When to fly to Rome
Rome’s peak tourist season begins just before Easter (when the greatest number of visitors flock to the city) and runs through October. June to the beginning of September is usually the most expensive and crowded time to travel to Rome and when most Rome flights and hotels are booked in advance. Many visitors come in the summer despite the warmer weather. It’s recommended that you don’t book trips to Rome in August. Most of the population is on vacation for the month of August, especially the last two weeks. Even hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed as all the Romans go on vacation.
Most attractions either go on shorter winter hours or close for renovations from late October to Easter. Some hotels and restaurants are closed for a month or two between November and February. However, during the winter months, especially January through March, you can often get into the open attractions and sights without having to wait in line.
A visit to Rome marks the trip of a lifetime. Rome is the centre of culture, romance, arts and cuisine. From theatre acts to photographs, Rome is full of life and love – a feeling evident at start of your Rome trip. From the moment you board the flight to Rome it’s hard not to get swept away by the Italian way of life.
Brush up on your history during the long flight to Rome. From emperors to dictators to artists and musicians, Rome has produced some of the most world-famous names in history. Today, Rome is centre of the Italian government and home to the Vatican. But there is more to Rome than a rich history. Book a cheap trip to Rome and experience some of the best sidewalk sophistication in the world. From open-air cafes full of people sipping cappuccino to fashionable boutiques packed full of couture clothes, there’s something for everyone in Rome. Pack your best pair of walking shoes and head to the streets – from the Spanish Steps to the Roman amphitheatre your days in Rome will be packed with sightseeing activities.
Take a break while you’re in the Eternal City and pull up a chair at one of the many cafes around Rome. Sip limoncello and watch the world go by before you board your plane back home. Whether you find a cheap flight to Rome for an impromptu holiday or plan a jam-packed Roman vacation, the trip to Rome will be unforgettable.
Winter is typically cool with December and January temperatures up to 10 degrees Celsius and most of the yearly rainfall. Spring and fall are Rome’s best weather seasons. April usually starts in the teens and temperatures reach the upper 20s in June. Summer can be very hot and dry with July and August temperatures in the mid-20s.
Getting around Rome
Don’t try driving a car or motorbike in Rome. The historic centre of the city is easily managed on foot and many streets don’t allow cars. Where the streets are open, traffic is heavy and congested and local drivers have little patience.
You’ll enjoy the city on foot, especially if you have some comfy walking shoes to make your way over the cobblestones.
For longer distances, take advantage of the public transportation system, the Metrebus or Metro. You can find subway entrances by looking for a big red “M.” Most of the popular attractions have subway stops nearby and trains run from 5:30am until 11:30pm. On Saturdays trains run an extra hour until 12:30am.
For after-hours travel, hop on a night bus, which run from 12:30am to 5:30am. Look for stops marked with an owl. The daytime buses and trams start running at 5:30am. You won’t get anywhere fast, but at least you can soak up some of the city while you get around. You’ll need to buy bus and metro tickets before you board.
Rome insider information
- If you're in Rome in September, don't miss La Notte Bianca ("the white night") when all of Rome stays open until dawn. Most of the museums and galleries have free entry all night long and it's the only chance to see behind the normally closed doors at some public buildings, such as the stunning Palazzo Farnese, home of the French Embassy.
- On the last Sunday of every month the Vatican Museums have free admission, so you can save €12 if you visit then.
- And if you're there just to see the Sistine Chapel make sure to get there and join the queue early - at least an hour before the museums open at 8.45am. Once you're inside, sprint all the way to the Sistine Chapel. (To walk round normally and look at all the other works of art would take at least a couple of hours.) If you're lucky, and quick enough, you might get to see it on your own.
- Rome is the place for shopping. If you're on the hunt for bargains, steer clear of the Via dei Condotti and visit Via del Governo Vechhio and Porta Portese, the weekend market in the Trastevere district. Both are boutiquey and trendy and have second-hand clothes, nick-nacks and junk at reasonable prices.
- If you want to look Italian, don't order a cappuccino after your meal. Despite being one of Italy's most famous exports, a cappuccino would only be drunk by the Romans at breakfast and never at any other time of the day. No matter how well you speak the language, ordering a cappuccino after supper is a giveaway sign that you're a tourist.