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Rome April 2024 · Celebrating spring in the eternal city

Last Updated on 16. April 2024

April is a popular time to visit Rome and is high season. Discover the events and attractions happening in Rome during April, and learn tips on how to avoid long queues.

April in Rome

April is a popular time to visit Rome because of its lovely climate. The latter part of the month is marked by the commemoration of the founding of Rome, followed by a national holiday that flows seamlessly into May 1st.

Finding affordable accommodation in April can be a challenge. For guidance, see our article on Hotels in Rome.

Welcome to Rome show

A must-see for first-time visitors: Welcome to Rome Multimedia Show Tickets

Show about the history of Rome and exhibition with interactive models

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 203 Google maps Bus 46, 62, 64, 916 Bus stop C.so Vittorio Emanuele / Navona

April temperatures in Rome

In Rome, during the month of April, one can occasionally detect a hint of summer in the air. The daytime weather is pleasant and warm, while the evenings offer a refreshing coolness. The highest recorded temperature in April reaches 30°C/86°F and the lowest drops to -2°C/28.4°F, but it is more common for temperatures to exceed 22°C/71.6°F than to drop below 12°C/33.8°F.

Climate data April

Tmax Ø19°C/66.2°F
Tmin Ø10°C/50°F
Sunshine hours Ø5,9
Days with rain Ø8

Source: www.wetter.com

What to wear in Rome in April

Long durations of rainfall are exceptionally uncommon. Generally it doesn’t rain for long and it is enough to have a lightweight rain poncho readily available for quick use.

Rome April Trastevere

Light summer attire is typically suitable, but a lightweight jacket is necessary for outdoor evenings.

When visiting holy places, it is essential to have your shoulders and knees covered. If you opt for off-the-shoulder tops or dresses, a shoulder scarf or pareo will be needed. Comfortable footwear is also crucial in Rome, given the extensive walking and uneven sidewalks.

What’s going on

In April, Rome experiences high levels of congestion as tourists gather at popular sights. To avoid the crowds, it is advisable to wake up early and visit the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps at sunrise. Similarly, St. Peter’s Basilica has minimal queues until 8 am. For all other attractions, such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Borghese Gallery, and the Vatican Museums, it is recommended to make advance bookings.

The celebration of Rome’s foundation day takes place on April 21, featuring a not-to-be-missed grand parade. Starting from April 18, one can witness Roman encampments and games at the Circus Maximus. April 25 is a national holiday, and Italians enjoy several pleasant bridge days until May 1.

Rome April opening hours

St. Peter’s Basilica

Basilica 7-19.10 – Dome 7.30-18 – Cathedral Treasury 7.30-18.30

Rome April St Peter s queue

St. Peter’s Basilica is closed during the Pope’s celebrations, for which you need invitation cards. In April, these are the audiences on Wednesday mornings.

Colosseum

8:30 am – 18:15 Closing 19:15

Admission is free on the first Sunday of the month

Vatican Museums

Monday – Thursday 8 – 17 Closed 19, Friday – Saturday and April 2, 25, 29, 30, 8 – 18 Closed 20. Closed on Sundays and April 1.

Free admission on Sunday 28, 9 – 12:30 closing 14:00.

Details on the Vatican Museums>

City museums and national museums

In Rome, some of the museums belong to the municipality and some to the state.

Rome April Borghese Gallery

The city’s museums include the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets, Imperial Forums and numerous other museums. National museums include the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Borghese Gallery and many more. For the full list of museums, opening times and tickets, see our Rome Museums page.

Free entry

Admission to all national museums and the museums of the municipality of Rome is free on April 7.

Exhibitions

Rom Mai Rosengarten Roseto comunale

The rose garden of the Municipality of Rome, Collections Department, is open daily 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. starting April 21. The rose garden is located on the slope of the Aventine above the Circus Maximus. Entry is free.

