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Visiting Rome In May – The Definitive Guide

Rome, the capital city of Italy, has an energy that is unparalleled and attracts wanderers of all sorts, whether a history buff, an cultural culture or a food enthusiast. Relics of the city’s lustrous path can be spotted in its architecture, its art, its culture and even in its food. During May, Rome’s eternalness amalgamates with the fully bloomed freshness of spring flowers, making the city simply irresistible. Moreover, the perfect outdoorsy weather inspires various events across the city, making May one of the best months to visit the eternal city. It's no wonder that May marks the beginning of the tourist season in Rome! Who can resist the blooming beauty of the city?!

What makes Rome in May Special?


Rome in May

Fantastic weather : For a perfect sight seeing trip, one desires a long sunny day and a breezy night to unwind. May offers you just that - warm blue skies during the day, long hours of sunshine and cool, crisp nights.

The Real Spring Is Here : Flowers in their full bloom dotted at almost every nook and corner of the city, from the roses of the rose garden to the pink azaleas lining the spanish steps. Moreover the light breeze often carries the slight flowery essence to make your day more beautiful.

Festivities In The Air : Taking advantage of the fine weather and the scenery, Rome evolves as a hub of activities in spring. The month observes events like Primo Maggio, Open House Roma and Rome Outdoor Festival among others, that invite tourists as well as locals to have a gala time.

Rome Weather in May


May starts off with fairly mild weather and starts to heat up towards the end. The average temperature is about 20°C, with daily highs of 24°C and lows around 13°C. Rain can still be observed with average rainfall clocked at around 48mm. About 10 - 12 hours of sunshine per day can be expected.

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Rome in May: Things to do


1

Ancient Rome - Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Roman Forum

Rome in May


Equal part astonishing and equal part alluring, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill stands tall as a proof of the majesticness and the grandeur of the city’s historic ties. Blessed with longer days, May allows you to explore the great icons of Rome at your own leisure.

May Timings
8.30 AM to one hour before sunset (7.15 pm), closed on May 1

Location

Piazza del Colosseo, 00184, Rome,
Italy
Getting There ›

Escorted Priority Entry to Colosseum, Roman Forum ...
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€28
Skip The Line Colosseum Tickets With Arena Access
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€32
Skip The Line Guided Tour of Colosseum with Arena ...
from
€49
Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access to Colosseum...
from
€44
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92
VIP Combo: Vatican Early Access Tour & Colosseum S...
from
€99
Maxi Combo: Hop-on Hop-off + Skip The Line to Vati...
from
€88
Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour with Forum & Palatin...
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€49
Special Access Tickets: Colosseum Arena Floor & Ro...
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€39
Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator’s Entrance &...
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€52
Escorted Priority Entry to Colosseum, Roman Forum ...
from
€28
Skip The Line Colosseum Tickets With Arena Access
from
€32
Special Access Tickets: Colosseum Arena Floor & Ro...
from
€39
VIP Access Tickets: Vatican Museums & Colosseum wi...
from
€72
Maxi Combo: Hop-on Hop-off + Skip The Line to Vati...
from
€88
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour + Skip The Line Colosseum ...
from
€46
Priority Access to the Colosseum & Sightseeing Hop...
from
€44
Skip The Line Guided Tour of Colosseum with Arena ...
from
€49
Guided Tour with Skip the Line Access to Colosseum...
from
€44
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92
VIP Combo: Vatican Early Access Tour & Colosseum S...
from
€99
Colosseum & Ancient Rome Tour with Forum & Palatin...
from
€49
Express Colosseum Tour with Gladiator’s Entrance &...
from
€52
After-Hours Access: Colosseum Underground, Arena F...
from
€84
Colosseum Underground Tour with Arena Floor & Roma...
from
€123
Borghese Gallery & Colosseum Half Day Guided Tour ...
from
€99
Full Day Guided Tour of Vatican and Colosseum wit...
from
€118
VIP Access Tickets: Vatican Museums & Colosseum wi...
from
€72
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92
Maxi Combo: Hop-on Hop-off + Skip The Line to Vati...
from
€88
VIP Combo: Vatican Early Access Tour & Colosseum S...
from
€99
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour + Skip The Line Colosseum ...
from
€46
Borghese Gallery & Colosseum Half Day Guided Tour ...
from
€99
Full Day Guided Tour of Vatican and Colosseum wit...
from
€118
Rome in A Day Tour: Including Vatican, Colosseum a...
from
€129
Priority Access to the Colosseum & Sightseeing Hop...
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€44
Guided Walking Tour of Rome + Colosseum, Roman For...
from
€83

2

Vatican City - Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

Rome in May - Vatican Museum


Home to several awe-inspiring masterpieces that encapsulates Europe through the ages, the Vatican City is the epicenter for Europe's art, history, cultural and religion. You can witness the special swearing ceremony of the Swiss Guards, posted outside the St. Peter’s Basilica to protect the Pope, on every May 6th.

