What to wear in Rome in the fall: full packing list and style guide

by marta

What to wear in Rome in the fall: full packing list and style guide. What to pack for Rome in October, November, December to be weather ready, comfortable and blend in with the locals.

Autumn can be a wonderful time to visit Rome. In the fall, Rome has left the hot and sticky summer days behind but hasn’t quite yet plunged into the humid and cold days typical of its winters.

The result is, most years, a dry, sunny, pleasant combination of blue sky and light breeze that seems designed for sightseeing.

Autumn in Rome is however not always a dream.

View over Rome in autumn, with blue sky and some clouds

The weather at this time is changeable and you may find yourself not only in need of different outfits on different days but also reaching out for an extra layer at certain times of the day.

Packing for Rome in the fall is very much an exercise in making clever choices before you leave and packing in layers.

In this guide, I share my top tips on what to wear in Rome in autumn, what you need to pack and what you can leave home.

If you are looking specifically for tips about shoes, I recommend you also check my guide to the best walking shoes for Rome here.

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When is fall in Rome?

Autumn in Rome technically starts on the 21st of September and ends on the 21st of December.

During these 3 months, the weather changes from being properly summery to increasingly cold.

The Jewish Quarter in Rome in autumn

September is still very much a summer month in Rome while December, while technically fall, is considered by locals a winter month, with cold temperatures and a need for warm coats.

You can have a look at what to expect weather and event wise in Rome in October, November and December in the following guides:

What is the weather like in Rome in the autumn?

Rome in the fall has usually pleasant weather, with mild temperatures and bright sky.

View of Rome in the fall
View over Roman Forum and Colosseum in September

September is still summer in Rome. Average temperature is 22C/71F and rain is scarce

October tend to be dry and sunny but it is an autumn month in Rome: average temperature is 18C/64F and you are likely to need a light jacket mornings and evenings

November is mild and wet in Rome. Average temperature is 13C/55F and you usually get about 1 week of rain, so waterproof jacket and shoes are a must

December is technically autumn in Rome but very much a winter month in terms of temperature and feel. Average temperature is 10C/49F and you can expect over a week of rain.

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Packing list for Rome in fall: essentials

You don’t need to pack a lot for Rome however, you need to make sure you have all your essentials rights so if you end up going shopping, it will be for pleasure, not need!

Close up of brown boots with fall leaves
Closeup of woman legs in brown boots. Girl in autumn park forest. Fall winter fashion.

My essentials for an autumn trip to Rome are:

What to wear in Rome in September

Autumn starts in Rome on the 21st of September and it is usually slow coming.

Summer clothing slowly gives way to fall outfits and you will notice locals putting away summer colors slowly transitioning to more sober ones (Italians love browns, blues and creams).

You may still find people in shorts in Rome in early September but they are usually tourists and often regret their choice as soon as the evening falls!

When packing for Rome in September, I recommend you have your essentials (above) and in particular:

  • Good walking shoes, well broken in: at this time, you can wear summer, breathable models and you don’t need to worry too much about rain
  • Flip flops for hotel or day trips to the beach, still very nice in September
  • Bathing suit for hotel pool / day at the beach
  • Sunscreen
  • Walking socks (you do not usually need tights in September)
  • Summer trousers or jeans
  • Below the knee skirt
  • Short sleeve tops (women) / Polo shirts for men (Italian men do not wear short sleeve shirts)
  • Light cardigan
  • Light scarf: this is a fashion accessory in Italy that will make you feel like you are blending in but also a great what to cover shoulders or cleavage when visiting churches. A light scarf can also come in handy as the weather starts to turn chillier at the end of September.
  • Light jacket if visiting at the end of the month or used to very hot weather.

What to wear in Rome in October

You can find my full packing list for Rome in October here. It includes:

  • Good walking shoes, well broken in: waterproof runners and ankle boots are perfect. Bring an extra pair should one get soaked and in need for drying overnight
  • Socks (and tights if planning on wearing skirts)
  • Long trousers or jeans
  • Below the knee skirt
  • Short-sleeve tops + long sleeve tops / shirts
  • Light cardigan + warmer sweater
  • Light scarf: this is a fashion accessory in Italy that will make you feel like you are blending in but also a great what to cover shoulders or cleavage when visiting churches). You do not usually need a full winter scarf in October in Rome.
  • Midseason, waterproof jacket
This is us during our tour with Tapsy. Quite a view behind us, right?

What to pack for Rome in November

November is reasonably mild in Rome but short hours of daylight and rain call for season appropriate attire.

The summer is far now and style wise you will notice everyone sporting winter colors and locals often in full winter attire.

Good to know: If you are looking for style tips for Rome to blend in with the locals, have a look at my tips about ‘how to dress in Rome too!

You can find my full packing list for Rome in November here. It includes:

  • Good walking shoes, well broken in: waterproof sneakers/runners and ankle boots are perfect. Bring an extra pair should one get soaked and in need for drying overnight
  • Socks (and tights if planning on wearing skirts)
  • Long trousers or jeans
  • Below the knee skirt
  • Short-sleeve tops for layering + long sleeve tops/shirts
  • Warm sweater
  • Winter scarf
  • Winter jacket (if you are used to very cold weather, you may get away with a midseason coat but Rome gets humid and can feel surprisingly cold in the rain)

What to wear in Rome in December

December is winter in Rome and you want to pack for cold temperatures and short days.

Vatican Rome on December evening with lit up Christmas tree
Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican at winter christmas night

The thermometer seems to suggest December is mild in Rome but this can be deceiving: Rome is humid and can get surprisingly chilly!

When packing for Rome in December you need winter attire and you are unlikely to take off many layers in restaurants: heating in Rome is not as strong as you may be used to and you will always keep your woolen sweater on even indoors.

You can find here >>> my full packing list for Rome in December. Below there are some essentials:

  • Waterproof well broken sneakers/ankle boots/full boots
  • Socks and tights
  • Long trousers (jeans, woolen)
  • Below the knee skirt or dress
  • Long sleeve tops (short sleeves only for layering)
  • Woolen sweater
  • Winter waterproof coat
  • Scarf, gloves, winter hat
  • Warm nightwear
  • You do not usually need a thermal layer in Rome

I hope you found this Rome packing list for the fall useful. Safe travels!

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