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Rome in November - Essential Trip Planning Guide
Updated for 2020

If you are coming to Rome in November, you will have some of the best of everything: still pretty fair weather (sometimes); still nice light during the day; the end of the peak fall season; and, my personal favorite: the beginning of artichoke season!

Check out my YouTube video about visiting Rome in November!

Rome in November - at a Glance

Here's what you need to know about coming to visit Rome this time of year:

rome in novemberVia dei Fori Imperiali on a November afternoon - beautiful light, and cool temps make it perfect strolling weather.

Weather in Rome Italy in November

I often hear people ask "Does it rain a lot in November in Rome?" Yes, it does. Sometimes.

Of course, nobody can predict if it will rain or not during your visit. But overall, November tends to be a rainier month than others.

complesso vittoriano soldiers in the rainSoldiers in rain gear, guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Complesso Vittoriano

There are often also a lot of surprisingly beautiful days, particularly at the beginning of November. You may come prepared for rain but find cool, crisp sunny days.

rooftop views sunny day novemberNovember in Rome can have beautiful sunny days and mild weather, and beautiful views like this

Temperatures vary a lot between the beginning and end of the month, and between daytime and nighttime. It's warmer towards the beginning of November and cooler towards the end. The days are shorter in November, since we move to Standard Time in late October, so there is less of that gorgeous light that makes Rome glow.

During the day it's in the low 60'°F/high teens's °C, and in the evenings it can still be quite chilly, in the mid 40's °F/low teens °C. 

Bottom Line: If you are basing your trip to Rome on having nice weather while you are here, then you shouldn't count on November.

But the nice-weather months are also peak season.

Which means Rome is less crowded in November.

What to pack for Rome in November

Packing for Rome in November is easy, as long as you remember the most important rule for sightseeing - be comfortable. Good quality walking shoes are top of the list to ensure you can explore as much as you want, for as long as you want!

The weather in Rome in November can change quickly from warm fall sun to chilly rainy days so it’s important to pack plenty of layers, including jackets and a heavier cardigan or pullover.

It’s also essential to be prepared for rain in Rome in November, so I would recommend including rain-hats and a sturdy umbrella on your packing list.

Visit my page all about what to pack for Rome in November for specific recommendations, suggestions on what to wear in Rome in November and more!

See also my page about What to Pack for Rome, with downloadable packing list.

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What to wear in Rome in November

My number one rule for sight-seeing in Rome, any time of year: be comfortable.

what to wear in rome in novemberThis was taken in mid-November at the Pantheon. Most people are dressed in long pants and some kind of medium-weight jacket.

The next rule, excellent for November is: dress in layers. Be prepared for changes in temperature throughout the day, and possible rain.

Bottom line, to sight-see in Rome in November: wear good walking shoes, jeans or heavy cotton pants, a light cotton shirt plus sweater/jacket and the Italian MUST WEAR - a scarf. Always a scarf.

(And carry a rain hat and travel umbrella in your bag.)

For more about what to wear and how to dress when you visit Rome in November, visit my page here.

Rome in November - What to expect

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fori imperiali in novemberLovely uncrowded via dei Fori Imperiali on a sunny day in late November

There's a small 10k race on November 1 - La Corsa dei Santi (race of the saints). 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 here.

The first weekend of November is almost an extension of October: In Italy, November 1st is a holiday (All Saints' Day), which of course follows Halloween. Halloween did not used to be much of a big deal in Italy, but every year it is becoming more and more commericialized and celebrated in Italy...not quite as much as in the US but they are catching up.

And since the 1st is a holiday, if it falls anywhere near a weekend, there will be a ponte or bridge (3-4 day weekend). This makes it a pretty busy time to be in Rome.

And lately since the weather has been nice through the first week of November, Rome is pretty crowded even then. 

However, most Rome hotels drop their rates dramatically from the beginning of November. This is a great time to come to Rome if you are looking for hotel bargains

Looking for some unusual things to see in Rome in November?

Check out my page Cemeteries in Rome (and near Rome) that you can visit!

Rome in November - shifting into low season

A lot of people have caught on that October is peak season, so they are pushing their trip to early November, counting on still pretty nice weather, and hoping for lower hotel rates.

Usually by the second week of November, things have slowed down quite a bit.

You can expect to find fewer crowds, less of a wait to get into museums and restaurants, and the feeling of a city settling in for the beginning of winter on the way.

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.

Foods in season in Rome in November

In Rome, food is (supposed to be) seasonal. And carciofi alla romana, or stewed artichokes, are in season from late November through early spring.

carciofo alla romanaCarciofo all Romana - one of the best things about Rome in November!

Yes you will find artichokes in Rome before then. But they are not from Rome, and they won't be made alla romana. They will be fried (alla giudia), or used in other dishes like pasta or anchovy casseroles. Nothing wrong with those fabulous dishes.

But if you love carciofi alla romana, as I do, you can start indulging in late November.

campo dei fiori market novemberAt the open-air market of Campo dei Fiori, you can start finding artichokes and other fall vegetables, in November

Fall vegetables in season include: pumpkin, cardoons (not that easy to find, but yummy), cabbage, broccoli, broccoletti, chard, onions, leeks, chicory, carrots, fennel (and more.)

broccoli romaneschi in novemberBroccoli Romaneschi, or Roman broccoli, are in season starting in November

Fall fruit in season include pomegranates, persimmons, chestnuts, grapes, apples and pears (and more.)

Want to know more about Roman cuisine? Click here.

November is a great time to take a Food Tour in Rome!

