Raining in rome

Old Nov 21st, 2014, 04:33 AM
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Raining in rome

Hi. Thinking of a last minute 5 day trip to Rome arriving November 27th. Unfortunately the forecast is for rain during my visit. Does anyone know if it be raining all day or just showers here and there? I would be quite miserable I think if it were cold and raining most of the days I am there. Thanks in advance.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 04:49 AM
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" Does anyone know if it be raining all day or just showers here and there?"
No. But when it rains in Rome, it rains seriously.

However, umbrella technology arrived in Italy several centuries ago.

"I would be quite miserable I think if it were cold and raining most of the days I am there"

Have you sought help for this ridiculously negative approach to life?

Rome contains some of the greatest works of art, and the most important historical sites, anywhere - and certainly far more than wherever you live. Practically all are indoors: the walk between most is 10-15 mins. No-one has ever drowned or melted away when walking through rain for a few minutes. And the people of Rome do not suffer from misery.

This is a terrific opportunity to learn that YOU decide your moods, not the weather. Take it.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 05:22 AM
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Whilst I am going to refrain from offering you any more gratuitous advice about your attitude to life, Flanner has a very good point about being somewhere like Rome [or Paris or London for that matter] when it's raining. There is so much to do indoors that really you shouldn't notice the weather at all. As it's unlikely to be cold, all you need is a decent coat, a brolly and stout waterproof shoes.

Should it suddenly come on to rain and you find yourself without an umbrella, you will find numerous umbrella sellers emerge with their wares which miraculously appear as if out of nowhere. [where do they store them when it's not raining?] After two or three approaches you will soon find out what the going rate is and be able to bargain accordingly.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 05:25 AM
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flanneruk, I like the cut of your jib.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 05:30 AM
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Thanks for taking the time to reply. I've been to Rome several times before, usually in late spring or early fall. I am a tropical working person and value my limited travel time highly. I have decided after years of travelling that visiting a foreign place is miles better when the weather is kind, in my case, sunny and cool to warm. Hence my pre occupation with the weather when I travel for pleasure. Added to that I have airline employee flying benefits and have many options and thus able to switch from rainy Rome to sunny Spain, Brazil or Mexico in a heartbeat. Many friends commenting on my travel pictures say how lucky I am with the weather, but I tell them it's not just luck, being flexible helps too. And truly, cold wet and dark weather affects my mood, which is fine when I am home in Florida, but not so when I am spending time and hard earned money traveling, especially when traveling alone like I do.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 05:39 AM
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Then give it a miss.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 05:45 AM
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I am curious, Flanneruk, how old are you? No rancour, just curiosity. I just turned 50 and feeling blessed to be able to travel like I do, and having a clean bill of health from a recent physical.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 05:58 AM
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Annhig, Thanks for good advice. I don't travel to cool weather without a small umbrella, my Northface Goretex jacket, and goretex walking shoes. I won't win any prizes for sartorial splendor.
Cathin, I am now looking at other options. But won't need to decide till Monday. Thank goodness for the Internet.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 09:37 AM
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IMHO going to europe (except southern Spain) for any length of time without an umbrella is simply foolish - since it WILL rain. How often and how much is about as reliable as any other wether report (not solid unti the day before).

Have been to rome at least 9 times - but usually in the spring and have had only two days of heavy rain (although had several other of some drizzle, mist or just gray). One day was VERY heavy - and we solved just by hopping cabs from one museum of church to another versus walking.

Don;t think you will ever get a guarantee of no rain at all unless you head to egypt or similar.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 10:42 AM
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Thanks nytravel, 1 or even 2 days of downpour is OK, but alas the weather forecasts rain all 5 days that I will be there. Was considering Petra, Jordan, and even Egypt, but that might not be such a wise idea for now. Would love to revisit Egypt.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 10:50 AM
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Ny traveler, Just read your interesting profile, we have English mysteries in common. Packing light in my case as a non rev employee stand by for empty seat on plane is a sheer necessity. Luckily I am petite, but even my bigger husband manages to carry all in a 22 inch roller bag and a back pack. But we do need to hunt down laundry service after 1 week of travel. We didn't check in any luggage even for our wedding in Santorini. I had to hand carry my very simple wedding dress though.
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I also find some places are not as enjoyable to me in cold or rain. Even with wonderful museums, the thing I like most is sitting outside at a cafe or on a terrace and walking - often for hours. Being soaked and cold is not so romantic as it once seemed to me. Of course, things happen and you make accommodations when you travel, but you are smart to know how weather affects you and take it into consideration when planning. If you changed your itinerary because you learned that some great museum or attraction that was the highlight of the trip would be closed during your visit, no one would fault you. If weather is a big factor for enjoyment, what is the point of taking the time and spending the money to go some place knowing ahead of time that you will not be able to do what you wanted when you get there?

How is the forecast for Portugal for next week? Seville? Costa Rico? Mexico? Morocco?
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 12:43 PM
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I think Spain may be having the same weather system as Italy, cold and wet too! No inclination for Costa Rica somehow, altho I enjoyed visitngNicaragua twice, and Guatemala. Was excited about the Yucatan to see whale sharks, but alas that's in summer. Been to the Yucatan several times before but not to Isla Holbox. Been to Morocco driving around for two weeks. Now looking at flying from Rome to Bari, Puglia where I've never been to.
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Husband and I drove around Portugal for two weeks a few years ago, I found I don't like Portugal enough to revisit yet, altho maybe Oporto and the Duoro which I found charming.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 12:49 PM
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No forecasts are very accurate a week in advance. Anyway, my preferred forecast site, Il Meteo, is only predicting light rain during that period.
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What no one has pointed out I think is that there is a slow moving system currently sitting over Italy, causing LOTS of rain. Flooding and deaths in Italy and Switzerland. A long term forecast might give you some idea of what's likely to happen. We haven't had snow in Europe, but lots of rain recently.
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"cold wet and dark weather affects my mood, which is fine when I am home in Florida, but not so when I am spending time and hard earned money traveling"

I hear you. I totally agree and you have every right to feel that way. You are also correct to wonder if a forecast for rain in a given place usually means torrential all day rain versus drizzle vs an hour or two of rain in an other wise dry day.

Unfortunately in Rome in November it could be any of those things. I was in Rome a few years ago in November and it really did rain a LOT. On the other hand, the sun came out a few times and the light was quite interesting and I got some great shots of great Rome architecture reflected in puddles. And even though some of the people replying to you were unnecessarily nasty (but then they are like that) they were correct that there is an amazing amount of great stuff INSIDE in Rome.

I once spent 5 days in Southern Spain and it rained the entire time. So no guarantees anywhere, and there's a lot more to do inside in Rome than there is in southern Spain.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 01:04 PM
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It's snowing like crazy in parts of the U.S. and we're having record cold weather in Florida, albeit with clear blue skies. That's why I choose to live in Florida after being transplanted from South East Asia. Thanks Carlux and bvienci for feedback.
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 01:09 PM
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Hi Isabel, thanks for writing. Rain can create interesting shots that I would love to take, but I am still the amateur photographer with a camera that can focus but I am still only using the point and shoot function being unable to understand the manual I bought for camera ��
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Old Nov 21st, 2014, 01:10 PM
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Focus manually, ie.
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