Cities across Italy in August are usually empty as residents head for cooler temperatures along the coasts. Rome is no different, but there is still much to do for tourists visiting Rome in August.
While the summer months see the heaviest tourist traffic in Rome and other parts of Italy, since the weather is hot and the rain chances are small, as August approaches, the crowds begin to thin.
Weather in Rome in August
Summer in Rome is beautiful, sunny and hot, and outdoor dining is a must.
Many cafes will offer gelato and other warm-weather treats, so take advantage of August's shorter lines and indulge in this local delicacy.
A lot of hotels and other attractions offer lower rates during August since business slows down with the exodus to the coast. If you're trying to catch the Roman summer weather, August is your best option, as long as you can tolerate the warmer temperatures.
Be advised, however, that hours for attractions in Rome, such as museums, may be limited or reduced during August, so be sure to check before you plan your visit.
Throughout Italy, there are many summer music festivals and outdoor concerts.
Ferragosto in Rome
August 15, Ferragosto (Assumption Day), is a national holiday, so many businesses and shops will be closed in Rome and other parts of the country, especially the larger cities.
The traditional beginning of the summer holidays for most Italians, Ferragosto, which falls on the religious holiday of Assumption, is the time when many Romans head to the beach or mountains for a few weeks of relaxation away from the stress of the city.
For those who stay in town, there are dance and music festivals on this day which often include fireworks
You'll find celebrations in many places in Italy on this day.
Religious Festivals in Rome in August
The Festa della Madonna della Neve is celebrated on August 5. The Feast of the "Madonna of the Snow" celebrates the miraculous August snow that fell in the 4th century, thereby signaling the faithful to build the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
A re-enactment of the event is carried out with artificial snow and a special sound and light show.
The Festival di Caracalla takes place in late July and early August, with opera and other performances at the Roman Baths of Caracalla. See Caracalla Schedule
Summer Music Performances in Rome
Outdoor music and other performances happen throughout the summer in Rome. Estate Romana lists some summer performances and events. At Castel Sant' Angelo you'll find music and performances in the evenings through mid-August.
Concerts take place in Rome's squares and parks, the banks of the Tiber are lined with stalls, and Shakespeare plays (in Italian) are performed at the Globe Theater in Villa Borghese.