February in Rome

Visiting Rome, with its multitude of cultural sights, the notable absence of people, coffees, bars and restaurants, and moderate climate during the winter months can be extremely rewarding.

Temperatures are generally mild. The maximum temperatures in Rome in February are around 14 ° C, and the minimum temperatures reach 3 ° C.  At the end of the month, the beginning of spring is in the air.

It may rain occasionally in February, but there are some gorgeous bright sunny days too. The rain usually doesn’t last long and you can find restore in a coffee or a restaurant, slip into a church or spend your time indoors enjoying the amazing museums and extraordinary art and archaeological collections of the city.  People might remember the snowstorm of February 2012. It lay down several feet of snow, and paralyzed the city for days. Even the Colosseum was closed for about a week. It’s an exception. It only snows in Rome about every 20-30 years.

If you think, spring – fall offers the best light for photographs you will discover  that Rome in winter is magical.

The light is warm and sweet and in the afternoon the monuments throw long, low shadows.

Being a winter month, you’d expect the city to be quiet. In winter you can enjoy Rome like most visitors never get to: (almost) all to yourself.

There are some important dates and happenings in February in Rome. You can choose a romantic getaway around Valentine’s Day, or enjoy a Six-Nations rugby match, or Carnival  this month!

  • February 14, 2023 – St. Valentine’s Day

If you are looking for a romantic getaway Rome is the perfect destination. Enjoying a quiet moment in one of the Eternal City’s most iconic spots – what could be more romantic?

  • February 5 and 25, 2023 – Six Nations Rugby matches

The Italian National Rugby Team will give its all at the Rome Olympic Stadium on three incredible days for the Guinness Six Nations tournament between February and March.

  • February 21, 2023 – Carnival

Everyone loves Carnival, so expect to see kids dressed up and the streets full of coriandoli (coloured confetti) thrown all around. The main parade usually kicks off in Piazza del Popolo and follows through the city centre to Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Navona.