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Best Times to Visit Rome

The best time to visit Rome is from October to April when most of the tourist crowds have dissipated and room rates are lower. Although you'll need a warm coat, weather this time of year hardly ever dips below freezing. For warmer weather – without throngs of tourists and the sweltering humidity – come in May or September. High average temperatures flit between the mid-70s and the lower 80s.

Weather in Rome

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Average Temperature (°F)
53.4
37.6
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38.3
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86.5
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87
64.9
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59.36
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60.6
44.4
54.6
39.5
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Average Precipitation (in)
2.63
2.89
2.28
3.17
2.08
1.34
0.76
1.45
2.89
4.46
4.54
3.19
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

October-April

This time of year sees an emptied out city and slashed room rates – with the exceptions of Christmas in December and Easter in March or April. In January, historically Rome's coldest months, average temperatures range between the mid-30s and low 50s Fahrenheit.

Key Events: 

  • Piazza Navona Christmas Market (November-January)
  • Christmas Blessing of the Pope (December)
  • Rome Marathon (April)
  • Holy Week and Easter (April)

May

May is the calm before the summertime tourist storm. This shoulder month lures travelers with its hospitable temperatures, ranging between the low 50s and the mid-70s. You probably won't be able to find hotel deals, but you'll have a much better chance of finding a room in your accommodation choice.

Key Events:

  • International Horse Show (May)
  • International Literature Festival (May-June)

June-August

Summertime is peak season. The city brims with tourists, the weather is hot and humid with average highs in the upper 80s, and hotel rates spike. If you do decide to travel here at this time, make your hotel reservation at least six months in advance.

Key Events:

September

Peak tourist season is ending, leaving in its wake comfortable temperatures and smaller lines at top attractions like the Pantheon and the Roman Forum.

Key Events:

  • White Night of Rome (September)

Popular Times to Visit Rome

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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