Rome: April Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||10 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||41 %|
|Rainfall days||13 days|
|Chance of Rain||39 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||3 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||9 %|
Averages for Rome in April
The weather continues to improve in April in Rome, Italy, when the average temperature starts off at 12°C and increases to 15°C toward the end of the month. During this time of year, the city is subject to around 65mm of rainfall spread across 13 days, so there is a fair chance you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday. On the other hand, Rome also enjoys ten hours of sunshine each day and an average sea temperature of 15°C toward the coast.
Easter at Vatican City, Rome.
April 21st marks the founding of Rome, also known as Rome’s birthday. The biggest and best celebrations are held on the weekend closest to the 21st and include musical concerts and parades. Various historical re-enactments are held at the Circus Maximus – the place where chariot races used be held, whilst the Colosseum hosts firework displays and gladiatorial performances.
The Colosseum hosts firework displays for Rome's birthday celebrations.
Things to do
The Church of Sant’lgnazio di Loyola is highly regarded as one of the most beautiful basilicas in the whole of Rome. Inside the church you’ll find a stunning fresco covering the ceiling, dozens of miniature replicas of the church, pipe organs and ornate sculptures. The church is completely free to enter and you can take as many photos as you like. If you wait for mass to finish, you’ll be treated to free Bach concerts in the evening.
If you’d like to admire another church during your holiday, head on over to the Chiesa del Gesu. Located within the Piazza del Gesu, this church provides a peaceful haven in the middle of the busy city. Throughout the church you’ll find great frescoes and artwork, but the highlight is without a doubt the special service. Held every day at 5.30pm, this service tells the story of the life of St Ignatius in Italian, complete with music and spotlights which focus on various sections of his tomb during the storytelling. After the service, the baroque statue of St Ignatius is revealed – this is the only time you ever get to see the statue.
Where to eat & drink
Restaurant Gavius is a great place to go for an authentic Italian meal. The head chef at this establishment prides himself on working with only the very best Italian products which are used to create a variety of dishes which change according to the season. To compliment the quality food, the service is next to none and the well-appointed dining room creates a marvellous atmosphere.
For something a bit more casual, spend an evening at La Porta del Principe. This restaurant offers a spacious indoor dining space as well as a wonderful outdoor eating area in the picturesque gardens. If you visit during lunchtime you’ll have the chance to try the lunch buffet which features a selection of hot and cold foods. On an evening the restaurant offers an extensive a la carte menu with a variety of Italian dishes for very reasonable prices.
Outdoor eating area with picturesque gardens at La Porta del Principe, Rome.
Wine lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit L’Enoteca Cul de Sac. Located around the corner from Piazza Navona, this wine bar boasts a huge list of wines, with more than 1,500 bottles to choose from. Not only do the wines feature on the menu, but the bottles are also used to decorate the walls. All the staff are extremely knowledgeable and are happy to help you make a decision if you feel overwhelmed with the vast choice available.
If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, be sure to head to ORVM Bar, located within Restaurant Doney. Decorated with a fashionable 1920s theme, this bar offers a huge selection of cocktails, all of which are made freshly onsite. If you’re in the company of someone who doesn’t fancy a cocktail, you’ll be glad to hear that there’s also a great choice of wines and spirits available.
Restaurant Gavius, authentic Italian meals.
Where to stay
When it comes to affordable accommodation in Rome, Albergo del Senato is a great choice. This three-star hotel is located within the centre of the city and offers a huge range of rooms to choose from, with everything from triple rooms and junior suites to mini apartments and penthouse suites. There are plenty of facilities and services to take advantage of, such as 24-hour reception, concierge, excursion booking, WiFi access and breakfast room.
Hotel del Monti is another top pick for families and couples on holiday in Rome. Here guests can enjoy breakfast in bed each morning and WiFi access, as well as the services of friendly reception staff who can tell you all about the area. With only seven rooms, this hotel offers a friendly and casual atmosphere which will ensure you have a great holiday during your time in Italy.
Breakfast in bed at Hotel del Monti, Rome.
If you’d like to stay in a grand building which dates back over 100 years, consider staying at the Best Western Hotel Canada. Located within the centre of Rome, this hotel provides guests with standard and deluxe rooms, each of which comes with toiletries and baby accessories upon request. There are loads of services and amenities to take advantage of, including WiFi access, breakfast buffet, hotel bar, reception, laundry service and garage.
When it comes to boutique hotels, it doesn’t get much better than 47 Hotel. This four-star hotel is made up of suites, junior suites, double deluxe rooms, classic rooms and executive suites, almost all of which boast stunning views across the city. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the facilities which include roof-top restaurant, Turkish bath, gym, WiFi access and laundry service.
Just one street away from the Piazza Navona, Hotel Raphael is ideally-located for travellers who want to explore the local area. This hotel is made up of classic, deluxe and executive rooms, as well as deluxe and executive suites, so there’s something for all budgets and group sizes. There is a wealth of services and facilities available onsite, including free WiFi access, buffet breakfast, bar, restaurants, fitness centre, library and nearby parking.
Hotel Raphael is located just one street away from the Piazza Navona.
April events in Rome
2nd April 2015
On this day, a Chrism Mass is held at 9.30am at the Vatican Basilica. Later on in the day at 5.30pm, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and the start of the Paschal Triduum takes place at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, commemorating Christ bathing the Apostles' feet.
3rd April 2015
Good Friday is one of the busiest days of Holy Week. At 5pm, the Papal Mass is held at the Vatican Basilica, in celebration of the passion of the lord. Later that day at 9.15pm, the Way of the Cross takes place at the Colosseum, where the Pope follows the Stations of the Cross between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hills, followed by onlookers carrying torches.
4th April 2015
At 8.30pm, the Papal Mass and Easter Vigil begins, when those who have been converted are accepted into the church.
5th April 2015
Two morning services take place on Easter Sunday. The first is the Holy Mass of the Day which is held at Saint Peter's Square at 10.15am. The second is the Urbi et Orbi message and blessing which takes place at midday at the Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica. Urbi et Orbi is the most popular service and sees the Pope take to the balcony to address the huge crowd in Saint Peter's Square.
Founding of Rome
21st April 2015
Each year on this day, the city celebrates the Founding of Rome, sometimes known as Rome's birthday. Events are usually held on the weekend closest to the official day (April 21st) and include music concerts, parades and historical re-enactments which take place at the Circus Maximus. Firework displays and gladiatorial shows are also held at the Colosseum, whilst the Roman Forum is illuminated and completely free to explore during the celebratory weekend.