Artichokes will certainly be a part of your tour but you'll also get to know lots of other foods as well! The weather is perfect for it and it's an excellent way to see the "real Rome."

Click here to book a Rome Food Tour.

Rome in November - special dates to note

Armistice Day/Remembrance Day November 11

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, to end the war. It was meant to take effect "on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", even if hostilities continued. Today, countries around the world mark this day as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, or Veteran's Day.

On Friday, November 8th, 2019, at 10.30 am there will be a Commonwealth Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Rome Commonwealth War Cemetery, on Via Nicola Zabaglia.

Several Commonwealth ambassadors and other dignitaries will partake in a wreath-laying ceremony. Various clergy will also give sermons. It's a very moving experience.

Thanksgiving in Rome

Thanksgiving is obviously not an Italian holiday. Americans celebrate in November but it's not that easy to get into the Thanksgiving spirit if you are living in or visiting Rome.

Luckily, there are a few places where you can get an authentic Thanksgiving turkey dinner in Rome.

Visit my page here for details. Gobble gobble!

Things to do in Rome in November

This is a good time to visit monuments and museums, especially in the later part of November, as it will be much less crowded than in October.

And as the weather cools, it's also a fantastic time to catch some special museum exhibits indoors. Note also that several museums stay open later on the weekends.

Here are some special things you can do in November in Rome:

Free things to do in Rome in November

In November 2020, there is no "Free Sunday" at the state-run sites.

There is also not a "Free Sunday" at the Vatican Museums.

These initiatives are on hold for now.

There is, however, the "Free Sunday" on the first Sunday of the month, for city-run sites and museums.

This includes the Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Trajan's Market, and other.

You can visit the official site here

(The page is in Italian and they have not yet managed to translate it to English. You can use Google translate.)

Things to do at night 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:

One thing you can still do at night in Rome, through the first weekend of November, is Viaggio Nei Fori, which means "A Trip Through the Forums."

This is a fantastic thing to do if you are interested in Ancient Rome. There are two shows: one is theater-like, where you sit on bleachers and listen to the show and watch it unfold in the Forum of Augustus. The other is itinerant, and you literally walk through Julius Caesar's Forum while listening to the production on a headset (language of your choice.) You can even see both shows in the same evening.

It's really well done, and fascinating. We did this in late October and at night it was pretty chilly, so bring a coat and scarf if you go then.

Both shows are accessible for disabled people.

Rome in November - current events for 2020

November is the start of chillier weather and so there's a lot more to do indoors.

 The exhibition The Torlonia Marbles-Collecting Masterpieces” opened to the public on 14 October 2020.

Ninety-six marbles from the Torlonia collection will be on view to the public at a major show in Rome.

Capitoline Museums, New venue at Palazzo Caffarelli.

Open daily, from 9.30 to 19.30, now through 29 June 2021. 

Tickets from €15,00.

Enjoy beautiful exhibitions on Palazzo delle Esposizioni, on via Nazionale. Now through January 17, 2021. 

Click the picture to visit the museum's official site.

Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun: 10am - 8pm; Fri-Sat: 10am - 10:30 pm; Closed Mondays. 8€ 

Banksy - A Visual protest - Over 100 works, in a rigorous exhibition itinerary, tell the world of Banksy. Inside the sixteenth-century architecture of the Chiostro del Bramante, in Rome, there is space for the “unknown” artist who has conquered the world thanks to works steeped in irony, denunciation, politics, intelligence, protest.

At the beautiful Chiostro del Bramante, now through April 11 2021.

The Chiostro del Bramante is behind Piazza Navona, on Via Arco della Pace, 5. T. +39 06 915 19 41

Click the picture to visit the museum's official site.

Open Mon - Fri 10am - 8pm; Sat - Sun 10am - 9pm.

13€ includes audioguide. No advance booking required.

In November 2020, catch the opera in Rome, including Verdi's La traviata 

Some shows are in Rome's beautiful Teatro dell'Opera (Opera House), and others are at their other official venues around Rome.

Raphael beyond the exhibition

The exhibit has left but you can visit it virtually.

Click the picture to visit the museum's official site.

If you love jazz, November is a great time to be in Rome.

The Rome Jazz Festival will be held from 29 October - 20 Nov 2020.

Tickets priced by performance.

Concerts in Rome in November

Enjoy "The Most Beautiful Opera Arias" Concert in the intimate setting of a small but cosy concert hall at Palazzo Albertoni Spinola in the heart of Rome.

Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Visit the extraordinary Capuchin Crypt, then head into the recently restored church to listen to sacred music in a gorgeous setting.

Wednesday afternoons.

Enjoy opera singing by Orchestra I Virtuosi dell’opera di Roma inside a scenic and suggestive setting in central Rome (locations vary).

These wonderful opera singers put on a mini-production of various operas in full costume.

Thursday evenings.

"Sounds and Visions of Caravaggio"

Experience Baroque and Renaissance chamber music in the gorgeous setting of Palazzo Doria Pamphilj.

Your ticket includes a guided tour of the palazzo before the show.

Saturday late mornings.

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.

More ideas for things to do in Rome in November

Maybe it's your 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) time in Rome. Or you have more than 3 days here. Or you just want to see and do lots of fun things.

Besides the obvious must-see tourist attractions, there are lots of great things to see and do in Rome in November. Here are some ideas for your visit:

For more information about events in Rome, visit the official website of the Rome Tourist Board.

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Rome in November - What the weather's like, what to pack, and things to do. By Romewise.
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