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Weather in Rome Italy - Planning Your Visit

What's the weather in Rome Italy like?

Rome is blessed with a fairly mild climate which means there's almost no bad time to visit.

If you want to know the current weather in Rome, here is a quick peek in Celsius and Fahrenheit:

ROME WEATHER ROME WEATHER


Weather in Rome Italy - All you need to know

The climate in Rome is fairly mild, so it can be pleasant to visit almost any time of year

However Rome does have a change in seasons you may wish to consider when planning your trip. 

On this page I'll go over:

Weather in Rome through the seasons

Rome is in the Mediterranean region of Europe and that means generally warm sunny weather much of the year.

It's no secret why so many people visit Rome from the North of Europe. Apart from the beautiful countryside, world-class museums, and delicious food, many people visit Rome for the sunshine and warm weather.

I am a bit biased because I love all the seasons in Rome. Each one offers something wonderful.

Even when it's cold and the days are short in winter, the skies can be dramatic and breathtaking. Even if it can be rainy in spring, there is that promise of renewal in the air, combined with the scents of early spring blooms. Even if it can be sweltering hot in Rome in summer, the days are at their longest and Rome's colors are all a bit richer for the intense sunlight. Even if fall weather in Rome can be iffy, we also have perfect weather and spectacular sunsets.

There really is no bad time to visit Rome where the weather is concerned.


The weather in Rome Italy in winter

As you might imagine, most of the winter it's cold in Rome. 

Here is one of the pictures of Rome I took during a rare snowfall of February 2018. This photo was taken on the Clivo di Scauro not far from the Palatine Hill.

We get more rainy days in Rome in winter but if you come prepared, it shouldn't matter.

We don't usually get snow in Rome but it has happened on occasion.

Probably because of the weather in winter in Rome, you will find Rome mostly uncrowded (with the exceptions of the Christmas and New Years holidays). You are likely not to have lines at museums and should be able to get into (almost) any restaurant.

You will have Trevi Fountain virtually to yourself even at 3pm. Airfares and hotel rates are at their lowest.

This is low season in most of Italy (with a few exceptions, as I mentioned above, over the Christmas holiday season. )

Winter sales begin in early January and it's a great time to shop for not only winter bargains but also new spring fashions!

Visit my dedicated pages for all the winter months in Rome


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The perfect 3-day itinerary in Rome

Trying to figure out how to organize your visit to Rome? I've got the perfect 3-day itinerary for first-time visitors (or those who have not been here in a while.) It works for a 2.5 day visit as well.

In my 3-day itinerary, you'll see all the major must-see Rome attractions like the Vatican, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo, and much more.

And if you have more time, or want suggestions for extra/other things to do, you'll find that there too.

Visit my page with the best 3-day itinerary in Rome for first-timers.



Weather in Rome Italy in Spring

The weather in Rome at the beginning of spring is colder than you might expect. From late March throughout April and sometimes even into early May, you will want to layer and prepare for chilly evenings.

wisteria in romeWisteria is in full bloom in late March, early April. I love this structure inside the park at Villa Celimontana when it's covered in wisteria.

In late March and April, Rome can get very crowded because of school breaks, the annual Rome Marathon and the week before Easter (Holy Week.) Easter dates vary each year.

Visit my dedicated pages for all the spring months in Rome

May and June start to be consistently warm and there is considerably less chance of rain than in early spring.

roseto rose garden in rome in mayRome's Roseto Rose Garden, open only during May (and early June)

These late spring months mean plenty of sunshine and long days. 

Partly because of the beautiful weather, and partly because these are vacation months for many people, spring is high season in Rome and other Italian art cities



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The weather in Rome Italy in summer

Summer is one season in Rome with fairly consistent weather throughout. It's hot, hot, hot!

dog in water fountain via marguttaI couldtn't resist taking this photo of an adorable dog trying to beat the heat, on via Margutta

It can be very humid and you will need to rest and/or stay indoors between 1 and 4pm.

Because of the heat, and because Italians tend to leave the capital during these months, this is mid-season in Rome and other Italian art cities, but high season at any Italian coastal cities or islands.

Check out my top tips for How to Keep Cool in Rome in summer.

Personally, I love to be in Rome during the peak of summer: the streets are less crowded and the city takes on a kind of quiet while people are resting mid-day. Also, summer sales are on!

Visit my dedicated pages for all the summer months in Rome


No matter what season you visit Rome, here are 4 things never to leave at home:

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The weather in Rome Italy in autumn

The weather in Rome can change quite a bit throughout the autumn months.

piazza di pietra in early SeptemberSoaking up the early September sunshine in Piazza di Pietra in Rome

In September and October the weather is just gorgeous, with warm sunny days, comfortable evenings and just the right weather for sight-seeing.

The sun casts beautiful light on the city's ochre- and peach-colored buildings, and the days are still long, allowing for a sunset drink before dinner. There is very little rain.

campo dei fiori market in fallFall in Rome...beginning of artichoke season and definitely the end of asparagus season!

This is one reason they are the busiest months of year in Italy’s art cities. 

This usually shocks people who assume that fall must be a "good time" to visit Rome because the "summer high season is over", when in fact, as I explained above, because it's so hot in Rome in summer, it's actually more of a mid-season.

The weather in Rome in early fall is likely one reason it's high season but I think it's also due to many people assuming that it's not.


Visit my dedicated pages for all the autumn months in Rome

piazza navona in fall in the rainEven in the fall rain, Piazza Navona glows

By late fall things start to cool down quite a bit and you can definitely feel a pre-winter chill around the corner.

These can be the rainiest months of the year and the days are shorter. This is mid/low-season.


The Christmas and New Years holidays are a beautiful time to be in Rome.

The city is all lit up and decorated and there is (usually) an old-fashioned Christmas fair in Piazza Navona.

saint Peters square with Christmas treeSaint Peter's Square is one of the loveliest places to see Rome lit up for the holidays.
piazza navona at christmasRome Christmas fair in Piazza Navona

For more, visit my pages about visiting Rome at Christmas and at New Years.

Best time to visit Rome

When is the best time to visit Rome?

I get asked this a lot. It seems people are looking for that magical time when the weather in Rome Italy is beautiful and not too hot or too cold, and the city is not too crowded. This is pretty hard to come by.

But there are two short moments during the year when this happens. See my page Best Time to Visit Rome to find out when!

The below will give you a general idea of not just the weather in Rome Italy during the year, but also the kinds of crowds you might expect during each season.


Bottom line, the weather in Rome Italy is generally mild, so as long as you come prepared in the very hot or very cold months, and know what to expect, you'll have a wonderful visit to Rome.

sunny day at piazza navonaPiazza Navona on a sunny summer day. What's the weather like in Rome? Check it out!

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