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When to go
Just 28km/17mi from the sea, Rome enjoys a relatively mild climate all year round, but it is in May, June and September that the temperatures are the most pleasant. A few rainy showers can take place in spring. At Easter, don’t miss the Pope’s urbi and orbi blessing on Saint Peter’s Square.
In summer, the thermometer rarely drops below 30°C/85°F and the air can be stifling. The city is deserted by many of its inhabitants, and in August, some sites and many restaurants are closed.
At this time, Rome may well seem calmer and less polluted!
Finally, the winters are generally quite mild, although the occasional cold spell can occur and November is often very rainy. From December to Epiphany (6 January), the cheerful, festive spirit of Christmas invades the city, particularly the Piazza Navona market and nativity scenes adorn all the churches. Ideal to try the capital’s famous cafés.
Formalities and useful addresses
Tourist Office – www.turismoroma.it
Both airports have tourist information centres.
Several tourist centres in the city: Castel Sant’Angelo (Piazza Pia); Minghetti (Via Marco Minghetti); Fori Imperiali (Via dei Fori Imperiali); Navona (Piazza delle Cinque Lune); Via Nazionale (opposite Palazzo delle Esposizioni); Barberini (Via di San Basilio 51); Stazione Tiburtina; Via Santa Maria del Pianto 1; San Pietro (Largo del Colonnato).
Easter Sunday and Monday
25 April – Anniversary of the 1945 Liberation
2 June – Republic Day
29 June – Feast of patron saints Peter and Paul
24 June – San Giovanni
19 September – San Gennaro
7 December – Sant’Ambrogio
8 December – Immaculate Conception
25 and 26 December
Rome has two airports: Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci airport and Ciampino airport. www.adr.it.
Termini railway station is the international rail hub.
In Rome, the official taxis are white and carry a "Taxi" sign on the roof.