October is the start of autumn in Rome featuring comfortable afternoons but with cool to cold late nights and early mornings.
Early in October, daytime high temperatures will tend to be around 23-24 C (74-76 F) but will cool down to 19-22 C (67-71 F) by the end of the month.
A few of the warmer afternoons, especially early in the month, can reach up near 27 C (81 F).
The record high temperature in Rome during October is 31.8C (89.2 F).
Late night and early morning low temperatures early in October tend to be around 13-14 C
(55-57 F) early, falling to 10-11 C (50-52 F) near the end of the month.
A few of the colder mornings, especially late in the month, can dip down near 5 C (41 F).
The record low temperature in Rome during October is 0.8 °C (33.4 F).
Sun and Rain
October normally features 16 sunny, 2 partly sunny, and about 13 mostly cloudy days.
On average, you can expect about 7-8 days to record at least 1 mm (0.04 inches) of rain with 2-3 days recording 10 mm (0.40 inches) or more.
The number of daylight hours decreases rapidly this month from about 11.75 hours on the 1st down to about 10.4 hours by the 31st.
The wind speeds during this month are mostly light to gentle averaging 6-19 kph (4-12 mph), however, can occasionally be moderate at 20-28 kph (13-18 mph).
Ocean and Beaches
Within about an hour of the city are several good beaches and the water remains relatively warm this month, averaging near 22 C (72 F) early in October but cools to near 20 C (68 F) by the end of the month.
What to Wear in Rome in October
Autumn begins in October in Rome and features mostly comfortable afternoons but with cool to somewhat cold late nights.
Autumn attire including long skirts, long cotton pants or jeans, and a couple of sweaters work well this month as well as a light jacket or windbreaker.
Also, bring some lighter T-shirts or other light cotton tops for the few warmer afternoons.
A travel umbrella or light rain jacket will come in handy for a few rainy days and don’t forget some comfortable walking shoes.
If you plan to visit the Vatican, best to check their dress code first.
Things to Do in Rome in October
There won't be many sunny days this month, but it should be warm enough to consider taking a pay-what-you-wish walking tour in Rome.
If you are visiting on a rainy day, consider heading to the Pantheon to see one of the more interesting phenomena in the city.
Since the structure has an open oculus at the center of its dome, the rain falls inside the building!
Anyone visiting on October 4th might want to visit the Church of San Francesco a Ripa Grande in Trastevere to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
Domenica al Museo will be taking place on Sunday, October 2nd, allowing you to visit multiple popular and historic attractions for free.
This is also the month of the Rome Film Fest, so if you're a movie buff, you might want to consider going to see one of the many films being shown during this event.
For even more ideas, make sure to check our full post covering things to do in Rome during the month of October.