Rome: When to go

The Eternal City

Rome When to go

The most popular times to visit Rome are during the spring and fall, when the weather isn't quite so warm, making them the ideal times for sightseeing. The busiest time to visit is during the high season (mid-April to June, September to mid-November, mid-December to mid-January), when special festivals and events happen.

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 and shops are closed on Sundays.

Accommodation is 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).