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Rome October. Many visitors come to Rome to enjoy Rome’s wonderful October climate. It is high season and you need to reserve well in advance. As part of the COVID regulations, you need a digital vaccination card or a negative test.

The Colosseum, the Vatican Museums and the Borghese Gallery are particularly in demand. Opening times of museums, events and concerts, you will find all the important information here.

October in Rome

The more central you live, the less you are dependent on public transport. You can find out how to find an affordable room and which areas are best in our information on Hotels in Rome.

Rome is a very green city. Take a stroll in one of the Roman villas and visit a lookout point. A trip to the sea with a visit to the excavations in Ostia Antica is nice. It is also very pleasant in Villa D’Este in Tivoli. If you want to visit Villa Adriana, take a parasol with you.

But you can also reach more distant destinations such as Pompei, Naples or Florence in one day with the high-speed train or with a guided tour.

Weather and clothing

October is usually very pleasant in Rome. In the morning, the air is pleasantly fresh and tingling and during the day it is pleasantly warm, but not too hot. Especially in the second half of the month, it can get pretty cold and raining on some days.

Rome October Shopping

The rain does not last long, but it is very intense. Everything gets submerged within a few minutes and you have to find a refuge. After 15 or 30 minutes, rain is over usually.

Since you are in Rome a lot outdoors, you have to be flexible. During the day it is still pretty warm, in the evening it is already quite cold. Just in case, you should have a raincoat with you. Comfortable shoes are also important, as you will be walking a lot and the walkways are bumpy.

When visiting the sacred sites, including the catacombs and the Vatican Museums, your shoulders and knees must be covered. If you’re going off-shoulder, take a shoulder scarf or pareo with you.

Rome for early risers

Rome October Trevi early morning

In the early morning it is pleasantly fresh and there are only a few people around. There is very little traffic in Rome until six in the morning and you can take beautiful photos of monuments and squares undisturbed in the first morning light.

The sunrise offers wonderful pictures and maybe you will meet a wedding couple at one of the monuments during a photo session. Sunrise in Rome in October is between 7:08 and 7:34 am, with the time change on October 25 at 6:35 am.

The early morning is also the best time to jog.

Rome October Villa d'Este Ovato Fountain

When it gets hot during the day, the ride on the open hop on hop off bus is very pleasant, which will take you to the sights quickly and comfortably. However, the buses do not circulate in the city center.

A trip to the catacombs or the area around Rome is also highly recommended.

The water features in the Villa D’Este in Tivoli are particularly refreshing .


On your sightseeing tour of Rome, you will likely only have a short break for lunch.

Rome October food Coda alla vaccinara

Whether you want an opulent dinner, a pizza, a sandwich, an ice cream or something sweet, in Rome you will find a large selection of the best quality. Roman gastronomy is usually excellent.  In our food category you will find tips on street food, pizza, the best ice cream parlors, but also on very elegant restaurants. For an initial overview, we recommend a street food tour.

Typical dishes of Roman cuisine are fried rice balls, supplì, salted cod, baccalà, and oxtail in tomato sauce, coda alla vaccinara.


Rome is a shopping paradise. Regardless of whether you want to stock up on fashion, look for vintage or antiques or bring a culinary specialty home with you, you will find the right ideas in our Shopping category.

Avoid queues

Keeping your distance is a necessary precaution. Avoid the queues and make a daily schedule. In our category 3 days in Rome you will find suggestions that you can combine with each other.

There are queues at free attractions such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon, while most museums require a reservation. But the area of ​​the Trevi Fountain can also be closed in the event of overcrowding. There are also queues at the ticket offices in the airports and at the ticket machines. Bookings on the Internet are therefore the first choice.


Organize the journey from the airport to the hotel in advance and read our information about the metro and how you can get tickets quickly and easily.


Many museums can only be visited by reservation. These include the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery and the museums of the Municipality of Rome. You can find information about the museums on our pages

St. Peter’s Basilica

Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free. However, the queues can be quite long if there are many visitors.

