4 Reasons to Visit Rome in January

Wednesday, February 4, 2015



It is pretty cold and dreary both here in Vilnius and back where I'm from in Connecticut. About this time of year I'm always itching to get away to somewhere even slightly warmer than my current situation. This year I was lucky enough to pop over to Rome for a week to enjoy the lovely weather and incredible sites. With the blue skies and reasonably warm weather I felt so spoiled!

1) Very short lines for popular attractions. The lines for purchasing tickets for the Colosseum/Forum and the Vatican Museum were practically nonexistent. There were also very few people in these areas, so you could take your time.

2) Beautiful weather. The weather in Rome was sunny and much warmer than Vilnius. After months of cloudy weather the sun felt so wonderful.

3) Sales. My sister was unable to join our fun in Rome, so I popped into a few shops with my Mom to pick up a gift for her. We found some excellent bargains!

4) Fewer people = fewer hustlers. One of the biggest complaints I've heard about Rome is that the men selling selfie sticks and other tchotchkes can be really pushy. There were still a lot of men selling things, but we didn't see them bothering many people.

I'm linking up with the Sunday Traveler.

Do you like to travel during the off-season? Where else do you suggest to visit in the off-season?

20 comments:

  1. Rome is my ultimate want-to-travel destination! x

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    1. Maybe you should consider visiting in the winter! I was so surprised by how easy things were without the crowds.

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  2. Selfies, Selfies...haha yep....those guys are super annoying!! Glad you missed out on a few of those!! I think we may be heading back to Prague this month and I'm hoping it will be a little less crowded :)

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    1. They were so annoying! One guy kept getting in my photo, which made me super cranky - but I feel like it wasn't so bad.

      Have fun in Prague! I'd love to go back in the winter to see the Astronomical Clock again. It was so crowded when I was there.

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  3. We always go to places in the off season! It is so much better! www.eatallovertheworld.com

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    1. It is a great way to both see things and to save money. I also love traveling in the off-season!

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  4. i would most definitely do rome in the winter now.. it was so stinkin hot in the summer. i don't feel like i was enjoying the sites, bc i was preoccupied by finding shade.

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    1. That is how I feel about when we visited Xi'an, China. I love hot weather, but I just melted in that sweltering heat and grimy smog feeling.

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  5. I couldn't agree more with you! Rome in the summer time is incredibly hot and sometimes you have to wait for hours to see the same attractions that in January you can see in 20 minutes!

    This is good advice in general for all major Italian cities as it is always quite mild and you are right the SALES ARE GREAT! What did you get for your sister??!

    Angie from reasons to dress, feel free to come by!

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    1. It was great! My Mom and I got her a really lovely leather bag. Hand-made in Italy and her first real leather bag. She absolutely loved it!

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  6. I'm from Connecticut, too...and have to agree...it's so nice to find a place a little warmer to thaw out in winter!

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    1. It is nice to meet a reader from CT! Which part of the state are you from? I'm from SE CT near the shoreline. I just booked tickets to visit this summer and am looking forward to it :)

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  7. We went last February, and it was the perfect time to go... I am not sure I would want to visit in the height of the season now! :D

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    1. It is so wonderful in the winter. I bet the February would be perfect too!

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  8. Fewer hustlers is the best reason!

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    1. It really does make a difference when someone isn't bothering you to buy something.

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  9. I love off-season and shoulder season travel - mostly because I'm impatient and happy for less lines.

    And after the last few weeks in CT, I'd be happy to go ANYWHERE to get away from all this snow. If I can get out of the front door without shoveling, it's good.

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    1. The snow in CT is terrible right now! I Skyped with my parents yesterday and they showed me out the window. What a mess. Hopefully it will clear up soon!

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  10. These are pretty much great reasons to visit any place off season. Love having less crowds.

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    1. So true. I'm really hoping to be able to visit more places off-season as this was wonderful.

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