December Weather Averages for Rome, Italy

What's the weather like in Rome in December

December is one of the coolest times of the year to visit Rome, Italy, when the city experiences cold and damp weather.


At this time of year, the average temperature starts off at 10°C and drops to 7°C-8°C by the end of the month, compared to January, which has an average temperature of 8°C.

Average Sunshine Hours

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  • Temperature Temperature 10°C 49°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 15°C 59°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 4°C 39°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 3 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 96 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 9 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

Daily December Averages for Rome

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 12 11 10 10 8 8 9 9 9 8 9 8 9 11 12 10 8 7 7 9 8 8 8 9 10 10 9 9 7 5 6
°F 54 52 50 50 46 46 48 48 48 46 48 46 48 52 54 50 46 45 45 48 46 46 46 48 50 50 48 48 45 41 43

What's the weather like in Rome in December

December is one of the coolest times of the year to visit RomeItaly, when the city experiences cold and damp weather.


At this time of year, the average temperature starts off at 10°C and drops to 7°C-8°C by the end of the month, compared to January, which has an average temperature of 8°C.

Average Sunshine Hours

During December, the city experiences an average of six hours of sunshine each day.


There is around 111mm of rainfall each month, making it likely you'll experience a shower or small storm during your holiday.

Average Sea Temperature

With a cool average sea temperature of 16°C toward the coast, it's unlikely you'll be spending days by the beach during your visit.

You can check the forecast here.

Rome Hotels in December

Hotel Manfredi

When it comes to luxury accommodation in Rome, it's tough to beat Hotel Manfredi. Ideally located just a short walk away from the Spanish Steps, this hotel offers accommodation in the form of small, superior, deluxe and executive rooms, as well as junior, Margutta and Manfredi suites, guaranteeing something for everyone.

Onsite facilities and services include 24-hour reception, concierge, 24-hour bar, room service, WiFi access, babysitting, parking and Jacuzzi.

Hotel Lancelot

For something a bit more affordable, take a look at Hotel Lancelot. This three-star hotel is just a short walk away from the Colosseum and provides guests with a conference and events room, gardens, newspapers, bar, restaurant, free WiFi access, private parking, 24-hour reception, babysitting and shuttle service.

Guests can choose from single, double, twin and triple rooms, all of which are comfortable and well-equipped.

Palazzo Manfredi

Families and couples who really want to splash out during their holiday in Rome should consider staying at Palazzo Manfredi. This five-star hotel offers prestige, executive, deluxe and master rooms, as well as several suites, each of which comes with stunning furnishings and chic décor.

Onsite facilities and services include bar, restaurant, terrace, luxury car rental, free WiFi access, concierge and excursion booking.

Inn at the Roman Forum

The Inn at the Roman Forum is conveniently located for families and couples who plan on doing a lot of sightseeing during their holiday in Rome.

Just a few steps away from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, this hotel is made up of a lounge, rooftop terrace, sun terrace, car rental service, concierge, bar, breakfast room, parking, WiFi internet, 24-hour reception, shuttle service and babysitting services.

There is a variety of rooms to choose from, including master gardens, junior suites, executive rooms, deluxe rooms, superior rooms and family rooms.

Moses Fountain Hotel

The Moses Fountain Hotel is also perfectly situated for exploring Rome. Built into a late 16th century building just a short distance from many popular tourist attractions, this hotel offers a small selection of comfortable rooms, each of which come with coffee making facilities, mini fridge, safe and satellite TV.

There are plenty of services and amenities available within the hotel including reception, buffet breakfast, room service, terrace, parking and sports centre.

Bars and Restaurants

La Gelateria Frigidarium

If you're in the mood for something sweet, head to La Gelateria Frigidarium and indulge in some ice cream. This popular ice cream parlour won a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and offers a huge variety of flavours which change according to the season. Whatever you order, don't forget to ask for a chocolate shell coating.

La Fata Ignorante

When it comes to top-quality food in casual surroundings, you can't beat La Fata Ignorante. This eatery boasts a superb range of Italian specialities, including homemade pasta and pizza which is served alongside local wine which complements each dish perfectly. Make sure you leave room for the panna cotta – it comes highly recommended.

Things to do in Rome in December

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Whilst you're sightseeing in Rome, set aside some time to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. This basilica is one of the largest in Rome and despite having a rather mediocre exterior, the inside is absolutely amazing.

The stained glass windows, painted ceilings, sculptures and even the floors are all fantastic, so don't forget to take your camera. If you're on a budget holiday, you can explore the church on your own, otherwise sign up for a guided tour.

Santa Maria degli Angeli

The Santa Maria degli Angeli is also worthy of a visit during your trip to Rome. This church forms part of the ruins of the baths of Diocleziano and was converted by Michelangelo. If you visit on a sunny day, you'll have the chance to see the basilica at its best, with sunshine streaming in through the artistic windows.

The Santa Maria degli Angeli is a lot quieter than many other churches, providing you with a much more spiritual and religious experience than you'll find at the more popular churches in the city.

December events in Rome


Christmas Market

1st December 2018 to 1st January 2019

From the beginning of the month until January 6th, the Piazza Navona plays host to a large Christmas market full of stalls laden with handmade gifts, children’s toys, nativity crafts and delicious seasonal treats. In addition to shopping, there is plenty more to see and do in this area, with music concerts and free exhibitions held at Via dei Coronari, Sant’Eustachio and Via dell’Orso. A mini funfair is also set up close to the market with one of the oldest carousels in the world, The Piazza Navona Christmas Market is open from 10am until 1am working days and from 10am until 2am on holidays and the day before each holiday.



Immacolata Concezione

8th December 2018

Immacolata Concezione commemorates the day Mary was graced by God to lead a sin-free Catholic life. On this day, the fire brigade runs a ladder up Mary's column in the Piazza di Spagna and one chosen fireman lays a wreath over her arm whilst locals decorate the bottom of the column with flowers and more wreaths. Locals also attend special church services throughout the city in order to honour Mary, whilst the Pope kneels in prayer and lays a wreath on the Madonna statue at the Piazza Mignanelli.


National Holiday

Natale and Santo Stefano

24th December 2018 to 25th December 2018

Romans celebrate Christmas and Boxing Day in a big way, starting with midnight mass at St Peter's on the night of December 24th. On these two days, nativity scenes are placed in churches throughout the city, although the most impressive ones are found on the Spanish Steps and in Piazza San Pietro. Christmas Day in Rome is usually celebrated with feasts of fritti (a fried delicacy), followed by panettone (traditional Italian cake) and torrone (nutty chocolate or nougat). The pope also holds a special mass on this day and gives his blessing at St Peter's.


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New Year's Eve

31st December 2018 to 1st January 2019

In Italy, New Year’s Eve coincides with the Feast of San Silvestro, creating a super-huge celebration. In the Piazza del Popolo, the night is brought to life with rock and classical music concerts, dancing and fireworks to create the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in Rome. Close to the Colosseum, the Via dei Fori Imperiali also puts on a great party, with live music performances starting at 10pm. An open-air classical music concert usually takes place in the square in front of Quirinale, off Via Nazionale at 11pm, followed by firework displays at midnight.


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