Rome October St. Peter's Basilica queue

There is a very simple trick to avoid the queue: you book an audio guide or a guided tour in advance and you will be admitted through a special entrance without waiting. For more information read our pages on St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and the history of St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Rome October opening hours

St. Peter’s Basilica

Basilica 7 am – 6:30 pm – dome 8 am – 5 am – treasure 9 a.m. – 5:15 pm

More information about St. Peter’s Basilica>


8:30 am – 5:30 pm closing 6:30 pm (with the start of winter time on the last Sunday of the month 3:30 pm / 4:30 pm)

Details about the Colosseum>

Vatican Museums

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, closing 6:30 pm, Friday, Saturday 8:30 am – 8:30 pm, closing 10:30 pm. Closed on sundays. The opening times of the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo are not yet known.

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City museums and national museums

In Rome, some of the museums belong to the municipality and some to the state.

Rome October Palatine Colosseum

The city’s museums include the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets, Imperial Forums and numerous other museums. National museums include the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Borghese Gallery and many more. For the full list of museums, opening times and tickets, see our Rome Museums page.

Free entry

All museums run by the Municipality of Rome, such as the Capitoline Museums and the Trajan’s Markets, have free admission on October 3rd. The entry time must be reserved by telephone +39060608.


Cinecittà si mostra ticketsCinecittà si mostra Visit the dream factory of Roman cinema, Metro A Station Cinecittà Tickets

Stadium of the Domitian TicketsStadium of the Domitian The stadium under Piazza Navona

Via di Tor Sanguigna 3 Tickets

Galleria Colonna TicketsGalleria Colonna – one of the largest ancient private palaces in Rome. The most beautiful rooms of the palace and the art collection of the family with artists from the 15th and 16th centuries such as Pinturicchio, Cosmè Tura, Carracci, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, Bronzino, Guercino, Veronese, Vanvitelli

Via della Pilotta 17 (near Piazza Venezia) Palazzo Colonna Bus 51, 60, 63, 80, 83, 85, 160, 170, H, n5, n8, n11, n90, n543, n716 (Piazza Venezia) Tickets

Capuchin Crypt TicketsCapuchin Crypt – Museum and Crypt of the Capuchins

Via Vittorio Veneto 27 Kapuzinergruft Bus 52, 53, 61, 63, 80, 83, 160, n90, nMA (Barberini) Tickets

Leonardo da Vinci MuseumLeonardo da Vinci Experience – near St. Peter’s Square

Via della Conciliazione 19 Leonardo da Vinci Experience


The Coliseum tells of itselfThe Colosseum tells of itself, permanent exhibition in the Colosseum – with the support of Heinz Beste, DAI Rom

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

Erwin Wurm Via Veneto Contemporanea

Via Veneto contemporanea – 14/11/2021

Contemporary art on Via Veneto – Erwin Wurm

Via Veneto Google Maps

Banksy 2

All about Banksy 2

Thanks to about two hundred and fifty works from private collections, Chiostro del Bramante presents ALL ABOUT BANKSY: in Rome, from May 5, 2021 to January 9, 2022, a new exhibition to discover everything you can know about the most famous unknown artist in the world.

In the Chiostro del Bramante (Piazza Navona area) Via Arco della Pace 5 Google Maps

Napoleone ultimo atto

Napoleon Last Act. Exile, death, memory – 09/01/2022

Dedicated to the extreme moments of Napoleon Bonaparte’s epic deeds, the exhibition aims to illustrate the events of the Emperor’s exile and death on Saint Helena through an evocative visual narrative, constructed using prints, watercolors and sculptural and numismatic effigies.

