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.
In order to really enjoy your stay in Rome, good preparation is important. Here you will learn everything, that you have to know.
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 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
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
Reservation 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
Tickets to the National Museums
Vatican Museums Rome August
The Vatican Museums are closed on Sunday and on 14 and 15 August.
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
Tickets to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
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.
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
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
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
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.
Galleria 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) Bus 51, 60, 63, 80, 83, 85, 160, 170, H, n5, n8, n11, n90, n543, n716 (Piazza Venezia) Tickets
Piazza Venezia, Via Foro Traiano 85, opposite the pillar of the Trajan Tickets
Via Vittorio Veneto 27 Bus 52, 53, 61, 63, 80, 83, 160, n90, nMA (Barberini) Tickets
Piazza del Popolo 12 Metro A, Tram 2, Bus 61, 89, 160, 490, 495, 628, nMA (Flaminio) Roma – Viterbo Tickets
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.
Practical tips for Rome in August
Weather and clothes
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.
Rome on hot days
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. 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.