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Rome In February – Planning Tips For A Perfect Roman Holiday

Rome in February is still a great time to visit because the weather isn’t too cold, the crowds are minimal and there are great sites to see on your vacation.

Rome In February - Vineyards

The Vineyards Are Ready

Is Rome in February A Good Time To Go?

Now that Christmas and New Years celebrations are behind you, Rome is mostly returning to normal and visiting Rome should be on your short list of things to do on your winter vacation. For me, the late autumn and winter seasons are my favorite times to visit Rome because as one would expect, the crowds are much more manageable and for someone from the NE of the US the weather is not too cold to walk around all day without freezing. For example, when we first moved to Rome, we were able to eat outside all through the winter and most notably, even in early February. It can easily be done!

How Cold Does Rome In February Get?

The weather in Rome in February is starting to get a little warmer, if only by a degree or two. As someone who moved here from the northeast of the US, even the coldest days aren’t very cold. The winter is still my favorite weather of the year and a great temperature for layering up and walking around.

The average low temperature in Rome in February increased only 1 degree from January to 38°F (3.3°C) and the average high temperature inched up 2 degrees to 56°F (13.3°C). These are great temperatures for walking around all day, but you want to be sure to layer up, including a hat, because the winds can be cold walking around all day.

Rome In February - Vines Are Prepped

The Vines Are Getting Ready For Spring

How Much Daylight In Rome In February?

Since December, the days are of course getting longer and February is slightly better than January, but the amount of daylight isn’t great. This is important for me because I much prefer going out when I can see things. There are about 10 hours and 2 minutes of daylight in the beginning of February, with sunrise at 7:22 AM and sunset at 5:24 PM. By the end of February, the daylight expands to 11 hours and 11 minutes.

What Time Of Year Is Rome Least Crowded?

Now that Rome is totally past the holidays, but long before Easter, the crowds are the most manageable they will ever be. After a slight boost in tourists for Christmas and New Years, the city returns to normal off-season levels. This is perfect for a visitor, in my opinion, because all the amazing sites are still open, and while dining al fresco might be limited, all the great restaurants are still available. The truth is there are always tourists in Rome, but February is about as good as it gets if you want to avoid them.

February Seasonal Produce Is How Good?

Seasonal produce in February is of course limited and the selection hasn’t changed much from the previous couple of months. All the same fruits are available and there is only one vegetable that is no longer available: fennel. Here is a more complete list of the fruits and vegetables you should be able to find in Rome in February:

  • Fruits: Oranges, Clementines, Kiwis, Lemons, Tangerines, Apples, Pears, Grapefruit.

  • Vegetables: Beets, Artichokes, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Chicory, Potatoes, Radicchio, Turnips, Spinach, Pumpkins.

Rome In February - Rent A Bike

Rent A Bike

February Italian Holidays Of Which To Be Aware

February in Italy is a transitional period between the Christmas and Easter seasons and there are no major Italian holidays in February. There are some civil ceremonies, celebrations and days of recognition, which include:

  • National Day Of Civilian Victims Of Wars And Conflicts In The World (Feb 1)

  • National Memorial Day Of The Exiles And Foibe (Feb 10)

  • Lateran Treaty Day (Feb 11)

  • National Day Of Health, Social And Social Care And Voluntary Workers (Feb 20)

  • National Braille Day (Feb 21)

Rome In February - Shopping Outdoors

Great Weather For Shopping

What’s Happening In Rome In February 2024?

The late winter season is a transitional period for events in Rome. There are many interesting events in February 2024 that are a continuation from the previous months, but there are also some new ones. A very good list of cultural events can be found on the RomeToday website. Here are some events in January that you might also want to be aware of:

  • Pygmalion’s Touch. Rubens And Sculpture In Rome” – The Borghese Gallery presents a new and interesting exhibition dedicated to the famous Flemish painter Pieter Paul Rubens. The exhibition focuses on Rubens’ contribution to the new conception of the ancient, of the concepts of natural and imitation, on the threshold of the Baroque.

  • Supermagic XX 2024 – The magic and illusion show “Supermagic XX 2024” arrives exclusively at the Conciliazione Auditorium. It is recognized as the best magic show in the world, and this is the twentieth edition. Rome will host a show that promises to be extraordinary with international champions, illusionists, magicians, quick-change artists and manipulators from all over the world will take to the stage to enchant audiences of all ages.

  • Lou Dematteis. A Journey Back. Photographs in Italy 1972 – 1980” – Lou Dematteis, a well-known American photojournalist of Italian origin, is at the center of this new exhibition at the Museum of Rome in Trastevere. The itinerary of the exhibition offers a selection of over 100 photographs taken by Lou Dematteis during four of his trips to Italy, carried out in the years 1972, 1977, 1979 and 1980.

  • The Guinness Six Nations 2024 – The spectacular Six Nations International Rugby Tournament is back at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. The Guinness Six Nations 2024 is an unmissable annual event that sees the 6 strongest national teams on the European continent compete against each other: France, Wales, England, Ireland, Italy and Scotland.

  • Queen Unseen – “Queen Unseen – Peter Hince” is an experiential journey into the world of the famous band to be experienced through unpublished images frozen in time by those who knew Queen really well and living with them for over ten years. The exhibition tells, through the photographs of Freddie Mercury’s road manager and personal assistant, Peter Hince, and a rich collection of memorabilia, the human and professional journey of Queen.

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Rome In February - More Shopping

And More Shopping

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