Best time to visit Rome

Anytime: but probably the best time to visit Rome is during spring and early summer, from mid-April to mid-June; as well as autumn, from September to early-October – so avoiding the crowds and high heat of summer.

The mid-summer months of July and August, are sunny and very hot.

Rome weather

Rome enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, sunny summers and cold, rainy winters. You can expect rainfall throughout the year in Rome.

Summer, from June to August, brings perfect blue sunny skies and hot weather. An afternoon breeze, called the 'ponentino', somewhat tempers the heat.

Autumn, from September to November, is initially mild and humid, with sunny days alternating with cloudy skies and more frequent rainfall as the season progresses.

Winter, December to February, is mostly cold and overcast with persisent rain broken by occasional sunshine.

Spring, from March to May, is cold gradually becoming warmer as the weeks progress, with frequent rain. Light showers are quite common in spring with an increase in sunshine from April onwards.

What is the best month to visit Rome?
June through September are the best months to visit Rome – the climate is perfect with hot, sunny weather and little to no rainfall.

July and August are especially popular, since this is the peak tourist season in Rome.

To avoid the crowds, higher prices and heat of summer, the months of May and October are also good for a range of outdoor activities.

Which is the hottest month in Rome?
The hottest month of the year in Rome is normally August, with an average daily high temperature of 31°C (87°F), with high heat and humidity, and a low of 20°C (68°F)

The hot summer season lasts from mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature above 28°C (82°F).

However, on the warmest days in mid-summer temperatures in Rome may reach a high of 36°C (97°F).

What is the humidity in Rome?
Rome experiences seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 72% – 77% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from mid-June through September, when you can expect the comfort level to be muggy at least 13% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in Rome are July and August, with around 13 days in each month that are muggy.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

November through to May is generally comfortable, with no days in any month that are muggy.

Which is the coldest month in Rome?
The coldest month of the year in Rome is January, with an average high of 12°C (53°F) and a low of 3°C (37°F).

The cool winter season lasts from mid-November to mid-March, with an average daily high temperature below 16°C (60°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Rome?
The sunniest month in Rome is usually July with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 75% of daylight hours.

When is the sea warmest in Rome?
The sea is usually at its warmest on the Roman coast in August when the water temperature reaches 26°C (78°F), which is warm enough for swimming.

Sea conditions on the Roman coast (Ostia, Fregenae, Focene, Fiumicino, etc.) are warm enough for swimming from July to September; while in June, the sea is still a bit cool, but more acceptable towards the end of the month.

Which month has the most rain in Rome?
November is usually the wettest month in Rome with 115mm (4.5in) of rainfall on average. There are normally 10 days in November with some rain.

The wet season lasts from early-September through to mid-May, with a greater than 20% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from mid-May to early-September; July has the least rainfall.

Which is the windiest month in Rome?
The windiest month of the year in Rome is March, with an average hourly wind speed of 13 kilometres per hour (8 mph; 7 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from late-January through April, with average wind speeds of more than 12 kilometres per hour (7.5 mph; 6.5 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from May to late-January. The calmest month of the year in Rome is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 11 kilometres per hour (7 mph; 6 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Rome.

Rome Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
12 13 15 19 23 28 31 31 26 22 17 13
Average low temperature (°C)
3 4 6 9 12 17 19 20 16 12 8 4
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
4 5 6 7 9 10 11 10 8 6 4 4
Average daily daylight (hrs)
9 10 12 13 14 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
Comfort level
Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Hot icon Moderately hot icon Hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
75 75 75 75 75 73 72 73 75 76 77 77
UV Index (max)
2 3 4 6 8 9 9 8 6 4 2 1
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
7 8 7 9 6 4 2 3 6 8 10 9
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
70 70 55 80 60 30 20 30 65 100 115 100
Average wind speed (km/h)
12 13 13 13 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13
Average sea temperature (°C)
15 14 14 15 18 22 25 26 24 21 19 16
Rome, Italy

Holiday seasons

High season: From June to early-September, with July and August two months to avoid – the most expensive and crowded time to travel in Italy. Most hotels are fully booked with restaurants and nearby beaches at their busiest.

Shoulder season: From April to May, early-September to October, and from mid-December to 24 December.

Low season: From November to mid-December and 25 December to 30 March. Many hotels and restaurants close down for a month or two between November and February.

Source: Meteorological data for Rimini is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by Servizio Meteorologico – the Italian Meteorological Service.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Rome: 12 May, 2024

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