Museo Napoleonico, Piazza di Ponte Umberto I Google Maps free entry

I Marmi Torlonia

until January 9th, 2022 I Marmi Torlonia. Collezionare Capolavori
The legendary marble collection of the Torlonia family, exhibition in the Capitoline Museums, Villa Caffarelli

Capitol hill

Tour of the Capitoline Museums in a small group

Toccare la bellezza Palazzo delle Esposizioni


Maria Montessori and Bruno Munari in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Via Nazionale 194 Bus 64, 70, 71, 117, 170, H Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Colori dei romani

Colors of the Romans – 15/06/2022

Mosaics from the Capitoline Collections

Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense, 106 Google Maps

Balloons Roma

Balloon Museum 23/10 – 28/11/2021

A bus depot in Rome renovated for the occasion will host the first Balloon Museum in Italy. 5000 square meters of installations with a high level of interactivity!

Tickets at Ticketone online

Prati Bus District, Viale Angelico, 52 Google Maps Bus 32 (V.Le Angelico/Dardanelli)

Mostra Margaret Bourke White

Prima, donna. Margaret Bourke-White

More than 100 images from the Life archive in New York, divided into 11 thematic groups which, in a chronological vision, trace the thread of Margaret Bourke-White’s existential path and show her visionary and narrative capacity, capable of composing dense and striking photographic “stories”.

Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza di S. Egidio Google Maps

Mostra Klimt

Klimt – The Secession and Italy – from October 27

The exhibition traces Klimt’s life and artistic production, underlining his role as co-founder of the Viennese Secession and investigating his relationship with Italy, the destination of his travels and site of some of his exhibition successes.

Museo di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Piazza Navona Google Maps


1.-3.10. Franken Bierfest Beer Festival Beer from small Franconian breweries

Friday: 17.00 – 2.00
Saturday: 12.00 – 2.00
Sunday: 12.00 – 0.30

Villa Torlonia, via Lazzaro Spallanzani 1A 60, 62, 82, 90, N4 Nomentana / Torlonia

30.9.-3.10. Romics International Festival of Comics, Animation, Cinema and Games

Fiera di Roma – Rome fair Train FL1 direction Fiumicino airport

16.10. 4th Day of the Catacombs

Free admission to numerous catacombs in Rome.

It is possible to visit some catacombs that are otherwise not open to the public. However, there are long queues and also waiting times of several hours.

Oktober in Rom Rosengarten giardino delle rose
Giardino delle rose

10 – 24 October, Autumn opening of the rose garden of the municipality of Rome

 8:30 am – 5:30 pm On the Aventine hill at Circus Maximus, Bus 81, 118, 160, 628 Circo Massimo/Roseto comunale 715 Terme Deciane/La Malfa

Festival del Cinema di Roma

Festa del Cinema di Roma

The 16th edition of the Rome Cinema Festival

14.-24.10 Tickets bei Ticketone buchen

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale P. De Coubertin, 30

Tram 2 Parco della Musica
100pittori Via Margutta

29 October – 1 November 100 Pittori – Painter’s exhibition

The historic exhibition of artists, 116th edition in Via Margutta, in the back of Via del Babuino between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna


Roma Ostia Half Marathon

17.10.2021 Half Marathon Roma Ostia Info

Half Marathon from Roma EUR to Ostia on Via Cristoforo Colombo

Papal audiences in October

Audiences of the Holy Father are held every Wednesday morning in October.

There are no public papal masses in October

The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place every Sunday at noon in St. Peter’s Square.


Rome has a lively music scene. Many pubs and music venues offer live music, especially on weekends. Classical music can be found in many churches and palaces.

Rome’s Music Park​

A jewel is the Parco della Musica, built by the internationally known architect Renzo Piano, in northern Rome on Via Flaminia. See all events here. Events and tickets

Tram 2 Parco della Musica

Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu
Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu

There are several auditoriums and an open-air stage in the Parco della Musica. There are performances in all styles.

Some events are also organized together with the Casa del Jazz. Events and Tickets Casa del Jazz

Bus 160, 671, 714, 792 Casa del Jazz

Palazzo dello Sport​

The Palazzo dello Sport is a multifunctional hall where concerts are held regularly. It is located in Quartier EUR and is easily accessible by Metro B station Palasport.

