Is Rome the best place to visit in winter?
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Is Rome the best place to visit in winter?

Is it your first time visiting Rome in the winter, and you're wondering what to expect? You're in the right spot. Everything you need to know to plan a successful winter trip to Rome is laid out here. Rome is one of our most beloved cities, and while we appreciate it throughout the year, there's something particularly magical about the city in the winter. The Christmas season, bright, clear winter sunshine, and the city's notably smaller population make for an unforgettable urban adventure in the dead of winter. Whether you're in town for the winter holidays in December or you're hoping to take advantage of the city's relative quiet in January or February, you'll find that winter in the Eternal City is a truly lovely time to visit.

It's possible that Rome isn't the very first European city that comes to mind when you think of enchanted Christmas vacation spots. Still, a trip to the Italian city in the winter can be rich with rewards. Rome in the winter may be the best time to visit Italy because of the city's wealth of cultural attractions, relatively low tourist volume, lively cafe and bar scene, and moderate weather that makes sightseeing a breeze. If you're thinking about visiting the Eternal City in the dead of winter, this article is full of ideas for things to see and do.


When to visit?

In Rome, moderate temperatures typically stick around all into winter. Although it is common to have rainy days in early winter (late November and December, up until Christmas), temperatures rarely go below zero. Average lows in January range from 3 to 11 degrees, making it the coldest month of the year. Temperatures rise in February, and true spring-like conditions are possible. If you plan on doing most of your sightseeing on foot, you'll be happy to know that you can anticipate a lot of sunny days and generally pleasant weather.

The best time to visit Rome in Winter is in November to December

Because of the wide range of temperatures you may experience in Rome throughout the winter, it's smart to bring items that can be layered (such as shirts, sweaters, and coats). In addition, it is recommended that you always have an umbrella on hand, as it does occasionally rain during this season.


What to see?

Monumental historical sites abound in Rome, and you can see them all on your own or as part of a guided tour with Vox City. 

Travel Rome to witness the iconic landmark Pantheon

The majority of them are clustered in the heart of the city, making it simple to travel between them even if the weather takes a turn for the worse. There are many places of interest, but a few of them include:

  • The Colosseum is arguably the most recognizable symbol of Rome; it was originally built as a theater for ancient gladiator battles and other entertainment.
  • An extravagant piece of art, the Trevi Fountain is widely considered to be one of the world's most stunning water features. Legend has it that if you drop a penny in Rome's Trevi Fountain, you'll be able to return there someday.
  • The Vatican City is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church and functions as a sovereign state within Rome. It is also the location of some of Rome's most well-known historical landmarks, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.
  • The Pantheon, a Roman temple that dates back approximately two millennia.
  • The Roman Forum was once the hub of the Roman Empire, a public plaza where business and law were conducted.
  • The stunning flight of steps between Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti is known as the Spanish Steps.

You can start your Vox City self-guided audio tour the moment you land in Rome. Take use of our state-of-the-art navigation tools right now to save time and effort when doing your own guiding, and choose from many different paths we've outlined for you. You'll get a rush of Rome's history and culture as you near its most iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. You may spend a full day touring the Vatican Museums if you're a history enthusiast. You can't help but be impressed by all the beautiful Renaissance and Baroque architecture. You can get information about the Vatican Museums from a Vox City audio guide and explore them at your own pace. With Vox City, you can take a guided tour of the Vatican Basilica and learn all about its fascinating history.


What to do?

While Rome is at its most crowded in the summer, it is possible to get a more authentic feel for the city by visiting in the winter. The following are some of the most well-liked wintertime activities in Rome:

  • The Piazza Navona Christmas Market is the city's largest traditional Christmas market, and it's a great place to pick up gifts for loved ones back home and fill up on tasty local fare before heading back on the road.
  • Taste the warmth of Roman winter cuisine: Roasted chestnuts, minestrone soup, and carbonara pasta are popular wintertime comfort foods in Italy.
  • Skating at Castel Sant'Angelo, one of Rome's most popular public ice rinks, is a wonderful way to spend a wintry evening.
  • Epiphany is celebrated in Italy on January 6 and is considered an important event there since it is believed that on this day a witch named La Bafana visits all the children and fills their socks with candy and goodies.
  • Take advantage of the winter bargains; being one of the world's fashion capitals, Rome is a great place to go shopping at any time of year, but especially during the holidays.

Rome is one of the world's most culturally significant cities, and a three-day pass for three Vox City walking tours is a fantastic way to learn about its many attractions. Using the no-cost Vox City app, you can do things at your own pace and with your own preferences. If you stick with us, you just might get a taste of what it was like to go through the heart of old Rome in the times of the Roman Empire, at places like Rione IX Pigna, Colonna, and Trevi. You'll see the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and  the Pantheon  on this guided tour of Ancient Rome.

Travel Rome, and when you do do visit this enchanting Spanish Steps in Rome

As you can see, the wintertime in Rome can be just as beautiful and alluring as any other European capital. Additionally, if you don't like 30°C+ weather and throngs of people at every step, you might find Rome even more attractive outside of high season.

Inspiring, right? With the assistance of our in-country tour guides from Vox City, you can include a visit to Rome as part of a tailor-made trip to Italy.

For a seasonal overview, read our travel article on the best places you ought to visit during your first time trip to Rome and for more detailed information on selecting your itinerary read our blog things to do in Rome other than colosseum.

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