On a recent trip to Rome in November I fell in love with this beautiful city all over again. Even though we chose to visit in November, not necessarily the best month to travel in Europe, Rome won over our hearts with its enchanting neighbourhoods, its rich history and the amazing food.
We are of course not the only ones who travel to Italy in winter, and to give you a better idea of how & why to plan your trip to Rome in November, read on and get inspired by my photos!
Why Rome in November
Rome in November is a photographer’s dream, even with the gloomy light of autumn clouds. The golden hours are at convenient times, and the colours of the buildings are at great contrast with the grey skies. We were lucky when on our final day the sun came out, and showed us a different side to Rome. The best thing about a city trip to Rome in November is that the crowds are a lot smaller. Don’t get me wrong, there are still loads of tourists in town, and you won’t get the Trevi Fountain all to yourself. But compared to any other time of the year, November is the most off-season month to visit Rome.
What to Do
Our trip to Rome was a surprise holiday for my partner, and part of the surprise were two guided tours with The Roman Guy, a company that offers small group tours in Rome, Venice and Florence. First, we joined the Colosseum Dungeons Tour which gave us special access to within the Colosseum, and also covered a walk across the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. In the evening we headed out for a Local Rome Food Tour during which we learnt everything about Italian food philosophy and got to stuff our faces with Roman delicacies, like fried artichokes, pasta cacio e pepe, and of course gelato!
Where to stay
Trastevere is also the neighbourhood where we decided to rent and AirBnB for our trip to Rome in November. We had heard that the area is a favourite among locals and tourists alike, particularly because of the many restaurants and bars that line the narrow lanes. It turned out to be perfect, because all major sights were in walking distance and we had a huge number of excellent restaurants to choose from (there are virtually no tourist traps here). Trastevere is incredibly picturesque and when the sun came out on our final day, I couldn’t believe just how beautiful it was!
Here are some impressions from our city trip to Rome in November:
All photos by Kathi Kamleitner.