15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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It’s no secret that the busiest travel season in Rome is between May and October when Rome sees most of its visitors by land and by cruise (via Civitavecchia Cruise Port).

The slowest travel months in Rome is mid November through mid March when Rome is also the coldest.  

But don’t let the Mediterranean winters of Rome dissuade you from taking advantage of this travel season that has plenty of Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter.

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter 

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1.   Lower priced airfares, with less crowded planes and risks of flight delays

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From our 20+ years experience providing transfers and tours from the Airport, some of the challenges of summer airline travel are passengers bumped from oversold flights, flight delays when some airports get backed up, delays in customs, and even issues with luggage getting lost or delayed.

Traveling to Italy during the slow season also makes for a more comfortable and easy flight to and from Italy.

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2 .   Lower priced hotels means you save money, extend your visit, or upgrade to better hotel options.

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Since hotel prices vary depending on the season and holidays, you can find great bargains at hotels that can be quite pricey during the peak travel season.

With lower hotel prices, you can upgrade to a better hotel for a more luxurious stay in Rome, or use the savings to extend your trip or splurge on food, shopping or tours.

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3.  Less crowded, means a more enjoyable and relaxing experience visiting popular sites

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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During the summer months the historic center of Rome where most of the attractions are is pretty crowded. 

In the winter, monuments, museums and squares like Vatican Museums, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, and St Peter’s Basilica see FEWER tourists, making them far more enjoyable to visit in the winter.

Sometimes you even feel like you have Rome to yourself in the winter!

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3.   With fewer tourists, you can enjoy a more flexible sightseeing schedule 

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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 With significantly fewer tourists, you can keep your itinerary flexible without the need to buy in advance Admission Tickets at specific time slots to avoid the otherwise hours’ long ticket lines.

Therefore, you may even be able to get into the Vatican Museums and Colosseum without advance purchase tickets with much shorter ticket lines and fewer wait times.
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4.  Enjoy Christmas and New Year in Rome

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If you visit Rome mid December through early January, you will have the opportunity to experience the Christmas and New Year holidays in the Eternal City.

In Rome, you will see Christmas lights, Christmas Trees displayed in places like St Peter’s Square and Piazza Navona.  Many churches put on display beautifully crafted Christmas Nativities as per the Italian traditions. 

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6.  Day Trips from Rome to explore Christmas Markets and Traditions

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During the Christmas holiday you can take day trips by train to cities and towns such as Florence or Assisi to enjoy Christmas Markets and different Christmas Decorations.

Many medieval towns in the countryside of Rome hold annual Living Nativities where sections of historic centers or ghost towns are transformed into biblical times complete with amazing re-enactments,  food, drinks, entertainment, and a live Nativity with people and animals.

Some towns, such as Canale Monterano, create a Medieval theme Living Nativity inside the Ghost Town of Monterano that is extremely popular and exciting to see.

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7.   Crisp sunny winter days makes for wonderful photos in Rome

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Summers in Rome are humid and hazy when taking photos and videos, however on cold crisp sunny winter days the light is magnificent for those who love to take beautiful photos and videos.

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8.  Take advantage of Winter SALES!

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After Holidays Sales being around the 7th of January  and can last for at least a couple of months.

You can shop till you drop in early January when SALES start after Epiphany. Head over to Via del Corso and the streets that branch from it that are lined with shops from the mall variety to designer labels.

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9.  Valentine’s Day ROME-ance

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February is a wonderful time to visit Rome for a Romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day in February.

Enjoy romantic dinners at cozy restaurants, stroll through quiet charming streets, spend time admiring beautiful art at museums without being rushed.

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You may even use this very romantic getaway to propose to your sweetheart!

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10.  Winter makes visiting churches with dress codes easier!

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 You never have to worry about dressing properly for church visits that require modesty dress codes such as covering shoulders and knees which is often problematic during the hot summer months when many travelers wear sleeveless shirts and shorts.

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11.   Last minute availability for tours and transfers

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In the winter it is easier to find last minute availability on TOURS and TRANSFERS that are often booked weeks in advance during the peak season when Rome is visited not only by travelers, but also by Cruisers in Civitavecchia.

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12.  Enjoy sipping hot chocolate inside cozy cafes

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Hot chocolate (cioccolata calda) in Italy is thick and creamy, like melted chocolate. It’s meant to be sipped slowly and enjoyed without being rushed… which is perfect on a winter day in Rome!

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13.   Feast on winter foods and Christmas treats

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In the winter, you can feast on seasonal delights like artichokes, hot stews, hearty soups such as ribollita and polenta.  

Around Christmas you will find sweet panettone and other delicious Christmas breads and treats like torrone (traditional Italian nougat)

For snacks around Rome, hot roasted chestnuts sold by vendors around Rome are always a winter treat!  

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15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter - RomeCabs

15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter – RomeCabs

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Thank you for reading our travel blog 15 Great Reasons to Visit Rome in the Winter

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For more information about our Rome ToursCivitavecchia Shore Excursions, as well as Day Tours from Rome to many of Italy’s top destinations, please visit our website below..

Thank you very much and we look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

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