Are you coming to Rome in April?
You'll get to enjoy mild weather, lots of flowers, and a bustling city, full of life and offering plenty to do, indoors and out.
Here's what you need to know:
I was going through my pix of Rome in April to find the right one to put here, and realized that over the years, the first week of April has some pretty varied temps.
On April 6, 2015, we were wearing puffy coats, and on the same day in 2014, jeans and t-shirts.
April is a spring month which means:
Overall, Rome in April offers a super climate for sight-seeing (just be prepared for some rain.)
It seems many people think that Rome in April will be sunny and warm.
While that can be true, we also get a fair amount of rain and some cooler, cloudy days, summer is still a little way away yet.
So when you're packing for Rome in April, be sure to bring some long pants or jeans with you - it's not shorts weather yet!
Lighter layers and a good rain jacket are ideal for April, so you'll be prepared whether the sun is shining or you get caught in a rain shower.
Visit my page all about what to pack for Rome in April for specific recommendations, suggestions on what to wear in Rome in April and more!
For more general packing tips, and a downloadable packing list, visit my page about What to Pack for Rome.
Visit my dedicated pages about what to pack for Rome for every spring month:
For sight-seeing in Rome in April, here is the ideal way to dress:
April is definitely scarf weather in Rome, especially in the evenings (although for Romans, every day of the year warrants a scarf.)
When you're exploring the city, I suggest you wear (or carry) a light waterproof jacket or windbreaker and bring a travel umbrella, and as always, wear very comfortable shoes for walking, with good socks.
I get this question a lot, in particular because Easter is around this time of year.
The answer is: yes, it will be crowded in Rome in April, Easter or no Easter.
April is a beautiful month, weather-wise, it's not too hot (perfect for sight-seeing), and many schools have breaks.
People who have the option to travel outside of a school calendar tend to choose spring and fall to visit Rome, for the weather.
That is why spring and fall months are the busiest times to be in Rome. Just plan for it, and book things in advance when you can.
March is the beginning of the tourist season, and the beginning of spring.
By April, the weather is starting to get really lovely, the crowds are here, and lots of things start happening in Rome.
There are some things that happen every April in Rome. Here are some dates to watch for:
As I've written on other pages on this site, food in Rome (and in Italy) is eaten seasonally.
It's supposed to be, anyway.
And besides the fruits and vegetables you'd expect to find in spring, like asparagus and peas, there are some typical Roman foods that must be tried in spring.
If you are in Rome in April, don't miss these:
The kind available right now, are my (and many Romans') hands-down favorite: carciofo romanesco, otherwise known as mammola or cimarolo.
These artichokes are round, not pointed; green and purple; and are the perfect artichoke for making carciofo alla romana, or Roman-style artichoke, which is braised with garlic, mentuccia (a Roman herb), olive oil and sometimes a little wine.
It's eaten whole and when it's made right, it's perfectly soft and edible all the way through.
And eating them!
The festival is always held in April. For specific dates, check their website, or visit my Rome Events in April.
Vignarola - In spring, fava beans start coming into season. You will find them in their pods in Rome markets everywhere. And so with spring being the perfect storm of artichokes, fava beans, and peas... you have a small window of time to savor vignarola, which is made by cooking all three of these together. Vignarola is one of my favorite things about Rome in April.
I eagerly await the moment each year when I can start really eating good, local artichokes...and the same is true for vignarola, particularly because it has such a short season.
Vignarola may be made with or without guanciale (pork jowels), so if you are vegetarian, make sure to ask before you order. It can be eaten by itself as an appetizer or main dish, on bruschetta or over pasta.
April temps are relatively mild and generally cool.
And that means it's great sight-seeing weather.
So one of the best things you can do in Rome in April is enjoy the city and sites on foot.
On the Free Sunday you can visit Rome's museums for free.
The Vatican Museums are free on the last Sunday of the month, for limited hours.
Visit my page about April events in Rome for more details.
Maybe it's your 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) time in Rome.
Or you have more than 3 days here.
Or you just want to see and do lots of fun things.
Besides the obvious must-see tourist attractions, there are lots of great things to see and do in Rome in April.
Here are some ideas for your visit:
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There are so many great options for taking cooking classes in Rome! From pizza-making to learning to make fresh pasta, to going shopping with the chef and making a home-cooked meal at their house!
This is all the rage now.
Zipping around Rome either on the back of a vespa or driving one on your own can be a fun and fascinating way to see the Eternal city.
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Visit the Galleria Borghese, with its amazing Bernini sculptures and Caravaggio paintings.
Make sure to book ahead!
One of my favorite museums in Rome is the Capitoline Museums. These museums comprise some of the most extensive and comprehensive displays of painting, sculpture, artefacts and architecture in the world.
Open daily from 9:30am - 7:30pm. 15€.
Book in advance if you can. It's not always possible to just turn up without booking.
This is the time of year I'd visit St. Peter's tomb under the Vatican.
Because I went in August one year thinking it would be "cool", and instead I was roasting. They seal you into every room you go into, so it's quite hot.
So in cooler weather, this is not only a great thing to see, but a great way to be warm in an awesome place!
I've listed some of what I think are the most fascinating events in Rome in April, and most central. For a complete list of events in Rome in April, visit the website of the Rome Tourist Board.