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Rome May 1, 2022 · What’s up on May 1 in Rome

May 1st is traditionally a day for excursions in Rome. When the weather is nice, you can go to one of the Roman parks, into the mountains or to the sea. A big concert is being held at the Basilica of San Giovanni.

Labor Day is a public holiday in Italy and is celebrated extensively in Rome. It’s unfortunate that May 1st falls on a Sunday this year. Next year it will be a Monday, which means there will be a long weekend.

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The biggest event in Rome on May 1st is traditionally the trade union concert in front of the Basilica of San Giovanni. It will also be televised.

It is important to know that many museums are closed on May 1st in Rome. In particular, municipal museums such as the Capitoline Museums and Trajan’s Markets, and also the Vatican Museums are closed. So what is there to do in Rome on May 1st and what are the Romans doing?

Open museums

The national museums are open and entrance is free. Since April there has again been free entry to the national museums on the 1st Sunday of the month and this now coincidentally falls on May 1st.

Our advice: avoid the Colosseum as you will spend several hours in line there. For some museums, such as the Castel Sant’Angelo, you can book free entry via Ticketone for a small reservation fee. More information about museums and booking options. A visit to the excavations of Ostia Antica or to the Appia Antica is also worth a visit.

In Tivoli, Villa Adriana, Villa D’Este and Villa Gregoriana are open, but reservations are required.

Opening hours of shops

On May 1st, many shops and markets are closed in Rome. In the city center, however, numerous shops will be open. Open until 11pm, the La Rinascente flagship store is located in Via del Tritone. The Eataly delicatessen, located at the back of Ostiense station (metro station Piramide line B), is open until midnight.

So shopping in Rome is also possible on May 1st.

Public transport

Public transport is based on public holiday timetable. This means, above all, that buses only operate at very large intervals. If the May Concert should take place in front of the St. John Basilica, there will be traffic obstructions in the whole area.

Opening hours at the Vatican

May 1st is not a holiday in the Vatican. The Vatican Museums are closed. St. Peter’s Basilica is open.

What do the Romans?

Many Romans are leaving the city for a long weekend. Classics are a traditional barbecue excursion with the family or a trip to the sea.

If you want to enjoy a good fish plate by the sea on May 1st, you definitely need to make a reservation!

Many Romans use the day off for a trip to the Appia Antica with a visit to the catacombs, a good lunch and a walk on the “Regina Viarium”.

If you do not want to go that far, you can visit the botanical garden. It is located under the Gianicolo and the entrance is in Trastevere at Largo Cristina di Svezia.

The zoo (bioparco) on the edge of the Villa Borghese park is also open.

The traditional may concert

The most important event on May 1st in Rome is the traditional May concert, organized by the Italian unions.

It takes place in front of the Basilica of St. John and there are major traffic diversions in the area.

Admission is free. The concert starts at 3 pm and ends after midnight. It mainly plays Italian artists and groups.

The concert can only be reached on foot from the Manzoni metro station or Re di Roma metro station, both on line A.

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