Rome in March: Too cold or rainy?

Old Aug 30th, 2004, 12:52 PM
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Rome in March: Too cold or rainy?

My husband and I are thinking of going to Rome in March. He's never been, but I went for only 2 days many years ago, during July (I think).

We are very excited about going to Rome and doing a couple of day trips: maybe one to Pompeii and another to Florence.

We are thinking March, because that's when we be "due" for a vacation. Also, it seems like it would be much more afforable to go at that time.

If it's cold, that's ok, but we don't want pouring rain everyday. Are we risking too much by going in March?
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Old Aug 30th, 2004, 12:59 PM
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We went in March 2001. One day was drizzly, but the other days were beautiful and sunny. Pompeii was so hot that we didn't need jackets.

Actually, we are spoiled by going in March. It isn't beach weather, but it is easier for us to deal with cooler weather. We wore light jackets or no jackets for our two trips. The best part are the smaller crowds, especially in the museums and major sites.

But, then again, March can be a crazy month weatherwise in many places.
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Old Aug 30th, 2004, 01:24 PM
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I was in Rome in March, 2003. Local people were bundled up in coats and scarves, but temperatures were in the fifties and sixties and it felt like Spring to me (coming from Massachusetts).

We took a day trip to Pompeii and the weather was glorious. I have spoken to people who went to Pompeii in the summer, and none of them were as enchanted by it as we were in March (as well as a subsequent trip last February). No heat, light crowds, but warm enough for a picnic in the ruins.

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Old Aug 30th, 2004, 01:25 PM
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I tnink Lorac's experience is about what I have encountered. Although weather in Rome is not ever totally unpleasant, you can certainly expect rain during a typical week in March. Unless there is a really unusual weather condition, I would guess it would rain only a couple of days. Just remember that no prediction this far ahead is worth a hoot. March in general, temperature-wise, will be cool but not really cold, and it should be nice enough. Good luck.
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Old Aug 30th, 2004, 01:26 PM
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We have been in Rome in March 3 times, and two of those in the last two years.

10 years ago, I have photos of me wearing spring dresses with sweaters over them. I do think that it was exceptionally warm that year.

During the last two trips in March, I wore light jackets and pants, socks with my shoes, and usually did a nice scarf over my jacket. There were always days when the scarf was too much when the sun was out. I take gloves, but often only have to wear them at night.

Last March, I sat in the sunshine in the Villa Borghese for well over an hour and it was lovely. Men were playing bocci (sp?) with light sweaters or in their shirt sleeves.

March is a very nice month to go to Rome.
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if I had to choose between Rome/Pompeii in March vs July or August, I'd pick March. Pompeii is not shaded and can be very hot indeed in warmer months.
Just take some jackets and umbrellas in case you need them.
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We had very nice weather this past March in Venice, Siena and Rome. We were there the last 12 days of the month and had no rain with temps in the 60's. Many afternoons we ate al fresco and soaked up the sunshine in our shirtsleeves. I wouldn't hestitate to go in March.

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Our last visit to Rome was a few years ago in March...we had wonderful, warm weather.
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