy
Turtle Fountain Rome Lazio Italy *

Hotel prices are extremely high this week. During Easter, thousands of Christians make their visits to Rome to have a view of the museums and the churches. The prominent places people visit include the Vatican museum and St. Peter’s Basilica. People visit to watch the pope will take charge of special ceremonies and give his blessing on Easter Sunday.

SUMMER IN ROME

May through June mark the beginning of summer in Rome and that is a good time to make a visit to Rome because the day time will be mild and the night will be a little chilly. During the shoulder season in time past, tour operators and hoteliers often offer good travel deals. As time passed, tourists have found out that the so-called “shoulder period” is a more cost effective time to visit the eternal city.

Piazza Navona Rome, Lazio Italy
Piazza Navona, Rome, Lazio Italy *

As a result, more people visit at this time, making it difficult to find unoccupied lodging places at those good discounts. If you plan your trip well in advance, you may find the good deals of these months. Rome is more filled with tourists than locals in August. So, if you plan to visit in August, be ready to meet more internationals than Italians. Many Romans and Italians in general go on vacation in August, escaping the cities for the seasides, More amenities like restaurants, hotels and museums are more readily available and affordable. August 15 is the actual holiday which serves as the summer break for many Italians, but they take off for a minimum of two weeks, typically more, if not the whole month. In a nutshell, hotel rates are way lower in August.

FALL IN ROME

The best weather condition in Rome in terms of temperature is experienced from mid-September through October, also marked by chilly weather during the nights with more mildly tempered days. Rain falls the mot during November and fall is usually the rainiest season in this city. However, if you don’t like the heavy crowds of other seasons and don’t mind some rain or the accompanying disturbances it may cause, you are very much welcome to visit Rome during fall.

WINTER IN ROME

The Christmas period in Rome gives you the opportunity to visit the Vatican City during an important Catholic holiday with less of a crowd than that of Easter. With cold weather, the atmosphere is festive and cosy. The Christmas market in Piazza Navona is a must-see during this season.

Christmas time in Rome
Christmas time in Rome photo by vkreay Flickr

Also, theaters are opened for you to visit to escape some of the winter chill. In addition, there are performances and musical pageants. However, hotel prices are high during Christmas period and through the New Years Day. However, if you travel to Rome after the New Year celebration in the period of January to March, before Easter, hotel prices will be cheaper.

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