Rome in Spring
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What’s Rome In Spring Like: First Impressions



Wondering whether you should visit Rome in Spring or Fall, or even at Christmas time? 

Let me first assure you that no season is wrong for visiting Rome, but if it’s going to be your first time I would avoid Wintertime, as the rain will likely get in your way.

This was my first time visiting Rome in Spring, so I thought I would share my first impressions and overall thoughts on visiting this city in the blooming season. 

I will keep it short and casual, and also share tips and suggestions along the way.

Rome in Spring first impressions

Why Did I Choose to Visit Rome in Spring?

Spring is my favorite season. For that same reason, I love traveling around this time of the year, and since Rome was next on my list of places to research and share with you, Spring in Rome it was.

I was initially planning to go the week leading to Easter, but I left it till the last minute to book and all my favorite accommodation options were not available.

After factoring in work and other life events, we decided (my husband and I) to visit Rome around mid April.

In case you are wondering, we spent a full week in the eternal city.

How many days do you need in Rome?
If you are not sure how long you should spend in Rome, check these two articles I wrote – 5 Day Rome Itinerary (to show you how much you can fit in 5 days) and How Many Days in Rome (to help you figure out the perfect length for you).

rome in spring

Rome Weather in Spring

Spring is my favorite season because of the weather, although you might have guessed that. I don’t like cold weather and I hate the heat. Spring, and in particular April is the perfect time to visit central and Southern Italy because the weather is mild, not cold but not hot – at least usually.

The temperatures for Rome in Spring average around 9° to 20° Celsius, but can get lower in March.

Mornings and nights can be chilly when you are walking or eating outside, so make sure to pack a few layers. 

Interested in Italian Fashion or need some outfit inspiration? Read this: Rome Outfits

However, in April and May it can get very hot when the sun comes out, and it’s usually out most of the day, every day. That’s especially so if you are walking for long hours in open areas like Via dei Fori Imperiali or inside the Colosseum and Palatine Hill.

The weekend we arrived in Rome the temperatures reached 30° Celsius, and that lasted till Sunday. It got so hot I even burnt my scalp (I am very fair though!).

We only saw the rain once, on the morning of our shopping day, which was perfect since we were in and out of the shops most of the time.

If you love traveling when the temperatures are comfortable, and the sun is shining, I definitely think you should visit Rome in Spring, and more precisely in April.

Is Rome In Bloom in Spring?

Many love Spring because it’s the season when everything starts to bloom again, and you see flowers everywhere. If that’s you, you might want to know whether that’s the same for Rome.

Well, I must say I didn’t see as many flowers in Rome as I thought I would.

Don’t get me wrong, the city is full of greenery, including many areas with freshly manicured grass and large trees. And this is actually one of the reasons why I love Rome; it feels like a Northern European city with a very Italian soul.

If you want to see flowers, these are the places you need to go when you are visiting Rome in Spring:

I didn’t have the chance to visit those parks, but while walking around Villa Borghese’s gardens I noticed some gorgeous tulips, including very dark ones, which I had never seen before.

Is Rome Busy In Spring?

When I think of a busy city, New York, London, and Rome come to my mind. Yet, I was really surprised to see crowds were not that bad in Rome this time of the year. 

When I say that the crowds were not bad, I am mostly referring to the number of people walking in the streets at the same time as we were.

I was expecting Rome’s streets to be annoyingly crowded in April, but they were not.

Having said that, you will always find crowds in these two places: attractions, especially those that require a ticket, plus restaurants and cafes.

However, if you want to beat the crowds, you certainly can. Here are some tips on how to do that.

How to beat the crowds in Rome:

  1. Plan your itinerary well, so you don’t waste time.
  2. Book your museums online and print out the tickets.
  3. Arrive 30 minutes early at most museums, especially the Pantheon, Colosseum, and Palatine Hill.
  4. Book your restaurants in advance, especially very popular ones.
  5. If you don’t want to book them, be at the restaurant at opening time or shortly after.

Tips for booking museums online

From my experience, you can book your museums two weeks before and still find tickets. That is different when it comes to the Vatican. I suggest you start looking 2 months in advance. I couldn’t find regular tickets and had to book the last available guided tour in Italian. That was the only available language.

If you are wondering how come the Vatican is so busy this time of the year, when it’s technically shoulder season, here is the reason. It’s because there are many school visits, especially in April. In fact, April is the busiest month at the Vatican. But don’t let that hold you from visiting it.

What to Do in Rome in Spring?

This time of the year gives you more things to do because the weather is so good. These are the activities that are particularly suitable for this time of the year:

  1. Visit the outer attractions like the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  2. Spend a longer time at Janiculum Hill admiring the views from the terrace.
  3. Take longer walks during the day but also at sunset and after.

Speaking of walks, check out this article about My Favorite Walks in Rome. I give you all the directions and tips to choose the best walk for you.

  1. Eat your first gelato of the season. 
  2. Appreciate the manicured gardens of beautiful buildings like the Vatican Museums, Palazzo Colonna and Villa Borghese.
  3. Dine outside without feeling too cold or hot.
  4. Visit a coastal city like Gaeta, just outside Rome, and enjoy the perfectly cool sea breeze. (article coming soon)
  5. Get on the terrace of the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (by lift). 
  6. Soak in the sun while at Piazza San Pietro inside the Vatican, while admiring St. Peter’s Basilica and the stunning colonnade. 
  7. Have a maritozzo while sitting outside at Antico Forno di Piazza di Trevi, but make sure to go early to avoid the crowds.

Spring Food in Rome

Other than gelato, many local dishes can be enjoyed this time of the year. Here are a few:

  1. Carciofi alla Romana – Roman-Style Artichokes
  2. Zucchini Flowers – dipped in batter & fried, or mixed in traditional dishes like Gnocchi Cacio e Pepe. In this Trastevere Foodie Guide, I share where I ate the best ones.
  3. Asparagus Risotto
  4. Pinsa with Cold Toppings – like tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella di bufala, or pesto with mortadella and fiordilatte.
  5. Abbacchio (lamb), especially around Easter.
  6. Vignarola – a side dish made with peas, artichokes, fava beans, and bacon.

Rome Spring Events 

While many of these events might not be available next Spring, listing them here might give you an idea of the type of special gatherings that happen this time of the year in the city.

Romix Comic Festival – early April

Natale di Roma – 21st April (celebrates Rome’s founding also known as Rome’s Birthday)

Street Food Festival – 10 to 12th May

Loredana Bertè Concert – 15 May 2024

ARF – Other Comics Festival from 24 to 26 May 2024

Fiorella Mannoia Concert – 3 June 2024

Ornella Vanoni Concert – 6 June 2024

Rome Fashion Week – 6 to 8th June 2024

Pooh Concert – 11 & 12 June 2024

Biagio Antonacci Concert – 13 & 14 June 2024

Read More About Rome Here

Whether this article convinced you to visit Rome in Spring, or need help planning your itinerary and finding the best foodie spots in the city, I have a large number of posts covering my time in Rome. Browse all Rome articles here.

Alessia Spampinato