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 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
  • The rainiest months are February and November
  • The best months for swimming are June, July, August, September and October

For full information about the climate and weather in Rome a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 49°F/56°F
34%
3.6in
February 49°F/56°F
39%
3.9in
March 50°F/61°F
32%
3in
April 58°F/68°F
32%
2.2in
May 63°F/74°F
31%
2.4in
June 74°F/83°F
23%
1.5in
July 79°F/90°F
12%
1.2in
August 79°F/90°F
9%
0.6in
September 72°F/81°F
30%
3in
October 63°F/74°F
30%
3.3in
November 58°F/65°F
37%
4.6in
December 50°F/58°F
30%
3.4in

Weather and climate in Rome

About the climate

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.

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