Rome: March Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||38 %|
|Rainfall days||13 days|
|Chance of Rain||34 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||3 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||12 %|
Averages for Rome in March
The weather begins to improve in March in Rome, Italy, when the average temperature increases from around 9°C at the beginning of the month to 12°C in the final few days of March. At this time of year, the city experiences just 68mm of rainfall across 13 days – significantly lower than the previous months. There are around eight hours of sunshine each day, but with a cool average sea temperature of 14°C toward the coast, you won’t get a chance to enjoy a dip during your holiday.
Head to Vatican City for Lent Celebrations.
Festa della Donna – Women’s Day – is celebrated in Rome on March 8th. During this day many locals celebrate by going out to eat, so if you’re planning on dining out at a restaurant, make sure you make a reservation to avoid disappointment. It’s also common for museums and other attractions to offer special discounts or free entry for women on this day.
The Vatican Museum, Festa della Donna.
Things to do
Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini is a must-visit during your holiday in Rome. At this imperial villa you can explore the various rooms which are connected by glass floors and appreciate all the artwork found within. If you’re on a budget holiday you can wander around the villa yourself or if you have some money to spare, sign up for one of the guided tours which take a few hours to complete.
For some stunning views of the city, head on over to Aventine Hill. Home to the famous Knights of Malta keyhole, this hill offers an incredible and unique view of St Peter’s Basilica which you’ll never forget. Although there aren’t any services or facilities available on top of the hill, there are amazing panoramic photo opportunities, so don’t forget to take your camera with you.
You can see St. Peter's Basilica from Aventine Hill.
Where to eat & drink
If you’re searching for amazing food, beer and wine for an affordable price then look no further than Trastevere Kmzero. Unlike a traditional restaurant, this eatery offers small portions of bruschetta, cheese, prosciutto, salami and vegetables – a bit like Spanish tapas – which you’re invited to enjoy alongside local wines.
Although it’s a bit off-the-beaten-track, Machiavelli’s Club is definitely worth going out of your way for. Known for serving top quality food in generous size portions, this restaurant has a weekly changing menu, so no two visits are ever the same. Be warned – credit cards are not accepted at Machiavelli’s Club, so make sure you take some Euros with you.
Wine lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit Enoteca Carso. This exclusive wine bar offers a comprehensive list of more than 700 bottles from all around the world alongside plenty of local variations. Indoor and outdoor seating are both available, as is a small Italian appetiser menu.
Open from early morning until late evening, B Gallery Cafe is a great place to visit, whatever time it is. If you visit in the morning you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a very affordable all-you-can-eat brunch buffet which is packed with all sorts of international dishes. If you’re not interested in ordering anything to eat you can relax and enjoy an Italian coffee or glass of wine whilst watching the world go by.
Italian Cafe life. B Gallery Cafe in Rome serving delicious Italian breads.
Where to stay
When it comes to pure luxury, it doesn’t get much better than Villa Spalletti Trivelli. This boutique hotel is just steps away from the Trevi Fountain and provides guests with the choice of 12 deluxe rooms, all of which are decorated to an incredibly high standard. There is a wealth of facilities and services available onsite, including bars, restaurants, gardens and spa.
For something a bit less flash, consider staying at Hotel San Anselmo. This four-star hotel offers a great number of amenities and services, including buffet breakfast, 24-hour reception, internet access, bar, room service, free parking, massages, tours, excursion booking, airport shuttle service and babysitting. There are 34 double rooms available, each of which is decorated with a different theme.
Families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Rome should check out the Trilussa Palace Hotel. Just a short walk away from many bars, restaurants, shops and attractions, this hotel offers a great selection of double, triple and family rooms, so there’s something for all tastes and group sizes to enjoy. The list of onsite facilities and services is extensive and covers tours, excursion booking, internet access, shop, airport shuttle, restaurant reservations and babysitting.
Hotels near attractions such as The Portrait of Venus, Rome.
Positioned just a stone’s throw away from the Spanish Steps, the Roma Boutique Hotel is a wonderful place to stay. Located on the fourth floor of a historic building, this four-star hotel offers accommodation in the form of stylish, bright and spacious rooms, each of which is well-equipped. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the onsite facilities which include WiFi access, breakfast in your room, parking, 24-hour reception, shuttle service and air conditioning.
Ideally located in the heart of Rome, the Beau Site is in the perfect place for visitors who want to explore the best that the city has to offer. Guests can choose between classic rooms, deluxe rooms and junior suites, guaranteeing something for all budgets and group sizes. The list of onsite facilities and services is comprehensive and covers free WiFi access, online reservations for attractions, tours and car rental.
Hire a car from your hotel Beau Site and drive the streets of Rome.
March events in Rome
8th March 2015
Festa della Donna – Women’s Day – is celebrated locally by going out for a meal. So if you’re planning on dining out at a restaurant on this day, make sure you make a reservation to avoid disappointment. It’s also common for museums and other attractions to offer special discounts or free entry for women on this day.
Festa di Santa Francesca Romana
9th March 2015
During Festa di Santa Francesca Romana, locals take their vehicles to be blessed by Santa Francesa Romana at the Monastero Oblate di Santa Francesca Romana. This religious festival dates back to 1433, when the saint was believed to possess the power to be in several different places at once - a gift which endeared her to Rome's motorists.
Festa di San Giuseppe
19th March 2015
Festa di San Giuseppe is most widely celebrated in the Trionfale district of Rome. The feast is the highlight of the religious event, when everyone is encouraged to try the delicacies which have been made by locals. During the run-up to Festa di San Giuseppe, the city's bakeries sell themed treats called bignè di San Giuseppe.
Palm Sunday and Passion of the Lord
29th March 2015
Holy Week in Rome begins with a Papal Mass at 9.30am on Palm Sunday at Saint Peter's Square. The service is made up of the blessing of the palms, a procession and holy mass.
21st March 2015 to 22nd March 2015
For one weekend each spring, the Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano (FAI) encourages private and institutional owners to open up their historic properties for visitors to explore. The buildings currently on the FAI list include the Banca d’Italia, Casa Delle Armi al Foro Italico, Foro di Augusto, Mausoleo di Augusto, Palazzo Uffici Eur Spa and Teatro di Marcello.
Maratona della Città di Roma
22nd March 2015
Maratona della Città di Roma is the city's annual marathon. The main race begins at via dei Fori Imperiali, close to the Colosseum, and passes by Piazza di Spagna, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Saint Peter's Square and Piazza Venezia before ending back at via dei Fori Imperiali. There is also a non-competitive 4km fun-run type race which starts off at the same place as the Maratona della Città di Roma and travels through the city's historic streets before ending at Domus Aurea.