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Rome events in November 2021 - Holidays, exhibits, concerts, and other things to do

Rome events in November include the holiday of All Saints Day on November 1.

November enjoying outdoors in romeNovember can still have lovely sunny days, allowing for some fun outdoor activities like enjoying a rowboat in the Villa Borghese's "laghetto."

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.

Rome events in November - What's happening

November is a lovely time to visit Rome.

The days are crisp and cool, which makes it perfect sight-seeing weather, not to mention perfect weather for enjoying Roman lunches and dinners indoors with some good wine.

Keep reading for more info about the best Rome events in November 2021:



Holidays and special dates in Rome in November

November 1 - All Saints' Day / OGNISSANTI

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.

NOVEMBER 4 - NATIONAL UNIFICATION AND ARMED FORCES’ DAY (GIORNATA DELL'UNITÀ NAZIONALE E DELLE FORZE ARMATE)

National Unity and Armed Forces Day is an Italian holiday commemorating the victory in World War I.

italian frecce tricoloreIt's always a treat to catch the Italian Air Force leaving the trail of the "frecce tricolore", the colors of the Italian flag. Photo - wikimedia commons.

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.

NOVEMBER 11 - ARMISTICE DAY/REMEMBRANCE DAY

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."

Remembrance Day at Rome war cemeteryThere is a very moving commemoration at the Commonwealth War Cemetery on or near November 11 each year.

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.

Thanksgiving

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.

Thanksgiving meal in romeThanksgiving meal in Rome with Rome's Canadian Club. Photo by Anna Ambrosini.


Current exhibits and events at Rome's museums in November

There are several Rome events in November at various museums around the city. These are confirmed for 2021:


raphael domus aurea

Domus Aurea

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. 

Advanced booking is required


galleria borghese damien hirst

Galleria Borghese

Damien Hirst - Archeology Now

Through 7 November, 2021.

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

Through 31 December, 2021.

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

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

Advanced booking is required


torlonia marbles capitoline museum

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.

Advanced booking is required.


bansky chiostro del bramante

Chiostro del Bramante

All about Bansky: Exhibition 2

Through 9 January 2022.

Chiostro del Bramante is just behind Piazza Navona.

Open daily 10 am - 9 pm.

15€ Weekdays. 18 Saturdays and Sundays.

Advance booking required.


napoloen exhibit at trajans market

Trajan's Market

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.

Advanced booking is recommended.

Sport/sporting Rome events in November


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November 1, 2021

La Corsa dei Santi - Race of the Saints

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.


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.



Visit Rome's Parks and gardens

While November can be a cool month, it can still be a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome.

Rome events in November - Free things to do

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.


capitline museums she wolf

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.

Advance booking is required.

Green Pass is required.


Free Sunday Rome events in November 2022

NO FREE SUNDAY November 2021

Due to Post-Covid-lockdown new opening rules at Rome sites, there are currently no free dates at Rome's state museums, like the Colosseum, or at the Vatican.

We DO have the Free Sunday at Rome's civic museums (see above.)

You may wish to refer to the free Rome events in November below if you are planning to visit in November 2022 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.

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.


colosseum

In November 2021, 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.

sistine chapel

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.


Nighttime things to do in Rome in November

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):


viaggio nei fori

The wonderful Viaggio Nei Fori, a nighttime light show on the via dei Fori Imperiali, is one of my favorite nighttime Rome events in November.

This hour-long show highlights the life of Rome's first emperor, Octavian Augustus.

Through 7 November 2021. 

The show is accessible for disabled people.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Click here to book a more complete experience, with a visit to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, followed by this light-show.

Bring a jacket as it tends to get chilly while sitting there.


palazzo altemps

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.

Click here for the official website, opening dates for night visits for each museum, and to book tickets.

It's free to visit but you must book in advance.

For more nighttime tours and Rome events in November, visit Viator.


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Rome events in November - Concerts, operas, shows



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!

Click here to visit the official site and purchase tickets.


rome jazzfest logo

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.


rome opera

There is lots of wonderful opera in Rome in November, right in Rome's beautiful Teatro dell'Opera (Opera House.)


rome auditorium

The Rome Auditorium is open and 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.

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

Tours to take in Rome in November

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:

Day trips to take in Rome in November

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.

Activities with kids in Rome in November

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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