Rome events in November 2023 - 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 2023:



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 2023:


Nero Domus Aurea Egypt

Domus Aurea

Domus Aurea 

The beloved Isis. Nero, Domus Aurea and Egypt

150 objects that recount the relationship between Rome and Egypt during the first century AD

Dates Confirmed from 22 June 2023 to 14 January 2024

Tickets here


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100 Pittori on Via Margutta

October 28 - November 1, 2023

The five-day art festival features 100 Italian and international artists on site to meet the public, each day from 10 am to 8 pm.

Via Margutta, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

For more information click here.


La Deposizione di Cristo di Jacopo Tintoretto

Capitoline Museums 

For the first time in Rome, the Deposizione di Cristo, an impressive artwork by Venetian painter Jacopo Robusti (Venezia 1519 -1594), better known as Tintoretto, a brilliant and unconventional painter from the Venetian Renaissance, second only in fame only to Tiziano, comes to the Musei Capitolini.

Dates confirmed from September 9th 2023 through December 3rd, 2023 

Advanced booking is required.


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Roma Jazz Festival 2023

Auditorium Parco Della Musica Ennio Morricone

This year is the 47th edition of the Roma Jazz Festival.

It is one of the capital’s most important international events. The festival enliven the city with a series of unmissable concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica Ennio Morricone and the Casa del Jazz.

November 1st-23rd 2023

For detail click here!



Quirnale Bronzes

The Quirinale Palace - The Gods Return exhibit.

The bronzes of San Casciano are being exhibited for the first time the since the amazing discovery in 2022 in the Etruscan and Roman thermal sanctuary of the Bagno Grande of San Casciano dei Bagni. The exhibit consists of 21 exceptionally preserved bronze statues. These statues were preserved in the warm mud of a thermo-mineral spring for over 2,300 years and can be dated between the 2nd and 1st century BC.

Get more details here!

Dates extended through December 22, 2023



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Romaeuropa Festival

The multidisciplinary arts festival Romaeuropa Festivalis back! An "atlas of contemporary creativity"  On the schedule, 90 shows, 300 performances, and more than 500 artists from 34 countries for over two months of programming in 13 spaces in Rome between music, dance, theatre, new circus, creation for children and digital arts.

September 6th 2023 to November 19, 2023

For details click here!

Sport/sporting Rome events in November


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November 1, 2023

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.

No matter what season you visit Rome, here are 4 things never to leave at home:

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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 2023.

The below are confirmed for 2023:


capitline museums she wolf

The first Sunday of the month, Rome's Civic Museums are free for everyone.

On Sunday November 5, 2023, 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.


Free Sunday Rome events in November 2023

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.


colosseum

The Colosseum will be free on the first Sunday of the month, November 5, 2023.

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

On the last Sunday of the month, November 26 2023, 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):


palazzo altemps

Visit the Colosseum by moonlight!

From now through December 31, 2023, you can visit the Colosseum at night. I'd say this is one of the very best Rome events in November as you get to see the Colosseum lit up at night, and it's much less crowded than during the day.

Entry for night visits to the Colosseum is NOT part of the Roma Pass.

NB - They don't usually open this on Coopculture until right before the event so if you don't see availability for when you want to go, check back.

Book your tickets here!

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


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Rome events in November - Concerts, operas, shows


column of marcus aurelius in piazza colonna



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.

Thursday 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.


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. 

Saturday evenings. From 25€.


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 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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