Rain in Rome

May 1st, 2007, 05:07 AM
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Rain in Rome

We're off to Rome on Thursday and the forecasts are for rain. I've been hoping for sunny, beautiful weather with lots of time for walking and picnicking. I may have to go to plan B; indoor activities. While we do have umbrellas and certainly will be outdoors as much as possible, what do experienced visitors to Rome suggest for rainy weather activities?
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May 1st, 2007, 05:14 AM
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It rained one day when we were in Rome one November. We just kept going! Umbrella, rain jacket, and off we went.
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May 1st, 2007, 05:23 AM
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I plan to not let the rain get me down. I'm looking at the forecast and it's rain every day we are there. I'm hopeful that it doesn't mean steady downpours.
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May 1st, 2007, 05:44 AM
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When we went last year, rain was forecast every day except one. Guess which was the only rainy day (and light, at that)? Hope you encounter a similar fate-if not, as rbn said, keep going and enjoy!
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May 1st, 2007, 06:13 AM
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I went in January and it forecasted rain almost daily and never rained once. Just go and enjoy. If it rains, get out your umbrella and keep going. Don't stay indoors.
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May 1st, 2007, 06:18 AM
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If you are forced indoors by the rain, just remember where you are--lots of museums to tour, lots of churches to visit, and a restaurant, cafe, pizzaria or trattoria every few steps. And the wine is cheap and plentiful.
 
May 1st, 2007, 08:40 AM
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Thanks everyone for all the encouraging words. I just have to get in the mindset of not worrying about having sunny weather. I know we will enjoy just being there.
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May 1st, 2007, 08:46 AM
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It doesn't matter if it rains -- you'll get to see ruins in the rain and experience the weather as the ancient Romans did.
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May 1st, 2007, 10:52 AM
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That's interesting, sandi-our nearly rainless visit last year was also in January.

Sounds like you're ready, opal. Just let a smile-and an umbrella-be your umbrella.
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May 1st, 2007, 10:56 AM
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Will do, djman.
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May 1st, 2007, 11:01 AM
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Won't even a rainy day be better in Rome than it would be wherever you live?
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May 1st, 2007, 11:03 AM
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I don't know yet. This is our first visit.
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May 1st, 2007, 11:37 AM
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Every time I go to Rome there are predictions of rain but rarely does it actually happen. I think that once it rained for a few hours. Just bring an unbrella and a good pair of shoes and you should be fine.

Rome is wonderful, rain or shine!

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May 1st, 2007, 12:17 PM
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Our last full day in Rome was a rainy one. We were miserable, but that is because we were cold, rather than wet. (It was early June and we had packed for temps in the 80s and instead, it was in the low 60s. Brrrr.) Just make sure that you each have two well broken in pairs of shoes, so if one gets totally soaked, you've got the other.
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May 1st, 2007, 02:43 PM
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All good ideas. The shoes are important. I'm putting away the sandals and hope that if I do, the rain will stay away. I'm not superstitious, or anything.
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May 1st, 2007, 03:23 PM
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A few weeks back, there was a shoe thread where several people said that if your shoes are comfortable, you only need one pair. I always remember what happened to us at Disneyworld. We were waiting for Fantasmic to start, and the skies opened and it POURED...so much rain, and no where to go for cover. I was wearing my favorite sandals. They were about the most comfortable shoes I've ever had, but they were old and the quantity of water in which I walked literally made parts of them come loose. I had to pitch them. If those had been my only pair of shoes, I'd have been off to the mall, then doing Disneyworld in new shoes.
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May 2nd, 2007, 09:36 AM
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When we were in Rome last month we had rain, rain, hail, rain, hail, rain and even some snow. We still have a great time.

My favorite spot when it rains is the Pantheon--the sight of rain or snow falling through the oculus is amazing, and it's free so you can enjoy it as often as you pass by.
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May 2nd, 2007, 01:59 PM
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cupid, you must have been there the same time as we were (March 19-23). You forgot to mention the cold!
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May 2nd, 2007, 04:32 PM
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Check out the rain falling through the open oculus of the Pantheon. The water drains through holes in the marble floor below. It's a little strange that this beautiful building is open to the sky like this.
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May 2nd, 2007, 04:56 PM
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Ah, but if it weren't open, it wouldn't be the Pantheon. Rain, sun, or snow, that oculus is the window to God.
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