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Best time to visit The Vatican, Vatican

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The best time to visit The Vatican is October

The Vatican is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, October is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high as 33℃ (91℉) in the middle of the day. The coldest it usually gets in winter-time in The Vatican is around 4℃ (39℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit The Vatican when the days are longest, you should visit in July. To stay dry, avoid travelling to The Vatican in November – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Learn everything you need to know to help you decide when to go to The Vatican below, and don’t forget to use the awesome travel tools we know and love to help you find the best deals and make booking your vacation a breeze!

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

July

The Vatican seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in The Vatican as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. The Vatican is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in The Vatican

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in The Vatican for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

The Vatican climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in The Vatican for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
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MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

The Vatican in January

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 48mm (2") over 12 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in January, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


The Vatican in February

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 52mm (2") over 12 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in February, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


The Vatican in March

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 46mm (2") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in March, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


The Vatican in April

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 12 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in April, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


The Vatican in May

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 41mm (2") over 12 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in May, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


The Vatican in June

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 64%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 7 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


The Vatican in July

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average humidity: 60%
  • Average sunny days: 22 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 6 days
22 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


The Vatican in August

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 58%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 11mm (0") over 5 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


The Vatican in September

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 64%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 46mm (2") over 12 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

The Vatican in October

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 66mm (3") over 12 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in October, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


The Vatican in November

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 113mm (4") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


The Vatican in December

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 54mm (2") over 12 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to The Vatican in December, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in The Vatican is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 31℃ (88℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in The Vatican is generally around August. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in August first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in The Vatican is generally around November, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of November too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting The Vatican, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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