When to fly
Rome’s peak tourist season begins just before Easter (when the greatest number of visitors book flights to Rome) and runs through October. June to the beginning of September is usually the most expensive and crowded time to travel to Rome. Many visitors come in the summer despite the warmer weather. In August most of the population is on holiday, especially in the last two weeks of the month. Even hotels, restaurants, and shops are closed as all the Romans go on holiday.
Every May, Rome plays host to some of the best tennis players in the world, at none other than the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the Italian Open. Although this is one of the most important European clay-court competitions, it is much more than just tennis. Visitors who take cheap flights to Rome during that time can enjoy fine food, luxurious shopping, high fashion and performances from famous musicians in one of the most glamorous events on the ATP World Tour. Another highlight in Rome during May is La Notte Bianca ("the white night") when all of Rome stays open until dawn. Most of the museums and galleries have free entry all night long and there are special performances, concerts and museum tours.
New Year’s Eve is a busy time in Rome but a great way to welcome the start of the New Year with the breathtaking backdrop of iconic historic monuments, such as the Roman Colosseum, Piazza Del Popolo and the Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II. Watch a spectacular fireworks display, whilst listening to live music and enjoying traditional Italian food with the crowds of visitors and locals.
Most attractions either operate during shorter winter hours or close for renovations from late October to Easter. Some hotels and restaurants are closed for a month or two between November and February. However, during the winter months, especially January through March may be good times to book cheap flights to Rome, as you can often get into the open attractions and sights without having to wait in line.
Rome is ancient. Spread across seven hills, on the River Tiber, every cobbled stone suggests its long history - the gladiators fought here in the Colosseum, the faithful prayed here in the Pantheon, Michaelangelo enjoyed the patronage of popes here. The Italian capital is a must-visit city, one of those "see before you die" destinations.
The devout still make a pilgrimage to Rome to visit the Vatican City, the Pope's residence and a city-state of great importance. St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums attract millions of visitors each year. Michelangelo designed the dome (there are 323 steps to the top to enjoy heart-stoppingly beautiful views of Rome) and, perhaps most famously, painted the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
After the culture, soak up the atmosphere where it's at its best - on the streets. Rome comes to life in the mid-morning and buzzes until late at night. The Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the most theatrical of the piazzas, or Trastevere, bohemian and with a young vibe, are where you'll get a real taste of this amazing city.
For culture vultures there's the Museo e Galleria Borghese and the Doria Pamphilj gallery, between them enough to keep the keenest visitor busy for hours, if not days, on end. The Vatican offers more though with an obvious religious angle - St. Peter’s Basilica is not to be missed.
When it's time to break for lunch or dinner, choices abound but anyone taking a cheap flight to Rome would be crazy to stray too far away from the home cooking. Italians gave the world pizza and pasta and in Rome you have the chance to experience these classic dishes in their original.