Rome’s mouth-watering food, picturesque views, historically significant sites and rich culture has drawn tourists from around the world for as long as we care to remember. We’re often asked when the best time of year to visit Rome is, so we decided provide a comprehensive roundup to help you plan your trip to the Eternal City!
Winter in Rome
December – March
During winter in Rome you’ll see far less tourists than you would in the warmer months, so it’s the perfect time to be able to explore museums and popular tourist destinations without the crowds. If you’re lucky you might even experience snow in Rome, turning the city into a true winter wonderland. Winter in Rome also means it’s theatre season, so you’ll be able to soak in even more of the Italian culture by seeing some of the most popular opera and theatre performances.
If you don’t mind the cold and you’d like to avoid the crowds while still enjoying the rich Italian culture, winter is the best time of year to visit Rome for you.
Spring in Rome
April – May
If you’re lucky enough to visit Rome during spring, you’ll experience the stunning flowers in bloom and a city waking up from it’s winter slumber. It’s not yet bustling with tourists, so you’ll still be able to enjoy a more quiet experience when visiting popular tourist destinations. Due to Italy’s very seasonal cuisine, you’ll be able to experience a whole new side to Italian food that will satisfy any foodies cravings.
The weather warms up to a more comfortable temperature, so getting lost in Rome’s beautiful streets becomes even more of a joy during this time of year.
Summer in Rome
June – August
Summer is when Rome comes alive with people from all around the world and festivals that are sure to make your trip a memorable one. It’s hot and the smell of amazing Italian food fills the air. In summer, there’s always something happening in Rome. You can attend the Italian festivals like Festa della Repubblica (2nd of June) which is the Italian National Day, or Ferragosto (15th of August) which also coincides with the feast day of the Assumption of Mary. If you like parties, festivals and a city bustling with activity then summer is the best time of year to visit Rome for you.
Summer is also the time when locals go to the countryside or the mountains for their annual holidays. So if you’re wanting to spend time with locals, sipping your coffee at a quiet cafe, we would recommend a different time of year for your visit to Rome.
Autumn in Rome
September – November
If you’re a food and wine lover, autumn is the best time of year to visit Rome. With tourist season winding down, the gorgeous fall scenery and the countrywide food and wine festivals starting – You’re sure to have an experience worth repeating. Delve into the amazing chocolate, ancient wines and delicious seasonal truffles on offer for an experience for yours senses.
Autumn in Rome is when temperatures start cooling down, so exploring the city on foot is a lot more enjoyable than the hotter summer months.
Whatever time of year you’re planning to visit Rome, you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience. Rome is a city that operates 365 days a year, so tours in Rome are always available no matter when you decide to visit.
Comment below to tell us about your experience of Rome, and when you think the best time of year to visit Rome is.