Rome events in October include these amazing sunsets we get, referred to as the Ottobrata Romana.
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.
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 2021:
There are no bank or religious holidays per se in October in Rome.
But there are some interesting Rome events in October.
There are several Rome events in October 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.
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.
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.
Tempo Barocco - visit the newest 8 rooms in this stunning, usually empty museum, with a focus on the Baroque, including masterpieces by Bernini, Guido Reni, Domenichino, and many others.
Through 3 October, 2021.
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Mondays.
10€ standard. 2€ reduced (Europeans 18 - 25). Free for anyone under 18.
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.
If you're looking for some fun Rome events in October that are free, there are very few so far confirmed for 2021.
The below are either confirmed or pending for 2021.
Please check back as I will be monitoring all these and other possible events:
Awaiting confirmation for 2021
In October, you may visit Rome's catacombs for free. The annual "Day of the Catacombs" is being promoted by the Vatican and offers visitors the chance to visit, and tour, some of the miles and miles of catacombs around Rome.
See their website for the itinerary, most of which, unfortunately, is in Italian only.
October 16, 2021 (tentative date)
October is a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome.
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 October 2021, we will not have any free dates, but hopefully this will return by October 2022.
In October 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.
The below nighttime Rome events in October both indoor and outdoor things to do in Rome.
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.
When in Rome . . . why not attend a gladiator battle? This fantastic show is produced by the Gruppo Storico Romano, with 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€.
Visit the Colosseum by moonlight!
From now through October 31, 2021, 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.
The Rome Opera House is OPEN. Some shows are being held at Circus Maximus.
The Rome Auditorium is OPEN.
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 October, click here to visit Get Your Guide.
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:
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.
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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