It is said that “all roads lead to Rome” and one will essay this sentiment upon visiting the capital of Italy. The eternal city proudly boasts its history, its art, its heritage, its culture, its food and amalgamates all this and more into a beautifully mesmerising destination. While rooted in its tradition, Rome is a modern metropolitan that offers best of both worlds. April is very special for the city as it celebrates its birthday, its liberation day and Easter in this month. The upbeat rhythm of spring can be heard, felt, seen, smelt and tasted throughout the city. Here's all you need to know about visiting Rome in April.
What makes Rome in April Special?
Mild Weather: The cold winds have finally relented and the hot gales haven't started as yet. Longer days than the previous months and a mellow sunny mildness offers great opportunity to explore the city.
Festivities : Rome celebrates the onset of spring with various festivities, Rome’s birthday, Easter, the spring festival, the Roman artichoke festival, liberation day among others. A number of events ranging from cultural events to concerts are organised to mark such occasions. On top of it one can enjoy yummy and scrumptious spring special and Easter special traditional recipes, that are only available during this time of the year.
Flowers : The Roman spring lends the eternal city an unmatchable charm. The streets, pathways and the gardens are blooming with beautiful flowers especially wisteria, azaleas and Poppies.
Shoulder season: Sparsely crowded, Rome is still far from its peak season. April entails lesser waiting time and crowd free vantage points.
Rome Weather in April
As April starts the weather finally gears towards spring in full swing. An average of 12°C is maintained during the start of the month. The temperature steadily raises to an average of 20°C by the end of the month. Rainfall is observed 13 days with around 65mm in total.
Rome in April: Things to do
Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum
The Trio that stands tall to retell the story of Rome’s majestic past are amongst the city’s most visited spots. The month of April not only offers you suitable weather to explore the three sites together, it also entails free entry on Rome’s birthday and on Easter Sunday.
8.30 AM to one hour before sunset (8:30 AM - 5:30 PM )
Piazza del Colosseo, 00184, Rome,
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Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica
A part of eternity in the eternal city is preserved here in the paintings, frescos, sculptures and architecture by maestros like Michelangelo, Botticelli, Perugino and Luca. Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica are often covered together for that perfect dip into Europe’s historic art and culture.
Monday to Saturday - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Last Sunday of the month - 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, closed on all other Sundays, Easter Sunday. .
Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM,
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Trastevere Neighbourhood Walk
The quaint beauty of Trastevere is laden with locals favorite artisan shops, traditional and modern trattorias, craft beer pubs etc. that lets you measure the pulse of the modern day Rome.Weather and festivities during April provides various haunts for a hearty, unwinding sessions for locals and tourists alike.
Open all day
Borghese Palace & Villa Borghese
Initially constructed as the outset of the impressive and infamous Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities at the Galleria Borghese , the landscaped gardens of Villa Borghese is now a separate tourist attraction. With the onset of spring in April, the blooming flora makes these gardens all the more beautiful.
Tuesday – Sunday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Viale del Museo Borghese, 00197 Roma RM,
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These subterranean passageway literally hold the skeletons of our past. Starting from the second century to the fifth century, Jewish, pagan and early Christian Roman citizens were buried in the Catacombs. Amongst the upward of 60 Catacombs that span hundreds of kilometres just 5 are open for public viewing.
9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, 2:00 AM to 5:00 PM, The closing day for each of 5 catacombs open to public differs, refer here
Via Salaria, 430, 00199 Roma RM,
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Walk on Walk off Rome
The enchantingly blooming streets of Rome demands you to walk through and discover its quaint little secrets. A simple Walk On Walk Off Rome pass , lets you enjoy not just 1 but 10 walking tour of Rome ranging from historic to food tours, all assisted by a professional guide.
Rione X Campitelli, 00186 Rome,
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Day Trip To Florence
A 90 minute train ride from Rome can take you to the enchanting world of Florence, the birthplace of Italian Renaissance. The historical and the artistic essence of the city is well preserved, every nook and corner oozes beauty and spring only adds some more vivacity to all of it.
Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 94, 00185 Roma RM,Italy
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Rome Food Tour
One thing that Romans swear by is to respect the seasonal food. April , especially around Easter brings in a range of fresh produce, prepared in both age old and modern recipes. The best way to explore these offering is with a seasoned guide on a Rome Food Tour of your choosing.
Rome Segway Tour
Imagine a sunny day in April, you are roaming in Rome, exploring the wonders and your feet won’t be killing you by the end of it, because you will be segwaying!. Glide alongside a well-versed guide who will impart important information, noteworthy trivia and share funny anecdotes while you roam around Rome.
Turtle Tour, Piazza Mattei, 11,, Rome
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Rome Countryside Vineyard Estate Visit
Let Italians show you how exactly it is done. Visit the countryside Rome, where the oldest winery of the region awaits you. A scenic journey, a view of a lifetime and an expert sommelier guiding you through a wine-tasting session, what more does a wanderlust needs?
Piazza dei Re di Roma, Roma RM,
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Rome in April : Events to look out for
Holy Week and Easter
Easter on April 21, 2019
Rome pumps with unbeatable frenzy during the holy week. Doused in Easter spirit the town offers religious events such as Holy Mass by Pope on Easter Sunday and candlelit procession around the Colosseum, lead by Pope on Good Friday.
