Rome May 2020 · Museums · Events · Hours

Rome May 2020, here you will find information about May in Rome. Find out here about museums, events, holidays, the weather and much more.

Due to the corona virus crisis, it is currently not possible to predict whether the attractions will be open again in May and which events will take place. We are therefore currently only giving you an overview of the recurring events in May.

May in Rome is usually high season. It is not yet possible to say how it will develop this year. Maybe you can only make a decision at the last moment. To find out how to find an affordable room and which areas are most suitable, read our information about hotels in Rome.

Rome May Villa Pamphili Lily fountainMay in Rome is climatically very pleasant. If you have some time, visit one of the Roman villas and of course a lookout point. If you can reserve a day for an excursion, there are destinations in the area surrounding Rome such as the excavations in Ostia Antica or the Villa Adriana and the Villa D’Este in Tivoli.

You can also reach more distant destinations such as Pompei, Naples, Florence or Venice in one day with the high-speed train.

After an intense day, you can experience Rome’s culinary offerings in the evening. Whether light Mediterranean cuisine or hearty Cucina Romana, you can eat very well in Rome. You can find more about this in our category Food in Rome.

Avoid queues

Queues are very common in Rome in May. The purchase of the bus ticket or train ticket at the airport can take a quarter of an hour. There are queues for luggage storage in Rome and at car rental companies.

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One experience from the crisis of the corona­virus is that it is essential to avoid queues. It is still unclear what the Italian government will decide. We expect that the number of visitors to the attractions will be reduced and that the attractions can only be visited with reservation.Rome May St. Peter's Basilica

Which regulations will apply to St. Peter’s Basilica is still unclear. You can avoid the queue at St. Peter’s Basilica by booking a tour or an audio guide.

Another option is to book a tour of the Vatican Museums with a direct passage to St. Peter’s Basilica. You then go straight through a passage reserved for guided groups from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica and save several hours.

You can avoid the queue at the Vatican Museums by booking your ticket online or with a guided tour.

You can avoid the queue at the Colosseum by booking your ticket online in good time or with a guided tour. Tickets are often sold out weeks in advance.

Museums opening hours

Rome May Capitoline MuseumsReservation is mandatory for the Colosseum and the Borghese Gallery. Reservations are recommended for the Vatican Museums.

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 May

Rome May ColosseumOpening hours:

8:30 – 18:15 closing 19:15

More details about Colosseum Tickets>

Tickets to the National Museums

You can book tickets for the National Museums online. Tickets to the National Museums in Rome>

Vatican Museums Rome May

For the Vatican Museums, you should buy tickets in advance. Otherwise you risk long waiting times at the cash register. Details about the Vatican Museums>

The Vatican Museums are closed on May 1st and every Sunday except the last Sunday of the month.
Opening hours
9 – 16 closing 18.

There are extended opening hours on May 2nd

9 – 17 closing 19.

You can visit the Vatica­n Museums at night every Friday except May 1st.

19 – 21:30 closing 23:00

Free entry to the Vatican Museums is on Sunday, May 31, 2020. However, there are long lines and it gets extremely crowded.
9 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Closing 2 p.m.

The Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo is open on weekdays in May 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. closing 2 p.m., on Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. closing 5:30 p.m., on Sunday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. closing 3 p.m. Closed on May 1.

St. Peter's opening hours

Rome May St. Peter's BasilicaEntry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free of charge.

In any case, we would advise you to take a guided tour, because otherwise you will not be able to capture many of the details of the basilica with its more than 1,500-year history. If you book the tour in advance on the Internet, you can pass the queue at the security checkpoint with priority granted by the visitor service of St. Peter’s Basilica.

More information about St. Peter’s Basilica.

Opening hours:

St. Peter’s Cathedral 7-19 – St. Peter’s Dome 8-18 – Treasury 9-18:15

When is St. Peter's Basilica closed in May

St. Peter’s Basilica is closed during the Pope’s celebrations, for which you need invitation cards.

The dates for May are:

Pope masses on Sunday 3.5. 9:30 in St. Peter’s Basilica and on Sunday, May 17th 10:30 in St. Peter’s Square with invitation cards.

