Guide of Rome

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Climate of Rome

Rome enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate that is characteristic of the Mediterranean coasts of Italy. It is at its most comfortable from April through June, and from mid-September to October; in particular, the Roman ottobrate (which can be roughly translated as the "beautiful October days") are famously known as sunny and warm days. By August, the temperature during the heat of the day often exceeds 32 °C (90 °F). The average high temperature in December is about 13 °C (55 °F), but subzero lows are not uncommon. 

Weather averages for Rome
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C (°F) 12
(54)
13
(55)
16
(61)
19
(66)
23
(73)
27
(81)
31
(88)
31
(88)
27
(81)
22
(72)
17
(63)
13
(55)
Average low °C (°F) 2
(36)
3
(37)
4
(39)
7
(45)
11
(52)
14
(57)
17
(63)
17
(63)
14
(57)
10
(50)
6
(43)
3
(37)
Precipitation mm (inches) 83
(3.27)
76
(2.99)
68
(2.68)
68
(2.68)
48
(1.89)
40
(1.57)
22
(0.87)
35
(1.38)

Tourisme Office

Via Parigi 5
00100 Rome
Tel. (+39) 3906 488991

Get in Rome

By plane

Rome has two main international airports:

  • Leonardo da Vinci / Fiumicino International Airport (Rome Fiumicino, code FCO) - Rome's main airport is modern, large, rather efficient, and well connected to the center of the city by public transportation, but consider not arriving late in the evening in Rome to have the most transportation options to downtown.
  • Ciampino International Airport (Rome Ciampino, code CIA) - Located to the southeast of the capital, this is the city's low-cost airline airport, serving Easyjet, Ryanair and Wizzair flights, among others (see Discount airlines in Europe). This small airport is closer to the city center than Fiumicino but has no direct train connection. There are plans to move the low-cost airport much further out of Rome, but this is unlikely for some years. Note that at Ciampino cash machines are available only in the departures area. Please note that this is a small airport, really only a step above a regional airport. And despite its status as an "international airport" it does close. The last buses from the city are around 12:00am which means arrival at the airport is around 1am, an hour after the airport closes. You will be locked out of the airport until it opens again for the first check-in around 4:30 or 5am, be prepared to wait.

By train

Rome's main railway station is Termini Station. Like any other trainstation, it's not very safe at night. It's also locked up between 00:30and 04:30, when the only people hanging around outside are taxi drivers and the homeless. Most long-distance trains passing through Rome between these times will stop at Tiburtina station instead.

Other main stations include Ostiense, Trastevere, Tuscolana,Tiburtina.

By car

Driving to Rome is quite easy; as they say, all roads lead to Rome.

By public transport (ATAC)

Tickets must be bought (from a 'Tabacchi' - look for the big 'T' sign, these shops are plentiful), before you board the bus, Metro or tram. Metro stations will have automated ticket kiosks, and major Metro stations will have clerked ticket windows. Many trams have single ticket machines as well. Tickets for regular ATAC buses, Metro, and trams are the same fares and are compatible with each other. Options as are the following:

  • a single ticket ride ('Biglietto') - you can change buses or into andout of the metro on one journey (valid for 75 minutes)
  • Integrated Daily Ticket ('Biglietto Giornaliero') - (Valid untilmidnight)
  • Integrated Tourist Ticket ('Biglietto Turistico') (3-day) 
  • Integrated Weekly Ticket ('Carta Integrata Settimanale') (7-day) 
  • Monthly Pass ('Abbonamento Mensile')  
  • Annual Pass ('Abbonamento Annuale')

When you board the bus or metro you should validate it ('convalidare') in the little yellow machine. (The last four must be validated the first time you use it only.)


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