The capital city of Italy is a year-round city break destination for British travellers. We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for Rome, covering the last 12 years up to 2021, plus we've asked our team of travel bloggers for their first-hand experiences in order to answer the most frequently asked questions about Rome weather in May.
How warm is it in Rome during May?
The temperature reaches around 21℃ during the daytime in May, falling away to 15℃ at night. The UV index will be moderate at this time of year, so not something to worry about for the average person. However, if you're going to be outside for long periods it's worth wearing a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen and UV-blocking sunglasses. Remember that bright surfaces, such as water and sand increase UV exposure.
Does it rain in Rome during May?
On average, there will be 11 rainy days during the month, amounting to 26.8mm in total. That's much drier than we see in England during August, and therefore not something to be concerned about. There's a small chance that you'll catch a thunderstorm during your trip.
Departure10 May 2022 I'm flexible
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Books inspired by Rome
Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your Rome holiday
Travelscoop's Stuart's favourite novel about the ultimate likeable anti-hero. Tom Ripley is talented and scheming with a burning ambition for success that he's prepared to kill for. A gripping psychological thriller which forces the reader to question why they're willing him to get away with it. Italy forms the wonderful backdrop - and it'll make you want to go!
A well-written, tense novel in which the dead bride's father-in-law is convinced the grieving husband killed her and becomes obsessed with vengeance. Set in Rome and the streets and canals of Venice, a deadly game of cat-and-mouse builds as each becomes the hunter and the hunted.
Rome Blog posts
From the UK's most popular travel bloggers
1st October 2021 by Inside the Travel LabFlorence or Rome: which city for your next trip?
When it comes to planning a city break to Italy, it’s easy to get stuck on picking the city. Between the romance of Venice, the chic of Milan and the sass of Naples, you could spend weeks travelling around Italy and still not have seen it all. And that’s not an empty phrase. I’ve tested it, I’ve tried! More times than is decent to mention....
12th February 2021 by AndyCheapest places to holiday in October
October is off-season in many of the world’s top destinations, which means fantastic news for your travel budget! You’ll find great package deals to beach destinations where the sun is still shining, cheaper hotels in big cities and savings on long-haul flights.Check out our top picks for October holidays and be sure to stay up-to-date with our weekly deals, to catch some great bargains.Beach HolidaysDon’t despair about autumn weather in October, as it’s still warm enough for a sunny...
27th April 2021 by Inside the Travel LabThe best area to stay in Rome: A cheat sheet on where to stay in the Eternal City
Wondering where to start when it comes to finding the best area to stay in Rome? Here's our inside guide to the best neighbourhoods in Rome to help you out. There's even a map as well. Looking for a quick answer? My top pick for the best neighbourhood in Rome for first time visitors Trastevere. It avoids the crush of the centre, offers authenticity with a splash of romantic charm, and is well connected to the rest of the city. It also has great food....
27th April 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab21 unusual things to do in Rome to escape the crowds
There are plenty of ways to get off the beaten path in Rome and enjoy the plethora of alternative things to do. But there are some things that are so special and so unique, you simply won't find them anything else. Let's talk about those. And after that, I've split this collection of unusual things to do in Rome into categories to help you find your way around....
17th October 2019 by PommieTravelsColosseum Rome tours that you will never forget
Visiting Italy once again I decided to find the best Colosseum tour, since I have been dreaming of seeing this place for a long time. I wanted to feel the atmosphere of old days, tough people and heroism. Looking back, I must admit that I made the right choice of my trip destination. One of the main historical Rome attractions amazes with its greatness. Everyone would be deeply impressed imagining gladiatorial battles that took place in the arena....
15th August 2019 by Rachel NicoleItaly for opera lovers
If you are a big opera fan, Italy is a great place to head to. It is quite literally the home of opera. Most historians agree that the first opera, Daphne, was performed in the home of Jacob Corsi, in Florence. From that moment, the Italians took this musical art form to their heart. So, if you want to enjoy opera in all its forms, Italy is the place to head. As you will see, when it comes to Opera Tickets Italy offers plenty of choice. Below, is a quick round–up of the towns and cities where...
16th February 2019 by PommieTravelsTop 10 things to do in Rome
Rome needs no introduction. Not only is it the capital of Italy, it is also the seat of the Papacy and its history spans over two and a half thousand years. There is so much history to see here, that you could could rent an apartment and spend weeks or even months exploring the world’s largest open-air museum. Whether you take private flights to Rome or travel through a usual flight, going to Rome will always be worth the visit. These are just some of the top things to do in Rome....
Weather in Rome
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Rome