Rome August 2021 · Roman Summer · Museums · Hours

August is the classic month of summer holidays in Rome and it has a particularly relaxed atmosphere. Combine sightseeing and relaxation, dolce vita and a trip to the sea or the mountains. Rome has a lot to offer in August.

Most of the offices and businesses are closed in the two weeks around the middle of the month “Ferragosto” and many Romans leave the city. There is little traffic and no waiting times. It is very nice to ride through Rome by bike or Vespa.

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August in Rome

Rome in August is a city for individualists. There are no crowds on the streets or at the sights and you can enjoy the city in peace.

Rome August St. Peter's Basilica sunrise

So that you can sleep well, your accommodation should have air conditioning. Find out in our information on hotels in Rome how to find an affordable room and which areas are best.

An inviting breeze blows into the city from the sea. Enjoy the approaching summer in one of the Roman villas and visit a lookout point. A trip to the sea with a visit to the excavations in Ostia Antica is nice. It is also very pleasant in Villa D’Este in Tivoli. If you want to visit Villa Adriana, take a parasol with you.

But you can also reach more distant destinations such as Pompei, Naples or Florence in one day with the high-speed train or with a guided tour.

Weather and clothes

Roma agosto San Giovanni

In August, the maximum temperatures in Rome are practically always above 30° C / 86° F and the minimum temperatures never below 20° C / 68° F. You should choose your accommodation with air conditioning. There is a regular breeze through the city and the temperatures are not uncomfortable in the shade. In the middle of the month, the weather changes in some years and it can be stormy for a few days.

You definitely need sun protection. Bring sunscreen, a hat or a parasol with you. You will also need comfortable shoes.

When visiting sacred sites, including the catacombs and the Vatican Museums, your shoulders and knees must be covered, even on hot days in summer. If you are going strapless, take a shawl or pareo with you.

Rome August Villa dei Quintili

When planning your day, you should take care not to walk around in the heat of the afternoon. You should plan rest periods with a visit to a park, a swimming pool or a trip to the sea.

In any case, you should avoid too much effort. The ride on the hop on hop off bus is comfortable.

For more tips, see Heat in Rome.

Gastronomy

The Romans hardly have lunch on hot summer days.

Rome August dinner

Whether you want an opulent dinner, a pizza, a sandwich, an ice cream or something sweet, in Rome you will find a large selection of the best quality. Roman gastronomy is usually excellent. In our Food in Rome category you will find tips on street food , pizza, the best ice cream parlors, but also on very elegant restaurants. For an initial overview, we recommend to book a street food tour.

Shopping

Italian fashion is known worldwide and everyone will envy you for your purchases. Leave enough space in your suitcase for your purchases!

The luxury brands can be found around Via dei Condotti, which leads from the Spanish Steps to Via del Corso. Shops in all price ranges can be found along Via del Corso.

Rome also has art and antiques. Many visitors also stock up on gastronomic specialties. Read Shopping in Rome.

Avoid queues

Keeping your distance is a necessary precaution. Avoid the queues and make a daily schedule. In our category 3 days in Rome you will find suggestions that you can combine with each other.

Arrival

Organize the journey from the airport to the hotel in advance and read our information about the metro and how you can get tickets quickly and easily.

Museums

Many museums can only be visited by reservation. These include the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery and the museums of the Municipality of Rome. You can find information about the museums on our pages

St. Peter’s Basilica

Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free. However, the queues can be quite long if there are many visitors.

There is a very simple trick to avoid the queue: you book an audio guide or a guided tour in advance and you will be admitted through a special entrance without waiting. For more information read our pages on St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and the history of St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Rome August opening hours

St. Peter’s Basilica

Basilica 7 am – 7 pm – Dome 8 am – 6 pm – Treasure 9 am – 6:15 pm

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Colosseum

8:30 am – 6:15 pm closing 7:15 pm

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Vatican Museums

Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, closing 6:30 pm, Friday, Saturday 8:30 am – 8:30 pm, closing 10:30 pm. Closed on sundays. The opening times of the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo are not yet known.

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City museums and national museums

In Rome, some of the museums belong to the municipality and some to the state.

Rome July Trajan's Markets

The city’s museums include the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets, Imperial Forums and numerous other museums. National museums include the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Borghese Gallery and many more. For the full list of museums, opening times and tickets, see our Rome Museums page.

Free entry

All museums run by the Municipality of Rome, such as the Capitoline Museums and the Trajan’s Markets, have free admission on August 1st. The entry time must be reserved by telephone +39060608.