General audiences every Wednesday morning. You can pre-order the invitation cards for the audiences on our website.


3.5. 9:30 a.m. Pope Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Priestly Ordinations, only with reservation

3.5. 12:00 Regina Caeli of the Pope

3.5. Free entry to the state museums and the museums of the municipality of Rome

BNL Tennis Rom Ticketspostponed: Tennis – Internazionali BNL d’Italia ATP World Tour Masters 1000 WTA Tennis stadium Rome Foro Italico, Viale dei Gladiatori Metro A to Ottaviano, then bus 32 towards Saxa Rubra to De Bosis / Stadio Tennis Tennis


10.5. Regina Caeli of the Pope

10.5. Mother’s day

17.5. 10:30 p.m. Pope Mass on St. Peter’s Square, 100 years of John Paul II 17.5. 12:00 Regina Caeli of the Pope
21.5. Ascension Day – not a holiday

24.5. 12:00 Regina Caeli of the Pope

Oltrelaserratura Roma Cavalieri di Malta30.5. 19:00 Oltre la serratura

Concert in the Villa of the Maltese Order

Orchestra “RomÆnsemble” – Gile Bae, pianoforte – Luigi Di Iorio, direttore
musiche di F. Chopin, E. Elgar

May 31 Pentecost – 10:00 Papal mass in St. Peter’s Basilica – 12:00 Regina Caeli


Rome May Rose gardenThe rose garden of the municipality of Rome is open from May 18, 2020 every day except Monday 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. The rose garden is located on the slope of the Aventine above the Maximus circus. Entry is free. Guided tours can be booked on tel .: +3906 5746810. The call center is available on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Impressionisti segreti Romauntil May 3 – Impressionisti segreti, treasures from private collections, including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Sisley, Caillebotte, Morisot, Gonzalès, Gauguin, Signac, Van Rysselberghe and Cross

Palazzo Bonaparte – on Piazza Venezia Tickets

Canova Eterna bellezzaCanova, eternal beauty, an exhibition of international collections, Museo di Roma Tuesday – Sunday 9-19 Piazza Navona

The sculptor Canova (1757-1822) with his marble figures is one of the main representatives of Italian classicism. Exhibition at the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi in Piazza Navona. Tickets for Palazzo Braschi

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

Domus Romane TicketsDomus Romane – the Roman houses under Palazzo Valentini

Piazza Venezia, Via Foro Traiano 85, opposite the pillar of the Trajan 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 Museum – in the Galleria Agostiana at Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo 12 Metro A, Tram 2, Bus 61, 89, 160, 490, 495, 628, nMA (Flaminio) Roma – Viterbo Tickets

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

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

Banksy a visual project rom ticketsBanksy 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



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.

The music park of Rome

A jewel is the Parco della Musica, built by the internationally renowned architect Renzo Piano, in the north of Rome on Via Flaminia. Tram 2 Parco della Musica

Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu
Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu

The Parco della Musica has several auditoriums and an open air theater. Here you find performances in all styles.

Some events are organized together with the House of Jazz “Casa del JazzEvents and tickets Casa del Jazz

Bus 160, 671, 714, 792 Casa del Jazz

Practical tips for Rome May

Weather and clothes

In May it is climatically very pleasant in Rome. The maximum temperatures are 77°F and there are nine hours of sunshine, the minimum temperatures at 55°F. On average, there are four rainy days. As a rule, it does not rain for long. For an emergency, you should therefore have a light raincape, which you can cover yourself quickly.

Rome May Baths of Diocletian danceThe temperatures are therefore very pleasant during the day and in the sun it can get really warm. To be able to sit outside in the evening, you need a light jacket.

Please note that when visiting sacral sites, you must cover your shoulders and knees. If you wear off-the-shoulder shirts or dresses, you will need a shawl or a pareo. You also need sturdy shoes. You should not wear high heels on the uneven Roman roads.

Rome for early risers

Rome May Spanish Steps in the morningOf course it takes a certain effort to get up very early. Nevertheless, we 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 monuments and squares undisturbed in the sunrise. You may also meet a wedding couple at a photo shoot, at the Spanish Steps, at the Trevi Fountain or at the Colosseum. The sunrise in Rome in May is at 6:07 at the beginning of the month and at 5:38 at the end of the month.

