Would you like to experience Easter 2019 in Rome? Here you will get all the information on the opening hours of shops, restaurants and museums during the Easter period, the dates of the Pope, what special events there are at Easter 2019 in Rome and how best to organise your stay in Rome.
Easter Sunday 2019 is on April 21st. The birthday of the city of Rome will be celebrated on the 21st of April too and so there will be a lot to experience in Rome at Easter 2019. Here you will find all the information you need for your visit to Rome at Easter.
Rome Easter 2019 important dates
Easter celebrations begin with Palm Sunday on April 14, 2019, culminate with the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum on Good Friday, continue with the Easter Mass, the Easter celebration and the blessing Urbi et Orbi and end on Easter Monday, April 22, 2019.
More dates in Rome in April
On April 7, 2019 , the Rome Marathon 2019 takes place. In the morning, the traffic in the city is largely blocked and the bus connections are interrupted. Traffic information>
More information about the Rome Marathon 2019 and Fun Run>
On April 13, 2019, the second Formula E race take place in Rome. Venue is the Quartier EUR, along Via Cristoforo Colombo. Free Practice 8-8: 45, 10: 30-11, Qualifying 12-13, Race 16-17. How to get to the Formula E race: Take the Metro B and get off at EUR Palasport or EUR Fermi stations.
From April 17, 2019 on, the Forum of Caesar and the Augustus Forum will be hosting open-air multimedia shows after sundown, taking the audience back to the time of Caesar and the time of Augustus. These shows are very interesting and recommendable. A must see!
On April 21, 2019 Rome celebrates its 2772nd birthday. For the birthday of Rome, there are numerous events, performances and a procession in historical costumes.
Thursday 25th of April is national holiday and Wednesday 1st of May Labor Day, there are some nice bridge days for the Romans.
Colosseum, Palatine and Forum Romanum are open 8:30am – 7pm. On Good Friday April 19, the Colosseum, Palatine and Forum Romanum close at 12 o’clock because of the Pope’s Way of the Cross. The metro station Colosseo closes at 1pm.
At the Coliseum there are always long queues at the ticket booths and you should definitely buy your tickets well in advance. With the normal tickets and tours you can visit the first and second floor of the Coliseum. There are also guided tours of the underground, tours of all five above-ground floors with breathtaking panoramic views and night tours. For more information on the tickets for the Coliseum, please read Colosseum Tickets.
The Vatican museums are open Monday – Saturday 9am-8pm with last admission at 4pm.
The Vatican Museums also offer tickets outside normal opening hours. I would particularly recommend these tickets, since there are fewer visitors outside the normal opening hours and the museums are much more pleasant to visit. During the normal opening hours, it is often very crowded and the walk through the museums is very stressful.
Outside of the normal hours, there are tickets for early admission, at 7am with breakfast buffet and at 8am without breakfast. From the 26th of April to the end of October, the Vatican Museums will be open every Friday night, with admission from 7pm to 9:30pm and closing at 11pm. Not all departments are accessible at the night openings, but a visit to the museums at night is definitely recommended.
Seeing the illuminated dome of St. Peter’s from the terrace of the museums at night and finding a seat in the Sistine Chapel is a special experience!
On Easter Sunday 21st April and Easter Monday 22nd April and 1st May the Vatican Museums are closed.
On Sunday, April 28, 2019 is free admission to the Vatican Museums. Admission is from 8-12:30, the museums close at 2pm.
ROM 1 May 2019 · Events
1 May 2019 The final stage of the Tiber river cruise to Rome.
1 May 2019 3pm-12 concert in front of the Basilica of St. John, admission is free. Organizers are the three big trade unions CGIL, CISL and UIL.
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
Rome Easter 2019 · The Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo
The Apostolic Palace is closed on Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and May 1st. On Sundays, the Apostolic Palace is open from 10 am to 3 pm, Saturdays, 25, 26, 29, 30. April 8:30am-5:30pm and on the other days 8:30-2pm. Last admission is one hour before closing.
The Barberini Gardens in Castel Gandolfo can only be visited with a guided tour. These tours must be reserved in advance. Tickets>
All national museums and city museums in Rome follow the normal hours. The museums of the city of Rome are closed on 1 May, the National Museums are open. Which museums belong to the City of Rome, the National Museums and the opening hours can be found in
Free admission to the museums in Rome
For the year 2019, the Minister of Cultural Heritage announced changes and the regulation of free admission to the National Museums is expected to change. On which days the entrance to the Nationalmuseen is free, you will find out here, as soon as the new regulation is announced.
On the days of free admission, however, you will have to wait several hours at the Coliseum with extremely long lines, so I advise you not to visit these days. With the Roma Pass you can use the group entrance, but the visit will be deducted from the pass. Also for visiting Palatine and Roman Forum you have to expect waiting times at both entrances. But it should be better at the entrance to Via di San Gregorio.
On days when you have free admission to the National Museums, you must expect long lines at the Castel Sant’Angelo, and you should choose a different day for your visit. Tickets for Castel Sant’Angelo>
To visit the Villa Borghese Gallery, you always need a reservation, even on days with free admission. You can book at + 39 06 32810. Tickets for the Borghese Gallery>
On the days with free admission I recommend the visit of less known museums. If the weather is fine, the thermal baths of Diocletian in front of Termini main train station with the imposing cloister of Michelangelo, in whose center you can find a cypress tree planted by Michelangelo in 1562, are recommended. Tickets for the Roman National Museums>
Another pretty nice museum is the Galleria Spada near Campo de’ Fiori in Piazza Capo di Ferro. On the first floor you can admire a significant art collection, but the most famous attraction is the perspective corridor of the Borromini in the courtyard.
