Rome February 2022 · 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.

The current regulations and information on opening times of museums, restaurants and shops can be found on our page about COVID in Rome. As part of the COVID regulations, you need the European digital Covid Pass to enter the country.

February in Rome

The more central you live, the less you are dependent on public transport. You can find out how to find an affordable room and which areas are best in our information on Hotels in Rome.

Rome is a very green city. A walk in one of the Roman villas on a foggy February morning is a special experience. And of course you have to visit a lookout point. Die-hard people combine a visit to the excavations in Ostia Antica is with a trip to the sea. In the wintry Villa D’Este in Tivoli with its water features, there is an interesting atmosphere, especially in the evening. Located in the valley below Tivoli, Villa Adriana is the largest villa that a Roman emperor has ever built. In its ruins, the sun burns mercilessly from spring to autumn and winter is the best time for us to see it.

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 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 Snow

It 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 rain

There 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.

Gastronomy

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.

Rome fried artichokes alla giudia

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

Typical dishes of Roman cuisine are fried rice balls, supplì, salted cod, baccalà, and oxtail in tomato sauce, coda alla vaccinara.

Shopping

Italian fashion is known worldwide and everyone will envy you for your purchases. The winter sales draw to a close in February and the spring collection arrives.

The luxury brands can be found around Via dei Condotti, which leads from the Spanish Steps to Via del Corso. Along Via del Corso you will find shops in all price ranges.

A special consumption temple is the department store La Rinascente in via del Tritone. In the basement you can visit the ancient aqueduct which supplies water to the Trevi Fountain and the fountains in Piazza Navona. On the roof terrace you have a wonderful view over the city.

Also in the side streets around Piazza Navona and around Campo de ‘Fiori there are many nice little shops and boutiques.

Other shopping streets are Via Cola di Rienzo and Via Appia. The Via Marconi and the Via Tuscolana as well as the newly built shopping centers are too far away from the center for most tourists. Read about 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.

Rome February Ciampino Airport

Since you have to reserve in advance at most museums, the risk of queues is low there. Queues are almost always at ticket offices in airports and at the ticket machines. Bookings on the Internet are therefore the best choice.

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.

Rome February St. Peter's Basilica Peter statue

Priority entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is unlikely to be offered in February. This imposing building is definitely worth a tour. For more information read our pages on St. Peter’s BasilicaSt. Peter’s Square and the history of St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Rome February opening hours

St. Peter’s Basilica

Basilica 7 am – 6:30 pm – dome 8 am – 5 am – treasure 9 a.m. – 5:15 pm

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Colosseum

8:30 am – 3:30 pm closing 4:30 pm, from 16th february until 4 pm closing 5 pm.

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Vatican Museums

Monday – Saturday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, closing 6:30 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 February Museums Palazzo Altemps

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 February 6th. 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

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

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

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 and masses in February

General audiences of the Holy Father take place on Wednesdays at 9:30 am.

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

No public Papal masses are held in February.

Chinese New Year

February 1-6, 2022

Traffic-calmed Sunday

February 13, 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

Carnival

24.2.-1.3.2022

Sport

Rome Six Nations

13.2. Rugby Six Nations

Italy – England
Olympic stadium

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.

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

Atlantico

Atlantico is a concert hall in the EUR neighborhood. You take 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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Palazzo dello Sport​

The Palazzo dello Sport is a multifunctional hall where concerts are held regularly. It is located in Quartier EUR and is easily accessible by Metro B station Palasport.

Metro B EUR Palasport Palasport

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Largo Venue

Largo Venue is a cultural center on Via Prenestina.

Largo Venue, Via Biordo Michelotti 2
Tram 5, 14, 19 Bus 81, 412, n5, n543, nMC Prenestina/Gattamelata Largo Venue

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Teatro Brancaccio

The Teatro Brancaccio on Via Merulana also hosts musical events.

Via Merulana 244 Teatro Brancaccio Bus 16, 75, 714

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Amusement parks

In Rome and the surrounding area there are a few parks that offer a welcome change. However, in winter they are mostly only open on weekends and public holidays.

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.

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 around Rome

Rome has beautiful surroundings. The Romans go to the seaside or the mountains for a good meal on weekends.

The seafood restaurants by the sea are also well attended in February. There is a rustic kitchen in the mountains that goes well with the cooler temperatures. When there is snow, the Romans ski in the nearby Appenines.

You can reach many destinations by public transport.

Excursions to the sea

If you want to see the sea, just go 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.

Excursions in the mountains

The most famous summer residence of the Romans in Castel Gandolfo. The popes spent the summer here at an altitude of around 400 m. Pope Francis, however, remains in Rome and the palace and gardens at 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 located 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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