When is the best time to go to Rome?

Rome, also known as “the Eternal City” can be visited all year long. In order to enjoy the tour of Rome, under clement skies and beautiful weather it is important to choose the travel period accordingly - when the crowd is relatively less dense such as in April-May or October-November.

It should be noted that during Holy Week, many devout Catholics from around the world flock to Rome to hear the blessing of the Supreme Pontiff on Easter Sunday; during this period, hotels and accommodation centers will be filled to the brim.

From the months of May to September, the tourist season is also at its peak. Of course, the relatively high prices are to be expected as compared to the rest of the year.

The period from November to April is less crowded and more ideal for the peaceful discovery of the coliseum, the Farnese Palace or the inevitable Trevi Fountain as well as many other historical sites included within the heritage of Unesco. The city continues to face a few peaks in affluence during Christmas, the carnival of Mardi Gras and during the Rome Marathon which is held in April.

So, when is the best time to go to Rome? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in Rome are March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • On average, the warmest months are July and August
  • The coldest months are January and February
  • November is the rainiest month

Annual weather in Rome

Infographic of the best times to visit Rome
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Weather details in Rome month by month

To get all the information about the climate and weather in Rome for a specific month, click on the corresponding link below:

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Weather and climate in Rome

Rome enjoys a mediterranean climate, such as that of Brindisi, Sicily and the South of France.

Summer Climate in Rome

From June to mid-September, Rome bathes in the summer heat. This is the driest time of the year. The summer is very long in the Italian capital and the heat can be overwhelming. More so, it is not uncommon for the thermometer to present temperatures at 29 or 30° C. Light clothes, sunscreen and a water bottle are for this reason, indispensable to each outing.

Climate in Autumn

Towards the end of September, the heat becomes much more bearable. Autumn lasts up until November, but the temperature can still be maintained at around 20° C throughout the most part of this season. On the other hand, the evenings tend to be rather cooler. The autumn season is certainly a great time to visit and soak up the dolce vita. Small issue: the months of October and November are the most humid of the year. 

Climate in Rome During the Winter

From December to March, Rome plunges itself into a winter of extreme warmth, with an average minimum temperature ranging between 5° and 7° C. The high rainfall of the autumn extends all the way until December, but rain is less frequent in the month of January. Meanwhile, the sun is still on the program for much of the winter. 

Climate in the Spring

Spring in Rome is synonymous with warmth. From late March to late May, the temperature gradually increases and can easily graze 20° C as the summer season approaches. April is also quite rainy, but this is compensated by strong amount of sunlight.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in Rome

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Rome: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Rome

Find out when Rome has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Rome

  • Very low season in Rome
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: January and February.
  • Low season in Rome
    The months with low numbers of tourists are: March, November and December.
  • High season in Rome
    The number of visitors to Rome is high in: April, August and September.
  • Peak season in Rome
    The largest number of tourists visiting Rome is during: May, June, July and October.

Figure: Visitor index for Rome month by month

Best time for low prices in Rome

Average prices of hotels in Rome month by month

Generally, January is the month with the lowest hotel prices in Rome. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, May is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

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Average price for flights to Rome

A return flight between London and Rome is generally cheaper if you go in january ($ 62 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 103 more for your airline ticket to Rome if you go in november.

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Average price of hiring a car in Rome

On average, it costs $ 21 per day to hire a car in Rome. This price varies by $ 11 depending on the month. In february, hiring a car costs an average of $ 15 per 24 hours, so this is the best time to save money! In contrast, the average price in july is $ 26.

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