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Things to Do in Rome in February

Explore Colosseum, Admire the Pantheon, Experience Trevi Fountain, Visit St. Peter's Basilica, Explore Roman Forum, Discover Vatican Museums, Checkout Borghese Palace & Villa Borghese, Admire the beautiful St. Clement Basilica, Take a Trastevere Neighborhood Walk and Stroll Around Arch of Titus.

Rome is a beautiful city that is worth visiting any time of year. However, there is something special about Rome in February. The weather is cooler and the tourist crowds are smaller. This makes it the perfect time to explore all that Rome has to offer without having to fight your way through the crowds.

February is also a great time to take advantage of Rome’s many landmarks and activities. From food festivals to carnivals, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are a number of things that you can see and do when visiting Rome in February, including visiting the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica, among others. If you are planning a trip to Rome in February, then read on for some of the best things to do in Rome in February.

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Essential Information About Rome in February


Weather in Rome During the Month of February

  • Rome during the month of February experiences the cold winter season.
  • Owing to the city having a Mediterranean climate all through the year, this month is rather cold, with the rare snowfall on some days.
  • The average temperature during this month is around 8 degrees Celsius, with the lower temperatures ranging between 1 to 3 degrees Celsius.
  • The higher temperatures remain around 11 to 13 degrees Celsius.
  • Additionally, there is little to no rainfall in Rome in February.
  • The mild weather in February makes it a great time to visit Rome.
  • The city comes alive with festivals and events, and you can enjoy all the sights and attractions without the heat and crowds of the summer months.
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What to Pack for Rome in February

When planning on visiting Rome in February, here is what you need to pack:
  • Winter jacket
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Light jacket
  • Heavy cotton pants
  • Jeans
  • Full sleeved shirts
  • Cardigan
  • Warm socks
  • Boots or comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Emergency first aid kit
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Proof of identity
  • Travel documents
  • Local currency
  • Camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Plug converter
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Things to Do in Rome in February


Explore Colosseum

  • One of the best things to do in Rome in February is to explore the Colosseum, or the Flavian Amphitheatre, an oval amphitheatre located in the centre of the city
  • Built of concrete and stone, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built and is considered one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering of all time
  • During your exploration of the Colosseum, you can also learn how this structure was used for gladiator fights, battles, animal hunts and mythological dramas in the past
  • As of today, you can see the remnants of the workshops, fortress, temples and other shrines that were built here in the later years

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

Opening Hours: 09:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m.

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Admire the Pantheon

  • When visiting Rome in February, make sure to take out time to admire the magnificent Pantheon
  • It was a temple built to honour the gods of Ancient Rome, and is said to be one of the best-preserved Roman buildings ever
  • It is also considered one of the biggest architectural masterpieces of all time in the world
  • As you admire the Pantheon, you can marvel at the massive dome and concrete drum of the structure
  • You can also admire the oculus of the Pantheon, which is also its only source of light and illuminates the entire building quite beautifully

Location: Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Opening Hours: 09:00 a.m. to 06:45 p.m.

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Experience Trevi Fountain

  • Amongst the best things to do in Rome in February is to experience the beauty of the Trevi Fountain in the city
  • Said to be the largest baroque fountain in the city and amongst the best in the whole world, the Trevi Fountain is also a popular tourist attraction
  • Located in the Trevi district, the Trevi Fountain is made of travertine and has a design that is based on the Roman aqueducts
  • The basin at the top of the fountain is decorated with the statues of Neptune, Triton, and two dolphins
  • You can also throw in a coin into the fountain to make a wish for good luck

Location: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

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Visit St. Peter's Basilica

  • Pay a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, when you are in Rome in February
  • St. Peter's Basilica is a massive church located in the Vatican City, and dates back to the 1600s
  • The church is considered to be one of the holiest Catholic sites in the world and is also the burial site of St. Peter, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus
  • During your visit, you can marvel at the basilica’s massive dome, marble floors and walls, and countless works of art
  • There are many attractions in St. Peter's Basilica, including the Pieta statue, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums

Location: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Opening Hours: 07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.

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Explore Roman Forum

  • Exploring the Roman Forum ranks as one of the best things to do in Rome in February
  • The forum used to be center of public life in Rome for centuries
  • It served as the place where numerous public speeches, elections, and criminal trials were conducted
  • The Roman Forum also consisted of several significant temples and government buildings
  • Furthermore, it is here where Julius Caesar was assassinated
  • As you explore the Roman Forum, you can come across attractions like the Basilica of Constantine, the Arch of Titus as well as the Temple of Venus, among others

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

Opening Hours:
09:00 a.m. to 06:30 p.m.

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Discover Vatican Museums

  • When exploring Rome in February, spend some time discovering the stunning Vatican Museums, which are a group of museums located in Vatican City
  • They are some of the most famous museums in the world, and are home to a large collection of art and artifacts, and include the Sistine Chapel
  • The Vatican Museums were founded in the early 16th century by Pope Julius II
  • As of today, the museums cover over 9 miles of galleries and rooms, which consist of a vast collection of art and artifacts from all over the world
  • The collection includes Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities, as well as works from the Renaissance and Baroque periods
  • The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous parts of the Vatican Museums, and contains a number of famous paintings, including the ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo

Location: 00120 Vatican City

Opening Hours: 08:30 a.m. to 06:30 p.m.

