Rome: January Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||6 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||36 %|
|Rainfall days||14 days|
|Chance of Rain||35 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||4 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||9 %|
Averages for Rome in January
Rome, situated a little away from the western coast of Italy, is located roughly in the centre of the country and incorporates Vatican City – the smallest state in the world. Rome enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers with plenty of sunshine and cool winters with a fair bit of rainfall. Strangely enough, Rome is significantly cooler than Italy’s southern resorts during winter, but come summer, the temperatures in the country’s capital are much warmer than the other resorts.
Summer takes place from June until September when the average temperature ranges between 27°C and 30°C, which can sometimes feel even hotter due to the lack of any sea breeze. Winter falls between December and February and during this time, Rome experiences cool temperatures of around 8°C to 9°C and roughly 14 rainy days per month.
Late spring, early summer and early autumn are the most popular times to visit Rome, when the city is at its most beautiful. Whilst there is a great variety of things to see and do throughout Rome, Italy’s capital is most well known for its huge collection of historically important buildings, museums and art galleries which attract thousands of visitors each year.
View of the Vatican City Museum from above. Rome.
January is the coldest time to visit Rome, Italy, when the city experiences an average temperature of just 8°C which barely changes throughout the entire month. During this time of year, there are six hours of sunshine each day and with 103mm of rainfall spread over 14 days, it’s highly likely you’ll experience a fair bit of showers and storms during your holiday. The average sea temperature toward the coast is rather cold at 15°C, which means it’s very unlikely that you’ll be whiling away days at the beach if you visit in January.
La Bafana, a good witch souvenir. Rome.
Things to do
St Peter’s Basilica is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the whole of Rome. Widely regarded as one of the holiest sites in the Christian world, St Peter’s Basilica was built by the infamous Michelangelo and guards the body of St Peter. Due to the popularity of the site, it’s best to book a tour in advance – the Omnia Pass is a great choice.
The Santa Prassede is another top site to visit during your holiday in Rome. Tucked into a back street, this 9th century basilica features beautiful Byzantine mosaics which need to be seen to be fully appreciated. Inside the church you’ll also find a number of monuments, relics and sculptures, making the Santa Prassede a must-visit for art lovers.
St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.
Where to eat & drink
During your holiday in Rome, you’ve got to indulge in the local cuisine. Pinsere Roma is one of the best places to enjoy a slice of homemade pizza at a remarkably low price. Known throughout the whole of the city for serving top quality food, this eatery offers an incredible choice of pizza flavours, with everything from ham and cheese to fig and honey.
If you’re in the mood for something cold and sweet, head to Gelateria II Dolce Sorriso where you can enjoy some of the most delicious gelato in Rome. The owner is happy to let visitors try as many free samples as they like until they come across their absolute favourite and with flavours such as blood orange, pistachio, limoncello and Nutella, you could be there for some time.
Pinsere Roma, handmade Pizza.
When it comes to a relaxing spot to enjoy some fantastic Italian coffee, it’s got to be Necci del 1924. Popular with locals and visitors alike, this small café serves some of the best cappuccinos in the whole of Rome and also provides an extensive wine list with bottles from all over the world. If you’re feeling peckish there is a breakfast, lunch, dinner and pastry menu available, too.
For a top selection of local wines, it’s tough to beat Les Affiches. This bar features live music almost every evening which is performed in the vintage-inspired interior. Although the drinks may seem a bit pricey, the cost actually includes a snack from the extensive menu, so it’s not as expensive as you first think.
Restaurant, Cafe and Bar life in Rome.
Where to stay
Found in the heart of Rome, Deko is one of the most popular places to stay in the historic city. Just a short walk away from numerous attractions, bars, restaurants and shops, this hotel offers a selection of stylish rooms and suites to choose from, all of which are very well equipped. There is a handful of facilities and services available for guests to enjoy, such as 24-hour reception, daily housekeeping, WiFi access, airport shuttle and laundry room.
Families looking for a child-friendly hotel in the middle of Rome should check out Hotel Golden. Positioned between Villa Borghese and Via Veneto, this hotel features loads of amenities and services, including airport pick up, free WiFi access, room service, 24-hour reception and restaurant. There is an incredible range of rooms to choose from, with everything from single rooms to family suites, so there’s bound to be something to suit all budgets and group sizes.
Located in the Campo de’ Fiori, Hotel Campo de’ Fiori is ideal for travellers who want to enjoy a relaxing holiday in the countryside. This recently-renovated hotel is made up of 23 rooms, each of which is elegant and well-equipped. Facilities are numerous and include personal airport pick up, excursion booking, nearby parking, 24-hour reception, babysitting services, free WiFi access and restaurant.
Market at Campo de' Fiori.
Families and couples on a budget holiday in Rome should consider staying at Hotel Raffaello. This three-star hotel is found in one of the oldest quarters of the city, just a stone’s throw away from the Colosseum. There are plenty of services and facilities to take advantage of during your visit, such as personal concierge, varied breakfast, unlimited free coffee, pillow menu and free WiFi access. Accommodation is available in the form of single, double, triple, family and superior rooms.
If you’d rather splash out, take a look at the Gran Meliá Rome. This five-star hotel is positioned within the very heart of Rome, making it ideally located for visitors who want to soak up the sites. There is a remarkably wide variety of rooms to choose from which ensures something for all group sizes and tastes to enjoy. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the onsite facilities and services which incorporate restaurants, bars, wellness centre, swimming pools and gardens.
January events in Rome
1st January 2015 to 15th January 2015
FotoGrafia is Rome's annual photography festival which sees a number of exhibitions being held in various locations throughout the city, from museums to art galleries. In 2014, the festival is dedicated to portraits and will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome.
5th January 2015 to 6th January 2015
During La Befana, locals commemorate the arrival of La Befana â€“ a good witch who arrives in the city on her broomstick on the evening of January 5th to leave children sweets and presents. The Pizza Novaona Christmas Market is open on this day, providing you with a great place to buy loads of festive gifts and La Befana dolls.
6th January 2015
In Vatican City on this day, a procession of 100 people dressed up in Medieval clothes takes place along the avenue leading up to the Vatican, each one carrying gifts for the Pope who says a special morning mass in Saint Peter's Basilica, commemorating the three wise men.
Festa di Sant'Antonio Abate
17th January 2015
On this day locals honour Sant'Antonio Abate, the protector of animals, by taking their pets to the Sant'Eusebio church to have them blessed and ensure they'll get into heaven.
26th January 2015 to 29th January 2015
AltaRomAltaModa is Rome's own annual Fashion Week which takes place twice each year. During this five-day event, fashionistas get a sneak preview of the next season's designs and collections created by Rome's best designers. A number of international fashion stars also usually attend the event.