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21apr2428jul24From father to son. Filippo and Filippino Lippi Florentine painters of the 15th centuryThe extraordinary case of a father and son, both exceptionally talented painters and draftsmen. Palazzo CaffarelliMusei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM

17apr2407jul24Ouka LeeleExhibition dedicated to the recently deceased multidisciplinary artist Ouka Leele, who combined photography and painting in an original way.Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza di S. Egidio, 1/b, 00153 Roma RM

15mar2408sep24Giuseppe Primoli and the fascination of the OrientOn the occasion of the exhibition on collecting Japanese art in Italy between the 19th and 20th centuries, the Napoleonic Museum offers a thematic exhibition on Count Giuseppe Primoli's interest in the art of Japan and, more generally, the Asian continent.Museo Napoleonico, Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1, 00186 Roma RM

20feb2423jun24UKIYOE. The Floating WorldThe exhibition is a fascinating journey into Edo-era Japanese art through a selection of 150 masterpieces between the 17th and 19th centuries including paintings, scrolls, fans and prints, and traditional Japanese objects such as kimonos and musical instruments.Museo di Roma, Piazza Navona, 2, 00186 Roma RM

29nov2329sep24EMOTION. Contemporary Art tells about EmotionsA three-meter-tall mushroom welcomes and invites a journey. It had already happened in a fairy tale, in another journey, in another world, in another wonder: this is a journey in art.Chiostro del Bramante, Arco della Pace, 5, 00186 Roma RM

13apr2230apr32The Colors of Antiquity. Santarelli Marbles at the Capitoline MuseumsIn two rooms of Palazzo Clementino at the Capitoline Museums, there is on display a broad overview of the use of colored marbles, from their origins to the 20th century, through a fine selection of pieces from the Santarelli Foundation.Musei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM

Events

Papal audience every Wednesday at 9 am

The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place every Sunday and on Easter Monday at noon.

Porta Portese Market

every Sunday 7:00 – 14:00 Flea market & antiques

between Porta Portese and Via Ippolito Nievo Google maps

Ponte Milvio Market

Antiques market every Sunday

Between Ponte Milvio and Ponte Duca D’Aosta Google maps

Logo Appiarun

April 21 9:00 Appia Run

13 km competition and free run through the park of the Appia Antica, 5 km free run up to the city walls.

Start and finish at the stadium near the Baths of Caracalla, web https://www.appiarun.it/

April 25th, Italian Liberation Day, national holiday

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Concerts

Rome has a lively music scene. Many pubs and music venues offer live music, especially on weekends. Classical music can be found in many churches and palaces.

Rome’s Music Park​

The Parco della Musica Rome is a breathtaking architectural masterpiece by star architect Renzo Piano. The cultural complex on the Via Flaminia, with its unique concert halls and open-air stage, is a paradise for art and music lovers. Check out the calendar of events here. Tram 2 Parco della Musica

Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu

Casa del Jazz Rome is a hidden gem located in a park just south of the Caracalla Baths, outside the city walls. This unique venue is all about Jazz and offers a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere for music lovers to enjoy.

Surrounded by lush greenery, Casa del Jazz provides a picturesque setting for musical events and concerts. The combination of nature and music creates a magical experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Rome. Check out the calendar of events here. Bus 160, 671, 714, 792 Casa del Jazz

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01oct2331jul24Auditorium Parco della MusicaThe Music Park in Rome offers music from classical to folk to modern in concert halls and on an open-air stage.Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Roma RM

Amusement parks

In Rome and the surrounding area there are a few parks that offer a welcome change.

Luneur

Luneur

The Luneur Park offers many rides. It is located in the south of the city in the EUR district on Via Cristoforo Colombo. The opening times in winter are irregular, mostly Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in summer daily until midnight. On the Luneur website you can see the calendar with the opening days. Bus connections are lines 30, 170, 714 and 791, Colombo / Agricoltura stop. From there it is 750m to the entrance on Via delle Tre Fontane 100.

Cinecittà World

Cinecittà World is a theme park about cinema and television. It is located next to the Castel Romano outlet center on Via Pontina between Rome and Pomezia. A shuttle bus runs from the Termini main station. Tickets

FAQ

Is April a good time to visit Rome

Rome is very beautiful in April, but it is also very crowded. Due to the pleasant climate and the many holidays, many tourists and pilgrims come to Rome. Rome’s Founding Day is celebrated on April 21, and April 25 is a public holiday.

What to pack for Rome in April

Pack light clothing, comfortable shoes, a light rain cape or umbrella for a trip to Rome in April, as the weather is mild but it can sometimes rain. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, a hat and a small backpack to explore the city comfortably.

Things to do in Rome in April

Rome offers a wide range of cultural activities in April with exhibitions, events and concerts. Don’t miss the big parade on the Sunday of Rome’s Founding Day! The beautiful spring weather invites you to go on excursions in the countryside, to the Appian Way, to the sea or to the mountains.

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