Weather Averages for Rome in October
Averages for Rome in October
October is a great time to visit Rome, Italy, when the leaves are turning red and there’s a refreshing chill in the air. At this time of the year, the average temperature starts off at around 19°C and gradually drops until it reaches 14°C-15°C at the end of the month. During October, the city experiences eight hours of sunshine each day and approximately 94mm of rainfall spread across 12 days. There is also an average sea temperature of 22°C toward the coast which is more than warm enough to enjoy a dip during your holiday.
Things to do
Art lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the Galleria Borghese. Located in the stunning Borghese Park, this art gallery is full of sculptures, fountains and paintings which will leave you awe-struck. Only so many people are allowed in at any one time, so buying tickets in advance is a must. You can choose to explore the Galleria Borghese on your own or sign up for a tour led by an experienced guide.
After wandering around the Galleria Borghese, head on over to the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj for even more stunning artwork. This grand art/history museum is often compared to the Vatican, due to the quantity and quality of the sculptures, paintings, gardens and the general décor. If you’d like to find out more about the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj whilst you’re there, sign up for the free video guide which is done by Prince Jonathan Doria Pamphilj, the adopted English aristocrat who regularly stays at the palace.
Goethe statue, Villa Borghese.
Where to eat & drink
If you’re in the mood for some frozen yoghurt, pop into Yogurteria Yo! Centocelle. All the frozen yoghurts here are freshly made onsite and there is a huge variety of toppings to choose from. Unfortunately there is no seating available within the establishment, so you’ll have to take your frozen dessert ‘to go’ but it’s worth it to be able to enjoy such a delicious sweet treat.
When it comes to affordable food with a laid-back atmosphere, it doesn’t get much better than Magnebevo. This small restaurant opens at 7pm and kicks off with a happy hour and a small selection of food – such as sandwiches, pastries and calzones – available for customers to enjoy for free. There is a top selection of drinks available from behind the bar, including wine, beer, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks.
Italian pastries happy hour at Magnebevo, Rome.
Stravinskij Bar inside the Hotel de Russie is one of the most exclusive establishments in Rome. Boasting a sophisticated atmosphere with elegant furnishings and a graceful décor, this bar is known for its cocktails, such as the Negrill and Castro Street, which are made by professional mixologists. If you’re not in the mood for an alcoholic drink, try one of their many alcohol-free healthy cocktails.
For something a bit more casual, pop into Divinum at the Piazza di Pietra. Overlooking the columns of the Tempio di Adriano, this bar serves an amazing ‘café completo’ which comes in a chocolate-lined cup and topped with whipped cream. At night the bar takes on more of a classy restaurant atmosphere, but it’s a great place to grab a quick drink and people watch during the day.
Where to stay
The four-star Alimandi Vaticano is one of the most popular places to stay in Rome. Here guests can choose from suites, apartments and single, twin, double, superior, triple and quadruple rooms, guaranteeing something suitable for all group sizes. There are plenty of services and facilities to enjoy, too, including multilingual staff at reception, breakfast buffet, restaurant, bar, fitness room, TV room, babysitting, shuttle service and garage.
Families and couples who plan on doing a lot of sightseeing during their holiday in Rome should consider staying at Hotel Mancino 12. Located just a few steps away from the Trevi Fountain, this hotel provides guests with access to a spa, fitness centre, bar, free WiFi, public parking, 24-hour reception, babysitting, concierge and shuttle service. Accommodation is available in the form of rooms and suites, each of which is spacious and comfortable.
Hotel Mancino 12, only a few steps away from Trevi Fountain, Rome.
The River Palace Hotel is another ideally located hotel, found in the heart of the city. Here you’ll find 59 rooms divided between classic singles, classic Queens, superior rooms, deluxe rooms, junior suites and Villa Borghese suites. There is a handful of services and amenities available onsite, such as lounge bar, buffet breakfast, concierge, guided tours, massages, car and cycle rental, babysitting and currency exchange.
For something a bit more affordable, take a look at the two-star Hotel Paba. This small and friendly hotel offers a variety of rooms, including doubles, Queens, twins, triples and suites, so there’s something for all budgets and group sizes to enjoy. There are a few facilities and services, including air conditioning, breakfast and multilingual staff, with plenty of bars, restaurants and shops in the local area.
The three-star Hotel Villa San Pio is one of the grandest hotels in Rome. Made up of three villas, this complex offers accommodation in the form of 78 rooms which are divided into doubles, triples, singles, quadruples and wheel-chair accessible rooms. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous facilities and services available, including buffet breakfast, 24-hour front desk, internet access, parking, bar, room service, massages, tours, excursion booking, shuttle service and babysitting.
October events in Rome
3rd October 2014 to 6th October 2014
Sagra dell’Uva is a harvest festival is held at the Basilica of Costantine in Marino honour of the grape. On this day, the public fountain flows with local wine instead of water and huge bushels of grapes are available to buy from the town's cellars, in addition to traditional autumn food, bread, meat and wine. There is plenty of entertainment put on, too, with local bands playing inside the Forum Basilica, whilst a Medieval tournament takes place at the Palio dei Rioni.
Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi
4th October 2014
The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi is celebrated throughout Rome in memory of the life of Saint Francis. On this day, celebrations take place close to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano where an extravagant wreath is laid. The church of San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere also hosts its own celebrations.
Cinema – Festa Internazionale di Roma
16th October 2014 to 25th October 2014
This young festival began in 2006 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, but it's already making a name for itself and is becoming one of the most important in the world with plenty of international media coverage. The programme is divided into seven different sections, each of which focuses on a different aspect of film, including glamour, film stars, independent works, alternative productions, children's films, production workshops and tributes.
International Rome Film Festival
16th October 2014 to 25th October 2014
The International Rome Film Festival takes place at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Previous special guests of this annual event have included famous Hollywood faces such as Jonathan Demme, Wes Anderson and Martin Scorcese, in addition to loads of Italian and international actors and directors.
31st October 2014
Halloween is a low-key event in Rome, with not much going on. Despite the lack of activities, there are a few creepy places you can visit on this day, including the Crypt of the Capuchin Monks, the Catacombs on the Via Appia Antica, the Vatican Necropolis, Museum of Purgatory and the Monster House. Some bars and nightclubs put on special Halloween themed parties, including Testaccio 33 which offers spooky makeovers by professional makeup artists, fancy dress night at Circolo Arci Dal Verme and the Mexican Halloween party at Circolo degli Artisti.