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

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!

winter sunset at colosseumOne of my favorite March happenings in Rome is on March 9, the feast day of Santa Francesca Romana - the one day a year you can visit this stunning convent dedicated to her.

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

Rome events in March 2022 - What's happening

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.

March weather in Rome is still fairly 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 March 2022:



Holidays and special dates in Rome in March

Special dates in March in Rome include International Women's Day, the Feast Day of Saint Frances of Rome, Father's Day, and more.

March 8 - International Women's Day

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.).

mimosa flowers for international women's dayIn early March, expect to see bouquets of mimosa flowers for sale around Rome. You can buy them for yourself or for the women in your life to commemorate International Women's Day.

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.

March 9 - Feast Day of Saint Frances of Rome

Saint Frances (1378-1440) founded an order called the Olivetan Oblates of Mary, and eventually the Tor de' Specchi monastery, right near Capitoline Hill.

tor de specchi monasteryOne of the most special Rome events in March is the one-day opening of the convent of Tor de' Specchi, where you can see these stunning frescoes by Antoniazzo Romano.

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.

March 15 - The Ides of March

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.

largo argentina - site of Julius Caesar's assassinationThe ruins at Largo Argentina mark the spot where on the Ides of March, March 15, 44 BCE, Julius Caesar was assassinated. One of the more unusual Rome events in March is the re-enactment of this episode on this spot.

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!

March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day

In honor of Saint Patrick's Day, March 17Tourism Ireland lights up the Colosseum in green. 

green colosseumOne of the most unusual Rome events in March is watching the Colosseum turn green on Saint Patrick's Day.

This is part of their #globalgreening initiative. They light up other monuments around Europe, too.

The lighting is from around 9-11pm.

March 19 - Father's Day

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.

bignès of san giuseppe pastriesIf you have a sweet tooth, one of the best Rome events in March for you will be La Festa di San Giuseppe, Father's Day. You will find these scrumptious bignès at pastry shops and cafés all around Rome in March.

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.

Last weekend of March - Daylight saving Time begins

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.)

piazza dell'orologioDon't forget to turn your clock AHEAD by one hour on the last weekend in March!

Be aware of this if you have any Sunday morning plans like a tour or flight.

Rome Marathon

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.



Current exhibits and events at Rome's museums in March

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:


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.


crazy exhibit at chiostro del bramante

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.


superbarocco exhibit at scuderie

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.

Advance booking strongly suggested.


raphael domus aurea

Domus Aurea

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. 

Advanced booking is required


guido reni

Galleria Borghese

Guido Reni

Through 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

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.

Sport/sporting Rome events in March


six nations rugby

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

March 12, 2022. 3:15 PM.


roma-ostia half marathon logo

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.


roma marathon logo

The annual Rome Marathon, will take place on Sunday March 27, 2022.



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 March


santa sabina

On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, there will be a Papal Mass for Ash Wednesday in the basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill.

Attendance is free but you need to reserve a ticket.


saint peter's square during angelus

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.


ceiling of the sistine chapel, michelangelo

March 19, 2022 is Father's Day, and a Catholic Holiday (Festa di San Giuseppe), 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.

Visit Rome's Parks and gardens

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.

Rome events in March - Free things to do

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


ara pacis

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


capitline museums she wolf

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.

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 March 27Expect large crowds on this day.

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 March 2023

NO FREE SUNDAY March 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 March below if you are planning to visit in March 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 March 2022, there are no free dates to visit the Colosseum.

The Colosseum will be free on the first Sunday of the month.

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 March

In Rome in March the evenings can be colder than you might think.

Most of March is still winter!

And while it's still too early in the season for nighttime visits to the Vatican Museums or the Colosseum, you can still enjoy the city after the sun goes down.

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



Rome events in March - Concerts, operas, shows

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March 22 - 27, 2022, Puccini's Turandot is playing at Rome's Opera House.


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€.

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

Tours to take in Rome in March

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:

Day trips to take in Rome in March

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.

Activities with kids in Rome in March

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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