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Packing for Rome in April

Packing for Rome in April? Wondering what to bring and what to wear when you visit Rome in April

Packing for an April visit to Rome should include layers and something for the rain.

Find out what kind of weather to expect, how to dress, and what not to leave at home!

Packing for Rome in April - what to bring and how to dress

The most important tip for packing for Rome in April is to come prepared for everything from warm sunny days to chilly, rainy nights.

While April is the first full month of spring, it can feel cooler than you might expect, especially at the start of the month. We also often have quite a bit of rain in April in Rome so be sure to pack a waterproof jacket so you're ready in case it starts raining unexpectedly while you're out sightseeing.

Whether you're visiting Rome in early April, mid-April or at the end of April, you'll want to pack some lighter layers as well as a warm cardigan or pullover, so that you'll be comfortable whatever the weather is.

On this page you'll find:

Dressing for the rain in Rome

Rain in Rome in April is always a strong possibility. Spring is in full swing by April but the weather in Rome can be unsettled at times, with rain showers coming out of nowhere sometimes.

It rarely rains too much so as long as you come prepared with the right shoes and a good jacket and/or umbrella it won't affect your trip.

I always recommend bringing a rain-hat, which is small and light and easy to pop in your bag.

When packing for Rome in April I would also suggest bringing a quality travel umbrella along with a light waterproof jacket or rain poncho. 

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Packing for Rome in April - Essentials

I walk around Rome year-round. I walk to meet people, I walk to sightsee (yes I do a lot of that).

And I just walk as much as I can because, well, it's Rome! So believe me I know how to dress in Rome, in any month.

These are my personal recommendations for packing for Rome in April:

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If you are caught in the rain in Rome, you can easily buy a cheap umbrella from a street vendor. They just appear when it rains.

The quality of those umbrellas is not great, so I recommend coming prepared with your own travel umbrella, a quality one that lasts like this one.



Some of photos on this page may not reflect this, but believe me, Rome in April can be rainy.

rain-hat is the perfect packable accessory - it doesn't take up much room but is so useful when you need it!



This rain-hat for men is a lot like the one my husband wears.

We never let the rain stop us from going out, you can enjoy Rome in any weather!



I own this jacket and wear it all through spring and fall. Besides being stylish, it's the perfect weight for not-so-hot days, and it's 100% waterproof so I am all set in case of sudden rain.

It's a wardrobe investment but I will say it's one of my favorite jackets all-around.



I also own a lighter rain-jacket like this.

It's light, easy to pack and great for sight-seeing in Rome in spring.



And here's a men's lighter rain-jacket, excellent for packing and for carrying around while sight-seeing ready in case you need it.



I say this about every month - bring a scarf. Yes, even in April. First of all, it's going to be cooler than you might think, especially in the mornings and after the sun goes down.

Second of all, well, it's stylish. But seriously, trust me you will want a scarf in your bag. You will be surprised at how much you use it.



The scarf thing goes for men too. You will definitely see Italian men wearing scarves, certainly in chilly April.

They don't weigh much, and are super useful. Trust me, you'll want to include at least one scarf when packing for Rome in April.



Another handy thing to pack for rainy weather in Rome is a light rain poncho.

I've seen so many people shelling out money to street vendors when it rains unexpectedly in Rome, but like the umbrellas, they can be poor quality.

So if you don't feel like packing, or wearing, a rain-jacket, this is a perfect alternative.

When packing for Rome in April, don't forget to include the following items in your packing list:


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What to wear in Rome in early, mid, and late April

You can expect the weather in Rome in April to be pretty cool at the start of the month, but the weather gets better and better as the month goes on.

The temperature in Rome at the beginning of April averages around 54-58 Fahrenheit/12-14 Celsius during the day and around 44-48 Fahrenheit/6-8 Celsius during the night.

By the end of the month it feels noticeably warmer during the day, averaging around 65-69 Fahrenheit/18-20 Celsius but the evenings are still fairly cool.

Packing for Rome in April? Spring is well underway so it's time to start thinking about warmer weather.

Whether you're packing for Rome in April for the beginning, middle or end of the month, you'll definitely want to bring some good basics for layering such as cotton t-shirts or long-sleeved tops, jeans/cotton pants, a cardigan or pullover, and a rain-jacket with removable lining. When the sun is out it will feel warm so a mix of lighter and heavier layers is ideal.

To be more specific:

Packing for Rome in early April

In early April, the weather in Rome will likely be on the cooler side with some rain possible, so be sure to pack some heavier layers and a good waterproof coat or jacket.

It's definitely not shorts weather yet so packing jeans or heavy cotton pants is a good idea, although when the sun is out you may feel comfortable in a t-shirt, especially if you're walking around the city.

The temperature will drop in the evening even if the sun has been out during the day, so bring a jumper or cardigan with you to stay warm.

