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 2023:
There are no bank or religious holidays per se in October in Rome.
But there are some interesting Rome events in October.
While Halloween is not really a thing in Italy, in recent years it's grown more popular.
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!
In Europe, we turn our clocks back one hour on the last Sunday of October, and return to Standard Time.
In 2023, we turn the clocks back and gain one hour on Sunday 29 October.
There are several Rome events in October at various museums around the city. These are confirmed for 2023:
A virtual trip into the atmospheres and the lighting systems of the ancient world through more than 180 original bronze exhibits from the cities of Vesuvio and Roma.
from 5 July 2023 to 8 October 2023
Chiostro del Bramante
Infinity. Michelangelo Pistoletto.
Contemporary art without limits.
Through 15 October 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.
October 1st is Appia Day: an opportunity to celebrate the charm and enchantment of Appia Antica. For more information visit the link.
October 14th and 15th, 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.)
If you're looking for some fun Rome events in October that are free, the below are confirmed for 2023.
The first Sunday of the month, Rome's Civic Museums are free for everyone.
On Sunday October 1, 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.
Since 2016, they open this lovely garden again in October, as the roses are in their second bloom.
Confirmation of dates pending -October 8-22, 2023
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. This year the event will be celebrated over three days, October 6-8.
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 on October 6th , 7th and 8th all along the river banks. You can learn more on their Facebook page here.
This year for 2023 the events are October 6-8.
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 2023, the Free Sunday at the Vatican Museums is October 29.
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 are both indoor and outdoor things to do.
They are not free and should 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 December 31, 2023, 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.
If you are a movie buff, enjoy the movie-stars and new releases at the Rome Film Festival then this festival is for you! The events are held throughout October.
The festival takes place in many locations around Rome. For details, click the picture to visit the official site.
There is lots of wonderful opera in Rome in October, 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.
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€.
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.
Tuesday and 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:
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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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