Whenever you see a travel article about Rome, the pictures that go with it are bathed in sunshine and people are wearing shorts and t-shirts when visiting the Trevi Fountain to throw in their coin and other famous sites like the Roman Forum. Of course, summer is a great time to visit this beautiful and fascinating city, but there are some downsides to visiting Rome in summer.
First, you have to accept that you’re going to be sharing all those wonderful sights with coachloads of tourists from all over the world, so queues will be long wherever you go. Secondly, remember that queuing to visit the Colosseum or Vatican City in baking sunshine is no fun. You’ll need to factor in time on your trip to escape from the heat – and if you only have a limited time in Rome, you don’t really want to have to waste it on ‘cool down’ time. You’ll also find that accommodation prices go through the roof for the peak months of the year.
It seems a far better idea to visit the eternal city off-season – in autumn or spring or even in the middle of winter. That way you’ll get to experience Rome as the Romans do – remember this is a vibrant and modern capital city as well as one of the most ancient cities in the world. And Rome has a climate that isn’t too extreme – you may need a coat, hat and gloves but it’s not going to be really freezing cold, even in mid-winter. You’ll enjoy the benefits of shorter queues and the opportunity to have some breathing space around you while you enjoy memorable sights such as the interior of the Sistine Chapel. And you can still indulge in your taste for Italian gelato – no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find a gelateria open for business on every street corner!
You can book cheap flights to Rome year-round from a number of different airports with a selection of different airlines. And if you throw the right combination of coins into the Trevi Fountain, you can guarantee yourself another trip back to see more of the wonderful history and culture of Rome at a future date!