Rome Weather - Best time to visit Rome

Weather in Rome

Holidays in Rome take you to the capital of Italy where you’ll find iconic landmarks, sensational cuisine and plenty of culture. The Eternal City has something for everyone whether you’re travelling as a couple, a multigenerational family or a group of friends.

Rome weather by month

Rome has a Mediterranean climate making it warm and sunny throughout most of the year. Summers are hot and dry with plenty of sunshine, while winters tend to be a little milder with some occasional rainfall. Here’s our month-by-month guide to the average weather and climate in Rome.

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Frequently asked questions

Best time to visit Rome?

The best time to visit depends on what you want to get out of your holiday in Rome. If you’re looking to see the sights then be sure to visit during spring, autumn or winter. If you’re looking for some coastal bliss then the summer months are the perfect choice.

What is the weather in Rome like in May?

In May, Rome experiences warm and pleasant weather, with average temperatures ranging from 18-22°C during the day. It’s cooler than the hot summer months, making it an ideal time for exploring Rome’s many outdoor historic attractions.

Best time for sightseeing in Rome?

The best time for sightseeing in Rome is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) months when the weather is milder, and there are fewer crowds. This allows for a more enjoyable experience exploring the city's many iconic landmarks and historical sites.

Best time for beaches in Rome?

The best time for beaches in Rome is during the summer months, particularly from June to August, when the weather is hot and sunny, and the Mediterranean Sea is warm and inviting. However, it's worth noting that the best beaches around Rome are not directly in the city but can be reached by a short train or bus ride to nearby coastal areas like Ostia or Fregene.

Is Rome hot all year round?

Yes, as Rome has a Mediterranean climate it tends to be warm and sunny throughout most of the year. Winters in Rome (December to February) tend to be cooler but still comfortable, averaging around 13°C. During these winter months it’s advisable to bring a jumper or light jacket, particularly for the evenings. Summers in Rome (June to August) are hot, with temperatures reaching up to 30°C or more, and the spring and autumn months remain warm and sunny, so be sure to pack some sun cream.

Is Rome’s weather good for walking tours?

Yes, Rome's weather is perfect for walking tours, especially during the spring and autumn months when temperatures are a little milder and more comfortable. During the summer months, it's advised to schedule walking tours during the cooler parts of the day to avoid the midday heat. 

Does it rain in Rome?

Rome can experience occasional rainfall throughout the year, though rain showers are usually short-lived, and the city enjoys plenty of sunshine all year round. The driest time tends to be the summer months, with an average rainfall of 20mm in July. Rain is most common in the months from October to April, with the wettest month usually being November with around 108mm of rainfall.

Things to do in Rome if it’s raining?

If it's raining in Rome, there are still plenty of indoor activities to enjoy, such as visiting museums and art galleries like the Vatican Museums, Galleria Borghese, or the Capitoline Museums. You can also explore ancient underground sites like the Catacombs of Rome or indulge in culinary experiences like wine tastings and authentic Italian cooking classes.

Best time for quieter holidays in Rome?

Rome is a large city and a popular destination, so it tends to be busy all year round, though particularly so during the summer months from June to August. For quieter holidays consider travelling during the spring, autumn or winter months when there will usually be fewer tourists. Christmas and Easter are also popular times so be prepared for some bustling festive crowds if travelling then.

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Take a look at our hotels in Rome below and start planning your holiday to Italy today, andiamo!

Hotel Nazionale, Rome
  • In the heart of Rome, within minutes’ walk from the Spanish Steps
  • Overlooking Piazza Montecitorio, where the Italian Parliament sits
Starhotels Metropole, Rome
  • Located in the heart of Rome, just minutes from Roma Termini station
  • A 20 minute walk from major historic sites, including the Colosseum
Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome
  • Situated on Via Veneto near Rome's key attractions
  • Stylish guest rooms and excellent hospitality
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