Rome February 2021 · Events · Museums · Climate · Food

Rome February, here you will find information about February in Rome. Rome in February is ideal for visiting the museums, shopping and good Roman cuisine. From the second half of the month you can feel the approaching spring. Temperatures are usually mild, but frost and snow can also occur.

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Roman home cooking tastes particularly good in the cold season. You can get to know many delicious specialties.

Rome fried artichokes alla giudiaIn winter, be sure to try the fried artichokes. They come fresh from the field and are freshly prepared every day.

Coronavirus prevention

If there are restrictions due to the coronavirus, you will find the relevant information on our page on the corona crisis. There have always been fewer cases in Rome than in other regions of Italy. If you follow the rules, you can be confident that you will be safe in Rome. Read what is planned in Rome in January and how you have to organize yourself.

Avoid queues

Basically, one of the COVID precautionary measures is to avoid crowds and queues. Admission to most attractions must be reserved in advance on the Internet.

You should therefore book everything on the Internet as far as possible.

You risk queues at the airport if you have not arranged the trip to Rome in advance, as well as with public transport.

Rome February Ciampino AirportMore information about Ciampino

More information about Fiumicino

Public transport

The public transport in Rome is hopelessly overwhelmed and there is no working timetable. 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 your accommodation. Book your accommodation in the city center, in Monti near the Colosseum or in the vicinity of the Vatican.

The hop on hop off buses circulate very reliably. When the weather is nice, you can rent a bike. You can also find electric scooters in the center.


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

St. Peter's Basilica opening times in February

For St. Peter’s Basilica, we have put together extensive information in our articles on entry to St. Peter’s Basilica and the history of St. Peter’s Basilica.

There are hardly any queues at St. Peter’s Basilica in February. Nevertheless, we recommend the Skip-the-line ticket with audio guide.

Rome February St. Peter's Basilica Peter statueSt. Peter’s Basilica is closed during the Pope’s celebrations. The opening times are:

St. Peter’s Basilica 7am-6:30pm – dome 8am-6pm – Cathedral Treasure 9am-6:15pm

Opening times of the museums

All information on opening times and tickets can be found on our page on the opening times of the museums. Except for the Vatican Museums, all museums are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Rome February Museums Palazzo AltempsReservation is compulsory for the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery and all museums in the Municipality of Rome. With the reservation you will receive an entry time that you should adhere to as closely as possible.

The Colosseum in February

You have to buy the Colosseum tickets online because the ticket offices are closed. Tickets are currently only available for the same and the next day.

Rome February Roman ForumOpening hours: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm closing at 4:30 pm, from February 16 8:30 am – 4 pm closing at 5 pm.

The Vatican Museums

They are closed on Sunday and on february 11th.

Opening hours 8:30 am – 6.30 pm

Vatican gardens

You can only visit the Vatican Gardens by reservation. There is a bus tour that departs to the left of St. Peter’s Basilica and a guided tour on foot.


Papal audiences in February

General audiences of the Holy Father take place on Wednesdays at 9:30 am., but not on February 17th and 24th. The audiences are expected to be closed to the public and will be streamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace on the Internet. Current information can be found on our page on the papal audience. You can follow the broadcast live on our Papal Audience page.

Rome December St. Peter's Square at nightThere is a papal mass on Ash Wednesday on February 17th. The celebrations usually take place in the afternoon on the Aventine. They are not public and are broadcast on the internet.

The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place on Sundays at noon in St. Peter’s Square.

February 11 Carnival – Giovedì grasso

February 12 Chinese New Year

February 13 Carnival – Saturday

February 14 Traffic-calmed Sunday – driving ban for private vehicles with combustion engines in the city center
7:30 am – 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Rome Six Nations6.2. 15:15 Rugby Six Nations

Italy – France
Olympic Stadium

21.2. 9 am Roma – Ostia half marathon

Rome Six Nations27.2. 15:15 Rugby Six Nations

Italy – Ireland
Olympic Stadium


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.

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

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

Traffic live club

Traffic Live Club is a music venue on Via Prenestina

Traffic live club Via Prenestina 738
113, 150F, 313, 314, 501, 508, n075 Prenestina/Tor Tre Teste Traffic Live Club

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Atlantico is a concert hall in the EUR district. You can take the Metro B to EUR Fermi and then bus 705 or 706 to Colombo / Atlantico.

Viale dell’Oceano Atlantico, 271D
Metro B EUR Fermi -> 705, 706 Atlantico

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Per Giocountil February 28th, 2021 Per Gioco

The toy collection of the Sovrintendenza Capitolina in the Museo di Roma

Piazza Navona

Il tempo di Caravaggiountil May 2nd, 2021 Il tempo di Caravaggio

Exhibition in the Capitoline Museums of the works of the world-famous painter

Capitol Hill

Tour of the Capitoline Museums in a small group

Napoleon und der Mythos von Romuntil May 30th, 2021 Napoleon and the myth of Rome

Exhibition in the Trajan’s Markets

Via Quattro Novembre 94 Mercati di Traiano

I Marmi Torloniauntil June 27th, 2021 I Marmi Torlonia. Collezionare Capolavori
The legendary marble collection of the Torlonia family, exhibition in the Capitoline Museums, Villa Caffarelli

Capitol Hill

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


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

Fuori Quadriennale d'Arte 2020FUORI – Quadriennale d’Arte

Contemporary Italian art in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni

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

Banksy a visual project rom tickets

Banksy 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

Practical tips for Rome February

Climate and clothing

Rom February Archeo park

According to statistics, the maximum temperatures in Rome in February are 14° C, the minimum temperatures are 3° C. At the end of the month you start to feel spring.

It can rain occasionally in February. The rain usually doesn’t last long and you may find a shelter. After 15 or 30 minutes the rain is mostly over again.

Rome February SnowIt is memorable when there is snow or frost in Rome. That only happens once in three or four years. This special spectacle then goes through all the newspapers.

Since you spend a lot of time outdoors in Rome, you need warm clothing and rain protection. Comfortable shoes are also important in Rome, as you will be walking a lot and the sidewalks are often bumpy.

Rome for early risers

Rome February Pantheon morning

Of course it takes a certain effort to get up in the dark. Nevertheless, I would like to recommend that you set off early in the morning.

There is very little traffic in Rome until six in the morning and you can take beautiful photos of the illuminated monuments and squares undisturbed. If you are lucky, you will find a foggy morning that offers very beautiful and unique photo opportunities. The sunrise in Rome in February is between 7:22 and 6:46.

Early morning is also the best time to jog.

Mid season in Rome what you should consider

Rome February St. Peter's rainThere are always many visitors in Rome. No matter whether you are interested in archeology, art, churches or culinary art, Rome has something to offer for everyone.

The European Union was founded in Rome; three UN organizations, FAO, WFP and IFAD, are based in Rome. Rome is the capital of Italy and, with the Vatican, the center of the world’s Catholic religion.

There is always a lot going on in Rome, but a little less in February than in other months.

If you want to visit the museums in Rome and the Vatican, February is a good month for you.

Rome is also interesting for shopping in February. You can stock up on spring fashion here.


The heavy Roman cuisine goes perfectly with the cold season. In our Food category you will find tips on street food, pizza, the best ice cream parlors that offer creations to match the winter, but also on very elegant restaurants.

Excursion tips

When there is snow, the Romans ski in the nearby Appenines.

Other interesting excavations can be found in the nearby Ostia Antica or on a day trip to Pompeii.

A day trip to Florence is also very interesting. Various organizers offer day tours in minibuses or by express train.


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