Festa della Primavera
Between April and June
An yearly event, the Rome Spring Festival observes various sports events, theater events, concerts, special exhibitions throughout the city. Streets are adorned with flowers and the beautiful Spanish Steps are strewn with hundreds of pots of bright pink azaleas
The eternal city celebrates its birthday with all the fanfare. The whole city comes alive during the birthday weekend with parades, reenactments of historical events, concerts, cultural events at the Circus Maximus and gladiator displays and fireworks at Colosseum.
Liberation Day - Festa della Liberazione
A very important and historic occasion for Rome as it celebrates the end of Nazi occupation during WWII. The national holiday is marked by ceremonies, historic reenactments, and celebration throughout the city. Notably, no tourist sites are closed on Liberation day.
7 April 2019, 12:20 pm
Starting from the 2,000 year old Coliseum, the Marathon route takes you through some notable sights such as Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps among others. A perfect opportunity to explore city while staying fit.
Romanesco Artichoke Festival
(date not declared)
This is a 3-day enogastronomic event that invites traders to celebrates spring, fresh produce and especially artichoke. Additionally, city’s best restaurants offer a different fixed price menus based exclusively on artichokes, from appetizers to dessert.
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Rome in April : Seasonal Delicacies
A traditionally Roman dish which combines peas, fava beans, lettuce and artichokes. Best served during a few short weeks in April, this Italian spring vegetable stew is full of flavour. A simple dish that requires attention and slow cooking, it is traditionally eaten with bread and an assortment of cheeses.
Where to eat: La Briciola rome
In Rome all road leads to artichoke, especially to the "Roman-style artichokes." Braised in olive oil and white one, this stuffed artichoke recipe is amongst the most famous artichoke dishes of the Roman cuisine. Prepared in almost every traditional household, it is also served across all restaurants during spring-time.
Where to eat: Antica Hostaria Romanesca
“Abbacchio” translates into a little lamb and “a scottadito” literally means “a burning finger.” The grilled marinated lamb cutlets are served so hot that they can burn your fingers. A typical recipe linked to the Easter period as the meat is known to be more pleasant during the springtime.
Where to eat: Felice Testaccio
Translated into "Easter Dove", the traditional italian cake is a signage that it's Easter time. The dough made from flour, eggs, sugar, natural yeast and butter and candied peel is fashioned into a dove shape. Before being baked it is topped with pearl sugar and almonds.
Where to eat: Romeo Chef & Baker
A rustic cake of Neapolitan origin, typically consumed during the Easter period. Embedded with eggs on top, the golden and crisp top coat gives away to a soft centre as you bite. Known especially for its fragrance, its circular shape tend to symbolize the crown of thorns of the Crucifix.
Where to eat: Bonci
Rome April Essentials
Rome Weather in April
April usually starts with 12°C and progresses into warmer weather as the month progresses with highs of 20°C. Around 65mm of rainfall in about 13 rainy days is expected, on the non-rainy days the sun stays out for about 10 hours per day.
Where to Stay in Rome during April
Rome welcomes spring, sunshine and festivities in April, along with hoard of tourists. The lodging prices tend to be slightly higher, but luckily you have plethora of options including hotels, hostels, and apartments, that can fit you pocket.
- Luxury Hotels: Hotel Hassler, The Westin Excelsior, Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi, Portrait Suites
- Mid-Range: Cosmopolita Hotel, Welcome Piram Hotel, Inn at the Roman Forum
- Budget : Hotel Grifo, Nerva Accomodation, Hotel Central Lodge, Vatican Skyline
What to Pack for Visiting Rome in April
With rain being a possibility an umbrella can come in handy, a light windcheater can serve both the purpose of saving you from rain and the wind. Other than that carry - sunscreen, sunglasses, scarf/cap, light - medium weight clothes, sturdy and comfortable shoes. Do carry shoulder and knee covering clothing for your visit to the ecclesiastical sites
Getting Around Rome in April
The two metro routes Linea A and Linea B could transport you to almost all major attractions. However Rome’s bus service is far more interconnected and covers a wider range of sights. For late night excursions, an active night bus network is also available. In addition, rental bikes and scooters are readily accessible.
Depending upon your itinerary, Travel passes and Transport ticket can come handy as they entail unlimited access to most public transport within the city.
Tips for Visiting Rome in April
Book in advance : The milder temperature of April tends to attract crowds, so plan your travel smartly. Roughly fix your itinerary and book your hotels, tickets, passes and restaurant tables in advance, for a smoother travel experience
Free Sights : The first Sunday of every month, state museums and archeological sites are free. On the last Sunday of every month, the Vatican museums are open, and free. In addition Rome’s birthday and Easter has free entry at every government owned sight and museum.
Closed : Do note that while Colosseum is open on Easter, on Good Friday it is only open till noon due to Pope’s Via Crucis. Vatican museums are closed on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
Escape the crowd : While the free entry is great, most famous tourist spots are often overly crowded. You can take this opportunity to enjoy other lesser known gems of the city like the Ostia Antica, Palazzo Barberini, the Baths of Caracalla, and Galleria Borghese
Must Visit : The Pantheon is designed in a manner that at every April 21st, i.e. Rome’s birthday and only on that day, at noon the sunlight filtering through the oculus would illuminate the entrance. Do not miss this marvel and a visionary experience that happens only once a year, if you are in Rome that day.
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