Granted, The Eternal City is a must-visit all year round, but there’s something a little extra-special about Rome in Autumn. After the scorching summer heat has subsided and the tourist crowds have thinned, the city ushers in more comfortable temperatures, paired with blazing autumn colours and a slightly more relaxed appeal. Savvy travellers can enjoy the iconic architecture without breaking a sweat and there’s still plenty of warmth left in the evenings for a spot of al fresco dining.
A big perk of visiting Rome in autumn is missing the stifling heat of summer
What about the weather?
After the stifling summer heat, the more moderate Autumn temperatures are a welcome change. They allow you to comfortably stroll through the streets and admire the architecture, but still give you a good excuse for a gelato break… or two. Later on in the season it can get a little cooler, and there’s more chance of the occasional shower in late September – but you can always just duck into a local taverna and wait for it to pass.
Rome's autumn weather includes everything from sunny days, cool evenings, and the occasional shower, so make sure you pack layers
What you should pack
Autumn in Rome is all about the layers. You need to be prepared for sunshine filled days, cooler evenings and the occasional autumn shower. Take a light coat and a small umbrella to make sure you’re never caught out. Also be aware that when you enter any religious site in Rome, be that a church or Vatican City, you’ll have to have your shoulders, knees and midriff covered. Comfy shoes are also a must for tackling those cobbled streets.
Autumn is the season of food festivals in Rome
What you should eat
What shouldn’t you eat?! Autumn is harvest time in Rome, meaning the already amazing food gets even better. Food festivals pop up across the city offering everything from freshly pressed olive oil to local wine and harvested grapes to make sure you have plenty of dining opportunities. Truffles and porcini mushrooms are also at their best during this season, with plenty of restaurants serving them up accompanied by fresh ravioli.
While the city will still be busy, Rome in autumn is mostly free from the large tourist crowds that come with summer
What you should do
Although you’re never going to have the Trevi Fountain completely to yourself, visiting Rome in autumn definitely means you’ll have to deal with fewer tourist crowds. Iconic sites like the Pantheon and the Colosseum are even better when you haven’t queued for hours in the baking sun, and you won’t be jostling for space as you stroll around. Autumn is also the opening of Rome’s opera season, giving you the chance to experience the art form in all its splendour.