Rain in Rome? Five Reasons Not to Mind, in Pictures

Rain in Rome

There are a lot of wonderful reasons to visit Rome in autumn. And while most people might not think of rain as one of them… well, I do.

Sure, it's never pleasant to suddenly get dumped on while you're, say, walking through the already-muddy ancient forum without an umbrella. But Rome's rain doesn't usually last for long. And the moment it slows down, the moody clouds and sudden glimpses of sunlight mean that the city might just be at its most beautiful. 

Here's proof.

Palatine hill, Rome, in the rain

Palatine Hill, even prettier in the rain. Note the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, peeking through the clouds in the background…


Imperial forums in the rain in Rome

Ancient Trajan's Column—and modern traffic. The rain doesn't slow Rome's drivers down, but it does make the streets just a little glossier and prettier!

Rain at trajan's markets

You know what else rain means? Rainbows!


Teatro Marcello in autumn

The Teatro di Marcello, just after a storm


The Roman forum in the rain

A little rain makes the light in the Roman forum softer and prettier—and keeps the crowds away, too

See? I told you rain in Rome wasn't all bad. Just don't forget your galoshes!

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  1. Thank you for your blog. I have enjoyed reading your articles about Rome. Speaking of Rome in the rain…I would have to add standing under the Oculus in the Pantheon as a bad weather highlight.

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