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The Best Time to Visit Rome

Find out tips on visiting Rome - how to avoid tourist crowds and find affordable accommodation options

View from the cupola of Saint Peter's BasilicaView from the cupola of Saint Peter's Basilica

The city of Rome as one of the top visited destinations in Europe is almost crowded throughout the year. Despite this fact, there are some periods of the year when the city is less crowded and you can enjoy your holiday in Rome.

The tourist season in Rome starts mid-March and lasts until November. In this period the city is occupied by thousands of tourists exploring historic sights, enjoying delicious food and wandering around. Many cruise passengers on their Mediterranean cruises visit Rome in this period. The queues in front of the Colosseum, Saint Peter's Basilica or Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel are very long and usually you need to wait for hours to get in. 

Rome is among the most popular travel destinations for Christmas and New Year. The Christmas lights in Rome are spectacular, the shops and streets are bustling and there are also several Christmas markets, including the one at Piazza Navona. If you visit Rome in this period prepare for crowds everywhere you go.

Easter (including the week prior) can be one of the busiest times in Rome and you can expect the crowds everywhere you go. Main sights such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and other archaeological sites and museums are open as usual while shops are closed.

Off season period in Rome lasts from mid-November until mid-March with exception of Christmas and New Year's holidays (including the Epiphany). In this months you can enjoy Rome and its sights, restaurants and squares without larger crowds. The climate in Rome is fairly mild, so it can be pleasant to visit almost any time of the year. 

In this period you can find affordable places to stay since prices drops significantly. You may find half price hotel deals across the Rome and enjoy great hotels on a budget.

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