Metro B EUR Palasport Palasport


Largo Venue

Largo Venue is a cultural center on Via Prenestina.

Largo Venue, Via Biordo Michelotti 2
Tram 5, 14, 19 Bus 81, 412, n5, n543, nMC Prenestina/Gattamelata Largo Venue

Tickets Ticketone buchen

Teatro Brancaccio

The Teatro Brancaccio on Via Merulana also hosts musical events. Jethro Tull is scheduled to come in October.

Via Merulana 244 Teatro Brancaccio Bus 16, 75, 714

Tickets Ticketone buchen


Atlantico is a concert hall in the EUR neighborhood. You take Metro B to EUR Fermi and then bus 705 or 706 to Colombo / Atlantico.

Viale dell’Oceano Atlantico, 271D
Metro B EUR Fermi -> 705, 706 Atlantico

Tickets Ticketone buchen

Spazio Rossellini

Spazio Rossellini is a cultural center located near the Basilica of San Paolo.

Via della Vasca Navale, 58
Metro B San Paolo, Bus 170, 791 Atlantico

Tickets Ticketone buchen

Amusement parks

In Rome and the surrounding area there are a few parks that offer a welcome change.


Rome amusement park Luneur

The Luneur Park offers many rides. It is located in the south of the city in the EUR district on Via Cristoforo Colombo. The opening times in winter are irregular, mostly Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in summer daily until midnight. On the Luneur website you can see the calendar with the opening days. Bus connections are lines 30, 170, 714 and 791, Colombo / Agricoltura stop. From there it is 750m to the entrance on Via delle Tre Fontane 100.


Hydromania is an amusement pool in western Rome.

Hydromania is located at exit 33 of the Grande Raccordo Anulare. Unfortunately it is not easy to reach by public transport. The journey by bus 088 from the terminus of Tram 8 near Casaletto is a bit lengthy.

Cinecittà World

Cinecittà World is a theme park about cinema and television. It is located next to the Castel Romano outlet center on Via Pontina between Rome and Pomezia. A shuttle bus runs from the Termini main station. Tickets

Roma World

Roma World is a theme park on ancient Rome. It is right next to Cinecittà World. The program is supported by the Gruppo Storico Romano. Tickets

Excursions in the area

Rome has beautiful surroundings. Romans mainly use the weekends for trips to the sea or the mountains. Therefore, you better set out during the week, when there is less going on.

You can reach many destinations by public transport. Of course, it is more convenient to rent a car.

Trips to the sea

Ladispoli, Santa Severa and Santa Marinella are very nice seaside resorts in the north of Rome. To do this, take the FL5 train line, which runs from Ostiense, Trastevere and San Pietro stations to Civitavecchia. A 3-zone ticket is sufficient for Ladispoli, and 4 zones for the locations of the two saints.

It is very easy to get to Ostia Lido. A ticket for city traffic is sufficient for the journey and on the way you can visit the excavations of the old port city of Ostia Antica.

Formia is very beautiful in the south of Rome. The journey from Roma Termini takes around 90 minutes.

Trips to the mountains

The most famous summer residence of the Romans in Castel Gandolfo. Here the popes spent the summer at around 400 m. Pope Francis, on the other hand, remains in Rome and the palace and gardens in Castel Gandolfo can be visited.

You can get to Castel Gandolfo by train from Roma Termini or from Ciampino with a 3-zone ticket. The train station is on the volcanic hill between Lake Albano and the village.

Day trips

With the high-speed trains that are punctual to the minute, Florence and Naples are only around 1 ½ hours away. With our tips you can put together your own day tour or book an organized tour. Take a day to stroll around Florence and see the world famous Uffizi Gallery. Or visit the excavations in Pompeii and see Vesuvius, which is still active today and buried the city under its ashes.

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