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Rome February 2024 · Winter with a taste of spring

Last Updated on 27. February 2024

In Rome during February, you can savor the city’s cultural attractions and indulge in delightful winter cuisine. As the middle of the month approaches, you’ll start sensing the arrival of spring.

February in Rome

Rome, the capital of Italy, is a treasure trove of art, culture, and culinary delights. February offers convenient accommodation options, particularly in the city center, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant atmosphere without relying heavily on public transportation. For budget-friendly accommodations and recommendations on prime areas to stay, refer to our guide on Hotels in Rome.

Rome February Roman Forum

Visiting Rome in February also means experiencing its lush greenery, whether through leisurely walks in Roman villas on misty mornings or visits to scenic lookout points. Adventurous souls might combine a trip to the ancient ruins of Ostia Antica with a seaside excursion. Additionally, the wintry ambiance of Villa D’Este in Tivoli, with its captivating water features, is especially enchanting in the evening. For a glimpse into ancient grandeur, visit Villa Adriana, Emperor Hadrian’s expansive villa in the valley below Tivoli, where the winter months offer ideal conditions for exploration amidst its impressive ruins.

February temperatures in Rome

February weather varies significantly from year to year. The recorded highest temperature has reached 23°C/73.4°F, while the lowest temperature dropped to -7°C/19.4°F. Towards the end of the month, signs of spring become apparent.

Occasional rain can occur in February. The rain is usually short lived and you can seek shelter in bars, shops and churches. It usually stops after 15 to 30 minutes.

Climate data February

Tmax Ø12°C/53.6°F
Tmin Ø4°C/39.2°F
Sunshine hours Ø4.8
Days with rain Ø9

Source: www.wetter.com

Snow or frost in Rome is a rare occurrence, happening only once every three or four years. This extraordinary event captures attention and is extensively covered by the newspapers.

What to wear in Rome in February

Rome February snow

Given the amount of time spent outdoors in Rome, it is essential to have appropriate clothing for warmth and protection from rain. In addition, comfortable footwear is essential due to the extensive walking required and the uneven nature of the city’s sidewalks.

What’s on

February offers a tranquil experience in Rome, with fewer tourists crowding the attractions, allowing visitors to enjoy the sights in peace. However, it’s wise to make reservations for certain attractions in advance, and you can find all the necessary information here for a seamless experience.

While Carnival festivities are limited in Rome, there’s a bit more activity on the last weekend before Ash Wednesday. Nevertheless, Rome’s lively streets and squares remain bustling year-round, even during the colder months.

For those interested in Chinese New Year celebrations, Rome hosts various events, typically announced at short notice, providing opportunities to immerse oneself in cultural festivities.

Welcome to Rome show

Welcome to Rome Multimediashow

In the center of Rome, between the Vatican and Piazza Navona, a 30-minute multidimensional film show and an exhibition with interactive models await you.

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

Tickets

Rome February St. Peter's Basilica rain

February is an excellent time to explore the museums of Rome and the Vatican, as fewer crowds make for a more enjoyable experience. In addition, Rome offers enticing shopping opportunities, allowing visitors to stock up on spring fashions while avoiding the peak tourist season.

The hearty Roman cuisine is especially satisfying during the colder months, and visitors can indulge in a variety of culinary delights. From street food and pizza to exquisite gelato shops with seasonal creations and fine dining options, Rome’s food scene offers something for every palate. Check out our Food section for recommendations on where to find the best of Roman cuisine, tailored to the winter season.

Opening hours in February

St. Peter’s Basilica

Basilica 7-19.10 – dome 7.30-17 – treasure 7.30-18.30

Colosseum

9 am – 3:30 pm closing 4:30 pm

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Vatican Museums

Monday – Saturday 8 – 17 Closing 19, Closed Sundays. Free admission on Sunday 25 9 – 12:30 closing 14:00.

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City museums and national museums

Rome February Museums Palazzo Altemps


In Rome, museums are divided between those belonging to the municipality and those under state ownership. City museums encompass renowned institutions such as the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets, and the Imperial Forums, among others. National museums, on the other hand, include iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, and the Borghese Gallery, among others. For comprehensive information on museums, including opening hours and ticket details, visit our Rome Museums page.

Free entry

Visitors can enjoy free admission to all national museums and those operated by the Municipality of Rome on February 4th, providing an excellent opportunity to explore the city’s rich cultural heritage at no cost.

Exhibitions Rome February

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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 audiences and masses in February

General audiences of the Holy Father take place on Wednesdays at 9:00 am except for February 21.

The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place on Sundays at noon in St. Peter’s Square.

There is traditionally a mass of the Pope on the afternoon of Ash Wednesday February 14 on the Aventine. 16:30 Procession from San Anselmo to the Basilica of Santa Sabina, 17:00 Mass

Traffic-calmed Sunday

February 26, Traffic-calmed Sunday – driving ban for private vehicles with combustion engines in the city center
7:30 am – 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Concerts


Rome boasts a vibrant music scene with a variety of offerings to suit every taste. Numerous pubs and music venues host live performances, particularly on weekends, showcasing a diverse range of musical genres. Additionally, classical music enthusiasts can enjoy performances in historic churches and palaces throughout the city, adding to Rome’s rich cultural tapestry. Whether you’re seeking the energy of live bands or the elegance of classical concerts, Rome offers a plethora of musical experiences to enjoy.

Rome’s Music Park​

The Parco della Musica, designed by architect Renzo Piano, is a cultural hub in northern Rome on Via Flaminia. It hosts a variety of musical events, from classical to contemporary performances. Events and tickets

Tram 2 Parco della Musica

Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu
Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu

The Parco della Musica features multiple auditoriums and an open-air stage, hosting performances in various musical styles. Additionally, it collaborates with the Casa del Jazz for certain events, providing diverse and dynamic cultural experiences for visitors. Events and Tickets Casa del Jazz

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

About Roman cuisine in winter, shopping and excursions read Winter in Rome.

FAQ

Is February a good time to visit Rome

While it’s still winter, the weather in Rome during February is relatively mild compared to many other parts of Europe. It is off-peak season and you’ll likely encounter fewer crowds compared to the peak months.You might also find better deals on accommodations and flights to Rome.

What to pack for Rome in February

February in Rome can be very cold, but also very mild. Check the weather forecast before you leave. You will need a medium weight jacket, possibly a hat, scarf and gloves. You will also need comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot.

Things to do in Rome in February

February in Rome offers an ideal opportunity for museum and church visits, with numerous cultural events including exhibitions and concerts. Additionally, visitors can indulge in shopping and savor the hearty Roman cuisine, making it a delightful month to experience the city’s rich cultural and culinary offerings.

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