Also interesting is the Palazzo Venezia in Piazza Venezia. There you will find a terrace overlooking the Victorianum. You can rest there on comfortable pillows and enjoy the atmosphere.
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, as well as May 1, are similar to Christmas in Rome. Easter Sunday – Pasqua – is a family day, Easter Monday – Pasquetta – visit the Romans friends and go out to eat together, May 1 is a typical day out. The shopping centers as well as many shops in the center as well as all shops in the periphery are closed. Open are the shops in the main station Termini as well as individual small fruit and grocers in the center. Also open is the deli store with restaurants Eataly behind the station Piramide / Ostiense.
The Romans are not used to a hearty breakfast, but it must be at Easter. Many also combine a late breakfast with lunch for several hours of brunch. Artichokes are still in season until the end of April and are prepared in many ways. Pickled as “Carciofi alla Romana” or fried as “Carciofi alla Giudia”, in pancakes “Frittata” or with offal “Coratella con Carciofi” are just some of the preparations. It also includes a selection of antipasti, cheese and cured meats, salty pastries, soup. This is followed by a first course with pasta and gnocchi – small potato dumplings – and then, obligatory, the lamb “Agnello” or “Abbacchio”. Finally, there is the classic “Colomba”, a yeast bread with candied fruit and almonds in bird form, desserts of the Neapolitan tradition and all sorts of dessert variations.
As some restaurants may be closed on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, it is advisable to make a reservation.
For brunch and lunch on Easter holidays and 1st of May, I have gathered some ideas for you. In any case, you should make a reservation.
In the heart of Trastevere, Via Natale del Grande 52, you will find Eggs . The name is program with egg dishes and variations of Carbonara. On Easter Sunday and Easter Monday you will get a classic Roman Easter breakfast here.
In the Pigneto district you will find a lunch menu in the Bistrot Pigneto 1870 , Via del Pigneto 25. Bus 81, local train RMG from Termini, departure at the exit of the regional train station, opposite the hotel Radisson Blu, until the stop Ponte Casilino.
A popular bistro with organic products is Vivi Bistrot in the Villa Pamphili, just the thing for the holiday in the parks of Rome. There are now several branches, in Palazzo Braschi at Piazza Navona, in Via della Mercede 50 in the center and in the Rinascente department store in Via del Tritone.
For a trip to the countryside we propose you the Via Appia Antica. You simply take bus 118 from Piazza Venezia and get off at the Calixtus Catacombs or at the Catacombs of St. Sebastian. It’s about a two miles walk from the Circus Maximus on Via di Porta San Sebastiano. By bus 218 from San Giovanni you can get off at Quo Vadis or at Ardeatina / San Sebastiano. More about the Appia Antica>
A noble and well known place is the L’Archeologia opposite St. Sebastian. Opposite the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella is the nice and simple garden restaurant Il Giardino di Giulia e Fratelli . Right next to it you will find the top location Hostaria Antica Roma, which is owned by the same family.
At Easter, Palm Sunday begins the absolute high season. The church festivities are a magnet for many tourists and pilgrims. Then there are the bridge days on April 25 and May 1. So you shall not lose valuable vacation time in queues and book some things in advance. Very interesting is the Roma Pass, with which you can use public transport and have preferential entry to the Colosseum and the Castel Sant’Angelo. Read my comparison of Roma Pass and City Cards.
If you would like to visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, I recommend a guided tour that will allow you direct access from the museums to St. Peter’s Basilica. This is only possible with guided tours, otherwise you have a long detour and must pass at St. Peter’s again through the security check with long queues. Only if you arrive very early, between 7 and 8 o’clock in the morning, you do not have to expect long queues at St. Peter’s Basilica. For the Vatican Museums, you must reserve the preferred entry, otherwise you will have to expect long queues there as well.
The average temperatures for April in Rome are 53° F, with a minimum temperature of 47° F and a maximum of 67 ° F. However, it can be much warmer in the sun. Rome has an average of 5 rainy days in april.
In April, it can get cool in the evening. You shall therefore have a light jacket with you. During the day, temperatures rise to almost 68° F and especially in the sun, it is very pleasant. For visiting ecclesiastical sites you need clothing that covers shoulders and knees.
If you only carry hand luggage and check in on the internet, you can avoid long waiting times in the airport. Security checks at Fiumicino Airport are quite quick. In Ciampino, you need to schedule up to one hour for baggage and security checks.
On your packing list you must not forget your necessary medication and the charger of the mobile phone. Any further necessary clothing for the duration of your stay, hairbrush or comb, toothbrush, cosmetics and other liquids under the security provisions for air travel. Soap and shampoo are usually found in the hotel.
Since you will be out all day long, you need good comfortable shoes.
In Rome there are also many opportunities for jogging. For sunbathing on the beach of Ostia you can take your bathing suit with you. The sea water is still very cold, but some still dare to go in anyway.