Here at the Piazza del Popolo in early April, the sun is shining but people are still wearing long pants and mostly long-sleeved tops.

It's also more likely to rain at some point during a trip to Rome in early April so I'd recommend keeping an umbrella in your bag or backpack at all times.

Packing for Rome in Mid-april

By mid-April, the weather is starting to get warmer and there's a strong chance you will have plenty of sunny days during your trip.

Pack some lighter tops as well as a jacket with removable layers, so you can remove the heavier layer during the day when it feels warmer. 

Unexpected rain showers are still a possibility so don't forget your light raincoat or poncho.

Looking at the people at the Campidoglio on this sunny day in mid-April, they tend to be wearing lighter tops, some with short sleeves but still long pants.

Spring is well underway so there will likely be some days during your trip where the sun feels really warm. You could pack some short-sleeved tops for these days. The temperature can change quite quickly so take a cardigan or sweater with you to put on when the sun goes down.

Even if the sun has been shining, it will be cooler in the evening, so you will definitely need to wear a sweater/jumper as well as a jacket. And don't forget that scarf!

Packing for Rome in late april

By the end of April, the weather in Rome is wonderful. The days are warm but not hot, perfect for sightseeing.

You will most likely have great weather during a visit to Rome in late April, with only a slim chance of rain showers.

By the end of April in Rome, the weather is noticeably warmer and you will most likely want to pack lighter clothing for your trip.

If you're packing for a trip to Rome in late April, it still isn't really shorts weather in my opinion, but you may wish to bring a pair of shorts or a skirt for the daytime.

A short-sleeved top and long cotton pants or a long skirt is an ideal all-day outfit as you can bring a warmer cardigan or pullover to put on when the sun starts to set.

General Rome packing tips for any time of year

So what else do you need to consider when packing for Rome in April?

These are just a few of my personal recommendations for what is essential to pack for Rome, any time of year:



Sunglasses!


medications

Any medications you take, along with a list of these medications - I would recommend keeping these with you in your carry-on, rather than packing them in your checked luggage.


passport

Photocopies of your passport.



Plug converters for your dual-voltage appliances. Voltage in Italy is 220, and in the US and some other countries, it's 110. Most electronic devices (cameras, cell phones, laptops, electric shavers) default to dual voltage, but you will need a plug adapter as the plug shapes are different here. This universal adapter covers you in multiple locations if you travel to different parts of the world.



Carrying a well-stocked first-aid kit will ensure peace of mind when traveling. I always like having one with me when I travel, it’s very handy for when you need something quickly.



Travel insurance isn't something to pack but it is something not to forget!

I can't tell you the times our B&B guests had lost luggage that never arrived, had flights cancelled or delayed, or had documents/wallets pickpocketed. Double check what your credit card covers - chances are you are not covered for what you need when these things happen!

I've got lots more suggestions for what to bring when you visit Rome.

As well as the specific information here about packing for Rome in April, see my page about What to Pack for Rome where you can download a handy packing list, and visit my Amazon page for all my shopping recommendations!

What to wear in Rome in April

So how should you dress when you visit Rome in April?

My top tip for any time of year is to wear comfy shoes, as you'll most likely be doing a lot of walking.

Rule 1: Be Comfortable!

My number one rule for sightseeing in Rome, all year round: be comfortable.

This is most important for your shoes. It is crucial to wear good walking shoes, and good quality socks.

I would recommend only bringing shoes you have already broken in, and don’t worry about looking like a tourist - that’s exactly what you are!

While it is getting warmer in Rome in April, I would recommend packing at least one pair of closed-toe shoes, although sturdy walking sandals can also be appropriate during the daytime.

Rule 2: Dress in Layers

The next rule is: dress in layers.

Since the weather in Rome in April can vary a good deal from day to day, especially at the beginning of the month, it's crucial to wear breathable layers that you can remove/put on easily such as light cotton t-shirts, cardigans/pullovers/jumpers and waterproof jackets.

I would also recommend wearing a backpack as you walk around Rome, so you can have a place to put your layers if you take them off, along with your umbrella or raincoat/poncho ready in case it rains.

Bottom line, to sightsee comfortably in Rome in April:

  • Wear good walking shoes/walking sandals
  • Dress in jeans or long cotton pants
  • Wear a light cotton top with a sweater/cardigan 
  • Bring a waterproof coat/jacket 
  • Bring a rain hat and/or an umbrella
  • Last but not least, don't forget the Italian MUST WEAR - a scarf. Always a scarf.

Unless you are planning on attending a special event, there is no need to bring dressy clothes to Rome.

When packing for Rome in April, it is fine to wear more casual clothes to eat out at many restaurants in Rome so you do not need to pack much, if any, evening-wear.

Find more information on what to expect when traveling to Rome in April here.



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