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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tickets at a glance
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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
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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)
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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.
City museums and national museums
In Rome, some of the museums belong to the municipality and some to the state.
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.
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 Visit the dream factory of Roman cinema, Metro A Station Cinecittà Tickets
Via di Tor Sanguigna 3 Tickets
Galleria 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) Bus 51, 60, 63, 80, 83, 85, 160, 170, H, n5, n8, n11, n90, n543, n716 (Piazza Venezia) Tickets
Via Vittorio Veneto 27 Bus 52, 53, 61, 63, 80, 83, 160, n90, nMA (Barberini) Tickets
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.
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.
until January 9th, 2022 I Marmi Torlonia. Collezionare Capolavori
The legendary marble collection of the Torlonia family, exhibition in the Capitoline Museums, Villa Caffarelli
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!
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
30.9.-3.10. Romics International Festival of Comics, Animation, Cinema and GamesFiera di Roma – Rome fair Train FL1 direction Fiumicino airport
Date tbd, 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
The 16th edition of the Rome Cinema Festival14.-24.10 Tickets bei
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale P. De Coubertin, 30
29 October – 1 November 100 Pittori – Painter’s exhibition
The historic exhibition of artists, 113th edition in Via Margutta, in the back of Via del Babuino between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna
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
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 JazzBus 160, 671, 714, 792
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.
Largo Venue is a cultural center on Via Prenestina.
The Teatro Brancaccio on Via Merulana also hosts musical events. Jethro Tull is scheduled to come in October.
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.
Spazio Rossellini is a cultural center located near the Basilica of San Paolo.
In Rome and the surrounding area there are a few parks that offer a welcome change.
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 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
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.
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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