Exhibitions

Cinecittà si mostra ticketsCinecittà si mostra Visit the dream factory of Roman cinema, Metro A Station Cinecittà Tickets

Stadium of the Domitian TicketsStadium of the Domitian The stadium under Piazza Navona

Via di Tor Sanguigna 3 Tickets

Galleria Colonna TicketsGalleria Colonna – one of the largest ancient private palaces in Rome. The most beautiful rooms of the palace and the art collection of the family with artists from the 15th and 16th centuries such as Pinturicchio, Cosmè Tura, Carracci, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, Bronzino, Guercino, Veronese, Vanvitelli

Via della Pilotta 17 (near Piazza Venezia) Palazzo Colonna Bus 51, 60, 63, 80, 83, 85, 160, 170, H, n5, n8, n11, n90, n543, n716 (Piazza Venezia) Tickets

Capuchin Crypt TicketsCapuchin Crypt – Museum and Crypt of the Capuchins

Via Vittorio Veneto 27 Kapuzinergruft Bus 52, 53, 61, 63, 80, 83, 160, n90, nMA (Barberini) Tickets

Leonardo da Vinci MuseumLeonardo da Vinci Experience – near St. Peter’s Square

Via della Conciliazione 19 Leonardo da Vinci Experience

Tickets

The Coliseum tells of itselfThe Colosseum tells of itself, permanent exhibition in the Colosseum – with the support of Heinz Beste, DAI Rom

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

until September 26, 2021 Rome. Birth of a Capital 1870-1915

Initiative for the celebration of one hundred and fifty years since the proclamation of Rome as Capital City.

Capitol Hill

Tour of the Capitoline Museums in a small group

Worldpress photo exhibition Roma 2021

Worldpress Photo Exhibition 2021 – 22/08/2021

Info

Mattatoio, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4 Google maps Bus 718, 719, 775 (Franklin), 170, 781 (Ponte Testaccio)

Koudelka

Josef Koudelka. Roots – 29/08/2021

Evidence of History, Enigma of Beauty

Museo dell’Ara Pacis, with reservation tel. 060608, Lungotevere in Augusta Google Maps

Colori dei romani

Colors of the Romans – 15/09/2021

Mosaics from the Capitoline Collections

Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense, 106 Google Maps

Banksy 2

All about Banksy 2

Thanks to about two hundred and fifty works from private collections, Chiostro del Bramante presents ALL ABOUT BANKSY: in Rome, from May 5, 2021 to January 9, 2022, a new exhibition to discover everything you can know about the most famous unknown artist in the world.

In the Chiostro del Bramante (Piazza Navona area) Via Arco della Pace 5 Google Maps

Napoleone ultimo atto

Napoleon Last Act. Exile, death, memory – 09/01/2022

Dedicated to the extreme moments of Napoleon Bonaparte’s epic deeds, the exhibition aims to illustrate the events of the Emperor’s exile and death on Saint Helena through an evocative visual narrative, constructed using prints, watercolors and sculptural and numismatic effigies.

Museo Napoleonico, Piazza di Ponte Umberto I Google Maps free entry

I Marmi Torlonia

until January 9th, 2022 I Marmi Torlonia. Collezionare Capolavori
The legendary marble collection of the Torlonia family, exhibition in the Capitoline Museums, Villa Caffarelli

Capitol hill

Tour of the Capitoline Museums in a small group

Toccare la bellezza Palazzo delle Esposizioni

TOCCARE LA BELLEZZA

Maria Montessori and Bruno Munari in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Via Nazionale 194 Bus 64, 70, 71, 117, 170, H Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Events

Papal audiences in August

Audiences of the Holy Father are held every Wednesday morning in August.

There are no public papal masses in August

The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place every Sunday at noon in St. Peter’s Square.

Estate Romana · The Roman summer

The Roman summer brings a holiday mood to Rome. There are numerous concerts in parks and free outdoor cinema.

Bars and restaurants set up their tables on the streets an at the Tiber. Details about the Roman Summer>

Ferragosto · Assumption of Mary

Ferragosto is one of the most important holidays of the Romans and the middle of the summer vacation.

Ferragosto falls on a Sunday this year. Ferragosto details>

Concerts

Rome has a lively music scene. Many pubs and music venues offer live music, especially on weekends. Classical music can be found in many churches and palaces.

With the summer heat, many concerts are relocated to the open air, such as the Caracalla thermal baths or the Circus Maximus. The Rock in Roma festival moves to the racecourse and the Roman theater in Ostia Antica.

