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Things to Do in Rome in May

Explore Palatine Hill, Admire St. Peter’s Basilica, Take a Trastevere Neighbourhood Walk, Checkout Borghese Palace & Villa Borghese, Admire the beautiful Trevi Fountain, Explore Colosseum, Visit Roman Catacombs, Discover Vatican Museums, Visit Roman Forum and Visit Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

Being the capital city of Italy, Rome has an unrivaled dynamism that draws visitors of all types, from history buffs to cultural culture enthusiasts, or foodies. Rome in May is the ideal time to explore this beautiful city. You can see remnants of the city's illustrious past in the architecture, the art, the culture, and even the delicious food offered here.

Be mesmerized by the historic City, which spans the unique Colosseum, the Spanish Piazza di Spagna, and the enchanted Trevi Fountain during your visit to Rome in May.During May, the weather in Rome is warm and sunny, making it the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors and explore the sightseeings in the city. The month also marks the beginning of the tourist season in Rome.
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Weather of Rome During the Months of May

  • May marks the beginning of the spring season in Rome when flowers are blooming all throughout the city, and the weather is ideal for traveling, with pleasant days and cool nights.
  • The month of May in Rome offers a cool summer experience with a light breeze blowing during the beginning of the month.
  • The temperatures are pleasant during the day whereas it can be chilly at night along with little rain showers in the city during this time.
  • By the end of the month, the weather gets more stable and is great for enjoying the sunny days outside or exploring Rome in May during the evenings.
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What to Pack for Rome in May

  • Pack a mix of lighter and heavier garments for a May trip to Rome as Rome in May is cool during the bay and chilly at night
  • Carry a combination of light t shirts, long skirts and pants as well as some cardigans and sweaters for layering up as the temperature drops
  • Do not forget to pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes or any other footwear as the city is best explored on foot.
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Things to Do in Rome in May


Explore Palatine Hill

  • Explore the Palatine hill, which marks the site of the establishment of the most prominent houses of emperors and kings, as well as the creation of the city of Rome.
  • Rome in May is one of the best times to visit the Palatine hill when the hill starts blooming in color, making it an incredible destination to visit.
  • Enjoy the cool sunny weather and slowly make your way up one of the seven hills of Rome to enjoy the breathtaking view of Rome from the top of the hill.
  • See panoramic views of the historical landmarks of the city such as the Colosseum from the top of the Palatine hill.

Location: 00186 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

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Admire the beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Explore stunning artworks created by famous artists like Michelangelo as well as precious artifacts from around the globe inside one of the most popular attractions of Rome.
  • Be filled with amazement as you marvel at the ornate dome ceiling above you inside the Basilica, featuring the beautiful work by famous artists
  • On May 6th, watch the special oath-taking ceremony of the Swiss Guards, who are stationed outside St. Peter's Basilica to guard the Pope.
  • Whether you're there for leisure or as part of a personal pilgrimage, you will find St. Peter's Basilica absolutely stunning.

Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Open everyday of the week from 7 am to 7 pm

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Take a Trastevere Neighbourhood Walk:

  • Walk through the Trastevere Neighbourhood when you visit Rome in May and explore the vibrant, bohemian place that is always crowded with both locals and tourists.
  • Shop through the narrow lanes of Trastevere, which are known for their distinctive architecture, are filled with artisan shops, small museums, craft beer taverns, and both conventional and cutting-edge trattorias.
  • Take amazing pictures in the funky streets of this neighborhood and capture your visit to this place
  • Visit Trastevere in May and enjoy your time in this hospitable place in a cafe during the sunny daytime or one of the local pubs during the cool evenings.

Location: Trastevere, Rome, Italy

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Explore Baths of Caracalla

  • Visit Rome in May and discover the ancient Baths of Caracalla.
  • One of Rome's most exquisite archaeological sites, the Baths of Caracalla are particularly enchanting in May when wisteria and blooms surround the massive structures.
  • Discover the remains of the second-largest public baths in ancient Rome and noteworthy structures used by the Romans during the thermal experience, such as the cold water frigidarium and the hot water pool.

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Monday

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Admire the beautiful Castel Sant'Angelo

  • Take in the Renaissance artwork, imposing statues, and expansive vistas of the ancient Castel Sant’Angelo when you visit Rome in May.
  • Explore the museum's five stories by making your way to the spiral ramp, where you'll find the cells, the apartments that were formerly the papal home, and a chamber of ashes where you can be amazed at the well preserved remnants of famous Roman figures and murals.
  • Make your way to the terrace of the Castle to get a beautiful view of the entire city of Rome.

