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We love Italy in fall. But, we love Rome in fall . If you have the time, it’s our favorite time to visit Rome. It’s the perfect destination for a trip of a lifetime, with tons of delicious fall food and the most beautiful temperatures in Italy. These are the top six reasons Rome is the ideal Fall destination.
1. Lower airfares and lower accommodation costs
Many travelers consider Rome’s best and cheapest time to visit. Italy is a popular tourist destination all year, although the peak season is still Christmas and summer. Budget travelers will find that “shoulder seasons”, such as fall, can be their best friend. It’s easier to find lower-priced flights and accommodation in the city when the crowds have left. Businesses that closed in August are open again for fall, and those that were flooded with tourists during summer can appreciate new customers. You can find more information in our blog on how you can get cheap flights to Italy and where to find affordable accommodation in Italy.
2. The Fall is a time when crowds disperse
September 1st is a day when Romans return to Rome after their August vacations, and summer tourists flood in. Rome is still bustling in September. The best times to visit Rome are October and November . The summer tourists are gone, school has begun, and the Romans have returned to work so you can stroll the streets of Rome with plenty to breathe. The city is quieter in the winter, which means that lines are shorter and patience levels are higher. However, if you want to travel in August, where to go in Rome and how to get there.
3. You must visit local food festivals
It is best to visit Italy when the food is at its best. If you enjoy harvest festivals, fall is a great time to go. It is the best time to visit Italy for food lovers. Rome offers some of our favourite seasonal dishes. If you are interested in learning more, see the post on our 6 favourite fall foods and where they can be found!
The Sagra della Castagna is a celebration of chestnuts that takes place in Soriano nel Cimino on the first and second weekends October. You can try a variety of chestnut recipes. The town also recreates historic events from the Middle Ages or Renaissance over two weeks. There are many sagre that offer fall specialties such as truffles, grapes, and wine in the region. Our food tours to Italy will provide a guided introduction to Italian cuisine.
4. The climate is far more pleasant
Summer in Rome can be a bit uncomfortable if you don’t love heat. Fall is the perfect season. Autumn is the perfect time to visit Rome if you are looking for a beautiful climate, but with a little more chance of rain. This is the magical time of year when Rome’s scorching summer heat is replaced by mild sunshine and ideal daytime temperatures.
Although early September can still be hot, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees F at times, the temperature drops along with the leaves from late September to mid-November. This allows for pleasant days and a little bit of nighttime chill, which is perfect for sightseeing.
5. Outdoor activities are made more enjoyable by the fall colours
Fall in Rome is a great time to go outside and explore the city’s main attractions. Enjoy the changing colors of autumn by taking a long stroll in Borghese park. Enjoy a cup of coffee at a café in the park or simply stroll around the park to take in the autumn air. A fun and historic way to enjoy autumn is by taking a bike ride. A bike ride on the Appian Way is a great way to enjoy autumn. The Guide to Visiting Appian Way will help you. This time of year, the light is perfect for photography and allows for stunning views of Rome’s most famous sights.
With an expert local tour guide, you can also walk down the Appian Way or some of Rome’s most stunning ancient sites.
6. Enjoy Fall Events and Italian Holidays
You can visit Rome’s historic center in October by heading to via dei Coronari to browse the antique markets that are held every weekend. Even those who are not interested in antiques will still enjoy the festivities and gorgeous pieces from Rome’s history. The annual Rome Film Festival takes place in October. This year, the festival will run from October 16 to 24. The festival includes premieres of international films, competitions, and tons more events related to the films.
Although Italians don’t celebrate Halloween, it is possible to find clubs, concerts and events that celebrate this American/Celtic holiday. The Italian autumn holidays are All Saints Day, November 1, and Immaculate Conception, December 8,. These days are when schools close and people are off work. Visitors can still see Rome’s autumn just before winter begins.
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