Rome: When is the Best Time to Go, and Which Hotel to Choose?

Look at the giant line waiting to enter Rome's Colisseum during the summer. A better choice would be to go off season if you can.
Look at the giant line waiting to enter Rome’s Colosseum during the summer. A better choice would be to go off-season if you can.

When is the best time to visit Rome?  April to June and late September to October are the best months for a visit to the Eternal City — temperatures are usually mild and the crowds aren’t quite so intense.

Starting in mid-June, the summer rush really picks up, and from July to mid-September, the country teems with visitors. I can attest to this first hand, having spent a few weeks in and around Rome in September when I thought all would be clear.

But Italy, when it’s crowded in the summer, can be pretty unbearable since everything isn’t air conditioned and people need a lot of personal space just to gesticulate their feelings with their hands, as we all know Italians are famous for doing.

But in Italy, when it’s crowded, it can be pretty unbearable since everything isn’t air conditioned and people need a lot of personal space just to gesticulate their feelings with their hands, as we all know Italians are famous for doing.

Think about visiting Rome completely offseason–since much of what you want to do there isn’t weather dependent anyway.  These hotels are highlights that were chosen by the Espresso Blog, published by Select Italy, a tour operator specializing in all things Italy.

The Fortyseven Hotel is described like this, by blog author Elizabeth Salthouse:

“Nestled between the historic Roman Forum, Circus Maximus and the fast flowing Tiber River, the Fortyseven is an elegant haven of luxury in the center of Rome. Each floor is styled in tribute to one of Italy’s great contemporary artists with Modigliani, Mastroianni, and Greco just three of the masters acknowledged. And the artistic theme continues to the rooms, where chic Art Deco detailing and contemporary art make each one unique.

The Inn at the Roman Forum gets another thumbs up from Elizabeth, as it’s just steps from the ancient forum, a huge tourist draw for the ages. This hotel has views, unforgettable views, over the Forum, Palatine and Capitoline Hills.

Not only can you bask in view of the more modern “wedding cake” building that towers over the ancient forum, the imposing Altare della Patria, a memorial to the city’s first King, but there is another surprise. Inside the hotel itself are more ancient ruins below the floors. Guests can follow down a small passageway to see a stone gallery adorned with artwork from ancient Romans, right below the hotel!

Book hotels in Rome like this, offseason, using Bonwi Points!