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When to go to Rome

For all-around enjoyment, mild April, cobalt-skied May and October, and sunny June and September are the best times to be in Rome. From June through the end of August, Rome can be ovenlike, but there are plenty of cool spells and fabulous festivals and outdoor events galore. More and more locals are sticking around, even in August, to join in the fun. The period between Epiphany (early January) and Easter (mid-March) and the month of November are the low season, when airfares and hotel rates are significantly lower. Though you might have chilly or rainy days, cozy restaurants will warm you right up, and you’ll have the monuments and museums to yourself. Rome for the Holidays: Easter week is always a spectacle—the highlight being the pope’s haunting Via Crucis at the Colosseum on Good Friday. But it’s hard to find accommodations on short notice, there are interruptions in public transportation, and out-of-towners far outnumber locals. Christmas and New Year’s Eve mean similar scenarios, although the city’s festive atmosphere is undeniably seductive.

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