Coming to Rome in September? You are in luck! September is one of the most beautiful months of the year here.
The city is coming back to life after the sleepy August holidays, and there is a touch of fall crispness in the evening air that makes it a wonderful time to enjoy Rome to its fullest, day and night.
Here's what you need to know about visiting Rome in September:
September is actually mostly a summer month. (Fall starts on the 23rd of September.)
It's strange but I find that nearly every year, from just about the first of September, the weather does in fact change: The days are still blue-sky, summer-hot but the nights are enjoyable and no longer uncomfortably hot and sticky.
This lasts about 2-3 weeks into September.
From the middle of September, or right around the beginning of fall, the weather seems to change like clockwork. It's still lovely: warm/hot but comfortable during the day, and crisp evenings with that hint of autumn just around the corner.
No matter which part of September you visit Rome, always be prepared to be flexible in your dress. These are my personal recommendations for what to pack for your visit to Rome in September:
Since most of September is a summer month, you may want to walk around Rome in shorts. But if you are visiting any church (that includes the Vatican and Vatican Museums), or other Christian site, you cannot have bare knees. These hiking pants with removable leg are perfect for a quick change.
Cotton, short-sleeved tops are easy to pack and easy to dress down for sight-seeing or up for going out in the evening!
T-shirts are the perfect thing to pack for Rome in September, since they are short-sleeved for warm weather, but still covering your shoulders.
A light cardigan is a must for travel to Rome in mid-September, and perfect for going from hot sunny days to cool evenings.
A cotton pullover is another way to be comfortable, flexible in changing temps during the day, and appropriately dressed for sightseeing in Rome.
Definitely, bring (or buy!) a light scarf and carry it with you. This can make a big difference when sitting outside on a piazza as the sun goes down and you feel the chill setting in.
Romans love to wear scarves to protect their necks from cold so if you whip out your scarf and twirl it around your neck as the evening air turns brisk, you will be living the Roman life indeed!
It doesn't rain a lot in September but it can. You may want to bring an umbrella although you can easily buy cheap umbrellas here.
Speaking of which, a light jacket or rain jacket is a great idea for visiting Rome in September. It's versatile easy to pack and carry around.
Here's a men's light rain jacket. You don't need a heavy jacket in September, but light, and water-resistant or waterproof is best.
You will probably want to have at least one pair of open-toed shoes/sandals (make sure they are super comfy for walking!)
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At the beginning of September, it will feel like August still, with pretty hot sticky days.
But the nights and mornings are cooler. To sight-see in Rome in September, it's a good idea to wear light clothing, with the possibility to layer just a little bit.
Cotton pants, knee-length skirts/dresses, leggings are all comfortable and appropriate for visiting the Vatican and other holy sites.
In the first half of September it may be too hot for jeans unless they are very light, but by the end of September, you can wear jeans in Rome.
The most important things to wear in Rome in September are comfortable shoes, light, cotton clothing, and a cardigan and a scarf.
In September in Rome, you can expect beautiful weather, not too hot and not too cool, very little rain and fairly long summery days.
You will be able to enjoy the sights without sweltering from the heat, lots of things are open late and you can still enjoy a lot of outdoor and nighttime things.
And, you may be surprised to find Rome in September is packed to the gills.
The first time I came to Rome in September (which is when I met Alessandro), I remember travelling with a friend, making our way down from Venice...and finding all the hotels in Florence, Siena, and Rome fully booked!
I could not understand it.
I thought, but summer is over, everyone should be gone by now!
Well yes. The summer tourists were indeed gone.
Making it a beautiful time of year for the kind of visitor to Italy who craves a quieter, slower-paced experience here.
These are the people whose vacations are not based on a school-year vacation schedule. And they come in droves. To avoid the summer crowds.
And this makes September high season in Rome.
This being said, the very beginning of September is not quite high season yet.
For about the first 5-6 days, you can expect mid-season rates on hotels, crowds that are not yet at their peak, and a nice sense of a town re-awakening.
Most of the restaurants have reopened from their August closure or are just reopening, and the city has the air of something about to happen.
A lot of delicious summer fruits and vegetables are still in season in September, so you are pretty spoiled for choice.
What's coming into season in September? September is the height of fig season in Rome. Expect to find fig gelato, and a very popular panino, fresh figs with prosciutto on pizza bianca.
Grapes have already been available but are also really coming into season in September. Remember, harvest time is just around the corner!
September is already a great time to sight-see in Rome. Like visit the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps etc. Everything is back open again, from the non-Catholic cemetery to the farmer's market at San Teodoro/Circus Maximus.
It's easy to be outside walking around, since it's not too hot or too cold, and it stays light until pretty late. But it also happens to still be summer, which means that you can enjoy some of the special summer things to do in Rome as well.
For me, one of the best things about September is that all my favourite Rome restaurants are open again!
Not that I didn't have a good time trying some of my many other faves that stayed open for part or all of August ... or even getting to try some new ones.
But those really old-fashioned Roman restaurants, like Armando, Trattoria Monti, Da Gino, Trattoria Stampa, Roberto e Loretta that close for the entire month of August all reopen "around the beginning of September". And I am ready for them!
The beginning of September is an interesting time to shop in Rome.
First of all, the sales are (officially) over. But lots of stores have stuff on sale inside. You just have to go look for it, usually in the back. Yes, it's the last bits, but so what. You never know what bargains you could find.
Second of all, all the new fall and winter fashions are out. So if you feel like being ahead of the curve back home, there's no better time than now to get the hot new stuff before it's gone. (They don't tend to replenish stock in shops in Italy, they just get new things in.)
September is such a beautiful month, weather-wise. The days are sunny and long and we don't tend to get too much rain this month. The hot, sticky summer months are behind us and it's wonderful to be outside even during the day.
For current events, holidays, concerts, exhibits, festivals and more, visit my page about Rome events in September.
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 September. Here are some ideas for your visit:
I've listed some of what I think are the most fascinating events in Rome in September, and most central. For a complete list of events in Rome in September, visit the website of the Rome Tourist Board.
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