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Rome, Italy


Rome, Italy


The history of Rome, Italy, is a long one, from its founding by Romulus and Remus to its reign as the center of an empire to its current status as the country's capital and a major tourist destination. But to truly enjoy the city, it's best to do as the Romans do: Relax and enjoy the warm weather, appetizing cuisine, and beautiful sights. It's easy to imagine the glory of the gladiators in the Colosseum, and the former majesty of the adjacent ruins of ancient Rome, including the two arches built in honor of victorious rulers. The ancient Romans left their mark on the city, with sights like Circus Maximus, Trajan's Column, and the Pantheon. Vatican City is another popular destination, and the rooms of its museum would take several years to explore. Items like Nero's bathtub and Raphael's paintings are only a small portion of the collection. You can also see the Sistine Chapel and St. Paul's Basilica, and the Swiss Guard in their regalia designed by Michelangelo. Eat al fresco at any of the numerous restaurants. Whether your taste is for pizza, pasta, or seafood, there is guaranteed to be a dish for you. After dinner, take a walk through the narrow, winding streets, and you might just happen upon some of the most impressive sights in the city quite by accident. The Trevi Fountain is a favorite among tourists and locals, and is a place to relax—with gelato in hand—after a long day of sightseeing. As a major tourist destination, finding flights to Rome should be easy.

When To Go

As one of the major art cities in Italy, Rome attracts visitors year-round. The most popular times to visit are the spring and fall, when the weather isn't quite so warm, making them the ideal times for sightseeing. Summers can feel pretty hot, and many restaurants close for the month of August. The weather and hotel prices cool down in winter.

high season: mid-April to June, September to mid--November, mid-December to mid--January
low season: mid-January to mid--April
shoulder season: July to August, mid-November to mid--December

Weather Information

Rome experiences four distinct seasons. Spring brings mild temperatures and light rains, especially in April. Summers can get fairly hot particularly in July and August. Temperatures cool down in fall, and rain is common in November. Winters can be chilly with light snow.

Crowd Information

The busiest time to visit is during the high season, when special festivals and events happen. Easter and Christmas attract large crowds when pilgrims flock to the Vatican City for Papal masses in St. Peter's square.

Closure Information

Many shops, restaurants, and attractions close for religious holidays. August in Rome can feel like a ghost town as businesses close for annual holidays and residents vacate the city. However, most people start returning after Ferragosto, the August 15 holiday. From late October to Easter, most attractions have shorter winter hours or are closed for renovation. Most businesses are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday. Museums are typically closed on Mondays, while the Vatican Museum and shops are closed on most Sundays.

When to Save

Accommodations are the least expensive in the low season, but week-long stays at any time may be discounted. Museums and sites are free during the Cultural Heritage week (dates vary by year).

When to Book

Book at least three months in advance for visits during the summer, Easter, or Christmas. Availability is easier to find during off-peak periods. However, always check the city's calendar for major events that may bring an influx of visitors.

Information provided by the Rome Tourist Board