Rome in April : Weather, Guide & Travel Tips for the Perfect Trip
Rome's weather in April? Imagine walking around Rome when it's not too hot, not too cold, just perfect for exploring those ancient streets and cool spots without sweating or shivering. April in Rome means the city is waking up with flowers everywhere and lots of fun things to do, but not as crowded as in summer.
I will give you the lowdown on what to wear (because those mornings and evenings can still be a bit chilly), the best places to check out, and some secret tips to make your trip amazing.
And guess what? There are some really cool events, easter celebrations, and yummy foods you've got to try if you're planning a trip to Rome in April. Let's dive into making your Rome adventure the best one yet!
- 1 Weather in Rome in April – what to expect ?
- 2 Temperature in Rome in April – balancing between cool and warm
- 3 What to wear in Rome in April
- 4 What to pack for Rome in April
- 5 Flights to Rome in April 2024 – Plan in advance
- 6 Key dates in Rome for April 2024
- 7 Best things to do in Rome in April
- 8 Best day trips from Rome in April
- 9 Fun ideas if visiting Rome with kids in April
- 10 Food you need to try in Rome in Spring
- 11 Best places to stay in Rome in Spring
- 12 Frequently Asked Questions – Rome in Spring
- 13 Conclusion on what to do in Rome in April
Weather in Rome in April – what to expect ?
April in Rome is a wonderful time to visit because the city starts to wake up with spring. Flowers bloom everywhere, making the city look really pretty and colorful.
There are numerous great festivals and events in Rome in April that bring crowds. But, don’t despair, it's not as crowded as the summer, so you can visit cool places like the Vatican and ancient ruins without having to wait in long lines.
April weather in Rome is nice for going outside. Some days might be sunny, and other days it might rain a bit, so carrying an umbrella is a good idea.
Just remember, mornings and evenings can be a little chilly, so wearing a few layers is smart. This way, you can take something off if it gets warmer in the afternoon.
Temperature in Rome in April – balancing between cool and warm
- Average daytime temperatures in Rome in April generally range from 12°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F). This transition period ushers in increasingly comfortable days, ideal for exploring the city's treasures without the need for heavy layers.
- Morning and evening: As April unfolds in Rome, the air tends to carry a cool freshness during the early mornings and late evenings.
- Afternoons: The latter part of the day, particularly from noon to around 3pm, sees temperatures peaking, potentially reaching up to 20°C. This is the perfect window for outdoor excursions.
- Sunshine: Rome climate in April is blessed with longer days and ample sunshine, clocking in at about eight hours of sun daily. It's an excellent opportunity for photography enthusiasts to capture the Eternal City in its springtime glory or simply to soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
- Rain: While April in Rome is predominantly pleasant, it does come with its share of rainfall, averaging around 68mm across the month. It’s wise to have a travel umbrella or raincoat at the ready for those unexpected showers.
Weather in mid April will be pleasant enough, with temperature in Rome in April of around 16 degrees. But towards the end of April the weather in Rome really starts to heat up. You might even get a chance for some light sunbathing as the thermometer heads up over 20 degrees celsius!
|April in Rome High Temp
|April in Rome Low Temp
|Average rainy days
|Beginning of month
|16-17°C / 63s F
|6-7°C / 45s F
|End of month
|20°C / 69s F
|9-10°C / 50s F
What to wear in Rome in April
If you are wondering what to wear to Rome in April, think of it like getting ready for a day where the weather can't make up its mind.
Some mornings and evenings might feel a bit chilly, so having a cozy sweater or a light jacket is a good idea. But then, during the day, it might get warm and sunny, and that's when you'll be happy you packed your favorite T-shirt or even a tank top.
Since you'll probably be walking around a lot to see all the cool stuff in Rome, make sure your shoes are comfy and won't get ruined if it suddenly rains. Speaking of rain, it's smart to bring a small umbrella or a rain jacket, just in case.
And if you're really lucky and get a super warm day, you might even want to wear shorts! So, when you're packing, just remember to bring clothes that you can wear in different ways, depending on the weather.
What to pack for Rome in April
For your trip to Rome in April, packing smart means being ready for anything. Here's what you'll need to stay comfortable and stylish:
- A light, versatile jacket is essential for the unpredictable weather for Rome in april, perfect for rain or a cool night.
- Scarves are not only fashionable but practical too, adding an extra layer when the temperature drops.
- Include both short and long sleeve tops to adapt easily from day to night.
- Cardigans are your best friend; choose one that matches well with your other clothes.
- Jeans and long trousers will keep you comfortable whether you're exploring ancient ruins or enjoying a gelato by the Pantheon.
- Don't forget a casual dress or skirt, paired with tights for those slightly warmer afternoons.
- Comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes are a must for navigating cobblestone streets and long days of sightseeing.
- Sunglasses to shield your eyes on sunny days, and perhaps a stylish hat.
- A crossbody bag to keep your belongings secure and your hands free.
- Pack a travel umbrella or waterproof coat to stay dry during those April showers.
With these essentials, you'll be well-equipped to enjoy all that Rome has to offer in April, from its blooming gardens to its historic streets.
Flights to Rome in April 2024 – Plan in advance
You will see a strong competition on flight prices in spring.
Normally we would say book early (up to 12 weeks) for the best prices. It is worth setting up a price alert on a site like Skyscanner.com to note any fluctuations.
Key dates in Rome for April 2024
April in Rome is a vibrant month filled with events and celebrations that embrace the spirit of spring. Here are the key events and holidays to look out for during your visit:
- Easter Week (End of March to Early April): Easter week, or “Settimana Santa,” ends with Easter Sunday (March 31) and Easter Monday (April 1), known as “Lunedi’ di Pasquetta.” These days are celebrated with various religious events and are national holidays, leading to busy streets and many locals taking day trips out of the city.
- Rome's Birthday (April 21): Celebrate the founding of Rome on April 21, 753 BCE, with city-wide events and free access to some museums. It's a day filled with history and pride for the Eternal City.
- Roseto Rose Garden Opening (April 21): The Roseto Rose Garden, a serene escape within the bustling city, officially opens its gates. Located near Palatine Hill, it's a perfect spot to admire the beauty of spring flowers.
- Liberation Day (April 25): Marking the end of Fascist rule and Nazi occupation in 1945, Liberation Day is a national holiday filled with commemorative events and a reminder of Italy's resilience.
- Azaleas on the Spanish Steps (Late April): Witness the stunning display of azaleas draping the Spanish Steps in late April and early May. This floral spectacle transforms the steps into a colorful cascade, attracting visitors and photographers alike.
Concerts and shows in Rome in April
Rome generally has a great selection of concerts and shows in April. There is usually a range of music and shows weekly in April.
- The Three Tenors
- Vivaldi meets Bach
- Opera Arias
Best things to do in Rome in April
Visit the Colosseum
The Colosseum in April is a must-see! The weather is just right, not too hot or cold.
You'll be amazed by its ancient beauty, especially when you look out over the Forum on a sunny day.
But remember, it can get super crowded, so book your tickets ahead of time!
Explore the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
April is the perfect time to take a stroll through history.
The Roman Forum feels like stepping into ancient Rome, minus the extreme weather.
On Palatine Hill, you'll find colorful blossoms and a stunning view of the Circus Maximus below.
Check out the Vatican Museums and Vatican City
April can be a magical time to visit Vatican City, but beware of the Easter Break crowds.
To enjoy your visit without the long lines, get your tickets in advance.
Don't forget the beautiful Vatican Gardens in full spring bloom!
Visit Caracalla's Baths
These ancient baths are a real treat in April. Imagine wandering among tall pine trees and violet wisteria flowers.
It's like stepping into a green paradise while exploring history.
Go to the Park and see cherry blossoms
Rome in April offers a surprising delight – cherry blossoms!
There are four lovely spots to admire these pink and white blooms. Whether you're a family looking for a picnic spot or an enthusiast seeking a unique experience, these places have you covered.
- Parco Centrale del Lago – Free cherry blossom viewing: Head to Eur's Laghetto (lake) for a free and delightful cherry blossom experience. The park is always lovely, but from mid-March to mid-April, it transforms with Japan's gift of cherry trees in 1957.
- Passeggiata del Giappone: Stroll the ‘Japan Trail' and embrace ‘Hanami,' the Japanese art of admiring cherry blossoms. It's a great place for a picnic, a run, or a family day out with gelato and playgrounds available.
- Japanese Garden at Rome’s Botanical Gardens: Explore the Japanese section in Rome's Botanical Gardens, a tranquil oasis in Trastevere. This garden follows Japanese landscaping principles, symbolizing different life phases.
- The gardens of the Japanese cultural institute of Rome: Discover cherry blossoms and genuine Japanese culture in Parioli Alti. While usually closed to the public, the garden has special openings during cherry blossom season.
Explore Rome's Squares and Hidden Gems
Spring is the perfect time to discover Rome's famous piazzas.
While places like Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain are a must, don't hesitate to wander off the beaten path and explore hidden treasures like Quartiere Coppede'.
Go to the park
Rome's parks come to life in spring.
Villa Borghese is a fantastic choice, featuring not only beautiful gardens but also a zoo and playgrounds.
For a more serene experience, visit Villa Torlonia or the hidden gem of Rome's botanical gardens in Trastevere.
