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When to go to Rome
Peak Season: June to AugustThe city is packed with tourists, hot, and miserable. Some prices are higher, but not all, since this is not high season for Italian visitors. Some restaurants, shops, and galleries close in August, when all self-respecting Italians are on vacation. It is not a good time to come here planning to “do as the Romans do, ” since few Romans are around to do it.
Off Season: October to AprilRome is at its quietest during its winter months, which can be surprisingly cold. April is one of the most beautiful and tranquil months to visit the Eternal City, but don’t come around Easter unless you either like crowds or have made your reservations ages in advance.
Sweet Spot: May; SeptemberThe weather’s nice and the crowds are only just beginning to build up (May) or die down (September). Hotels will be much easier to get into, unless there is a special event going on – film festival, trade fair, beatification, or the like.
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