Early morning is also the best time to jog.

High season in Rome, what you should consider

Rome May 2020 KolosseumMay is high season in Rome. Avoiding queues should therefore be your first priority.

Public transport is overcrowded at rush hour, especially metro line A, but also some bus routes.

The hop on hop off buses are a very good guide. It is best to get an overview on the day of arrival and use the hop on hop off buses for the journey from Termini Central Station to the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, to the Colosseum, to the Circus Maximus with the Aventine and to Castel Sant’Angelo with the Vatican.

The best way to get around the city center is on foot. Choose one of the small romantic side streets with less traffic. Read our information about the city center. We have put together a few tips with a half-day program in the category Three days in Rome.

Rome May Trevi fountainThe Trevi Fountain is another major attraction in Rome. A city policeman told us that the fountain is well attended until 3 a.m. During the day, the accesses sometimes have to be closed due to overcrowding.

Our recommendation: Book a hotel in the center and visit the fountains and squares before breakfast when there are few other visitors. It is a unique experience!


Rome May Food CarbonaraRoman gastronomy is usually excellent. Whether you want an opulent dinner, a pizza, a sandwich, an ice cream or something sweet, in Rome you will find a large selection of the best quality. It is therefore not necessary to get roped into the first restaurant that comes along with colorfully printed billboards and plastic models of the dishes. Good restaurants don’t need that.

Rome has an interesting street food scene and of course the best pizza al taglio. The best ice cream parlors in Rome offer flavors for every season.

Rome May Food FishYou can safely forget the so-called “r” rule, according to which seafood is only supposed to be eaten with “r” in months. In Rome, you can eat seafood all year round. They come fresh from good aquacultures from nearby Gaeta, Orbetello or Sardinia. Oyster farms are less common in Italy and so local oysters are very rare in Rome.

The typical Roman pasta dishes can be found all year round. The preparation of Cacio e Pepe with sheep’s cheese and pepper is very tasty; variations are the Gricia, the Amatriciana and the Carbonara. Read more about Roman cuisine and get an overview on a street food tour.

It is also very beautiful by the sea. Many Romans go to Ostia on weekends and if you want to eat by the sea, you should reserve a restaurant.


Rom Mai Shopping

Italian fashion is known worldwide and everyone will envy you for your purchases. Leave enough space in your suitcase for your purchases!

The luxury brands can be found around Via dei Condotti, which leads from the Spanish Steps to Via del Corso. Shops in all price ranges can be found along Via del Corso.

Rome also has art and antiques. Many visitors also stock up on gastronomic specialties. Read Shopping in Rome.


Rome May Appia AnticaIn the south of Rome is the Appia Antica Regional Park with numerous catacombs. The “Regina viarum” has been a free open-air museum for more than a hundred years. It is a popular destination, especially on weekends, and you can eat very well here.

If you can set it up, you should take a day to explore the area surrounding Rome.

Rome May Ostia AnticaThe trip to the sea to Ostia by local train from the pyramid (Metro B) to Ostia Lido is very popular. On the way you can see the very interesting excavations in Ostia Antica. Here you will find the ruins of a complete ancient commercial city with theater.

When the weather is nice, you can take a walk on the beach and enjoy the fresh salty sea air. Also read day trip to Ostia.

Rome May day trip Castel GandolfoA visit to Villa D’Este in Tivoli is fabulous. The numerous fountains and water games that are fed by the Aniene River are an impressive spectacle. There is also an organ fountain that is powered by water.

Also close to Tivoli is Villa Adriana, built by Emperor Hadrian. It is the largest villa ever built by an emperor. It is very pleasant here in May.

Rome May day trip AssisiVery intersting is the trip to Castel Gandolfo. There you can visit the papal summer residence on the slopes of the volcano lake and have a good lunch with local wine.

A little further away is Assisi, where St. Francis founded his order. You can visit the Basilica of Francis there and enjoy a lunch of the excellent cuisine of Umbria.

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