Rome Weather December Averages, Italy

What's the weather like in Rome in December?

Although Rome in December can be cold and damp, it's a very popular destination in December 

What's the weather like in Rome at Christmas?

Regardless of the weather, Rome is one of the most exciting cities for a Christmas destination. The whole city is lit up and there's a great choice of Christmas markets and celebrations across the city.

The average temperature throughout December is 10°C ...

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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

    Rome Weather for December 2019

    What's the weather like in Rome in December?

    Although Rome in December can be cold and damp, it's a very popular destination in December 

    What's the weather like in Rome at Christmas?

    Regardless of the weather, Rome is one of the most exciting cities for a Christmas destination. The whole city is lit up and there's a great choice of Christmas markets and celebrations across the city.

    The average temperature throughout December is 10°C with a maximum of 15°C which is still much warmer than the UK at the festive season. 

    Christmas Day in 2018 had an average temperature of 9°C and the year before was 7°C - both were sunny and the mercurywould have risen to around 15°C

    During December, the city experiences an average of three hours of sunshine each day. This is three times more than you'd see in the UK at Christmas.


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

    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 2019 to 31st December 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.



    Les vêpres siciliennes

    7th December 2019 to 22nd December 2019

    Les vêpres siciliennes is a grand opera in five acts by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.



    Immacolata Concezione

    8th December 2019

    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 2019 to 25th December 2019

    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 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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