Rome in May: weather and climate tips

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 06.06.2024

Discover the mesmerising charm of Rome and let us guide you through the nuances of the weather in Rome in May. Experience the timeless atmosphere of a city blossoming into a springtime embrace. From the captivating Roman Forum to the artistic wonders of the Galleria Doria Pamphila, take advantage of the pleasant May climate for an unforgettable encounter with the heart and soul of Rome.

Is May a good time to visit Rome?

May is considered a great time to visit Rome. The weather in Rome in May is usually excellent with moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine. One of the main advantages of visiting Rome in May is the pleasant climate, without the intense heat of the peak summer months. This makes it easier and more comfortable to see the sights of the city.

May is a popular month to visit, but despite this, the crowds are generally smaller than in the summer months. This results in smaller queues at popular attractions and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Not sure where to go yet? Perhaps our Italy itineraries can inspire you.

Rome from above aerial view of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum © Calin Stan/Shutterstock

Rome from above aerial view of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum © Calin Stan/Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Rome in May

Rome in May enjoys beautiful spring weather, both on land and at sea. The average daytime temperature in Rome in May is usually between 20 and 25°C (68 and 77°F). This provides comfortable and mild conditions for exploring the city, sightseeing and outdoor activities. Evenings remain pleasant, with temperatures usually ranging from 12 to 15°C (54 to 59°F).

Sea temperatures off the coast of Rome in May are still relatively cool due to the early start of the warming season. It averages around 18-19°C (64-66°F). Some may find this suitable for swimming, but others may find it a little chilly for water activities.

In case you're still looking for options for your spring trip, also explore our list of the best holiday destinations in May.

Is Rome warm in May?

Rome is usually warm in May. As spring arrives, the weather in Rome in May becomes more pleasant and inviting. As the city begins to shed the remnants of the cooler months, May is the perfect time to explore Rome's sights, stroll through its parks and gardens, and visit charming piazzas and piazzas.

The warm and sunny weather in Rome in May gives the city a special appeal, creating a vibrant atmosphere that complements the rich history and cultural attractions. It's a great time to experience Rome's best attractions without the intense heat and crowds that characterise the peak summer months.

Make sure to read all about the weather in Italy in May and the best time to visit Italy. And to feel more comfortable during your Rome holidays, also read how to get around Rome.

The gardens at Villa Borghese in Rome © Shutterstock

The gardens at Villa Borghese in Rome © Shutterstock

What to wear in May?

The weather in Rome in May calls for a comfortable and adaptable wardrobe as the city enjoys warm and pleasant weather. Take advantage of the spring charm by choosing different clothing options:

Choose lightweight clothing such as short-sleeved shirts and blouses, and for cooler moments, complement them with light cardigans or jumpers. Choose comfortable trousers, jeans or skirts that allow you to move freely while exploring the city's treasures.

Dresses, whether sundresses or shirt dresses are an easy and stylish choice. Pair them with comfortable walking shoes, such as trainers or sandals, which are suitable for moving around Rome's charming cobbled streets. Note that some religious sites may require closed-toe shoes.

For evenings out or visits to formal establishments, you can take more dressy clothes. If your plans include a visit to the pool or spa, bring swimwear, although be aware that the sea may still be a little chilly for swimming.

Rough Guides Tip: not sure about May? Perhaps June or July suits you better

Rome, Italy - People eating at outside tables in Piazza Campo de Fiori on  a sunny Sunday.

Rome, Italy, Piazza Campo de Fiori @ Shutterstock

Unforgettable and fully customisable Rome itineraries

Enjoy the delightful weather in Rome in May with our personalised itineraries tailored to your preferences. Discover famous sights and hidden treasures and let us create the perfect Rome itinerary to guarantee an unforgettable journey during this enchanting season.

For more practical guidance that will help you make the most of your Italy trip, have a chat with our local experts, who can help you plan your dream trip or browse more of our Italy itineraries and find the best option to suit your tastes.

Night view over fountain di Trevi in Rome ©  trabantos/Shutterstock

Night view over Fountain di Trevi in Rome © trabantos/Shutterstock

What to do in Rome in May

The weather in Rome in May offers an exquisite range of experiences that beckon. As the sunny days of May arrive, the Vatican Gardens is a serene place to wander amidst elaborate landscaping adorned with fountains and sculptures.

Those who crave luxury and history will find Palazzo Colonna, a hidden gem that reveals pages of aristocratic grandeur. The walls of the palace are adorned with art treasures and frescoes that offer a glimpse into the lives of the privileged.

Mark your calendar for an exciting journey through Rome's vibrant cultural life in May. Experience the Amatriciana & Carbonara Festival. This gastronomic extravaganza celebrates two iconic Italian pasta dishes and invites you to savour the flavours that define the country's culinary heritage.

On the 13th of May, you will be treated to the spectacular La Notte dei Musei (Night of the Museums). And for sports enthusiasts, May marks an exciting event - the Giro d'Italia Grand Final. The city pulses with energy as the prestigious cycling race comes to a close in Rome's historic streets.

Planning a trip to Rome? Check our 3 days in Rome and 4 days in Rome itinerary

Inside the old Colosseum (Coliseum), Rome, Italy © Viacheslav Lopatin/Shutterstock

Inside the old Colosseum (Coliseum), Rome, Italy © Viacheslav Lopatin/Shutterstock

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 06.06.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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