Rome events in November include the holiday of All Saints Day on November 1.
There are a few more important dates to note this month. Either way, November is a really lovely time to visit Rome and sight-see, as the weather is just perfect. Not hot at all, and not yet winter-cold.
Find out all the things to see and do in Rome in November.
November is a lovely time to visit Rome.
Keep reading for more info about the best Rome events in November 2021:
The main holiday in November is All Saints' Day, or Ognissanti in Italian.
Where tourism is concerned, the only closure of note is the Vatican Museums.
November 2 is All Souls' Day, also known as the Day of the Dead, in Italian, Commemorazione dei defunti, or more commonly, giorno dei morti.
On this day (or really, any time in November), Italians visit cemeteries and pay their respects to their departed loved ones.
National Unity and Armed Forces Day is an Italian holiday commemorating the victory in World War I.
It's celebrated every year on November 4.
There are some events around the city, including a flyover by the Italian Air Force, with the frecce tricolore, the green, white, and red contrails, i.e. the colors of the Italian flag.
There will also be a changing of the guards ceremony at the Quirinal Palace.
Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany in 1918.
It was meant to take effect "on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month."
Often on or near the date, there is a Commonwealth Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Rome Commonwealth War Cemetery, on Via Nicola Zabaglia.
Several Commonwealth ambassadors and other dignitaries partake in a wreath-laying ceremony. Various clergy will also give sermons. It's a very moving experience.
While Thanksgiving is not at all an Italian holiday, in a city with so many American expats, it's now possible to enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner in Rome.
There are several Rome events in November at various museums around the city. These are confirmed for 2021:
Raphael and the Domus Aurea - the invention of the Grotesque.
Through 31 December, 2021.
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 care-giver, with written medical proof.
EXTENDED! - Capitoline Museums
The Torlonia Marbles. Collecting Masterpieces.
Visit this stunning exhibit of one of the most important private collections of ancient sculptures.
Through 9 January, 2022 the exhibition I marmi Torlonia, Collecting masterpieces is open in the new exhibition space of the Capitoline Museums, in Villa Caffarelli.
Napoleon and the Myth of Rome
Through 7 November, 2021.
Coinciding with the 200th year of Napoleon Bonaparte's death, this wonderful exhibit showcases the emperor's relationship with Rome and the ancient Rome.
November 1, 2021
La Corsa dei Santi is a 10k race on November 1 (All Saints' Day). It takes place throughout Rome's historic center.
You can take part if you want. To see the route, and how it might affect your visit if you are in Rome that day, visit their website by clicking the above link.
While November can be a cool month, it can still be a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome.
If you're looking for some fun Rome events in November that are free, there are very few so far confirmed for 2021.
The below are either confirmed for 2021.
The first Sunday of the month, Rome's Civic Museums are free for everyone.
On Sunday November 7, 2021, 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.
In recent years, we've enjoyed the "Free Sunday," in which state sites and museums were free the first Sunday of the month, and the Vatican Museums were free the last Sunday of the month.
In November 2021, we will not have any free dates at these sites, but hopefully this will return by November 2022.
In November 2021, there are no free dates to visit the Colosseum.
The Colosseum will be free on the first Sunday of the month.
In November 2021, there are no free dates to visit the Vatican.
On the last Sunday of the month, the Vatican Museums are open and free. Hours are reduced (9:30am - 2pm, with last entry at 12:30pm). Expect long lines. If you are on a budget , or have limited time, this can be a great opportunity. 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.
At the beginning of the month, the weather is still really comfortable, even in the evenings.
By the end of November, the evenings can be pretty chilly and of course it is starting to get dark quite early.
But that doesn't mean you cannot enjoy the city after the sun goes down! Here are my favorite things to do in Rome at night (They should be booked in advance):
This hour-long show highlights the life of Rome's first emperor, Octavian Augustus.
Through 7 November 2021.
Bring a jacket as it tends to get chilly while sitting there.
Now through end of November, 2021, the Rome National Museums (Palazzo Altemps, Baths of Diocletian, Palazzo Massimo, and Crypta Balbi) will be open for night visits from 7:45 pm - 10:30 pm on various nights.
It's free to visit but you must book in advance.
For more nighttime tours and Rome events in November, visit Viator.
Don't miss the Rome Chamber Music Festival!
November 21 - 25, 2021 at Rome's Auditorium Conciliazione near the Vatican.
Normally held every June (and it will be back in June 2022 at Teatro Argentina), we have a special opportunity to attend the festival this year in November.
The theme is Beethoven, Bernstein and Zappa. Eclectic and fun! An absolute must for music lovers!
Awaiting confirmation for 2021
If you love jazz, November is a great time to be in Rome. The Rome Jazz Festival will be held from xxxx. Tickets priced by performance.
There is lots of wonderful opera in Rome in November, right in Rome's beautiful Teatro dell'Opera (Opera House.)
The Rome Auditorium is open and 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.
For more concerts and music Rome events in November, click here to visit Get Your Guide.
It's a good idea to take a tour in November.
November can be really busy in the first half of the month.
So 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 tours to take in November, start here:
November 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.
November is usually when many kids have gone back to school, but there are still 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 November, and most central. For a complete list of Rome events in November, visit the website of the Rome Tourist Board.
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