The Best Time Of Year To Visit Rome

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

Winter in Rome
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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

Spring in Rome
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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 in Rome
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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

Autumn in Rome
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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.

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Holy Week & Easter in Rome 2018

Rome is an amazing place to experience the end of Lent and beginning of Easter. There is so much history and tradition in Rome – the heart of the Church – that one cannot help but feel the past come to life in your own experiences. Checkout our 9 Amazing Ways to experience Easter in Rome below: Continue reading “Holy Week & Easter in Rome 2018”

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Best Guide To New Years Eve In Rome 2017 – 2018

If you will be spending New Years Eve In Rome 2017/2018 no doubt you will be wondering what you can do to celebrate the turning of the New Year.

Why don’t you take a look at our 5 suggestions to have the best time in Rome for New Year:

Enjoy The Craic At Scholar’s Lounge Irish Pub

Probably the most popular and biggest pub in Rome, Scholar’s Lounge is an Irish American Pub close to Piazza Venezia that is open until around 6am on New Years Day in Rome.

If you are lookin for a party atmosphere and great fun, then this is the place to be for tourists and many locals to party through the night.

Entry is free before 11pm and the DJ plays until 6am

You can find Scholars Lounge next to the prime minister’s residence at

Scholar’s Lounge, 101b Via dei Plebiscito, Roma, 00186

Finnegan Begin Again

The most popular pub with expats, this is less touristy than Scholar’s Lounge, much smaller but with a much friendlier and homely atmosphere.

Located in the best area of Rome – Monti, Finnegan’s Irish pub is very close to the Coliseum although the easiest way to get there is by Line B of the Metro System to Cavour station.

You can find Finnegans at:

Finnegan’s Irish Pub, Via Leonina 66, Rome 00186.

Shamrock Italian Irish Pub

Just down the road from the Coliseum and around 10 mins walk from Finnegans, you can find the Shamrock.  Although this is in Irish pub, it is very popular with Roman Italians and certain expats.

In fact, this is where most of the expat tour guides of Rome drink.  New Years Eve is always heaving in Shamrock, everyone is super friendly and the party goes on to the early hours.

Shamrock Pub, Via del Colosseo 1C, 00184, Roma, Italy

Coliseum at New Years Eve
Coliseum at New Years Eve

See The Fireworks

Like all major capital cities, Rome will put on a large fireworks display at the begining of the New Year.

In Rome, the best places to congregate for New Year are the Coliseum and the Vittorio Emanuelle II monument at Piazza Venezia.

These two places always attract large crowds and the atmosphere is always special.  These places also have the advantage of being close to the three pubs mentioned above!!

If however, you want to have a great vantage point to see the beauty of the Rome fireworks display, then you may also consider going to the summit of the Gianicolo Hill to gaze over the skyline of Rome as the colours explode before you.

Piazza del Popolo

In addition to Piazza Venezia and the Coliseum mentioned above, another large meeting point for revellers is Piazza del Popolo.  Translated as the People’s Square, this Piazza attracts thousands of locals and tourists alike.

There are also often rock bands that play for the event for free at the Piazza and the vantage point on the Villa Borghese hill above the square is also a great place to view the fireworks whilst surrouded by classical statuary of Roman Emperors!

Villa Borghese park also have various cultural and musical event happening to keep you partying throughout the night!

Can you think of anything else in Rome or your favourite events?  If so, why not share them in the comments section below…

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Midnight Mass With The Pope & Christmas Day In Rome

If you are going to spend Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Rome, you may feel a little lonely.  Everyone is with their family or makign Christmas preparations, shops, businesses and some tourist sites are closed.  So what can you do in Rome on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?

Fear not, we are here to help you understand that Rome is full of things to do at Christmas – many of which are totally free!  Take a look at 5 of our suggestions below: Continue reading “Midnight Mass With The Pope & Christmas Day In Rome”

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15 Best Things To Do For Christmas In Rome 2017

Christmas in Rome is a very special season.  Check out our 15 Best Things To Do For Christmas In Rome 2017 below for some fantastic ideas of what to do for those who will be in Rome for Christmas in 2017.

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