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

Rome events in October include these amazing sunsets we get, referred to as the Ottobrata Romana.

October sunset in romeOctober in Rome is very special because of a phenomenon called the "Ottobrata Romana", which means we get these incredible sunsets like these.

It's also one of the busiest times of year in Rome. The weather is wonderful, the days are still long, and everything is open and happening.

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

Rome events in October - What's happening

October is a beautiful month to visit Rome. The days are warm, sunny, and comfortable, making it perfect sight-seeing weather. There is no specific holiday in Rome in October (other than Halloween, which is not really an Italian thing), but there is a lot happening.

Keep reading for more info about the best Rome events in October 2022:



Holidays in Rome in October

There are no bank or religious holidays per se in October in Rome.

But there are some interesting Rome events in October.

Halloween in Rome

While Halloween is not really a thing in Italy, in recent years it's grown more popular. 

pumpkin halloween cakes at roscioliThese "Halloween" cakes at Roscioli bakery are made with pumpkins and they look like pumpkins.

If you are in Rome for Halloween and want to get into the Halloween mood, you might want to visit one of Rome's beautiful and historic cemeteries, or you could take a Rome Ghost Tour!


End of Daylight Saving Time

roman clock

In Europe, we turn our clocks back one hour on the last Sunday of October, and return to Standard Time.

In 2022, we turn the clocks back and gain one hour on Sunday 30 October.


Current exhibits and events at Rome's museums in October

There are several Rome events in October at various museums around the city. These are confirmed for 2022:


raphael domus aurea

Domus Aurea

Domus Aurea Experience

Waiting for the completion of the restoration, the Domus Aurea comes to life again thanks to state-of-the-art multimedia technology.

It is a true journey through time that allows the public to walk for 75 minutes through the original rooms of the palace, thanks to immersive reality and video narrative.

From 6 May 2022 to 31 December 2022

Tickets here


mausoleum of augustus

The Mausoleum of Augustus

October 1-14 | Tuesday - Sunday 09:00-18:30 (last access 17:30)

October 15-30 | Tuesday - Sunday 09:00-18:15 (last access 17:15)

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

Capitoline Museums

Domitian Emperor. Hatred and love

An important archaeological exhibition dedicated to the figure of the emperor Domitian (51 AD - 96 AD), co-produced by the Capitoline Superintendence for Cultural Heritage and the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden of the Dutch city of Leiden.

from 13 July 2022 to 29 January 2023

Advanced booking is required.


bansky 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.


circus maximus experience

Circo Maximo Experience

The immersive visit of the Circus Maximus in augmented and virtual reality, returns from 8 - 30 October, Friday - Sunday 3 pm - 6pm (last entry at 4:55 pm.)

Full ticket: € 12.00


FAI illustration for fall events

In October, the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy) offers visits to some special places around Italy. For each visit, they request a small contribution.

The places include villas, churches, palazzos, castles, archeological sites and more.

You can see the list of places to visit on their website, which is in Italian only (there is an English language version of the generic portion of the website.)


klimt

Palazzo Bonaparte 

Van Gogh

From October 8, 2022 Palazzo Bonaparte will host a major exhibition dedicated to Van Gogh. 

You can book tickets here.


klimt

Centrale Montemartini

Colours of the Romans. Mosaics from the Capitoline Collections

Through a wide selection of mosaics made between the 1st century BC and the 4th century AD, the exhibition presents some of the masterpieces of the Capitoline collections little known to the general public, to tell pieces of the history of the city, illustrating most completely the original contexts of discovery.

From 27 April 2022 to 15 January 2023


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.



Rome events in October - Free things to do

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


capitoline museums she wolf

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

On Sunday October 2, 2022, you can visit the Capitoline MuseumsAra PacisVilla TorloniaTrajan'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.


catacombs

In October, you may visit Rome's catacombs for free. The annual "Day of the Catacombs" offers visitors the chance to visit, and tour, some of the miles and miles of catacombs around Rome.

See their website for the itinerary and booking information.

Taking place Saturday October 15 2022


roseto rose garden

Rome's special Roseto Comunale Rose Garden, on the Aventine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill, is normally only open briefly in spring.

Since 2016, they open this lovely garden again in October, as the roses are in their second bloom.

Dates for 2022 are October 8-23


palazzo borghese

In October, the ADSI (Associazione Dimore Storiche Antiche) holds its annual "Open Courtyards" event. This means you may visit courtyards of historic palazzos and private residences not normally open to the public.

It's actually not easy to find out which historic buildings will be open this day, but you can follow up on their website.

This event is not happening in 2022


tiber river

Tiber Day/Tevere Day

For 3 years in a row, Rome has celebrated "Tiber River Day", a day in which activities along the river are promoted, in an effort to bring awareness to this important site in Rome.

The lifeblood of Rome since long before the Roman Empire, the Tiber River is often neglected and forgotten. "Tevere Day" is an effort to promote and protect the river.

There will be events throughout the day and all along the river banks. You can learn more on their Facebook page here.

In 2022 this event is on Sunday October 9.

Visit Rome's Parks and gardens

October is a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome.


Free Sunday Rome events in October 2022

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

In October 2022, the Free Sunday is October 2.

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 October 2022, the Free Sunday at the Vatican Museums is October 30.

On the last Sunday of the month, the Vatican Museums are open and freeHours 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 October

The below nighttime Rome events in October are both indoor and outdoor things to do.

They are not free and should be booked in advance.



The Vatican Museums are open Friday and Saturday until 10:30 pm (Mon - Thu until 6:30 pm). Last entry 2 hrs prior to closing time.

The ticket is a regular ticket and must be booked in advance.

Click here to book your tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on Friday night.


gladiator battle show

When in Rome . . . why not attend a gladiator battle? This fantastic show is produced by the Gruppo Storico Romanowith professional re-enactors, and real weapons and armor.

Take your seat in the re-constructed arena, not far from the Colosseum, and enjoy realistic gladiator fights, and other shows including ancient dances, rites of the Vesta, and more.

At the end of the show, you'll be treated to a small aperitif consisting of food and drink made with recipes from Ancient Rome.

Fridays and Sundays. 25€.


colosseum night

Visit the Colosseum by moonlight!

From now through December 31, 2022, you can visit the Colosseum at night. I'd say this is one of the very best Rome events in October 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.

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


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Rome events in October - Concerts, operas, shows


rome cinema festival logo

If you are a movie buff, enjoy the movie-stars and new releases at the Rome Film Festival, that will be held from the 13th to the 23rd of October 2022.

The festival takes place in many locations around Rome. For details, click the picture to visit the official site.


rome opera

There is lots of wonderful opera in Rome in October, 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 October, click here to visit Get Your Guide.

Tours to take in Rome in October

It's a good idea to take a tour in October.

October is peak peak season.

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.

For tours to take in October, start here:

Day trips to take in Rome in October

October is a wonderful time to take a day trip, especially if you are looking to escape the crowds in the city.

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 October

October 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. There are also lots of school breaks in Europe in October.

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 October, and most central. For a complete list of Rome events in October, visit the website of the Rome Tourist Board.

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