I love Rome year round, but August is especially enjoyable. It’s hot. The days are long. Especially around the 15th, it’s super quiet.
High 89° / Low 66° Keep in mind that air conditioning is not that common and even in places with air conditioning, it’s usually not as strong as in the US.
Most Italians are at the beach or in the mountains, most Americans are back in school, so it’s not very crowded.
While it’s not as extreme as it once was, many restaurants and shops will close for at least a few weeks of vacation. Touristy sites remain open and there are still plenty of excellent places to eat.
Catholic Feast Days in August
With nearly 1,000 churches and tombs (or parts) of so many Saints, there’s almost always a celebration. Neighborhoods have their own devotions, so it’s not uncommon to stumble upon a procession.
Saint Alfonso Liguiri
Holy Machabees (Roman Rite)
Miracle of the Fusing of Chains – Saint Peter in Chains
Saint Alfonso Liguiri (Roman Rite)
Saint John Vianney
Saint Domenic (Roman Rite)
Our Lady of the Snows
Mass at Saint Mary Major
Feast of the Transfiguration
Go to an early morning Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica
Saint John Vianney (Roman Rite)
Go to Mass at the Angelicum or Santa Sabina
Saint Lorenzo (Roman Rite and
Saint Clare of Assisi
Saint Maximillion Kolbe
Feast of the Annunciation
Saint Pius X
Death of Saint John the Baptist