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Checkout Borghese Palace & Villa Borghese

  • Some of the best things to do in Rome in February includes an exploration of the Borghese Palace and Villa Borghese
  • The Borghese Palace is a beautiful Baroque building located in the heart of Rome, and was built in the early 17th century
  • It was the home of the Borghese family, one of the most powerful families in Rome at the time
  • The palace is now home to the Borghese Gallery, which ranks amongst the best art museums in the city
  • Villa Borghese is a large park located just north of the city center, and is home to several museums, including the Galleria Borghese, as well as a number of beautiful gardens
  • The villa was once the home of the Borghese family, and it is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome

Location: Piazza Borghese, 9, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

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Admire the beautiful St. Clement Basilica

  • St. Clement Basilica is one of the best places to visit in the city of Rome in February
  • The Basilica of Saint Clement is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I, who ordained Saint Peter to be the first Pope
  • It is part of a larger complex - the Church of Saint Clement, which includes a monastery and an elementary school
  • The basilica was built in the 4th century on the site of a 2nd century pagan temple
  • The basilica is decorated with mosaics, frescoes, and sculptures
  • It is here where you can a 12th-century mosaic of Christ Pantocrator and a 13th-century fresco of the Last Judgment
  • The basilica also houses the tomb of St. Clement, the patron saint of the church

Location:  Via Labicana, 95, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Opening Hours: 09:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 03:00 p.m. to 05:30 p.m.

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Take a Trastevere Neighborhood Walk

  • Don’t forget to take a walk around the neighbourhood, which is arguably amongst the best things to do in Rome in February
  • Trastevere is a charming neighbourhood in the heart of Rome, known for its narrow, winding streets lined with medieval buildings, as well as its lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere
  • There are plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy, as well as a number of sights and attractions during your walk here
  • If you’re looking for a true taste of Roman life, then Trastevere is the neighbourhood for you
  • Some of the must-see attractions in the Trastevere neighbourhood include the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, the Santa Cecilia in Trastevere church and the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Location: Roma RM, Italy

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

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Stroll Around Arch of Titus

  • One of the most popular things that you can do in Rome in February is to enjoy a stroll around the Arch of Titus
  • It is located near the Roman Forum, which was the center of political life in Ancient Rome
  • The Arch of Titus is a triumphal arch that was built in order to commemorate Titus' victory in the Jewish-Roman War
  • The arch is made out of marble and is decorated with reliefs
  • The Arch of Titus has been standing since 81 AD and is one of the oldest surviving triumphal arches in Rome
  • As you take a walk around the arch, you can come across other popular attractions of the city, including the Colosseum, the Pantheon as well as the Trevi Fountain, among others

Location: Via Sacra, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Opening Hours: 09:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.

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People Also Ask About Rome

  1. What are the top things to do in Rome in February?

    • Explore Colosseum
    One of the best things to do in Rome in February is to explore the magnificent Colosseum. The Colosseum is one of Rome's most iconic landmarks and is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Although it is now majorly in ruins, the sheer size and scale of the Colosseum is impressive and it is easy to imagine what it would have been like in its prime.

    • Admire the Pantheon
    Admiring the Pantheon ranks amongst the top things that you can do in Rome in the month of February. It was built in the 2nd century AD and has been well preserved. It is a circular building with a massive dome. The Pantheon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rome.

    • Experience Trevi Fountain
    When in Rome, head to experience the beauty of Trevi Fountain. It is the largest baroque fountain in the city and is considered one of the most beautiful fountains in the world. You can also throw coins into the water, which is said to bring good luck.

    • Visit St. Peter's Basilica
    Don’t forget to pay a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica during your visit to Rome in February. St. Peter's Basilica is one of the most famous and well-known churches in the world. The basilica is built over the site of Saint Peter's tomb, and is the most sacred site in Christianity.
  2. What are the most romantic places to visit in Rome in February?

    The most romantic places to visit in Rome in February include:
    • Trevi Fountain
    • Ponte Sisto
    • Vatican Museums
    • Aventine Hill
    • Villa Borghese
    • Teatro dell ‘Opera
    • Trastevere
    • Gianicolo Hill
    • Ponte Sant Angelo
    • Spanish Steps
    • Piazza Navona
    • Pincio Gardens
    • The garden of the Oranges
    • Lungotevere
    • Campidoglio
  3. Is February a good time to visit Rome?

    Yes, February is surely a good time to visit Rome. With lesser crowds, shorter queues at the city’s landmarks as well as cheaper airfare and accommodation, this month is great for a trip to the Eternal City. Owing to the cool and pleasant weather, you can also comfortably spend the day outdoors, simply exploring Rome at your own leisure.
  4. What should I wear in Rome in February?

    Wearing winter attire is a must in Rome in February. This includes good waterproof walking shoes like ankle boots, sneakers, etc. along with socks, tights, and long trousers or jeans. Long-sleeved shirts with warm sweaters, light jackets and winter coats, with scarves are also important, and you should ideally be prepared for different intensities of the weather with these clothing items.
  5. How is the weather in Rome during February?

    The weather in Rome during February is rather cold, with average temperatures ranging around 8 to 10 degrees Celsius. With no rainfall or snowfall, and a considerable amount of daylight, you can easily explore the city with your loved ones during this month.
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