Month-by-Month Guide: The Best Time to Visit Rome

Month-by-Month Guide: The Best Time to Visit Rome

It’s obvious, we love Rome. For us, there’s no bad time to explore the Eternal City. Except, maybe August; it’s so hot that you can even fry eggs on the stones!

Therefore, each season offers something unique; if you want beautiful sunny skies, you have to tackle maddening crowd, or if you want to absorb the serenity around, then expect cold frigid winds – so, the choice is yours!

When to Visit Rome: A Nifty Monthly Guide

January:

Damp and chilly, Rome in January is a different experience altogether! The trees are bare and incessant rainfall lashes the city. Nevertheless, winter in Rome is a sightseer’s dream.

Don’t Miss:

  • Artichokes – A delicious complement to meat and pastas, they have our hearts! Try them in the traditional Roman and Jewish styles.

  • Winter Sales – Shoppers can enjoy the retail sales on Via del Corso, or head to the magical Christmas market at Piazza Navona for festive shopping and a ride on the carousel.

February:

Rome is manageable but wet in February.

Don’t Miss:

  • Fair deals on accommodation – As the holiday season has just ended, the prices for accommodation are relatively low.

  • Less crowded – Wander around the streets in your most comfortable winter clothes and take in the ancient Roman sites minus the crowd!

March:

Marzo è pazzo, meaning ‘March is Crazy’, with respect to the weather. Certain days you’ll enjoy mild Spring weather, only to get suddenly caught up in a heavy torrential downpour! Bizarre, but exciting!

Don’t Miss:

  • Tours of the Pantheon: If the weather is pleasant, put on a leather jacket, pick up an umbrella and hit the streets of the ancient city! Depending on when Easter falls, the Vatican and Colosseum may also attract fewer crowds.

April:

Spring in Rome is magical. Pleasant weather and stunning vistas will melt your heart. But, expect steady crowds. To avoid long queues and enjoy a hassle-free experience, opt for Vatican & Colosseum Tours.

Don’t Miss:

  • Easter – It’s when pilgrims flock to the Vatican. The ancient sites will be crowded but they don’t lose an ounce of their charm and enigma.
  • April 21st, the day when Rome was created. ’Tis time to cherish and celebrate!

May:

Rome is drenched in colors in May. An almost carnival-like atmosphere envelops the city.

Don’t Miss:

  • The blooming pots of bougainvillea along the Spanish Steps.
  • Free concert at San Giovanni.
  • A lavish picnic in Circo Massimo.

  • Take a walk amidst the Rome’s Rose Garden that remains open for a limited time only in the month of May.

June:

Summer in Rome is glorious. So are the June days. The city is drenched in cheerful vibes and festive feels.

Don’t Miss:

  • The most popular gelaterias in Rome –The delicious gelato scene in the Italian capital continues to evolve. A word of advice: embrace the seasonal flavors but say no to outrageous colors and gargantuan mounds of gelato. That’s it!

  • Exciting summer concerts.
  • Celebrate the Festa di San Giovanni – the Feast of Saint John.

  • Wine and dine on seasonal spreads against a stunning backdrop of fireworks and festivals.

July:

Be it Piazza hopping, church gawking or catching concerts in Teatro Marcello, Rome in July is a raft of outdoor activities. The city comes alive during this month. And yes, we do love it to the core!

Don’t Miss:

  • Special Offers on Vatican ToursAvail such guided tours in Rome and avoid the long meandering queues, because the city gets choked with tourists this month and the heat is killer!

  • Spend languid evenings on beautiful rooftop bars and watch how Rome comes to life with the setting sun.

August:

 Frankly, there’s not much to do in August as Romans close-up shop to take their yearly holiday this month. Also, Rome in August feels like roasting in a furnace, no exaggeration. Still, if you want to come, we recommend the first 2 weeks of August. That’s bearable.

September:

After August, September in Rome can be of respite, as the evening temperature drops a little. Though it’s still warm, the travelers start pouring back in.

Don’t Miss:

  • Museums offering new shows, post-summer.

October

Probably one of the best months to visit Rome! With warm days and pleasant nights, October is simply breathtaking in Rome.

Don’t Miss:

  • Take a stroll across the Borghese Park or through the Appian Way; it will help you appreciate the fall colors.

  • Soak in the gorgeous sunshine falling upon Rome’s Orange Garden; it’s a pure delight.

November:

Generally associated with heavy downpours, November is the month when winter starts to set in. The searing sun-burnt feeling from orange-hued buildings is replaced by cold and damp air biting the lungs.

Don’t Miss:

  • Feel the balmy winter sun shining upon you, while sipping glasses of fine wine and relishing the mesmerizing views of the Eternal City.

December:

The month of festivities is here! The lack of crowds and a cooler climate scores extra brownie points. And also, in winter, Rome resembles a wonderland.

The Baroque architecture around the city when kissed by winter sunshine looks spectacular!

Don’t Miss:

  • Christmas décor and lights makes Rome look magical!

  • Take a walk-through Piazza Navona; it’s a Christmas wonderland.
  • Shop the sales – Shopping in Rome is a hit in winter. While the prices dip lower, the volumes of sales swells up.

  • Head to Piazza del Popolo and catch the biggest party of the season. It’s here that a smashing New Year Eve’s party takes place, complete with dancing, music and fireworks.

So, have you picked the best month for your visit to Rome?!

 

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