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Rome events in February 2022 - Holidays, exhibits, concerts, and other things to do

Rome events in February include Valentine's Day, Six-Nations Rugby matches, and Carnival.

winter sunset at colosseumWhether you are visiting Rome in February for a romantic getaway around Valentine's Day, or to enjoy a Six-Nations rugby match, or Carnival, there's plenty happening in Rome this month!

Find out all the things to see and do in Rome in February.

Rome events in February 2022 - What's happening

February is a great time to visit Rome for a lot of reasons, whether you're visiting for a romantic getaway, or are craving a quieter winter month, or are coming for some Six-Nations rugby!

February weather in Rome is cool, which makes it comfortable for sight-seeing. It's also a good time to enjoy some hot Roman lunches and dinners indoors with some good wine.

Keep reading for more info about the best Rome events in February 2022:



Holidays and special dates in Rome in February

Probably the date that comes to mind for many in February is Valentine's Day.

There are no other major Rome events in February, but there are plenty of things to do, concerts, exhibits, etc.

February 14 - Valentine's Day

If you're visiting Rome over Valentine's Day, you may be looking for some romantic things to do and romantic places to eat.

I've got you covered!

If you're looking for some unique ways and/or a place to propose, try these options.

Carnival/carnevale

kids dressed for carnival in romeCarnival in Rome is mostly about kids dressing up and throwing confetti everywhere.

Carnival begins the week before Lent, culminating in Fat Tuesday, followed by Ash Wednesday.

Dates for Carnival, Carnevale in Italian, in 2022 are:

  • Fat Thursday: February 24
  • Carnival Sunday: February 27
  • Fat Tuesday: March 1

Expect to see kids dressed up and coriandoli (coloured confetti) all over Rome's streets and sidewalks. 

While Carnival in Venice is a really famous event for grownups, in Rome it seems to be mostly about kids dressing up.

Castagnole and frappe - carnival treats in romeOne of the best things about Rome in February is enjoying these fried sugary treats, castagnole and frappe, here shown at Roscioli bakery.

And of course, the best part about Carnival in Rome?

Eating the fried sugary dough treats, castagnole and frappe.



Current exhibits and events at Rome's museums in February

SUPER GREEN PASS REQUIRED

As of February 2022, a Super Green Pass is required to enter most museums and sites, unless otherwise noted.

The cooler winter months are a great time to take in the arts indoors. Some museums stay open later on the weekends.

There are several Rome events in February at various museums around the city:


klimt

Palazzo Braschi - Museum of Rome

Klimt - This exhibition marks the return to Italy of some of his masterpieces from Vienna and other locations around the world. 

Through March 27, 2022

Palazzo Braschi is on one end of Piazza Navona.

Open Mon - Fri 10 am - 8 pm; Sat - Sun 10 am - 10 pm.

13€ standard. 11€ reduced.

Advance booking strongly recommended.



Chiostro del Bramante

CRAZY: Madness in Contemporary Art

Through 8 January 2023.

Chiostro del Bramante is just behind Piazza Navona.

Monday to Friday 10 am - 8 pm

Saturday and Sundays 10 am - 9 pm

The box office and show entrance close one hour before.

15€ Weekdays. 18€ Saturdays and Sundays.

Advance booking strongly suggested.


raphael domus aurea

Domus Aurea

Raphael and the Domus Aurea - the invention of the Grotesque.

EXTENDED! Through April 3 2022.

Monday - Thursday, accompanied site visit. 12€ adult.

Friday - Sunday, guided visit including the workspace. 18€ adult.

Free for anyone under 6, and anyone disabled and their caregiver, with written medical proof. 

Advanced booking is required


guido reni

Galleria Borghese

Guido Reni

February 9 - May 22, 2022

Open: Tuesday - Sunday 9 am - 7 pm. Closed Mondays

Full €13; Reduced (Europeans ages 18-25) €2;

Advanced booking is required.


mausoleum of augustus

The Mausoleum of Augustus

Ongoing

Open daily but with availability only for the following few weeks at a time.

5€ full price. Free for children under 6, tour guides, and many other categories. For a full list, click the below link.

Advanced booking is required

Sport/sporting Rome events in February


six nations rugby

Catch the Six-Nations Rugby match when the Azzurri will face England.

February 13, 2022. 4 PM.



The perfect 3-day itinerary in Rome

Trying to figure out how to organize your visit to Rome? I've got the perfect 3-day itinerary for first-time visitors (or those who have not been here in a while.) It works for a 2.5 day visit as well.

In my 3-day itinerary, you'll see all the major must-see Rome attractions like the Vatican, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo, and much more.

And if you have more time, or want suggestions for extra/other things to do, you'll find that there too.

Visit my page with the best 3-day itinerary in Rome for first-timers.



Vatican Events in February



On Sunday, February 5, 2022, there will be a Papal Mass for the "Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - Holy Mass".

Mass is at 17:30 inside St. Peter's Basilica.



When the Pope is in town, you can attend the Wednesday Papal Audience, or watch the pope give the Angelus in St. Peter's Square on Sunday.

Both are free.

For the Papal Audience, you need tickets. For the Angelus, you don't.



February 11, 2022 is a national holiday in Vatican City, so the Vatican Museums are closed this day.

This does not affect the opening hours of St. Peter's Basilica, or Vatican Square, which are both open and free.

Depending on when Easter falls, February can have a few Vatican-related events, such as Ash Wednesday.

In 2022, Ash Wednesday falls on March 2. You may attend this Papal Mass. It's free but you need a ticket.

Visit Rome's Parks and gardens

While February can be a cold month, it can still be a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome, and they are all open in winter.

