Although Rome mainly has a warm and mild climate, there are certainly days when it rains, especially in the cooler months of autumn and winter. It may happen that you are visiting Rome for a few days and some of them catch rain, and even so, the city is still beautiful so don't worry, there is still plenty to see and do. For those days we have compiled a list of suggestions of places to see while staying dry and remaining smitten with the Eternal city.
Experience the beauty of Pantheon
This ancient wonder will be a place of impeccable architectural beauty to marvel at while sheltered from the rain. The magnificent giant dome of the Pantheon has a pretty famous hole in the middle of it through which the rain falls onto the centre of this church which is a beautiful sight to be seen. As the guards will mark the slippery area around where the raindrops fall, rest assured that you will be safely standing in appreciation at all the relics and incredible details of this church (only in a case of severe weather conditions the Pantheon is closed). On your way out, while still under the Pantheon’s sheltering canopy, take a moment to acknowledge the fountain which stands in front of it, the beautiful “Fountain of the Pantheon” sculpted out of marble and designed by a famous architect Giacomo Della Porta in 1575.
See the incredible Galleria Doria Pamphilj
Due to the ancient ruins and the majestic monuments, Rome has often been referred to as an open-air museum and although that is true, once it rains it is time to look elsewhere and discover beauty and art Rome holds. There are many places to satisfy your appetite for art and one, in particular, stands out in terms of its offerings. Galleria Doria Pamphilj is where you can find Rome’s largest and richest private art collection. The gallery is set in a splendid palace which is still occupied by the Pamphilj family and the walls of the palace are filled with floor-to-ceiling paintings. On display, you can see works by Raphael, Tintoretto, Titan, Bernini, Caravaggio, Velasquez and the Flemish masters. An excellent audio guide narrated by Prince Jonathan Doria-Pamphilj is available for the visitors in which the narrator shares his personal memories, stories of his ancestors and details about various works of art, bringing the palace alive.
Eat a long and delicious lunch
Getting a table at one of Rome’s prominent restaurants is a great idea once it starts pouring outside. This is an opportunity to take your time and enjoy all those mouth-watering flavours of Italian cuisine. Nearby the Pantheon and Galleria Doria Pamphilj are some excellent spots for you to try. Ristorante Maccheroni is a warm and cosy restaurant often considered as one of Rome’s hidden gems. This is the place to indulge in wonderful flavours of pasta. Armando Al Pantheon is another cosy and intimate space where you will find locals to be the predominant crowd and the wine list long and fantastic. However, the main attraction is their food, for which this place has been praised and famous.
Shopping in luxurious Galleria Alberto Sordi
On Via del Corso, where you will find many shops along the street, is a beautiful 19th-century building that holds a carefully made selection of shops. The building has been recently refurbished and today it stands as a dedication to the famous Roman actor Alberto Sordi. This is a place to enjoy both the marvellous architecture of the building and the shopping experience it offers at the same time. Equipped with high-quality goods and a coffee shop with really good coffee, this is a perfect way to do some shopping on a rainy day.
Coffee and gelato break at the notorious Giolitti
Coffee in Italy is usually a thing of a quick ritual, but when the weather turns bad and there is nowhere to rush to, why not take it slow and add a sweet treat to it. At Giolitti you will find a kingdom of gelato flavours and honestly, they are all as equally good, plus there is a whole range of delicious pastries to browse through in order to pick whatever you seem to like the most. So take your time and sit down, enjoy your coffee and as many desserts it takes to finish it with.
Take an unforgettable cooking class
In case you are looking for a productive way to spend your raining day in Rome it might be of your interest to know that there are some excellent cooking classes happening. Learn how to make some of the famous Italian traditional dishes in a beautiful ambient where you will collect some pretty good recipes. This is an incredibly fun way to experience the making of Italian cuisine and indulge in your own making afterwards.