Are you in Rome in April? Here you will find all information about museums, events and holidays, the weather, what to eat and what to wear.
Rome April · Museums Hours
The Colosseum is the most visited museum in Italy. It can be visited only by reservation. In the weeks around Easter, the tickets will be largely sold out.
For the Coliseum, in addition to the standard ticket, there are a few variants with access to the arena, a visit to the underground or the upper floors, as well as a tour of archaeological features in the area of the Roman Forum. Details about the Coliseum Tickets>
The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine are open daily in April 8:30am-6:15pm Closure 7:15pm. On Good Friday 17.4.2019, the Colosseum closes at noon.
For the Italian National Museums there are days with free admission. Each museum decides on the days of free entry itself. All information and opening hours can be found in the List of National Museums >
The Vatican Museums are among the most visited museums in the world. During normal opening hours, it is always very crowded in the Vatican Museums. It is much quieter before the official opening in the early morning as well as at the evening opening every Friday beginning from April 26. For the Vatican Museums, you should buy tickets well in advance. Otherwise, you risk long waits at the cash register. The Vatican Museums are in large part already booked for the month of April. Details about the Vatican Museums>
Michelangelo and the secrets of the Sistine Chapel
Until October 2019, there is a breathtaking show in the auditorium in Via della Conciliazione.
Original music, actors and 270° projections are the ingredients of this show, which brings audiences closer to the fascination and beauty of the art of the Sistine Chapel. It is produced with technical advice from the Vatican Museums. There are shows in Italian and English. Book now
The Vatican Museums are closed in April on the following days: Sunday April 7, 14, 21, Easter Monday 22.
Opening hours April 1-17, 2019 9am-4pm closing 6pm
April 18-30, 2019 9am-5pm closing 7pm
Night opening April 26 7-9:30pm closing 11pm
Free admission to the Vatican Museums is on Sunday 28 April. However, there are long lines and it gets extremely crowded. 9-12:30 Closure 2pm
Rome April · Events
There’s something going on in Rome every weekend in April. Particularly crowded is the program for Easter, which falls on April 21, 2019, along with the founding of Rome.
These are the most important dates in Rome in April 2019:
April 3 General Audience of the Pope
April 7 25th International Marathon in Rome. After the start of the marathon, a free 5-kilometer run is started. All information about the Rome Marathon . There is a special traffic regulation for the Rome Marathon.
Start in Via dei Fori Imperiali, at the Colosseum
April 7 Free admission to the following museums: Galleria Corsini, Museo nazionale etrusco di Villa Giulia, Ostia Antica
April 10 General Audience of the Pope
April 10 Free admission to the Borghese Gallery – with reservation by phone
April 13 7th Formula E race of the season 2018/19
Free training 8:00-8:45, 10:30-11:00; Qualifying 12-1pm; Race 4-5pm EUR district Metro B EUR Palasport and EUR Fermi
April 13 All Saints’ Anglican Church, Holy Saturday 5.00pm A performance of the German Requiem by Brahms. Entrance is free.
April 14 Palm Sunday, Pope’s Mass
April 17 General Audience of the Pope
April 19 Good Friday, Pope’s Way of the Cross at the Colosseum 9:15pm
April 21 Easter Sunday
April 21 Founding day of Rome, celebration of the founding of Rome
April 24 General Audience of the Pope
April 25 National Day, Day of the Liberation of Italy
April 25 Free admission to the following museums: National museum of Modern Art, Corsini Gallery, Borghese Gallery, Roman National Museums Crypta Balbi – Palazzo Altemps – Palazzo Massimo – Terme di Diocleziano, Appia Antica Archeopark, archeological area of Ostia Antica
April 28 Free admission to the Vatican Museums
From April 17:
Rome April · Exhibitions
DREAM Art meets dreams, in the cloister of the Bramante (near Piazza Navona) Tickets
From April 21, the Rose Garden of the municipality of Rome is open daily 8:30 – 18:00. The Rose Garden is located on the slope of the Aventine above the Circus Maximus. Admission is free. Guided tours can be booked by calling +3906 5746810. The call center is available on workdays from 9am to 1pm.
Cinecittà si mostra Visit the dream factory of Roman cinema, Metro A Station Cinecittà Tickets
Until 2.6.2019 Joint is Out of Time National Gallery of Modern Art Tuesday – Sunday 8:30am – 7:30pm via delle belle arti 131 Tram 3, 19 Galleria Arte Moderna Tickets for the National Gallery of Modern Art
Until 30.6.2019 Il Cristo Portacroce Galleria Corsini Wednesday – Monday 8:30am – 7pm via della Lungara 10 Bus 23, 280 Lungotevere Farnesina Tickets for Galleria Corsini
Until 13.10.2019 Donne. Corpo e immagine tra simbolo e rivoluzione Galleria d’Arte Moderna Tuesday – Sunday 9am-7pm via Francesco Crispi 24 Metro A Barberini, Bus 52, 53, 62, 63, 84, 85, 160, 492 Tritone/Barberini Tickets for the Gallery of Modern Art
Rome April · Concerts
Whether classic or modern, there are concerts in Rome for all tastes. Here’s a small selection to book online.
