Rain in Rome · Bad weather in Rome · What to do in case of rain in Rome

Rain in Rome. The weather forecast predicts rain, thunderstorms or storm in Rome? How to properly prepare for thunderstorms in Rome! All tips on rain in Rome can be found here.

Rain in Rome · The weather forecast

Summer storms in Rome are very fierce but locally very limited. It comes to heavy cloudbursts, but usually after a short time they are over. Some parts of Rome can be completely submerged, while in other parts of the city only a few raindrops fall.

The weather forecast for Rome is quite accurate. If you read of a high rain probability, you should prepare accordingly. In autumn and in winter, there may also be storms. Here’s what you need to observe in case of rain and storms in Rome.

Rain in Rome · Spring storms · Autumn storms · Precautions

Rain in Rome Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona in rainy weather

If there are major differences in temperature between the equator and northern Europe, especially in autumn and spring, but also in winter, strong winds with gusts of wind and heavy rain and hail can occur in Rome. A classic weather situation is when a low pressure area forms over the Gulf of Genoa. The typical wind then is the warm Scirocco, which lets the sand from the Sahara rain down over Rome.

Especially during storms with strong gusts of wind, you have to expect falling branches and falling trees. So you should not go to the villas and parks on such days. If you are traveling by car, you should not park under tall trees and you should not drive into water that you can not see how deep it is, especially in underpasses.

In the city center you will find quick protection against heavy rain and storm in the numerous churches, shops, bars and restaurants. A rain cape and waterproof shoes are helpful, while an umbrella is useless in strong winds.

 

Rain in Rome · Summer storms · Precautions

Summer storms in Rome are very fierce but locally very limited. It comes to heavy cloudbursts, but mostly after a short time are over again. Some parts of Rome can be completely submerged, while in other parts of the city only a few raindrops fall.

 

Rain in Rome St Peter's square in the rain
Saint Peter’s Square in the rain

Even when the sun is shining in the mornings, summer storms in Rome can develop very quickly. The sky gets dark and within a short time it starts to rumble.

In most cases, a downpour comes down in a very limited area, which submerges roads and underpasses. You should therefore look for a roof over your head as soon as the rain starts. Mostly the rain is over after ten or fifteen minutes.

Of course it is annoying when you get a shower while standing in a queue, in front of the Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica or in front of another museum. If you have not booked a preferred entry, you will be put to the test. Either you hold on and pull a trail of water behind you or you start again when the rain has stopped.

A little help are rain cape, a large umbrella and waterproof shoes.

The city center is well protected against floods and even in heavy downpours, the water is quickly drained into the Tiber. In the periphery, floods can occur, especially in valleys and underpasses. Sometimes metro stations have to be closed.

 

Rain in Rome · What to do in case of rain in Rome

Mostly you have to interrupt your program during a summer rain only for a short time. After a quarter of an hour, the rain is usually over again. What can you do to escape the summer rain?

  1. Seek protection in a church: use the rain for a church visit (hours).
  2. Take a break at a bar or in a ice cream parlor
  3. If you have sightseeing on your schedule: buy tickets for the fast lanetickets
  4. Do shopping: shopping in Rome
Rain in Rome Villa Pamphili
In Villa Pamphili after the rain

And … after a rain shower, you can usually take very nice photos in Rome. Nature and monuments are reflected in the puddles of water and the clouds offer strong contrasts.

During storms in autumn and in winter, the weather can sometimes be uncomfortable and you should set your daily schedule accordingly. What you can do in stormy weather:

  1. Take a rain cape with you. An umbrella is not helpful in strong winds.
  2. Avoid outdoor activities, especially visiting villas like Villa Borghese or Villa Pamphili.
  3. Visit churches and museums. Buy tickets for the preferred entry Tickets
  4. Go well and eat comfortably and do a shopping tour in the center of Rome
 

Rain in Rome · Sightseening

Rain in Rome Palazzo Altemps
Palazzo Altemps near Piazza Navona after the rain

Which places are best visited on a rainy day in Rome? These are my tips!

When it rains in Rome it is not so nice to visit the open-air museums. These are especially the Coliseum, the Palatine, the Roman Forum, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Baths of Caracalla and the Villa dei Quintili. It is also risky, to visit the viewpoints and the villas.

You can do that when raining in Rome:

1. The Vatican

The Vatican Museums and the St. Peter’s can be visited very well even when it rains. For access to St. Peter’s, you should book the preferred entry. The other three Papal Basilicas in Rome can be visited very well without a long wait.

2. Roman museums

The most Roman museums are covered. The most important museums are the Capitoline museums, the Trajan’s Markets and Borghese Gallery.

3. The Pantheon

It is particularly impressive in the Pantheon in the rain. The rain falls through the dome opening, the eye – “Oculus”, and runs off through the processes in the soil. If you have the opportunity to visit the Pantheon in the rain, you should not miss it!

4. Ostia

Even though it rains in Rome in summer, the weather on the seaside can be nice. Check the weather forecast and decide if you want to spend a day in Ostia Antica and at the sea. In the archaeological area of Ostia Antica you can visit the remains of the ancient Roman commercial city that served to supply Rome. At the sea you can lie in the sun and eat a good fish.

5. The catacombs

A visit to the catacombs is completely independent from weather conditions. In the catacombs is the same temperature throughout the year. A visit to the catacombs is therefore a good idea even in rainy weather.

6. Excavations in the Roman underground

In Rome you will find numerous excavations that you can visit in churches, buildings and museums. A small selection are:

  • The necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica
  • The museum of the stadium of the Domitian at Piazza Navona
  • The Roman houses on Caelius Hill under the Basilica of St. John and Paul
  • The excavations under the Basilica of San Clemente with catacombs and a Mithras temple

Rain in Rome · What do the Romans do?

The rain brings a most welcome change for the Romans. They use rainy days for a city visit, for shopping or for meeting friends in a bar or restaurant. Make yourself comfortable, relax and enjoy that the rain brings a little cooling.

Rainy weather often breaks down traffic in Rome. This is because many Romans, who take the bike in good weather, when driving rain forecast are traveling. Many Romans drive in rain very slowly or under a bridge and block so the traffic.

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