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.
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 flights 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.
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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.