You got to Rome the night before. Despite the jet-lag, you got melatonin to sleep a decent amount of hours and you’re ready to wander the city and complete your checklist. But, you hear thunders and rain and you’re extremely disappointed and frustrated given your short stay. Don’t worry, Rome is full of attractions and some of them are particularly suitable for a rainy day.
Start the day with a coffee stop. Get to the closest coffee bar and get some caffeine because, trust me, you’ll need it. You might want to get some food with it also.
Then, you have three choices.
Crypts and Catacombs Tour
Get underground and under-cover. It is an entirely indoor tour with indorr transfers on dry busses. There is nothing more fascinating than wandering the tunnels of the Roman Catacombs with the sound of raindrops over your heads.
Vatican Museum Tour
Apart from the line outside the museum you can avoid booking ahead, you can visit the Vatican Museum. They have one of the biggest art collections in the world showing works of art collected by popes across the centuries. For instance, the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chappell is breathtaking.
The Pantheon is one of the oldest monuments in Rome, which get magical with the rain. If you enter the building on a rainy day, you can witness drops of rain entering the large oculus at the top of the dome. The rain drains away before flooding the floor inside due to the successful ancient drains that allow the rainwater to properly drain.
To end the day, enjoy a huge aperitif. Eataly is a high-end Italian food market/mall chain comprising a variety of restaurants, food and beverage stations, bakery, and retail items. In other words, It is a three floors building full of typical Italian food.
At the end of this day, the frustration of the morning will be just a memory. Also, don’t worry about bringing an umbrella because as soon as it starts raining, Rome will be full of salespeople selling 2 euroes umbrellas.
So have a great day and enjoy the rain!