Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s a city bursting with history, culture, and life. Home to some of the world’s most iconic sites and foods Rome is a city that sits atop many travelers’ and fashionistas bucket lists.
Spring is one of the most wonderful times of year to visit the Italian capital. The sun is shining, the temperatures are on the rise, and everywhere you look flowers are in bloom. But, this stunning season is also one with the most volatile weather.
To help you pack for Rome’s weather swings in spring, I’ve put together a helpful guide to the key piece you’ll need to look good and stay warm while exploring the Eternal City.
Weather in Rome in Spring
The weather in Rome in spring is notoriously erratic. Average temperatures can range anywhere from 12C to 20C during the day and can dip to as low as 8C in the evenings. Some days, Rome will experience stunning blue skies and summer-like temperatures, whereas other days will feel more like March thanks to its frequent rain showers and every puddle.
No matter what conditions you encounter, by following these helpful guidelines, you’ll be guaranteed to look good and feel great as you explore the city.
What to Wear in Rome in Spring:
The key to dressing for Rome in Spring is layers. During the day, temperatures can easily rise high enough that you’ll be comfortable walking around in just a t-shirt, but at night, they can dip low enough that you’ll be wishing you brought your parka. To ensure that you don’t have to run home and make multiple outfit changes throughout the day, dress in layers to ensure you’re ready for any temperatures Mother Nature throws your way.
The easiest way to start is by layering a t-shirt (short or long sleeve) with a lightweight cardigan or jumper. Our favorites are these loose, but stylish v-necks from Madewell. This way you’ll have the option of removing your sweater if it gets too hot, or slipping it back on as you enjoy a glass of wine in a charming piazza.
Top your ensemble off a chic and classic waterproof trench coat like this steal from Nordstrom and you’ll be ready to tackle the day.
Jeans or Long Skirts
If you’re visiting Rome in spring, this isn’t the time to fill your suitcase with your favorite shorts and sundresses. Instead, opt for bottoms that keep your legs covered and protected from any wind, rain or cold temperatures you might encounter.
Jeans are an incredibly versatile option for travel. Not only do they go with literally everything, you can easily wear them everywhere. From sightseeing during the day to clubbing at night, your jeans can take you everywhere you need to go. Pair your skinnies with a pair of flat jeans and a jumper for casual daytime exploring, or throw on a blouse and a pair heels for a night on the town.
If you’re not keen on jeans, another fashionable and comfortable option for Rome in spring is a maxi-skirt. Maxi skirts are available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics, and just like jeans, they are incredibly versatile. Pair your maxi with a pair of trainers and a t-shirt for a laidback, casual look, or dress it up with a chic blouse and a pair of wedge boots.
If you opt to go the maxi skirt route be sure to pack a pair of tights or leggings to keep you warm in the evenings, and on those cooler days, as you make your way around the city.
Walking is undoubtedly the best way to explore the stunning city of Rome. Through narrow streets and cobblestone piazzas, let your feet guide you in and around the Italian capital’s most iconic sites. Stay comfortable and fashionable by slipping on your favorite ballet flats or a pair of light boots. We love J.Crew’s ballet flats because they are comfortable enough to walk in all day and they come in tons of cute colors, too.
Ballet flats are a staple of the style conscious traveler. These cute and casual shoes work with any ensemble, from jeans to dresses and skirts, giving you a polished and put together look. They are also ideal for navigating Rome’s cobblestone streets. Choose a pair with adequate arch support and made of a waterproof material and you’ll be set to spend a day exploring Rome in comfort and style.
If the temperatures are too cold for flats, or you’ll looking for an option with a little more support, reach for a pair of boots. Either ankle or knee-high, boots are a great footwear choice for spring travel as they keep your feet warm and dry as you navigate the city. Slip a pair on with your favorite skinnies or skirt for a laid-back yet polished look.
Frye makes great waterproof leather boots that look super cute with skirts, dresses, and jeans and will keep your feet dry all day long. These Chelsea boots are our top pick for your spring trip to Rome.
Scarves are the most popular and practical accessories in Rome in spring. Not only do they inject a little color or unexpected pattern into an ensemble, but they are great for adding an extra layer on those chillier travel days. Throw a lightweight scarf over your shoulders before you head out, and spend a day exploring Rome feeling chic and comfortable.
The weather in Rome in spring is unpredictable at best. Temperatures vary and rain is always a potential. By following these four key pieces of advice, you’re guaranteed to look good and stay comfortable while exploring Rome.
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