Rome spring

Spring in Rome · 5 reasons for Rome in spring · our tips

Spring break in Rome is very popular. The mild temperatures and the abundant greenery create an enchanting atmosphere that makes the city truly charming and lovable.

Rome Spring Villa Pamphili

During the spring season, Rome showcases its vibrant beauty with blooming trees and flowers. The city’s gardens and parks become a captivating spectacle, attracting numerous visitors.

As popular attractions often sell out quickly, securing tickets can be a challenging task. To ensure a hassle-free experience, consider booking a guided tour where the organizer will handle the ticket arrangements.

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5 reasons to visit Rome in spring

Rome Spring Ponte Sant'Angelo

During the spring season, Rome transforms into a vast outdoor stage. The locals stow away their heavy winter clothing, embracing lighter and airier outfits. The city flourishes with vibrant greenery and blossoms. The numerous parks showcase a magnificent display of nature, while the city center exudes a captivating ambiance of history and culture at every turn. Take a seat, relax, and witness the lively and colorful buzz of the city.

Immerse yourself in Rome’s bustling cityscape and experience the kaleidoscope of colors that define its charm. Known as a paradise for avid shoppers, Rome beckons with its offerings of fashion, local gastronomic specialties, jewelry, art and antiques. Focus on the lavish Via dei Condotti for the ultimate shopping experience, where the latest summer fashion trends await your discerning eye and every budget is catered for during the delightful spring season.

Rome spring Via del Corso Shopping

The pleasant temperatures make it perfect to explore various outdoor museums. Whether you choose to visit the archaeological area around the Colosseum or the Via Appia Antica and its catacombs, the excavations of Ostia Antica, the Biopark, the Rose Garden or the Botanical Garden, there are numerous attractions to discover and enjoy.

Despite the cold sea water, visiting the beach is still worthwhile for sunbathing or taking a stroll. Indulge in a delicious fish dinner at one of the numerous seaside establishments or excellent restaurants. Check out our suggestions for visitng the beaches and restaurants of Ostia Lido.

Rome offers a delightful culinary experience all year round. When the weather is warmer, it’s recommended to explore the street food scene during lunch or dinner. Numerous restaurants modify the traditionally heavy Roman dishes to suit the season, resulting in numerous incredible creations. Additionally, the pleasant temperatures make it an ideal time to savor delicious artisan ice cream in one of Rome’s ice cream parlors.

Rome spring weather

Rome Spring Aventine

Many globetrotters have made it a beloved habit to travel to Rome in the spring. The pleasant temperatures make this season highly popular.

Although the weather in spring can be unpredictable, there is a higher likelihood of it being pleasantly warm rather than cold and rainy.

Before packing your suitcase, review the weather forecast. Keep in mind that the chance of rain is a statistical forecast. There is a 90% probability of rain occurring somewhere in Rome, possibly for only 10 minutes. To experience prolonged and extensive rain in Rome, a unique weather situation like the well-known Mediterranean depression is necessary.

Therefore, having a lightweight rain poncho readily available should be sufficient. During the day, consider sun protection, while a light jacket will be needed until the end of May for nighttime activities.

Climate data Rome Spring

Tmax Ø16°C/60.8°F19°C/66.2°F23°C/73.8°F
Tmin Ø7°C/44.6°F10°C/50°F13°C/55.4°F
Sunshine hours Ø5.15.97.3
Days with rain Ø887


What’s going on in spring in Rome

Rome spring is full of events. It begins with Easter celebrations, followed by Rome’s Founding Day on April 21 and Liberation Day on April 25. The only holiday in May is May 1st with a big free concert.

During the spring season, Rome offers a wealth of fascinating exhibitions, events and concerts. For more details and opening hours of the attractions, please refer to our monthly overviews.

Rome Spring Hotels

For a truly authentic experience of Roman city life, staying in hotels located in the heart of the city is highly recommended.

Rome Spring Campidoglio Concert

Finding affordable hotels during the spring season in the historic Campus Martius area can be challenging. This district spans from the Tiber River to Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, and Piazza Venezia. To assist you, we have curated a list of recommended hotels on our hotels page.

Hotels located around Termini Station or in the outskirts are more affordable. Nevertheless, it is always necessary to use public transportation to reach the city center.

Rome Spring Food

Beside the heavy traditional Roman cuisine, the arrival of spring brings a variety of delightful dishes. They are offered by numerous restaurants, allowing you to be pleasantly surprised by their delicious creations.

