Rome in September: weather and climate tips

Olga Sitnitsa

written by
Olga Sitnitsa

updated 06.06.2024

Experience the enchanting atmosphere of Rome in September and we'll give you all the details about the city's weather and climate this month. When the scorching summer days are followed by a pleasant transition, it's the perfect time to explore the Eternal City. Enjoy comfortable temperatures and savour the beauty of this ancient metropolis. Join us to discover the wonders of the weather in Rome in September

Is September a good month to visit Rome?

September is generally considered an excellent month to visit Rome. This is when the scorching summer heat begins to subside and the weather becomes more pleasant and comfortable for exploring the city. Temperatures in September are still warm, but not as hot as in July and August.

Moreover, the peak influx of tourists in the summer months is not so noticeable, which allows you to visit popular attractions without queues and in a more relaxed environment.

In addition, there are many events and festivals in Rome in September, giving tourists the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and traditions. All in all, the weather in Rome in September offers a great chance to explore the Eternal City.

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


Street in Rome, Italy @ Shutterstock

Temperatures in Rome in September

The weather in Rome in September is set to be pleasant as summer turns to autumn. Temperatures usually range from mild to warm. During the day, the average temperature ranges from 24 to 28°C (75 to 82°F). In the evening and at night, temperatures can drop to 14 to 18°C (57 to 64°F).

As for the water temperature on the nearby coast, on the Tyrrhenian Sea, in September it usually ranges from 24 to 26°C (75 to 79°F). The sea is still warm and quite favourable for swimming and other water activities.

However, it is worth remembering that the weather can be unpredictable, so it is always worth checking a reliable weather forecast website or app for the most up-to-date information closer to your travel date.

View of the houses on the Spanish Steps © Vladimir Sazonov/Shutterstock

View of the houses on the Spanish Steps © Vladimir Sazonov/Shutterstock

Can it rain in Rome in September?

Although September is generally regarded as a month with moderate and warm temperatures, rainfall is not uncommon. However, rainfall is generally less than in the wetter months of late autumn and winter.

On average about 60-80 mm (2.4-3.2 inches) of rain normally falls in September, spread over 5-7 days during the month. These rains often tend not to last long.

If you are planning to visit Rome in September, bring light rain gear such as an umbrella or waterproof jacket just in case.

What should I pack with me?

When packing your trip you should consider the weather in Rome in September. During the day it is still warm and sunny almost like summer, but in the evening the temperature drops and the weather can be uncomfortable if you have not taken care to take a couple of warmer clothes.

Since Rome is best explored on foot, it is absolutely essential to get comfortable shoes with good support. Avoid heavy or new shoes to prevent rapid fatigue or blisters.

In case of short rains, which can still occur in September, bring an umbrella and a light mackintosh to keep the weather from spoiling your plans.

If you are going to visit the nearby coastline take your swimming costume, beach gear as well as sunscreen with you. Despite the milder weather in Rome in September, the sun is still powerful and it is absolutely essential to take steps to protect your skin.


Trevi Fountain, Italy, Rome @ Shutterstock

Unforgettable and fully customizable Rome itineraries

Discover the magic of Rome with our unforgettable and fully customised itineraries. Experience the perfect balance of mild weather in Rome in September, fewer tourists and delightful surprises around every corner. We'll design a customised itinerary for you, allowing you to make the most of this enchanting time to immerse yourself in Rome's rich history and vibrant atmosphere.

  • Eternal Rome for the Weekend: 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.
  • Highlights of Italy - Rome, Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and more: This trip is nothing but short of highlights: spend the first few nights in the capital city of Rome before moving down south to Naples. From here, you will discover the Amalfi Coast before heading to Florence. Tuscany and Cinque Terre await and finally - the fashion capital Milan.
  • An Italian dream trip: Rome, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast: 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. Exploring the rugged scenery on the Amalfi Coast and Capri concludes a wonderful trip.

For more practical guidance that will help you make the most of your Italy trip, have a chat with our Italy 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.

Forum Romanum, Rome © Rudy Blasko/Shutterstock

Forum Romanum, Rome © Rudy Blasko/Shutterstock

What to do in Rome in September

In September, you'll find a wealth of activities and experiences in Rome to suit every traveller's taste. Visit the city's beautiful parks and botanical gardens, such as Villa Borghese and Villa Pamphili, where you can enjoy leisurely strolls and picnics amidst the lush surroundings.

Rome's piazzas fill with an enchanting atmosphere in September. Head to Piazza Navona, famous for its stunning fountains, or Piazza di Spagna with its legendary Spanish Steps.

The weather in Rome in September is perfect for day trips from Rome to nearby sights and cities. Discover the ancient ruins of Pompeii, the picturesque coastal towns of Amalfi, and the historic city of Florence. These trips offer the opportunity to experience Italy's diverse culture and landscapes.

September in Rome also has something for culture lovers. The Romaeuropa Festival, a renowned arts festival, showcases contemporary performances in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. Rome's film festivals in September include screenings, premieres and discussions, attracting film lovers from all over the world.

September will also delight foodies. It is the season of figs and grapes, providing the perfect opportunity to enjoy these fruits at their peak. Enjoy mouth-watering desserts and drinks made from figs and grapes, such as frutti di bosco cakes and local wines to savour the flavours of the season.

Statue of Apollo, Pompeii © BlackMac/Shutterstock

Weather in Rome in September is ideal for day-trip to Pompeii © BlackMac/Shutterstock

If you prefer to plan your trip without any effort and hassle, book a tailor-made trip to make sure your holiday will be just like you dream it to be.

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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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