When to go to Rome
Rome is truly a city for all seasons. Being in the southern part of Europe, the city is blessed with pleasant temperatures throughout the year, a range of events and festivals give each season a unique charm.
Spring is the favourite time of year for most locals. The days start to get longer and the temperatures are warm without the humidity of the summer months. As you might expect, the many Christian festivals of spring are observed in a colourful fashion, culminating in the Vatican’s Easter services during which time the city is alive with Pilgrims.
The summer season in Rome is welcomed with the Primo Maggi Music Festival. As an indication of the warmth of the local population this festival is held to celebrate the start of the peak tourist season. During the summer season the city is admittedly very busy, however many find the energy of this season infectious. While the temperatures may be high, photographing the Colosseum or St Peter’s Basilica against the clear blue sky may be worth enduring a little heat.
As autumn arrives temperatures fall and so do visitor numbers. Many find this to be one of the best times to visit Rome. If a love of art brings you to Rome this is a wonderful time to visit. The queues and crowds at museums and art galleries are small and the city is host to a range of theatre, arts and film festivals.
Rome's residents hate to give up their outdoor way of life and café culture, therefore even in winter the hub of activity takes place on the streets of Rome. While you will require a coat, winters in Rome are refreshingly sunny. As you can imagine Christmas in Rome is a very special affair and is celebrated in a grand fashion. Popular religious events in Rome over Christmas include the midnight Papal Audience on Christmas Eve and the Nativity Scene in St Peters Square. At this time you will also find a range of Christmas markets and the streets of Rome will be beautifully decorated with lights and Christmas trees.
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