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Best Time to Visit Paris and Rome

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Dusk on a summer evening along the Tiber river with night market in Rome, Italy

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The best time to visit Paris and Rome is from April to June and September to October, before and after the busy and warm summer season.

The two cities complement each other with intriguing architecture, strong cultural traditions, and scenic centers. Paris and Rome can easily be incorporated into any European itinerary as you discover the wonders of the ancient world and the splendors of the Renaissance.

Discover the highlights and more by planning your trip around the following best times to visit to make the most of your time on any style of trip.

Overview

  1. Best Time for Sightseeing
  2. Best Time for Romance
  3. Best Time to Enjoy Classic Events
  4. Best Time for Families
  5. Best Time for Seniors
  6. Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities
  7. Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities
  8. More Travel Information & Tips

Best Time for Sightseeing

The Louvre in Paris, France

The Louvre in Paris, France

Best Months: April | May | June | September | October

Enjoy the openness and accessibility of the museums, restaurants, and monuments as you take pleasure in visiting the key highlights from April to June and September to October.

From the Louvre and Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Vatican and Colosseum in Rome, knowing you can experience the beauty, glamor, and charm of each city’s highlights in cooler temperatures and with fewer crowds make traveling in spring and early fall ideal.

Best Time for Romance

Pincio Terrace with view of Rome skyline in Italy

Pincio Terrace in Rome, Italy

Best Months: April | May | June | October | December

Few things are more romantic than walking along the Champs Elysee, an evening boat cruise down the Seine, a night tour of the Colosseum, or romantic stroll on the Passeggiata del Pincio during comfortable weather with smaller crowds from April to June or October and December.

Paris and Rome are the epitomai of charm, with great beauty present throughout their architecture and historical sites. Make the most of the quieter months in spring and fall, when you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides amidst the leaves or cuddle up in winter with a glass of wine, savored with a romantic dinner for two.

Best Time to Enjoy Classic Events

Fireworks explode over the Eiffel Tower on Bastille Day in Paris France

Bastille Day in Paris France. Photo by Yann Carded / Flickr

Best Months: May | July | August | September | October

Your travels can coincide with your passion when visiting Paris and Rome around the key cultural and traditional celebrations that take place from May to August and September to October.

Whether Bastille Day, the Tour de France, the Vinoforum Wine Festival, when Michelin-star chefs create mouthwatering treats, or the Italian F1 Grand Prix, you can experience cultural, traditional, and seasonal grandeur or charm in summer and fall when visiting Paris and Rome.

Best Time for Families

Mother and daughter at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Best Months: May | June | September | October

Head to the bustling and exciting cities of Paris and Rome in the early summer and fall, when both destinations have their doors open and ready to welcome families from May to June and September to October.

Discover exciting experiences that can immerse you in the bustle and charm of each city as you embrace the rhythm of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, the Catacombs in Rome, or the Colosseum. From immersive experiences to exciting discoveries, you can enjoy fewer crowds and warm weather just before the popular summer months.

Best Time for Seniors

Outdoor cafe's in Paris, France

Paris, France

Best Months: April | May | September | October

Making your way through iconic Paris landmarks and Rome highlights should be a comfortable and serene experience for those who wish to go at a slower pace in April to May or September to October.

Seniors should look to visit both cities when there are fewer crowds and shorter waits at key sights for a much more enjoyable experience, specifically in spring and fall. With mild weather and pleasant temperatures, you can walk the Champs Elysse or stroll the Spanish Steps, or simply indulge in the ambiance of an outdoor cafe.

Best Time for Spring & Summer Activities

Roman Forum in Rome, Italy.

Roman Forum in Rome, Italy.

Best Months: April | May | June

The skies are usually blue and the weather is going from mild to warm as spring merges with summer, most noticeable in the gardens, squares, and impressive monuments from April to June. Festivals and concerts add to the excitement of the brighter months in Paris and Rome as the outdoors creates a space to explore and play.

With inviting museums and art galleries to refreshing sidewalk cafes and impressive architecture, you can find each city erupting with beauty and joy from spring to summer.

Museums | Walking tour | Ancient ruins | Parisian Canals | Tiber markets | Night cruise | Outdoor exhibitions | Chocolate tour | Gelato tour

Best Time for Fall & Winter Activities

Arc de Triumph in Paris, France

Arc de Triumph in Paris, France

Best Months: September | October | December

As the temperatures start to drop, you can focus more on indoor delights, such as mouthwatering restaurants, cathedrals and galleries. Take a stroll between the Arc du Triomphe and the Place de Concord or spend quiet time with fewer crowds below the Eiffel Tower.

Romance is enhanced with horse-drawn carriage rides in one of Rome’s city parks or for families and couples wishing to capture the magic of a Christmas market in December.

Museums | Art galleries | Food tour | Catacombs | Christmas market | Ancient ruins

More Travel Information & Tips

The Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

The Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

Paris and Rome are two captivating cities that invite visitors of all ages and with varied interests to come and explore. Rich history gives way to modern charm to create unforgettable moments in both as you find every new experience exciting and easy to achieve.

For ideas on how to plan your perfect personalized trip, take a look at our Paris & Rome Vacation Packages. Speak with a Zicasso travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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