Rome Weather Guide
There are a few reasons why life in Rome is often described as sweet and one of them is the weather. With a Mediterranean climate, sunny 20-degree days come easily to Rome. As such, the Eternal City is fantastic to visit all year round.
Season and Clothing
Summer: June to August
Summers in Rome tend to be very dry, warm and sunny. Some travellers, particularly from the northern hemisphere, tend to struggle with the heat only to find cool, temporary relief in a cup of gelato. The crowds also don't help during this warm season with summer proving to be Rome's peak tourist time, particularly in August. Don't miss the Donna Sotto le Stelle open-air fashion festival that takes place on the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna every July.
Average temperatures: 18 - 30 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Open shoes, sundresses, shorts and t-shirts.
Don't forget: SPF 50+ sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
Autumn: September to November
Unpredictable weather is a common occurrence during Rome's autumn months. On some days the weather is sunny, warm and inviting, while others feature sporadic rain and cool breezes. The upside to the unpredictability is that it is actually embraced by stylish locals who enjoy dressing to suit the elements. The break from the tourist hordes during the off-season is also a welcome relief so now's the time to visit the Panthenon, Colosseum and Vatican museums.
Average temperatures: 11 - 20 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Light layers and a jacket or jumper.
Don't forget: An umbrella.
Winter: December to February
Snow is not common in Rome but snowfall has been known to happen in winter. While the cooler temperatures don't usually attract the tourist hordes, this can actually be a good thing. Winter in Rome is cold without being unbearable. It's cosy. And it's a great place to spend Christmas with a wide range of Christmas markets and nativity plays to make it worth braving the elements. While not as famous as the Venice Carnival, Rome's Carnevale is an 11-day cultural celebration held annually in February.
Average temperatures: 3 - 12 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers and a coat.
Don't forget: Gloves and a beanie.
Spring: March to May
Festivities and warmer weather are a common characteristic of Rome during spring. With warm air, sunny days and golden light, spring is a fantastic time to visit; particularly Rome's many gardens, which come alive with blooms during this time. The Spanish Steps is particularly photo-worthy in the springtime months when colourful blooms spill over the famous outdoor staircase. Spring is also the time of much action surrounding the Vatican City, particularly during Lent and Easter.
Average temperatures: 10 - 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans and shirts with a jumper for night-time.
Don't forget: Sunscreen and your camera.