How to interprete the weather forecast
The area of Rome is very large and the weather can be very different in the districts. The north of Rome is usually more affected by strong weather phenomena such as heavy rain or snowfall than the south.
In the city center, heavy rains have little effect, as the water flows away quickly.
With a forecast of heavy rain and storm, the following weather phenomena may occur during the different seasons.
Even when the sun is shining in the mornings, summer storms in Rome can develop very quickly.
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.
What to do when it rains in Rome
Mostly you have to interrupt your program only for a short time. After half an hour, the rain is usually over again. So, how to escape the rain?
These are my suggestions in case of Rain in Rome
Stay in the city center
Visit a church
Use the rain to visit a church. In the city center the next church is just around the corner. Each church has its peculiarities and treasures and is good for a visit. Sit down and relax. Opening hours
Take a break
Book priority access
Sightseeing during a rainy day in Rome
Places to avoid during rain
The Colosseum during rain
Places to visit during rain
All indoor museums can be visited well in rainy weather. These include the Vatican and the Capitoline Museums.
Even the basilicas can be visited well during rain.
Very nice is a visit to the Pantheon. 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!
Excavations in the Roman underground
- 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
Visit to Ostia
In summer, even though it rains in Rome, the weather on the seaside can be nice. Check the weather forecast and decide 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.
And ... after a rain shower
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.
What do the Romans on a rainy day
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.