Located in Parco della Mole Adriana

Open everyday from 9 am to 7:30 pm

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Explore the historic Colosseum

  • One of the best things to do in Rome in May is visiting the historical Colosseum.
  • Explore the spectacular Colosseum, which had 80 entrances and could hold up to 65,000 people. Learn about the extraordinary festivals hosted here by the Romans, which might last up to 100 days.
  • Dive into the past of the ancient capital when you visit the Colosseum and learn more about this iconic symbol of Rome.

Location: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Timings: Open everyday from 9 am to 4:30 pm

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Discover the ancient Vatican Museums

  • One of the top Things to do in Rome in May is visiting the Vatican Museums which date back to the 16th century.
  • See one of the biggest art collections in the world inside the Vatican Museum, with 7 kilometers of galleries.
  • Be awed by some of the best works of art ever displayed in the world, including Michelangelo's  works in the Sistine Chapel.

00120 Vatican City, Rome, Italy

Open from Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm and till 10:30 pm on Friday- Saturday. Closed on Sunday

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Visit Roman Forum

  • Step back into the world of the Roman empire when you visit the ancient Roman forum.
  • Walk along the Via Sacra in the footsteps of the reentering army and observe where politicians delivered animated speeches at the Rostrum.
  • Visit the several temples in the Roman Forum which are devoted to ancient deities, while others were constructed by the Romans themselves.
  • See iconic places such as the Temple of Saturn, dedicated to the god of wealth and the temple of Caesar, the site of the cremation of one of Rome's most renowned resident after his assassination.

Location: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Timings: Open everyday from 9 am to 6:30 pm

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Checkout Borghese Palace & Villa Borghese

  • Visit the ancient Borghese Villa, which is the location of the magnificent Borghese Gallery housing one of the most exquisite collections of art in the world
  • Spend your morning in the Borghese gardens and enjoy the shaded paths of the scenic garden
  • Visit the gardens in May when the flowering plants enhance the beauty of these gardens
  • The beautiful gardens of Villa Borghese were originally built as the beginning of the remarkable Borghese collection of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts in the Galleria Borghese, but they are now their own tourist destination.

Piazza Borghese, 9, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Open 24 hours every day of the week

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Visit Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

  • The Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, one of the four sections of the Museo Nazionale Romano, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rome.
  • Be amazed by the various exhibitions at the Palazzo which are divided into various themes along the four floors of the museum.
  • Home to a fine collection of fine art and world famous sculptures, you will be awestruck by the masterpieces and classical works made by Roman artists
Location: Largo di Villa Peretti, 2, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Timings: Open on Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Closed on Monday

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People Also Ask About Rome

  1. What are the Top places to visit in Rome in May?

    • Colosseum: Explore the famous Colosseum in Rome, which had 80 entrances and could hold up to 65,000 people. Learn more about this iconic sculpture of Rome as well as the history of the city when you visit Rome in May.
    • Vatican Museums: The 16th century Vatican Museum houses the biggest art collection in the world. See some of the best works of art including Michelangelo's works in the Sistine Chapel when you visit this famous landmark or Rome.
    • Roman Forum: Built during the Roman empire, the Roman Forum is located at the center of Rome. See the many famous temples here like the Temple of Caesar and Temple of Saturn.
    • Palatine Hill: The Palatine hill is among one of the seven hills of Rome offering the best views of the city from atop the hill.
    • St. Peter’s Basilica: Explore the Renaissance style church located in Vatican city and see the many artworks created by famous artists of Rome inside.
  2. What are the most romantic places to visit in Rome in January?

    • Take a romantic walk in the villa borghese gardens
    • Go for a cruise tour on the Tiber river
    • Explore the Vatican city and admire some of the finest Italian artworks
    • Tour the streets of Trastevere post sunset
  3. Is Rome crowded in May?

    Even though May is not the busiest month for tourism, there are still plenty of travelers and residents out and about because of the numerous events that take place in the area. The pleasant weather and the onset of spring makes May a popular month for tourists to visit. Additionally, there are plenty of Things to do in Rome in May which attracts people from all over the world to Italy’s iconic capital city.
  4. How should I dress in Rome in May?

    Rome in May is cool and pleasant throughout the day and gets chilly in the evenings or night. It is advised to layer up your clothing according to the temperature. Wear light clothing such as a pants, jeans or skirt with a shirt or top and carry along a cardigan or pullover for the evenings. It is advised to wear comfortable walking shoes or sandals for long walks on the streets of the city.
  5. Is May a good month for Rome?

    Yes, May is one of the best months to visit Rome and explore the ‘Eternal City’. You will find that the weather is pleasant throughout the month, making it the ideal time to go out and see the many famous landmarks of Rome. Some of the best things to do in Rome in May are visiting the Palatine hill, Borghese gardens and the Colosseum which look the most splendid during spring time. May is also the beginning of the peak tourist season in Rome, so make sure to book your tickets well in advance.
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