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.
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 2021, we turn the clocks back and gain one hour on Sunday 31 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.
Advanced booking is required.
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.
Scuderie al Quirinale
Inferno - in honor of the the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri.
More than 200 artworks depicting Hell. From public and private collections from across Europe.
15 October 2021 - 9 January 2022
Via XXIV Maggio 16.
Open: Sun - Thu 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat 10am – 10:30pm.
Full € 17.50; Reduced (ages 18-25) € 15.50
Free for anyone under 18, and anyone disabled and their care-giver, with written medical proof.
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.
October 16 - 17, 2021
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.)
Palazzo Braschi - Museum of Rome
Klimt - This exhibition marks the return to Italy of some of his masterpieces from Vienna and other locations around the world.
October 27, 2021 through March 27, 2022.
Palazzo Braschi is on one end of Piazza Navona.
Open Mon - Fri 10 am - 8 pm; Sat - Sun 10 am - 10 pm.
13€ standard. 11€ reduced.
October 3, 2021
Rome Appia Run - a loop starting and ending near the Appia Antica.
Visit the website to register (13 km competitive or 13 km or 4 km non-competitive.) It's a pretty bad website, and it's only in Italian, but just click "iscrizioni" to go to the registration page.
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:
The first Sunday of the month, Rome's Civic Museums are free for everyone.
On Sunday October 3, 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.
Green Pass is required.
October 16, 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.
In 2021, advanced booking is required and you will need a Green Pass to enter.
October 9 - 24, 2021
Since 2016, they are opening this lovely garden again in October, as the roses are in their second bloom.
In 2021, the Roseto Comunale will be open (and free) from October 9 - 24. You can visit daily from 8:30 - 6pm.
Awaiting confirmation for 2021
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. This great event will take place on Sunday October xxxx, 2021. It's actually not easy to find out which historic buildings will be open this day, but you can follow up on their website .
Tiber Day / Tevere Day
October 17, 2021
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.
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.
The wonderful Viaggio Nei Fori, a nighttime light show on the via dei Fori Imperiali, showcasing the life of Rome's first emperor, Octavian Augustus, is back! This is one of the best Rome events in June - you'll get to enjoy a light show, keep cool at night, all while soaking up some Roman history.
June 10 - October 2 2022.
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.
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.
It's free to visit but you must book in advance.
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, held in Rome from October 14 - 24 2021.
The festival takes place in many locations around Rome. For details, click the picture to visit the official site.
Speaking of cinema, the Festival del Cinema Spagnolo e Latinoamericano, or Festival of Spanish and Latin American Cinema will be held in the Cinema Farnese in Piazza Farnese.
October 1-7, 2021.
For details, click the picture to visit the official site (in Italian only.)
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.
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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