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Since Pope Francis took over at the Vatican, SmarterTravel says interest in travel to Rome has jumped 7% this year. He doesn't make it any warmer in town around this time of year, which is a big reason a weeklong package tour from Monograms that goes for $1,571 per person in spring and summer drops to $1,285 per person in January and February.Meanwhile, studio rooms at the opulent Portrait Roma hotel go for $495 in January before jumping to about $773 per night in June. The Hotel Albergo del Senato Rome sees nightly room rates drop to $235 in February from heights of nearly $355 in July. Cheap? No. Cheaper than you'll see until next winter? Absolutely.