Rome: May Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||12 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||47 %|
|Rainfall days||10 days|
|Chance of Rain||28 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||1 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||4 %|
Averages for Rome in May
May is a fantastic time to visit Rome, Italy, when the weather is warm and dry. At this time of the year, the average temperature begins at 15°C and gradually increases to 20°C as the month progresses. There are around 12 hours of sunshine each day – significantly more than the previous months – and the average sea temperature toward the coast is pleasantly mild at 19°C. With only 48mm of rainfall spread across ten days, you might be lucky enough to get away with only a shower or two during your holiday.
Open House Roma, where you can visit historic ruins for free. May in Rome.
Things to do
The Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is one of the most popular sites in Rome and it’s no wonder why. This colossal church is just as beautiful on the inside as it is the outside and features many examples of fine artwork. The Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano used to be the home of the Popes in Medieval times and is considered by many to be the mother church of Catholicism, making it a must-visit during your holiday in Rome.
Art lovers won’t want to miss the chance to see St Peter in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli). This stunning church is away from the bustling tourist hotspots of Rome and is packed full of outstanding artwork, such as Moses by Michelangelo. If you want to take photos, you can make a small donation and the lights will immediately brighten, allowing you to take a handful of pictures. Just a short walk away from the Colosseum, this church is certainly worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Where to eat & drink
If you’re looking for the best gelato in Rome, pop into Gelateria Valentino. Found only a stone’s throw away from the Trevi Fountain, this ice cream parlour offers an incredible selection of gelato to choose from, including pistachio, dark chocolate, tiramisu and Ferrero Rocher. The owners pride themselves on using only fresh, local products which results in some of the most amazing ice cream you’ll ever taste.
When it comes to authentic Italian cuisine, it doesn’t get much better than Pasta Imperiale. This small restaurant serves a range of homemade pastas which are available to eat in or take away. More suitable for those in search of quality fast food than a romantic meal, this eatery is known for its low prices which make dining out much more accessible to travellers on a budget.
Beer lovers won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy a pint or two at L’Oasi della Birra. Known as the Oasis of Beer in English, this bar is found underneath the Palombi wine bar and offers a wide variety of local and international beers. Saturdays are the busiest times of the week, so if you plan on visiting on this day, you’ll need to book well in advance.
For something a bit trendier, head to Good Caffè. Tucked away into an ivy-clad building on a quaint cobbled street, this bar is a popular place for locals to meet whilst enjoying a long drink and taking full advantage of the free WiFi. If you visit on the weekend you’ll get to enjoy music played by some of the city’s biggest and best DJs.
Image of a modern Italian Restaurant. Rome.
Where to stay
Families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Rome should check out the Palm Gallery. This three-star hotel is located in a quaint part of Rome, close to many piazzas and tree-lined streets which are great places to stroll. Guests can choose from a number of rooms, each of which features a unique design and comes with WiFi access, air conditioning and mini bar. There are plenty of services and facilities on offer, including breakfast, bar, babysitting, minimarket, garden and fitness centre.
Quaint Rome. Palm Gallery.
Travellers who want to splash out should consider staying at the First Hotel. Found within the heart of Rome, this hotel is ideally-located for exploring the best that the city has to offer. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the amenities and services which include WiFi access, parking, fitness centre, personal shopper, bar and restaurant. Accommodation is available in the form of a variety of suites including the exclusive Jacuzzi suite.
Mario de Fiori 37 is perfect for families and couples looking for a quiet break in Rome. Located within a 17th century townhouse, this hotel features seven suites, all of which come with free WiFi access and coffee making facilities. There is a handful of onsite amenities, including concierge, breakfast in your room, airport shuttle and babysitting, with plenty of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and attractions just a short walk away.
See the sights of Rome. Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome at night.
Surrounded by monuments, museums, shopping opportunities and restaurants, Suite Dreams is perfect for travellers who plan on doing a fair bit of exploring during their holiday in Rome. Here you can choose from standard and superior rooms, as well as suites, ensuring something to suit all pockets and group sizes. Onsite facilities include 24-hour reception, excursion booking and breakfast room with buffet service.
Hotel Appia 442 is the perfect place for holidaymakers looking for somewhere to stay in Rome. Here guests can choose between a number of comfortable rooms, each of which comes with air conditioning, WiFi access and mini bar. You can choose to enjoy breakfast in the comfort of your room, or alternatively to can take it in the breakfast room after 7.30am. Although there aren’t many amenities or services onsite, there are plenty of attractions, shops, bars, restaurants and cafes in the immediate area.
May events in Rome
1st May 2015
Primo Maggio is Rome's equivalent of May Day or Labour Day. In celebration of this event, trade unions plan a free rock concert which is usually held outside the basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. The performers are a mixture of Italian bands with a few international famous faces who play between 3pm and 5pm.
Anniversary of the Stand of the Swiss Guards
6th May 2015
On this day a new group of Swiss guards are sworn in at the San Damaso Courtyard in Vatican City. The ceremony involves the chaplain reading an oath and each guard swearing by it individually. The laying of a wreath on the monument in the Vatican also takes place and the fallen guard in Lucerne is honoured. Regular observers aren't allowed inside the San Damaso Courtyard on this day, but if you book a private tour in advance, youâ€™ll be able to watch the ceremony taking place.