Rome August 2020 · Roman Summer · Museums · Hours

August in Rome is the classic month of summer vacation. Opening times of museums, events and concerts, here you will find the most important dates for your visit in Rome.

Most offices and businesses are closed in the two weeks around the middle of the month “Ferragosto” and holiday mood spreads in Rome. There is little traffic and you can get around town quickly. It is very nice to cycle through Rome by bike or go by Vespa.

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Avoid queues

Rome August St. Peter's Basilica sunriseAn advantage in August is that there are almost no queues.

In order to comply with the distance rules, the capacities are reduced. You can visit many important museums only if you have reserved in advance on the Internet.

In order to really enjoy your stay in Rome, good preparation is important. Here you will learn everything, that you have to know.

Public transportation

The public transportation in Rome go in August to a reduced holiday schedule. Only a few lines, such as lines 40 and 64 between Termini and the Vatican, run regularly. Take this into account when planning and choosing accommodation. Book your accommodation in the center, in the Monti district near the Colosseum or in the Vatican area.

The hop on hop off buses circulate very reliably. A good alternative is to rent a bike.


The Roman center is not very big and you can walk to many attractions. Read in our article Hotels in Rome which neighborhoods are suitable for your accommodation.

Queues at the attractions

Basically, care is taken everywhere that the minimum distances are observed. This applies to the free attractions such as St. Peter’s Basilica or the Trevi Fountain.

Avoid queues at St. Peter’s Basilica by booking a tour or audio guide with the official visitor service Vox Mundi.

The number of visitors to the Vatican Museums has been drastically reduced. You must therefore book the tickets or the tour online.

Due to the distance rules, only a few visitors can enter the Colosseum at the same time. Tickets are often sold out weeks in advance.

Museums opening hours

Rome August Borghese GalleryReservation is mandatory for the Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery, the Vatican Museums and all museums of the City of Rome.

For the Borghese Gallery you have to make a reservation with the Roma Pass on +39 06 32810. Since the gallery is usually fully booked well in advance, we recommend purchasing the tickets directly.

Colosseum Rome August

Rome August Colosseum arena entranceOpening hours:

10:30 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. Closing 7:15 p.m.

Details on the Colosseum tickets>

Night tours in the Coloseum only by reservation Colosseum Night Tour Tickets>

Tickets to the National Museums

You can book tickets for the National Museums online. Tickets to the National Museums in Rome>

Vatican Museums Rome August

The Vatican Museums are closed on Sunday and on  14 and 15 August.

Opening hours
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

There are extended opening hours every Friday and Saturday, 14 and 15 August excluded

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The free entry to the Vatican Museums on the last sunday of the month is suspended.

The Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo and the Barberini Gardens are open in August on the following dates 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m .: Saturday August 1st, Saturday August 8th, Saturday August 22nd, Saturday August 29th, Sunday August 30th, 2020

St. Peter's Basilica opening hours

The entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free.

St. Peter’s Basilica 7-19 – Dome 8-18 – Cathedral treasure 9-18:15

In any case, we would like to advise you to take a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica so that you can properly grasp the many details of the basilica with its 1,500-year history. More information about St. Peter’s Basilica

When is St. Peter's Basilica closed in August

St. Peter’s Basilica is open every day in August.


Papal Audiences in August

A general audience takes place every Wednesday in August. Usually, the audiences take place in the audience hall. It is not yet known whether the audiences will be public this August. In any case, you can pre-register for participation on our Papal Audience page .

There are no public papal masses in August.

The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place every Sunday and August 15 at noon in St. Peter’s Square.

Estate Romana · Roman summer

The Roman summer brings holiday mood to Rome. This year the organization of concerts and events is more complicated. Details about the summer in Rome>

Ferragosto · Assumption of Mary

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


Rome has a lively music scene. Many pubs and music venues offer live music, especially on weekends. You can find classical music in many churches and palaces.

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.

In August there is a colorful mix of contemporary music. 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 Circus Maximus

The concerts, which usually take place in the thermal baths of Caracalla, are now held in the Circus Maximus. Hear the merry widow, the barber of Seville and others. Events and tickets Circus Maximus

Metro B Bus 51, 81, 85, 87, 118, 160, 628, 715 Zirkus Maximus

The Roman theater of Ostia Antica

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

Events and tickets Ostia Antica

Metro Piramide – Ostia Lido stazione Ostia Antica Ostia Antica

Roman nights

Roman nights concerts of the TempiettoClassical music concerts take place every evening at the Teatro di Marcello.

Program and tickets

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

Rock in Rome

Every year in summer, the Rock in Rome Festival takes place In July there are concerts at the horse racing track Le Capannelle on Via Appia. Rock in Rome is canceled in 2020 and will take place again in year 2021.

Bus 118, 520, 664 Le Capannelle

Olympic stadium

At the Olympic Stadium in July concerts of Cesare Cremonini and Tiziano Ferro held.

Bus 32, 69, 168, 200, 226, 301, 446, 628, 911 Tram 2 Stadio Olimpico


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

Domus Romane TicketsDomus Romane – the Roman houses under Palazzo Valentini

Piazza Venezia, Via Foro Traiano 85, opposite the pillar of the Trajan 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 Museum – in the Galleria Agostiana at Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo 12 Metro A, Tram 2, Bus 61, 89, 160, 490, 495, 628, nMA (Flaminio) Roma – Viterbo Tickets

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

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

Banksy a visual project rom ticketsBanksy A Visual Protest

Over 90 works tell the world of Banksy. See the works of the unknown artist Banksy, who conquered the world with irony and sharpness, in the monastery built by the Italian architect Bramante in the 16th century.

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


Colori EtruschiColors of the Etruscans, Treasures in terracotta in the Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense 106, Metro B Garbatella, Bus 23, 769, 792 Ostiense/Garbatella Tickets

Practical tips for Rome in August

Weather and clothes

Roma agosto San GiovanniIn 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.

Rome on hot days

Rome August Villa dei QuintiliWhen 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. Read also heat in Rome

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

A ride on an e-bike or a Vespa is a bit more adventurous.

A lively and colorful nightlife develops after sunset.

Rome for early risers

In the early morning you have most of the places and attractions to yourself.

The best time for the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps is at 6 in the morning. Maybe you will meet a wedding couple at the photo op.

The sunrise in Rome is at 6:05 in early August and at 6:36 in late August.


Rome is a shopping paradise. Regardless of whether you want to stock up on fashion, look for vintage or antiques or bring a culinary specialty home with you, you will find the right ideas in our Shopping category.


Rome August dinnerThe Romans hardly eat lunch on hot summer days. In our food category you will find tips on street food, pizza, the best ice cream parlors, but also on very elegant restaurants.

Amusement parks

There are several parks in and around Rome that offer a welcome change.


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 EUR Palasport metro 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 around Rome

Rome has wonderful 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. It is of course more convenient with a rental car.

Trips to the sea

Rome August Ostia seaLadispoli, 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.


Very nice is a trip to Umbria, for example to Assisi or Orvieto, is also nice.

With the high-speed trains you can also take a day tour to Naples, Florence, Milan or Venice.


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