Rome has a Mediterranean climate with cool winters and generally hot summers, which means that any time of year is good for visiting the city.

If we compare the climate of Rome to that of London, Dublin, Amsterdam or other northern European cities, temperatures are much more pleasant throughout the year with average high temperatures of 12°C (53°F) and average lows of 4°C (39°F) during the coldest months (January and February) and average high of 31°C (88°F) and average lows of 20°C (68°F) during the hottest summer months (July and August).

The wettest month in Rome is December, and on average autumn and winter precipitation levels are higher than in London.

Rome in winter

Rome’s coldest months are January and February. During these two months, it rains every couple of days but some days can be quite pleasant with high temperatures of 12°C (53°F). At night, the temperature can reach below freezing. If you don’t mind a little bit of cold, Rome is beautiful during winter.

Rome in summer

July is the hottest month of the year in Rome, although August is nearly as hot, with average temperatures of 25°C (77°F). Due to the high humidity, visiting the city during these months can be a little stifling. In August, many shops close and many locals leave on vacation.

The best time of year to visit Rome

The city of Rome can be discovered the whole year round. However, if you can, we recommend going in spring or autumn, when there are normally less hordes of tourists. However, if you don’t like large crowds, avoid visiting the city during Easter as this is when Rome has the largest amount of travellers. In autumn, it is more likely to rain than in spring.