May Timings
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
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 and on May 1
St. Peter’s Basilica - 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM every day .

Location

Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM,
Italy
Getting There ›

Skip the Line Tickets to the Vatican Museums and S...
from
€28
Escorted Exclusive Skip The Line Tickets to Vatica...
from
€35
Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, V...
from
€75
Escorted Skip The Line Tickets to Vatican Museum &...
from
€35
Escorted Exclusive Skip The Line Tickets to Vatica...
from
€36.5
Vatican Skip the Line & Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off...
from
€58
Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Self Guided...
from
€19.5
Papal Audience with Pope Francis Experience
from
€39
Skip the Line Tickets to the Vatican Museums and S...
from
€28
Escorted Exclusive Skip The Line Tickets to Vatica...
from
€35
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel...
from
€52
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
from
€46
Exclusive Early Access Tickets to Vatican Museum &...
from
€53
Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, V...
from
€75
Entire Vatican City Guided Tour With St Peter's Ba...
from
€90
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92
Semi-Private Tour Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel ...
from
€84.6
Exclusive: Vatican Museum with Bramante Staircase ...
from
€85
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel...
from
€52
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
from
€46
Exclusive Early Access Tickets to Vatican Museum &...
from
€53
Vatican Skip the Line & Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off...
from
€58
Entire Vatican City Guided Tour With St Peter's Ba...
from
€90
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92
Exclusive: Vatican Museum with Bramante Staircase ...
from
€85
Semi-Private Tour Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel ...
from
€84.6
Small Group Tour of Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s B...
from
€63
Full Day Guided Tour of Vatican and Colosseum wit...
from
€118
Dedicated Access: St. Peter's Basilica Self Guided...
from
€19.5
Exclusive St. Peter's Guided Tour with Dome Climb ...
from
€49
Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel...
from
€52
Entire Vatican City Guided Tour With St Peter's Ba...
from
€90
Guided Tour Of St. Peter's Basilica With Fast Trac...
from
€27
Early Access Group Tour to St. Peter's Basilica, V...
from
€75
Express Guided Tour of Colosseum, Vatican Museums ...
from
€92

3

Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain & Pantheon

Rome in May-ghosts Tour


While the landmarks like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain & Pantheon are a vision throughout the year, the spring adds a special flair to them. One of the best ways to explore them during May is a guided walking tour, it will surely leave you in awe of spring in Rome.

Location

Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma RM
Italy
Getting There ›

4

Trastevere Neighbourhood Walk

Rome in May-trastavere


A colorful, bohemian neighborhood that is always bustling with locals and tourists alike. Known for its unique architecture, the winding streets of Trastevere is dotted with traditional and innovative trattorias, small museums, craft beer pubs, and artisan shops. Whether you plan a morning, evening or a late night visit, Trastevere is always welcoming.

May Timings
Open all day

5

Roman Catacombs

Rome in May-Roman Catacombs


Walking down the damp and darkened passageways that literally holds the skeletons of the Rome’s past is an intriguing yet a chilling experience. This subterranean passageway was the former underground burial grounds for Jewish, pagan and early Christian Roman citizens between the second to the fifth century.

May Timings
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

Location

Via Salaria, 430, 00199 Roma RM,
Italy
Getting There ›

The Original Rome Capuchin Crypts and Catacombs Tour
from
€69
Catacombs of Domitilla, Appian Way and Capuchin Cr...
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€69
Catacombs of Rome Exclusive After Hours and Bone C...
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€75
Vatican & Papal Tombs: Treasures of the Sistine Ch...
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€69
Roman Basilicas and Underground Catacombs on the A...
from
€64
Domitilla Catacombs Guided Tour & Open Shuttle Bus...
from
€35

6

Borghese Palace & Villa Borghese

Rome in May-Borghese Gallery


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.

May Timings
Tuesday – Sunday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Monday: Closed

Location

Viale del Museo Borghese, 00197 Roma RM,
Italy
Getting There ›

Borghese Gallery Entrance Tickets
from
€26
Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens Skip The Line G...
from
€54
Borghese Gallery and Gardens Half Day Tour with Ho...
from
€63
Borghese Gallery & Colosseum Half Day Guided Tour ...
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€99

7

Walk on Walk off Rome

Rome in May-Walk on Walk off Rome


Sprinkled with hidden gems across its length and breath, the city of wonders is best explored on foot. Luckily for the wanderers, a flexible Walk On Walk Off Rome Pass offers 10 professionally guided tours that let them roam around Rome for 7 consecutive days as per their own leisure.

