Rome events in February include Valentine's Day, Six-Nations Rugby matches, and Carnival.
Find out all the things to see and do in Rome in February.
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!
Keep reading for more info about the best Rome events in February 2022:
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.
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!
Carnival begins the week before Lent, culminating in Fat Tuesday, followed by Ash Wednesday.
Dates for Carnival, Carnevale in Italian, in 2022 are:
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.
And of course, the best part about Carnival in Rome?
Eating the fried sugary dough treats, castagnole and frappe.
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:
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.
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.
Catch the Six-Nations Rugby match when the Azzurri will face England.
February 13, 2022. 4 PM.
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.
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.
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.
If you're looking for some fun Rome events in February that are free, the below are confirmed for 2022:
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.
Green Pass is required.
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 27. Expect large crowds on this day, even in February.
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.
In February 2022, there are no free dates to visit the Colosseum.
The Colosseum will be free on the first Sunday of the month.
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.
Enjoy the opera in Rome in February, right in Rome's beautiful Teatro dell'Opera (Opera House.)
At the Rome Auditorium, you can attend wonderful concerts and other events.
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.
Visit the extraordinary Capuchin Crypt, then head into the recently restored church to listen to sacred music in a gorgeous setting.
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.
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.
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€.
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.)
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).
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.
This could be considered a romantic tour to take in February:
Explore the beauty of Rome while visiting the sites where the acts of Puccini's famous opera Tosca took place.
Offered daily in February, 2022. From €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:
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.
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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