Rome events in March include International Women's Day, the Feast Day of Santa Francesca Romana, Father's Day (Festa di San Giuseppe), and more!
Find out all the things to see and do in Rome in March.
March is a great time to visit Rome for a lot of reasons, whether you're hoping to come in a slightly quieter season, are on a school holiday, or are looking forward to seeing Rome right before spring comes into full bloom.
Keep reading for more info about the best Rome events in March 2022:
Special dates in March in Rome include International Women's Day, the Feast Day of Saint Frances of Rome, Father's Day, and more.
International Women's Day is a major international holiday around the world (for some reason that escapes me, it's barely heard of in the U.S.).
Although it's not a bank holiday, it's still widely recognized.
The tradition is to give some mimosa flowers to the women in your life.
In early March, you will see a lot of these flowers for sale in Rome.
On this day, all of Rome's CIVIC museums are free for women.
Saint Frances (1378-1440) founded an order called the Olivetan Oblates of Mary, and eventually the Tor de' Specchi monastery, right near Capitoline Hill.
The monastery is only open on March 9 each year, the anniversary of the death of the saint.
It's free to visit but you will find a line and some crowds.
If you are on Rome on this day, I highly recommend visiting this site. The frescoes are stunningly beautiful.
On this day in 44BC Julius Caesar was assassinated in the heart of Rome, by his friends and colleagues in the Roman Senate, who were concerned about his growing power.
This act marked a major shift in ancient Rome, leading to a civil war which the first emperor Augustus won.
Because it was such a significant event, to this day Romans remember the Ides of March.
There is a re-enactment of the assassination in the ruins at Largo Argentina on March 15 - this is where it actually happened, not in the Roman Forum!
This is part of their #globalgreening initiative. They light up other monuments around Europe, too.
The lighting is from around 9-11pm.
March 19 is Father's Day in Italy.
In Italian it's called La Festa di San Giuseppe.
Giuseppe is Italian for Joseph and of course Father's Day here is named for the one of the most famous fathers, at least in Catholic history.
Why is this important if you're visiting Rome in March?
Because you will want to load up on some bignè di San Giuseppe, which are pastry bombs filled with cream. A must!
As March 19 is a Christian holiday, St. Joseph's Day, the Vatican Museums will be closed on this day.
The last Sunday of March is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in Europe (this date differs from the U.S. and some other parts of the world).
We LOSE one hour.
In 2022, we set our clocks ahead on the night of Saturday March 26 at 2:00 AM (March 27.)
Be aware of this if you have any Sunday morning plans like a tour or flight.
The Rome Marathon, usually held around either the last Sunday in March or first Sunday in April, will be held on Sunday March 27 2022.
This really won't affect you much unless you run the marathon, or are staying or planning any cultural visits near the route.
For more info, visit the official website of the Rome Marathon.
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 March 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.
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.
Scuderie al Quirinale
Superbarocco / Super Baroque. Art in Genoa from Rubens to Magnasco
March 26, 2022 - July 3, 2022.
The exhibition will feature more than 120 works produced in Genoa between the years 1600 and 1750.
Open daily from 10am to 8pm (last admission at 7pm.)
15€ full price.
Raphael and the Domus Aurea - the invention of the Grotesque.
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.
There are a lot of smaller exhibitions in March. To see a complete list of them, visit this page of the Rome Tourist Board where you can filter to see all Rome events in March, or drill down further by category such as dance, music, etc.
Catch the Six-Nations Rugby match when the Azzurri will face Scotland.
March 12, 2022. 3:15 PM.
The Roma-Ostia Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 12 2022 at 9:15 AM.
The race goes from Roma EUR – Palalottomatica to the Piazzale Cristoforo Colombo roundabout in Ostia.
The annual Rome Marathon, will take place on Sunday March 27, 2022.
On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, there will be a Papal Mass for Ash Wednesday in the basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill.
While March can still be a chilly month, it can still be a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome, especially towards the end of March when flowers start blooming.
If you're looking for some fun Rome events in March that are free, the below are confirmed for 2022:
Rome's civic museums, including the Capitoline museums, Trajan's Market, Ara Pacis and others are offering free admission to women on March 8, 2022 in honor of International Women's Day.
The first Sunday of the month, Rome's Civic Museums are free for everyone.
On Sunday March 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 March 27. Expect large crowds on this day.
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 March 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 March the evenings can be colder than you might think.
Most of March is still winter!
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Enjoy the opera 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€.
For more concerts and music Rome events in March, click here to visit Get Your Guide.
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 March, start here:
March 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 March 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 March, and most central.
For a complete list of Rome events in March, visit the website of the Rome Tourist Board.
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