Yamanaka Female Trio/Sade Mangiaracina 3.4.2019 21:00 Auditorium Parco della Musica – Studio Borgna Tram 2 Apollodoro Tickets
Gue’ Pequeno – Italian Rap 4.4.2019 22:30 Atlantico, Via dell’Oceano Atlantico, 271/d Metro B EUR Fermi, Bus 709 Colombo/Pacifico Tickets
Fedez – Italian Rap 5.4.2019 21:00 Palazzo dello Sport Metro B EUR Palasport Tickets
Big One – The European Pink Floyd Show 5.4.2019 21:00 Teatro Italia Via Bari, 18 Metro B Policlinico, Bus 490, 495 Via Bari/Como Tickets
AC/DI – AC/DC Tribute Band 6.4.2019 22:00 Crossroads Live Club, Via Braccianense 771 Tickets
Low 8.4.2019 21:00 Auditorium Parco della Musica – Sala Sinopoli Tram 2 Apollodoro Tickets
Abba Dream Tribute Band 9.4.2019 21:00 Teatro Olimpico, Piazza Gentile da Fabriano, 17 Tram 2 Flaminia/Reni Tickets
Jack Savoretti 18.4.2019 21:00 Atlantico, Via dell’Oceano Atlantico, 271/d Metro B EUR Fermi, Bus 709 Colombo/Pacifico Tickets
Joshua Redman 18.4.2019 21:00 Auditorium Parco della Musica – Sala Sinopoli Tram 2 Apollodoro Tickets
Ziggy Alberts 22.4.2019 21:00 Teatro Parioli, Via Giosue’ Borsi 20 Tram 3, 19 Liegi/Ungheria Tickets
Pink Floyd Legend – Atom Heart Mother 29.4.2019 21:00 Auditorium Parco della Musica – Sala Sinopoli Tram 2 Apollodoro Tickets
Steve Hackett 29.4.2019 21:00 Teatro Brancaccio, Via Merulana 244 Bus 16, 75, 714 Via Merulana/Mecenate Tickets
Rome April · Food
Roman gastronomy is usually excellent. Whether you want a sumptuous dinner, a pizza, a sandwich, an ice cream or something sweet, in Rome you will find a wide selection of the best quality. So it’s not necessary that you get pulled into the first restaurant with colorful billboards and plastic models of food. Good restaurants do not need that.
The Romans eat during the week in the evening, on Sunday there is an extensive lunch. In the restaurant, the Romans usually eat at least two courses. This is also because all meals are usually prepared fresh and you have to wait longer for the noodles and the main course. In the restaurant you usually eat an antipasto, which is a starter that is served quickly, cold or hot. Then you eat a primo, pasta or risotto, or a secondo, fish or meat, or a pizza.
In Rome, a lively street food scene has become established. So you can get very interesting treats at lunchtime or in the evening. These include mainly sandwiches filled with Roman specialties, pizza and fried rice balls, supplì.
In April, the season of artichokes, “Carciofi” ends, which you can find fried especially in the ghetto. They are delicious and are called “Carciofi alla Giudia”. The typical Roman pasta dishes are available all year round. Very delicious is the preparation Cacio e Pepe with sheep’s cheese and pepper, modifications are the Gricia, the Amatriciana and the Carbonara. Read more about Eating in Rome.
Rome April · Excursions
An ideal destination just outside the city walls is the Via Appia Antica with its catacombs. On Sunday, the Via Appia Antica is traffic-calmed. Here you can eat well and take a short or a long hike.
Even if the sea water is still too cold for swimming, a trip to Ostia is worthwhile. Allow yourself to be impressed by the excavations of the antique trading center in Ostia Antica, and then enjoy a nice seafood menu by the sea while the sea wafts tantalisingly.
Another nice destination in the surrounding area is Castel Gandolfo with the summer residence of the popes. Castel Gandolfo is located on the edge of the impressive volcanic lake Lago di Albano.
In Tivoli is the Villa d’Este, for whose water features an entire branch of the river was diverted. In the valley below lies the huge villa of Emperor Hadrian. April is the ideal time to visit Villa Adriana, in summer it is too hot.
If you want to travel a little further, you can take the high-speed train in a few hours to Naples, Florence or Venice. With a rental car or a tour it is not far to Orvieto or Assisi.
Rome April · Clothing and climate
In April, it is very pleasant in Rome. Maximum temperatures are 70°F and there are seven hours of sunshine, the minimum temperatures at 46°F. On average, there are five rainy days. As a rule, it does not rain for long. For an emergency, you should therefore have a light raincape, which you can cover yourself quickly.
The temperatures are therefore very pleasant during the day and in the sun it can get really warm. To be able to sit outside in the evening, you need a light jacket.
Please note that when visiting sacral sites, you must cover your shoulders and knees. If you wear off-the-shoulder shirts or dresses, you will need a shawl or a pareo. You also need sturdy shoes. You should not wear high heels on the uneven Roman roads.