What to do in Rome on A Rainy Day


Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Travel Blog where we offer you valuable travel information to Italy.

With so many of Rome’s attractions outdoors, it seems like rain would really put a damper on your day.

If you are traveling during the wet season months such as March-April, or late October-November, there’s a good chance you might encounter anything from a shower to thunder storms.

Rainy weather cannot be ruled out in the summer when one would expect blue skies and hot days.

With weather so unpredictable, you should prepare in advance with a list of things to do in Rome should your plans be derailed by bad weather.

Here are a few tips on What to do in Rome on a Rainy Day

1. Travel with a small portable umbrella. These are not only handy in the rain, but also offers shade on hot days spent in the Colosseum or Roman Forum where there is virtually no shade.

2. If umbrellas are too much trouble to carry around, pack a small rain poncho. They are inexpensive to buy, and come in small flat packages that you can slide in a purse or backpack pocket and never notice them until you need them.

3. Keep your itinerary flexible in case your plans need to change due to weather.

4. Where possible, buy your museum tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines… outside!  This is most helpful for the Vatican Museums where lines can be hours long.  Waiting in long lines outside is also not pleasant on hot sunny days, so it’s best to always book your Vatican Museums tickets in advance.

5. Group your sightseeing in one close region at a time to limit the walking distance necessary to get from one site to another.

6. Go shopping! While there are no shopping malls in the historic center of Rome (most modern shopping malls, shopping centers, and outlet malls are outside the center of Rome or in the outskirts), you can do plenty of shopping or window shopping on Via del Corso, Via del Babuino, and…. for those with unlimited budgets and exquisite taste for luxury: Via dei Condotti

7. Enjoy long leisurely lunch for a change! With so much to see and do in Rome, there’s rarely time for some “slow food” served the Italian way – slowly.  Rainy days are perfect to relax and enjoy a long lunch or dinner without being rushed, without waiters asking you if you need anything and throwing the check at you. 

8. Visit churches – many are like mini museums! With nearly 1,000 churches in Rome, you’re bound to find one in just about every street corner! If you need to duck into a nice dry place, there’s no better refuge than inside one of Rome’s beautifully ornate Renaissance to Baroque style churches.  If you’re near the following churches, they merit a visit for their exquisite architecture, decoration, and masterpieces (you can admire Caravaggio paintings in the churches of Santa Maria del Popolo and San Luigi of the French)

9Watch the rain fall from the oculus of the Pantheon.  With the oculus open to the elements since this ancient structure was built nearly 2,000 years ago, you can watch the rain fall like a natural shower to the marble floor and then trickle down the drainage points.

10. Book a private tour by car! If you are short on time and LONG on your list of things to see in Rome but dread going about it in the rain, book a Tour by Car with Stefano’s RomeCabs.

While everyone is trying to make their way around Rome with umbrellas up and soaking feet, you can enjoy getting around Rome in the comfort of your private deluxe vehicle driven by your personal English speaking driver who will take you to the main sites of Rome to maximize your sightseeing opportunities dry and comfortable.

You can choose between the following day tours from Rome with RomeCabs or our sister company Stefano Rome Tours:







The video below created by A Road Retraveled, offers some practical and fun ideas of things to do in Rome on rainy days.



Thank you very much for stopping by! If you have any rainy day tips and ideas please share them in the comment bock below.

For more information about Rome Cabs, please visit our official website at www.RomeCabs.com.

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 Thank you very much for visiting our Stefano’s RomeCabs travel post “What to do in Rome on a Rainy Day“, and we look forward to showing you Rome!

The RomeCabs Team


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