Catch a spring sunset
Rome's April evenings are just right for enjoying a sunset. Some places in the city turn truly magical at this time. Find out where to witness the sun setting over the Eternal City in our local guide.
Best day trips from Rome in April
Easily accessible by train, the beautiful city of Florence is famous for its cathedral and walkable city centre. Check out our guide on Rome to Florence by Train.
Also a great idea for a train trip, Naples is loud, dynamic and boasts a really cool laid back style.
Pompeii (or Herculaneum)
A trip to Pompeii (or its lesser known brother Herculaneum) is worth it. Spring is the perfect time to head here. There’s a lot of walking around that is better done before summer.
Fun ideas if visiting Rome with kids in April
April is perfect for a visit to Rome with kids.
I would much prefer to take mine when there are less crowds and better temperatures.
- See a gladiator show
- Throw a coin in the Trevi fountain at the Spanish steps
- Go to a pizza making class
- Gelato, Gelato, Gelato
- Enjoy a picnic in the gardens at the Villa Borghese
Food you need to try in Rome in Spring
Anyone who goes to Rome and isn’t interested in the food is dead inside! But there is so much more than the usual Pizza, Pasta and Gelato. Rome’s local delicacies are more than that!
- Artichokes appear on many of our seasonal food lists in Rome, but they play a special part in spring in Vignarola. It’s a type of vegetable stew that we are sure will become even more popular as vegan friendly cuisine is all the rage
- Asparagus comes into season too in late March and early April. Like in Germany, the “season” means you will see many meals peppered with asparagus, even pizza. It’s a pricey accompaniment to any meal, as the stems are all hand picked, but it is delicious.
- Easter Cakes. In Britain, they have hot crossed buns. In Italy, it's the Colomba – a bit like a spring version of panettone. Best enjoyed with a coffee.
Best places to stay in Rome in Spring
With lots of lively squares and cafes starting to wake up in April, pick either an area that is buzzing or quiet, depending on your needs. Trastevere is an area for those who want to take advantage of slightly longer evenings and the first touches of warmer temperatures.
- The Villa Agrippina by Melia is one of those places most of us can only dream to stay. April prices start at about €400 per night but wow is it worth it. With views over to the Vatican from the stunning roof terrace and a pool, you might want to save up and splurge here.
- A nice decent hotel however will often be enough – you’ll be out pounding the pavements of Rome for most of the day anyway. Try the Hotel Grand Gianicolo (also with a pool) for just €110.
- At the budget end, the Hotel Carmel is a 2* facility but offers everything you need, including breakfast in a charming courtyard garden.
If the sound of a terrace buzzing with noise well into the evening isn’t going to help you get some shut eye don’t worry. You have loads of options that are central yet quiet. Prati is one, slight off the main drag. Or, choose a hotel around the Spanish Steps. It’s an upscale shopping area, so it is relatively quiet in the evenings.
Try the Hotel Giolli Nazionale for some beautiful decor at a great price. Rooms in April start at about €100 with breakfast add on for just 5 euros!
Frequently Asked Questions – Rome in Spring
Is Rome warm in April?
Generally speaking, Rome is warmish in April but not hot. There can still be a chill in the air in the evenings and early mornings, especially in the early days of the month. Expect 16 degrees centigrade as an average, anything more as a bonus. Although it is not uncommon to see mid 20s too!
Is Rome busy in April?
Whist not the mad for all that we see in August, April is still a popular month to visit. Easter, Rome’s birthday and the European spring breaks all mean that there are a fair few visitors kicking around. If you can avoid these high points, then you will have more of the city to yourself.
Should I visit Rome or Paris in April?
Emmmmm can you ask a different question please?! If we had to pick, we’d probably go for Rome in April just for the potential chance of better temperatures. Paris in April can be pretty chilly.
Are there mosquitoes in Rome in April?
Not generally, unless you are in a damp environment or near a river. As a precaution, don’t switch on lights in the evening with the windows open, and bring some insect repellant such as DEET / insect repellent.
What time does it get dark in Rome in April?
Official sunset average is 7.52pm! That is a huge improvement from around 4pm in the height of winter!
Conclusion on what to do in Rome in April
Although we think there is never a bad time to visit Rome points of interest, April would be one of our favourites. There’s enough of a buzz to feel part of something special (and with it a few queues). But you are far from witnessing the crowds of the height of the summer.
Come prepared for some changeable Rome weather in April and some good food and you won’t go wrong. If you need to plan the rest of your trip, check out our extensive guides around Rome.
Fanny is a music and travel lover who has been visiting Rome since 2012. She is the founder and main editor of the Roma Pass blog and she like to share the best things to do in Rome.