Ever been to Rome in March?

Old Dec 18th, 2009, 12:26 PM
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Ever been to Rome in March?

Just curious what the weather is like?
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 12:30 PM
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Could be warm, could be hot, could be cold, might be rainy. Go to one of the weather sites and see what the averages for your time period. Remember it is only an average and we generally have live the extremes to have an average.
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Yes. And it was light coat during the day and sweater at night. But a week after we left it snowed there. So very unpredictable!
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 12:37 PM
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hi deeinkc,

our first visit to Rome was at the end of March about 3 years ago. it was warm enough to eat outside at lunchtime, but generally not at night, though we did so the first night, I seem to remember.

it rained very heavily one day and the streets were full of umbrella sellers and they are very cheap!

the usual advice for travelling in spring and autumn is to take layers.
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Forget the weather sites. Averages don't help.

Just be prepared for everything - from 5°C to 20°C, from rain to sunshine.
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 02:00 PM
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"Could be warm, could be hot, could be cold, might be rainy."

I experienced all three during a four-night visit to Rome in early March a few years ago. Layers are key. I wore my leather jacket, and added a thin cardigan underneath it on cooler days, and even wore gloves at night.
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 02:56 PM
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It was cold and rainy in March - but weather is always changing.
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 03:25 PM
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Hi deeinkc -

We traveled to Rome and Florence at the end of February and I kind of obsessed about the weather before we went. Long story short, it absolutely did not matter. It rained a couple of days and was quite chilly one or two, but it was absolutely amazing.

I did the layer thing ellenem mentioned. However, I made sure I had shoes and boots that had good treads on them because those cobblestones can be quite slippery after rain or overnight moisture.

weather.com said it would rain everyday. Not every day, but a couple and then a during the night on others. Florence was colder than Rome, of course.

Have a wonderful time! Italy is amazing.
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 03:27 PM
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. . . if you go, of course. I just noticed that you did not say you were actually going in March, just curious about the weather . . .
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Old Dec 18th, 2009, 04:32 PM
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Pretty much anywhere in Italy is unpredictable in March. For Rome and north at that time of year, I just do layers, and have a waterproof jacket and umbrella with me. Easy to adjust throughout the day.
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Old Dec 19th, 2009, 03:52 PM
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Thanks for the replies, everyone! I was just curious because right now plane tix are about $350 cheaper in March vs. late April/May. It is probably worth it to me to wait and pay the extra and experience more sunny days. Cold weather and rain depresses me at home; I don't need to pay a lot of money to be depressed abroad. :0)

Thanks again.
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We've been to Rome twice in March. Both times it was warmer than where I was coming from (St. Louis) and overall not that bad, although rainy on occassion. Still, the crowds were minimal at best and that made for, imo, a much more pleasant experience despite the weather.

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Rain or cooler weather just means another reason to sit in a cafe and sip hot chocolate. Before an after our rainy ay, we had two sunny days in the 50s (deg F).
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