Rome in October: weather and climate tips

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 06.06.2024

Discover the enchanting charm of the weather in Rome in October with our weather and climate tips. Autumn paints the city in warm colours, so find out what to expect during your visit. From pleasant temperatures to colourful festivals, this guide will help you make the most of your Rome adventure. Experience the charm of this eternal city in its picturesque autumnal magnificence.

Is October a good time to visit Rome?

October is generally a good time to visit Rome. During this month, the weather in Rome tends to be pleasant and cooler than in the summer months.

In addition to the pleasant weather, October also marks the beginning of the off-peak tourist season. Although there are still plenty of tourists at this time, they are not as crowded as during the peak summer months, allowing you to visit popular attractions with fewer crowds and smaller queues.

Another advantage of visiting Rome in October is the beautiful autumn foliage that adorns the city's parks and gardens, such as Villa Borghese and Villa Doria Pamphili, creating picturesque scenery for visitors.

Planning a trip to Italy? Check our Italy itineraries for inspiration. 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

Air & sea temperatures in Rome in October

October is a great time to visit Rome, as the weather is mild and pleasant during this month. The average high temperature in October is around 20°C (68°F) during the day and the average low temperature is around 15°C (59°F) at night.

This means that you can expect comfortable temperatures during the day, which is ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. However, evenings and early mornings can be chilly, so we recommend bringing outerwear to stay comfortable.

For sea enthusiasts, water temperatures still remain relatively warm in October, averaging 21°C (70°F). This allows for swimming and water sports, but if you are pursuing a beach holiday in Italy in October, it is better to look towards the Southern Italian region such as Sicily or Naples.

It should also be noted that Rome is not directly on the coast, so in order to enjoy the sea you will have to go to nearby coastal areas such as Ostia or other beaches on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Rough Guides Tip: If you love the lively atmosphere of the summer holidays and can tolerate the heat well, August could be the perfect time for your Rome adventure.

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Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy @Shutterstock

What to wear in Rome in October?

When packing your suitcase for travelling you should keep in mind that the weather in Rome in October is not as hot as in the summer months, but it is still quite warm.

It is a good decision to take a reasonable amount of light clothing items for daytime walks around Rome. Also, as the temperature is not so high in the evening, you should take care of your comfort and bring some outerwear: a light jacket, a cardigan and a pullover are suitable for this purpose. A scarf can also provide additional warmth and a touch of sophistication to your outfit.

Don't forget to bring comfortable walking shoes, as you will most likely be exploring Rome on foot. Trainers, flat feet or low-heeled boots are ideal. In addition to your clothes, don't forget to bring sunglasses and sunscreen. Even though it is autumn, the sun can still be strong.

Make sure to read all about the weather in Italy in October and the best time to visit Italy.

Can it rain in Rome in October?

October is part of the autumn season in Rome and rain is a possible occurrence at this time of year. Although the weather in Rome in October is usually pleasant, rainfall is not uncommon. The amount of rainfall can differ from year to year, but on average you can expect between 7 and 12 rainy days during the month.

Fortunately, when it rains in Rome in October, it is usually not very heavy and often short-lived. Nevertheless, it is worth preparing for the possibility of rain during your visit to Rome and bringing an umbrella or mackintosh to stay warm and comfortable during the occasional rainfall.

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St Peters Basilica, Vatican, Rome @ Shutterstock

Unforgettable and fully customisable Rome itineraries

Experience the captivating charm of Rome in October with our unforgettable and completely customised itineraries, tailored to your preferences and interests. As the weather in Rome in October is mild and pleasant, you can immerse yourself in exploring the city's iconic sights and discover hidden gems without the intense heat of summer.

  • Eternal Rome for the Weekend (4 days): Welcome to the timeless allure of Eternal Rome, a city steeped in history, art, and culture. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, immerse yourself in the heart of the ancient world and experience the eternal charm that Rome has to offer.
  • An Italian dream trip: Rome, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast (11 days): Savour la dolce vita on this fantastic trip to the real Italy. Discover ancient history and take a cookery class in Rome, before marvelling at Baroque architecture and iconic Mount Etna on the island of Sicily.
  • Wonders of Rome and the Amalfi Coast (8 days): From the narrow streets of Rome to the colourful houses perched on the Sorrento Peninsula, the charm and elegance of Italy are seductive. On this unique trip, you will experience spectacular sites and breathtaking views in both iconic destinations.

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.

Piazza del Popolo (People's Square) in Rome © Shutterstock

Piazza del Popolo (People's Square) in Rome © Shutterstock

What to do in Rome in October

The weather in Rome in October is perfect for exploring the city's most famous sights. Explore ancient history with a visit to the famous Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built, and the nearby Roman Forum. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque autumn-coloured Villa Borghese Gardens with scenic views, sculptures and various leisure activities.

October is also wine harvest month, and a great solution is to take a day trip to the Frascati region known for its vineyards and wine production. Enjoy wine tasting and picturesque autumnal views of the countryside.

In October, Rome also hosts cultural events and festivals that are definitely worth your attention if you decide to visit Rome this month. It may not be the most original Italian festival, but Rome hosts Oktoberfest in October. Beer lovers will love the opportunity to enjoy the different beers and the atmosphere of Oktoberfest but with an Italian twist.

For film lovers, October in Rome offers a truly great event - Rome Film Fest, during which you can catch international film screenings and see celebrities on the red carpet.

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Weather in Rome in October is perfect for a wine tasting in the Frascati Region © Shutterstock

If you prefer to plan and book your trip without any effort and hassle, use the expertise of our local travel experts to make sure your trip will be just like you dream it to be.

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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