Rome in October is one of most beautiful times of the year.
The weather is mostly warm during the day, and comfortably cool at night.
We get some rain but usually not too much.
The light still casts warming shadows on all the ochre-colored buildings.
With summer over and the holidays around the corner, October is one of the liveliest times of the year to be in Rome.
Watch my video all about visiting Rome in October
Here's what you need to know about visiting Rome this time of year:
The weather in Rome in October can vary a lot from the beginning of the month to the end.
The beginning of October is still close to the very summery month of September.
Days can be really warm, even warm enough to go to the beach.
During the day it's usually sunny and in the low 80'°F/high 20's °C, and in the evenings it can still be muggy and warm, in the mid 60's °F/high teens °C.
Towards the end of October, we get close to the end of Daylight Saving Time.
And closer to real fall weather.
Closer but not quite there yet.
Just about every end of October, I find myself really ready for fall.
I keep saying, when can I wear my boots?
And it seems, I never really can in October.
Packing for Rome in October is all about layers, as temperatures can vary quite a lot across the day and night.
When the sun is shining it will be warm enough for short-sleeved tops, paired with cotton pants or jeans.
It's not really warm enough for shorts, but cropped pants or longer skirts should be comfortable during the day.
It will feel cooler in the evenings or when inside churches/museums so be sure to pack a few jumpers or cardigans that you carry with you and put on when you need to.
You can buy cheap umbrellas from street sellers here, but they aren't always around when you need them so I'd recommend bringing your own just in case.
You do not need to bring gloves (although you can if you want to, as they don't weigh much.)
You can also buy some beautiful gloves here, for yourself or as gifts.
A scarf or two would always be on my packing list, both for comfort and fashion!
For more tips, visit my page all about what to pack for Rome in October for specific recommendations, suggestions on what to wear in Rome in October and more.
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For even more packing details, visit my page about What to Pack for Rome, for further ideas and a downloadable packing list.
October is a fall month, and in Rome it's just beautiful.
We don't usually get too much rain but some years we can, so you should come prepared.
Check the weather before you head out each day, but it's almost always a good idea to carry a light jacket, or pullover, and a scarf.
This is true especially for mornings and evenings.
It can be really warm and sunny during the day, but the temps drop a lot when the sun is gone, so layering, and being prepared are always a good idea.
The most important things to wear in Rome in October are comfortable shoes, light layers, long pants or skirts, and a cardigan/pullover and a scarf.
I say this on just about every page where I talk about what to wear in Rome, but the most important thing, and I cannot stress this enough, is to wear comfortable shoes.
You will do more walking than you think. Don't let painful feet slow you down!
If you come to Rome in October, you will find lovely weather, not too hot, not too cold.
And this means, you will find Rome packed.
Yes, October is high season in Rome.
Everyone always seems shocked when I tell them this, but it's just the way it is.
Many schools in Europe have a break around the third week of October.
Halloween and All Saints Day (November 1) are now celebrated together, making the these dates in October a fun, yet busy time here, particularly if they fall on or near a weekend.
Fall is harvest season in Italy.
It's a lively time of year with a lot of food and wine festivals all around Italy.
So is it any surprise everyone wants to come to Rome in October?
One of the great things about Rome in October is that everything is happening.
Many sites are open later than usual.
You can still eat outside at most restaurants that have outdoor seating.
There are a lot of art and music events starting and happening in October.
And, you can combine a visit to Rome with a visit to another Italian city or area, and get great weather there too.
I always suggest to reserve certain popular Rome things in advance.
This is especially true during high season in October.
Restaurants, especially the ones on all the foodies' blogs and top-ten lists, will be booked out for days (yes, lunch and dinner.)
The Galleria Borghese will be impossible if you don't book at least a week in advance.
And the Vatican will always be crowded.
So if you know what you want to to in Rome, and you can book it ahead, do so.
And October is definitely a great month for foodies (except artichokes are still not in season).
Caveat - it seems that now you can pretty much find artichokes year-round in Rome.
Just know they are not in season in October, so they won't be Roman artichokes.
And the very traditional Roman trattorias will not serve them out of season (October).
October is a great month for lovers of fall fruits and vegetables.
Many other fall fruits and vegetables are available as well of course, such as apples, pears, grapes, plums, figs, carrots, potatoes, beans etc.
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October is a wonderful time to be in Rome.
It's cool enough to really enjoy walking around the city, and to enjoy sight-seeing.
And because it's still nice out and the days are still relatively long, there are some left-over summer events that you can still do in October in Rome at night.
Visit my dedicated page, Rome events in October.
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.
For details visit my page Rome events in October.
Will you be in Rome for Halloween?
This is not an Italian holiday at all.
Originally a Celtic celebration, it later became a Christian holiday, but never really turned into a big holiday in Italy until recently.
If you are in Rome for Halloween, you will see some decorations about, especially in shop windows trying to get into the "spirit" (no pun intended but it works.)
If you are Canadian and happen to be in Rome in October and you are looking for a place to celebrate Thanksgiving, check out one of our favorite places to eat in Trastevere, Alle Fratte di Trastevere.
You may also wish to visit the official website of the Rome Tourist Board.
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 November. Here are some ideas for your visit:
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