May Timings
Flexible

Location

Rione X Campitelli, 00186 Rome,
Italy
Getting There ›

Walk On Walk Off: Flexible Rome Tour Pass
from
€59
Walk On Walk Off Tour with Skip The Line Vatican T...
from
€89
Trastevere and Rome's Jewish Ghetto Half-Day walki...
from
€118.56
Walk On Walk Off Tour Pass with Vatican Tickets an...
from
€120
Catacombs of Rome Exclusive After Hours and Bone C...
from
€75

8

Day Trip to Pompeii

rome in February-Day Trip to Pompeii


The once thriving city of Pompeii became the victim of the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The weather of May offers a perfect setting for a trip to Pompeii and it’s surprisingly well-preserved buildings, streets and even the victims of the eruption.

May Timings
Daily at 7:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Location

80045 Metropolitan City of Naples,
Italy
Getting There ›

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full Day Trip fro...
from
€120
Tivoli Villa Adriana Villa D'Este Half Day Trip fr...
from
€68
Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Full Day Tour from Rome
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€179
Naples and Pompeii Archeological Full Day Trip fro...
from
€134
Rome Countryside Vineyard Estate Tour with Wine Ta...
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€59
Best of Tuscany in One Day from Rome
from
€129
Full Day Tour of Florence by High-Speed Train
from
€189
Full Day Tour of Venice by High-Speed Train
from
€200

9

Rome Food Tour

Rome in May-Food Tour


The Culinary scene of Rome is unparalleled. Boasting the best of the bests in both traditional and modern Italian cuisine, the city is a mecca for food lovers. You’ll find a plethora of Food Tours that will allow you to explore the city with a culinary point of view.

10

Rome Bike Tour

Rome in May-ghosts Tour


Thriving with seasonal flowers, a slight breeze, and ample sunshine, May is a perfect time to explore the eternal city on a bike. Accompanied by a professional tour guide, you can explore various landmarks of Rome while getting to know the city and its history a little more intimately.

Location

Via di Santa Eufemia 15, Rome,
Italy
Getting There ›

Rome in May : Events to look out for


Rome in May events

Rome Outdoor Festival

When : TBA
Every year in May, Mattatoio Testaccio comes alive with an outdoor festival dedicated to metropolitan culture. The heterogeneous festival is built around several pop cultural inspirations from Art, Music, and Television. Observing a different theme every year the festival hosts challenging and innovative artworks, films, video installations, and musical performances.

Rome in May events

Open House Roma

When: TBA
An annual event that sees hundreds of buildings, palazzos, ruins, and monuments in and around Rome opening their gates for design and architecture lovers. Observed since 2012, this event invites locals and tourists to explore notable architectural features of over 200 sites, which might have been inaccessible otherwise.

Rome in May events

Roma Summer Fest

When: 29th June - 14 July
An annual summer music festival organized at Auditorium Parco Della Musica north of Piazza del Popolo. The concerts during the festival take place in the auditorium's outdoor Cavea under the open sky. Notable artists and bands of different genres such as rock, pop, jazz and classical performances at the festival.

Rome in May events

Primo Maggio

When: May 1st
Italy's equivalent to Labour Day, Primo Maggio is a national holiday to celebrate international workers. While most sites are closed for the day, trade unions plan a free rock concert outside the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. An assortment of Italian bands perform from 2 pm – 12 am.

Rome in May : 5-day Itinerary


Need help planning your Rome vacation? Check out our detailed Rome itineraries here.

5 Days In Rome Itinerary

Day
1
Morning
Roman Colosseum Tour
Colosseum

Afternoon
Roman Forum Palatine Hill
Roman Forum & Palatine Hill

Late Evening
Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

Free Entry

Day
2
Morning
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica & Vatican Necropolis

Noon
Vatican Museums
Vatican Museums

Afternoon
Sistine Chapel
Sistine Chapel

€5

Day
3
Morning
Borghese Gallery
Borghese Gallery

Afternoon
Roman Catacombs
Roman Catacombs

Late Evening
Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

€10

Day
4
Day Trip Option #1
Rome to Naples
Rome to Naples

Day Trip Option #2
Rome to Pompeii
Rome to Pompeii

Day Trip Option #3
Rome to Amalfi Coast
Rome to Amalfi Coast

Day
5
Morning
Trastevere
Trastevere

Afternoon
Roman Ghetto
Roman Ghetto

Evening
Appian Way
Appian Way

Rome in May : Seasonal Delicacies


Rome in May
Baccelli e Pecorino

A classic spring appetizer, Baccelli e Pecorino combines fresh fava beans with chunks of pecorino cheese, topped with extra virgin olive oil, a few red chili flakes, salt and pepper to taste. While a great side dish, the two main ingredients are often added to other classic dishes like cacio e pepe.