Rome spring artichokes

The artichoke is a must among the traditional dishes. Although they are a winter vegetable, they can be enjoyed until the end of April, either fried as Carciofi alla Giudia (pronounced Kartschofi alla Djudia) or cooked in oil as Carciofi alla Romana. Other classic appetizers include fried zucchini flowers known as fiori di zucca, fried stockfish called baccalà, and fried rice balls known as supplì.

Pasta is something Romans eat all year round. The basic recipe is Gricia (pronounced Greedja), which consists of cheek bacon and Pecorino, a type of sheep’s cheese. Variations include Amatriciana (pronounced Amatridjana), where tomatoes are added, and Carbonara, with eggs. Additionally, there is Cacio e Pepe, where melting the pasta with pecorino requires skill, and black pepper is added.

Romans enjoy pasta throughout the entire year. They have a basic preparation known as Gricia, made with cheek bacon and Pecorino, a type of sheep’s cheese. Other variations include Amatriciana, made with tomatoes, and Carbonara, which includes eggs. There is also Cacio e Pepe, which requires skill to melt the pasta with pecorino and black pepper.

Spring in Rome Gricia with truffle

Rome boasts numerous excellent trattorias, such as Giordi located near Campo de’ Fiori, Virginiae tucked behind Piazza Navona, Miscellanea in close proximity to the Pantheon, La Canonica situated in Trastevere, and Isidoro positioned between the Colosseum and San Giovanni, to name just a handful.

Rome has excellent quality fresh seafood, including options for raw preparations such as scampi or gamberi, tartare and carpaccio. Keep in mind that raw fish is more expensive because it must be of the freshest and highest quality. In addition, seafood pasta dishes are highly recommended during this season, with a wide variety of choices from shellfish to fish and crustaceans.

For seafood, our favorites are the rustic bar Sotto il Mare on Via Tunisi, below the entrance to the Vatican Museums, and the lovely Trattoria del Pesce on Via Folco Portinari 27, but there are many others.

For more details, see our Eating in Rome section.

Rome Spring Shopping

In Rome you will find a wide range of fashion, from high-end designer fashions to mass-produced goods from international retail chains. Stock up on the latest spring and summer fashions at great prices.

Rome spring Porta Portese

Outside of Rome are two outlet centers located in Castel Romano and Valmontone. In addition, both of these centers have amusement parks nearby.

Bargains and collectibles can also be found at the Porta Portese flea market, held every Sunday morning between Viale Trastevere and the Tiber, on trams 3 and 8.

See our Shopping in Rome section for more details.

Excursions around Rome

Rome boasts stunning surroundings, where locals retreat to the seaside or mountains for leisure and fine dining. One can discover breathtaking destinations and picturesque landscapes, easily accessible by public transportation.

Excursions to the sea

During the spring season, the beach offers an ideal setting for strolling while the water remains too cold for swimming. To catch a glimpse of the sea, simply head over to Ostia Lido. You only need a ticket for city transportation to reach the destination, and along the way, you can explore the excavations of the ancient harbor city of Ostia Antica.

During spring, the seaside offers an ideal setting for leisurely walks along the beach, although the water temperature might still be too chilly for most to indulge in swimming. If you want to see the sea, just go to Ostia Lido. You can get there with a ticket for the city traffic and on the way you can visit the excavations of the ancient port city of Ostia Antica.

Excursions in the mountains

The most famous summer residence is Castel Gandolfo. The popes spent their summers here at an altitude of about 400 m. But even in spring it is already very pleasant here and you can enjoy the hospitality of the wine villages and the beautiful landscape. You can get to Castel Gandolfo by train from Roma Termini or from Ciampino with a 3-zone ticket. The train station is located on the volcanic hill between Lake Albano and the village.

The picturesque town of Tivoli lies at the foothills of the Apennines. Here you will find the magnificent Villa D’Este with its water games. The villa is also an excellent vantage point to observe the sunset over Rome. Further down in the valley is Villa Adriana. Emperor Hadrian had this huge villa built and used it to conduct his government business. On sunny days, it is already very hot here, even in spring.

Day trips

Florence and Naples can be easily reached in approximately 90 minutes thanks to the impeccably timed high-speed trains. Whether you prefer to plan your own day tour or opt for an organized one, we can provide helpful tips. Spend a day leisurely exploring Florence and marvel at the renowned Uffizi Gallery. Alternatively, venture to Pompeii to witness the excavations and experience the presence of the still active Vesuvius volcano, which once buried the city in ashes.

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