Our easy charts help decipher fluctuations in weather and assess which is the right season for you.
Planning to visit somewhere you've never been before can be fun, but it isn't always easy. One of the most common questions we're asked is, "what will the weather be like?".
Of course that's not always an easy question to answer, particularly in these days of climate change.
In recent years the weather in Rome, Italy, has been what is considered very 'unseasonal' - incredibly hot summers with temperatures above 40 degrees Centigrade (over 100 degrees Centigrade) and enough snow in the winter of 2012 to build a snowman in front of St Peter's Basilica!
The charts below have been designed to give you an 'at-a-glance' impression of how hot or cold the temperatures are likely to be at different times of year.
Before you look, ask yourself this question : can you bear to tolerate temperatures of over forty / one hundred degrees, even with air conditioning in your room?
Do you mind walking around in wet weather, or would you rather be certain it's going to be dry?
Generally speaking, winters are quite mild. Of course, there can be exceptions - to everyone's amazement, in the winters of both 2010 and 2012 it snowed heavily for the first time in over twenty years - enough to damage some ancient buildings.
Spring and autumn (Fall) are warmer earlier and last longer than in other parts of Italy. It's not unusual to have warm weather from April until the end of October - perhaps not hot enough for the beach, but certainly good for sitting out to eat.
Summers can be unbearably hot - so hot that many people who live and work in Rome leave on 1st August and don't return until 1st September.
Somehow, visitors always seem to be taken by surprise when it rains in the Eternal City. In fact, although it's generally very warm, it can also be quite wet at certain times of year.
During the winter, rains tend to be heavy and longer-lasting whereas the summer brings more stormy type rains - they can be heavy but generally only last a
short time before the sun comes out again.
It's always a good idea to take a small umbrella with you when visiting the city - just in case.
If you're still planning : having had a look at a broad overview of what the weather in Rome, Italy does at different times of year, use the links below to gather some more specific information about each season. That will help you to narrow down your possible travel dates.
If you've already booked : these pages will give you information about the type of weather you can expect which will help you decide on clothes and plan ahead about things available to do during your visit.
There's also a link to our free e-book, all about things to do in Rome which are a little off the tourist trail.
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