Rome events in February - Free things to do

If you're looking for some fun Rome events in February that are free, the below are confirmed for 2022:

capitline museums she wolf

The first Sunday of the month, Rome's Civic Museums are free for everyone.

On Sunday February 6, 2022, you can visit the Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Villa Torlonia, Trajan's Market and many others for free. For more details and booking, click the link below to visit the official site.

Advance booking is required.

Green Pass is required.


sistine chapel

As of 2022, the Vatican Museums have brought back the Free Sunday!

In 2022, the Vatican Museums will be free and open on Sunday February 27Expect large crowds on this day, even in February.

St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square are free and open daily.

You cannot buy tickets in advance for the Free Sunday, but you can book a tour of the museums through the Vatican. If you don't want to book this tour, just come early. By early I mean by 8am.

But otherwise I recommend you book your visit ahead of time and pay to go another day.


Free Sunday Rome events in February 2022

NO FREE SUNDAY February 2022

Due to Post-Covid-lockdown opening rules at Rome sites, there are currently no free dates at Rome's STATE museums, which include the Colosseum.

We DO have the Free Sunday at Rome's CIVIC museums and at the Vatican Museums (see above.)

You may wish to refer to the free Rome events in February below if you are planning to visit in February 2023 as these will hopefully have free dates by then.

As things evolve, I'll update you about opening rules and possible free dates as we go month to month.


colosseum

In February 2023, the Colosseum will be free on Sunday February 5.

You can expect the Colosseum to be pretty much a mob scene.

I'd highly recommend visiting one of the other sites that is also free on this day, like the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill, or Ostia Antica.


Nighttime things to do in Rome in February

In Rome in February the evenings can be pretty chilly and of course it gets dark early.

But that doesn't mean you cannot enjoy the city after the sun goes down! 

For nighttime tours and Rome events in February, visit Viator.



Rome events in February - Concerts, operas, shows


rome opera

Enjoy the opera in Rome's beautiful Teatro dell'Opera (Opera House.)


rome auditorium

At the Rome Auditorium, you can attend wonderful concerts and other events.


opera pass

Get your Rome Opera Pass to choose from a number of shows inside a scenic and suggestive setting in central Rome (locations vary).

These wonderful opera singers put on a mini-production of various operas, often in full costume.


capuchin crypt

Visit the extraordinary Capuchin Crypt, then head into the recently restored church to listen to sacred music in a gorgeous setting.

Wednesday afternoons.


rooftop aperitivo and opera

Don't miss this unique opera + aperitivo on one of Rome's most amazing rooftops, the Borromini Terrace. Combine beautiful music, with the stunning baroque setting on Piazza Navona, and a special aperitivo, to make for a fabulous evening in Rome.

There's a maximum 30 people (including an art historian guide), to keep this experience exclusive and special.

Friday evenings.


rooftop and aperitivo piazza navona

Enjoy private access to one of Rome's most exclusive rooftops right on Piazza Navona, while sipping your aperitivo and listening to Italian opera classics from Verdi, Rossini, and Puccini.

Sunday early evenings.


3 tenors - nessun dorma

The Three Tenors - Nessun Dorma

See the "Three Tenors" in a beautiful church setting.

You will be treated to three of Rome's most famous tenors singing some of the best-known and loved songs of Neapolitan opera, accompanied by the Mandolin Orchestra.

Music from La Traviata, Rigoletto, Tosca, and many others. 

Wednesday evenings. From 25€.

Valentine's Day Concerts


opera singers in open air

Open Air Opera Concert - Best Arias & Love Duets

Listen to beautiful opera duets while you enjoy aperitivo on this breathtaking rooftop in the center of Rome.

February 14, 2022, 9pm. From €45. (Other Fridays available also.)


concert in santa chiara

Opera Concert at the Palazzo Santa Chiara

Enjoy opera in the small, elegant auditorium of 17th century Palazzo Santa Chiara, known for its excellent acoustics.

Head to this hidden gem right behind the Pantheon, grab a cocktail at the intimate bar inside, then sit back and enjoy some beautiful music.

February 12, 13, 2022, 7:30 PM (other weekend dates also available).


arias concert

"The Most Beautiful Opera Arias" Concert

Immerse yourself in Italian opera and enjoy compositions by famous composers such as Puccini, Bellini, and Mascagni.

This intimate concert is held in the Ponte Sant Angelo Methodist Church, a venue with exceptional acoustics just across from Castel Sant'Angelo.

Offered daily in February, 2022, 7:30 PM.

For more concerts and music Rome events in February, click here to visit Get Your Guide.

Tours to take in Rome in February

This could be considered a romantic tour to take in February:


castel sant'angelo by night

Settings of the Opera Tosca Walking Tour

Explore the beauty of Rome while visiting the sites where the acts of Puccini's famous opera Tosca took place.

Offered daily in February, 2022From €61. 


Booking a tour is a good way to make sure you get tickets to the sites you want to visit, and also get to enjoy them without fighting the crowds too much.

And even if it's not too crowded, a tour is a great way to see the sights and get to know a bit about them as you go.

For more tours to take in February, start here:

Day trips to take in Rome in February

February is a wonderful time to take a day trip, especially if you want to try some food/wine ventures outside Rome.

We have lots of options for places to visit which you can easily reach within 1-2 hours of Rome. For organized day trips, visit Get Your Guide.

Activities with kids in Rome in February

Whether you are visiting Rome in February for the holidays or just for a short getaway, if you are coming with kids, there are plenty of tours and activities in Rome geared to children of all ages. 

If you're looking for some fun activities with kids, start here:

I've listed some of what I think are the most fun and interesting Rome events in February, and most central. For a complete list of Rome events in February, visit the website of the Rome Tourist Board.

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