Rome in May
Caprese salad

A simple recipe with slices of tomato and mozzarella cheese arranged alternatively on a serving platter. The salad is further dressed with salt, black pepper, fresh basil, olive oil and the balsamic reduction. The richness of the fresh spring produce, the mozzarella and the juicy tomato lends the dish its extra edge.
Where to eat: Hostaria Farnese

Rome in May
Italian Gelato

With the rise in temperature, locals and tourists start lining the gelato shops across Rome. Whether you pick traditional flavors such as pistachio or strawberry or some quirky flavors salted caramel, tomato and basil, leaving the city without trying their gelato might as well be a sin.
Where to eat: Gelateria Valentino

Rome in May
Cacio e pepe

Nearly every Roman menu will have a version of Cacio e pepe. The classic recipe uses tonnarelli pasta cooked with Romano cheese and black pepper along with the starchy pasta water to create the creamy base sauce.
Where to eat: Flavio al Velavevodetto

Rome in May
Vignarola

The famous Italian stew is considered to be the celebration of late spring. Made from springtime vegetables, the fava beans, artichoke, asparagus and peas, Vignarola is one of season’s staple for all of Rome. It is traditionally served with bread and an assortment of cheeses.
Where to eat: Armando - Al Pantheon

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Rome Weather in May

The weather in May gradually shifts towards the higher side, indicating the approaching summer. With an average temperature of 20°C, the daily highs soars up to about 24°C, while the low touches 13°C. Expect almost 10 - 12 hours of sunshine per day with the average rainfall clocked at around 48mm.

Where to Stay in Rome during May

Accomodation in Rome is not a big hassle, the city is strewn with hotels, hostels, service apartments and airbnb’s, ranging from luxurious to budget friendly. Also, with so many options, you can opt for an accommodation that is nearest to your itinerary.

  • Luxury Hotels: Hotel Hassler, Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Grand Hotel Parco Dei Principi, Portrait Suites
  • Mid-Range: Palm Gallery hotel, Mario de Fiori 37, Hotel Appia 442, Hotel Campo de’ Fiori
  • Budget : Vatican Skyline, Hotel Grifo, Hotel Santa Maria, Hotel Central Lodge

What to Pack for Visiting Rome in May

While summer is still a month away, May starts heating up. Pack according to a summer trip, sunglasses, sun block, hats, scarfs, cotton pants or skirts, light- weight clothes. In addition carry a light cardigan or pullover as the mornings and late evenings could be windy and chilly. The eternal city is best explored on foot so surely carry a pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals.

Getting Around Rome in May

As mentioned earlier, May is a good season to explore Rome with a rental bike and scooter rides. Apart from this the eternal city boasts a well-connected public transport system. With two metro routes labeled Linea A and Linea B, you can reach most major landmarks in and around the city. More active and further interconnected is Rome’s bus service, all major routes also have regular night buses. Depending upon your stay in the city, travel passes and transport tickets are available that will give you unlimited access to most public transport within the city.

Tips for Visiting Rome in May


  • Cinco De Mayo in Rome - Don’t forget to pack something Mexican in your suitcase, as the Highlander Pub organises a special event that is all Mexican. From their special edition Tex Mex Menu, filled with burritos, tacos and nachos to all kind on Mexican Drinks.
  • Free Days - On The first Sunday of every month all the state-run museums and archeological sites have free entry. As a result of which the most famous sites like the Colosseum would have hoards of crowd. This is the perfect time to explore the hidden gems of Rome such as Palazzo Altemps or Castel Sant'Angelo. Check out the full list of free sites at Rome Tourist Board website.
  • Rome’s Rose Garden - The municipal rose garden located on the top of Aventine Hill opens in mid April and remains open till mid June. However, May is the best month to catch the said roses at their most beautiful and in full bloom.
  • Clothing restrictions - As such there is no restriction in terms of clothing in Rome, however whilst touring any of Rome's iconic churches requires respectful, modest clothing; shoulders, stomachs and knees should be covered.
  • Pre-book - While May is not the peak season for tourists, it still sees a fair amount of tourists and locals roaming around, all thanks to the multiple events that happen around the city. Book your tickets, passes in advance to skip the line at the ticket windows.

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