Roman nights – Concerti del Tempietto

Notti romane concerti del tempietto

1.7.-30.9.2021 20:30

19:45 Guided tour of the Teatro di Marcello, 20:30 Concert

Chiostro di Campitelli Google maps

Tickets

Rome’s Music Park​

A jewel is the Parco della Musica, built by the internationally known architect Renzo Piano, in northern Rome on Via Flaminia. See all events here. Events and tickets

Tram 2 Parco della Musica

Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu
Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu

There are several auditoriums and an open-air stage in the Parco della Musica. There are performances in all styles.

Some events are also organized together with the Casa del Jazz. Events and Tickets Casa del Jazz

Bus 160, 671, 714, 792 Casa del Jazz

The thermal baths of Caracalla

The thermal baths of Caracalla offer a very nice atmosphere. Andrea Bocelli gives a concert and Claudio Baglioni has several appearances. Events and Tickets Baths of Caracalla

Bus 118, 628, 671, 714, 792 Terme di Caracalla

Circo Massimo

As in the previous year, the events of the Roman Opera will be held at Circo Massimo. Events and tickets Circo Massimo

Metro B, Bus 81, 85, 87, 118, 160, 628, 715 Circo Massimo

The Roman Theater of Ostia Antica

Another spectacular venue is the Roman theater in the excavations of Ostia Antica. The theater was built in the time of Augustus with 3,000 seats and was expanded to 4,000 seats in the 2nd century.

Events and tickets Ostia Antica

Metro Piramide – Ostia Lido stazione Ostia Antica Ostia Antica

Rock in Rome (postponed to 2022)

The Rock Festival in Rome has four venues:

  • The racecourse Capanelle Bus 118, 520, 664 Le Capannelle
  • The Auditorium Parco della Musica Tram 2 Parco della Musica
  • The Circus Maximus

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Roman nights

Roman nights concerts at the Tempietto

Classical music concerts are held every evening at the Teatro di Marcello.

The 2021 program is not yet known.

Bus 30, 44, 51, 63, 81, 83, 85, 87, 118, 160, 170, 628, 715, 716, 781, H, n8, n716, nMC, nME Piazza di Campitelli

Amusement parks

In Rome and the surrounding area there are a few parks that offer a welcome change.

Luneur

Rome amusement park Luneur

The Luneur Park offers many rides. It is located in the south of the city in the EUR district on Via Cristoforo Colombo. The opening times in winter are irregular, mostly Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in summer daily until midnight. On the Luneur website you can see the calendar with the opening days. Bus connections are lines 30, 170, 714 and 791, Colombo / Agricoltura stop. From there it is 750m to the entrance on Via delle Tre Fontane 100.

Hydromania

Hydromania is an amusement pool in western Rome.

Hydromania is located at exit 33 of the Grande Raccordo Anulare. Unfortunately it is not easy to reach by public transport. The journey by bus 088 from the terminus of Tram 8 near Casaletto is a bit lengthy.

Cinecittà World

Cinecittà World is a theme park about cinema and television. It is located next to the Castel Romano outlet center on Via Pontina between Rome and Pomezia. A shuttle bus runs from the Termini main station. Tickets

Roma World

Roma World is a theme park on ancient Rome. It is right next to Cinecittà World. The program is supported by the Gruppo Storico Romano. Tickets

Excursions in the area

Rome has beautiful surroundings. In summer the Romans like to escape the heat of the city. You drive to the sea or in the mountains.

You can reach many destinations by public transport. Of course, it is more convenient to rent a car.

Trips to the sea

Rome August Ostia sea

Ladispoli, Santa Severa and Santa Marinella are very nice seaside resorts in the north of Rome. To do this, take the FL5 train line, which runs from Ostiense, Trastevere and San Pietro stations to Civitavecchia. A 3-zone ticket is sufficient for Ladispoli, and 4 zones for the locations of the two saints.

It is very easy to get to Ostia Lido. A ticket for city traffic is sufficient for the journey and on the way you can visit the excavations of the old port city of Ostia Antica.

Formia is very beautiful in the south of Rome. The journey from Roma Termini takes around 90 minutes.

Trips to the mountains

The most famous summer residence of the Romans in Castel Gandolfo. Here the popes spent the summer at around 400 m. Pope Francis, on the other hand, remains in Rome and the palace and gardens in Castel Gandolfo can be visited.

You can get to Castel Gandolfo by train from Roma Termini or from Ciampino with a 3-zone ticket. The train station is on the volcanic hill between Lake Albano and the village.

Day trips

With the high-speed trains that are punctual to the minute, Florence and Naples are only around 1 ½ hours away. With our tips you can put together your own day tour or book an organized tour. Take a day to stroll around Florence and see the world famous Uffizi Gallery. Or visit the excavations in Pompeii and see Vesuvius, which is still active today and buried the city under its ashes.

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