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Rome May 2022 · Museums · Events · Hours

Rome May. With the exception of May 1st, there are no public holidays in May. Most of the shops in the center are open 7 days a week and you can also shop comfortably at the weekend. With almost summer temperatures, there is a lot to see and experience in Rome.

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May in Rome

May in Rome is usually high season. To find an affordable room and which areas are most suitable, read our information about hotels in Rome.

Rome May Villa Pamphili Lily fountain

May 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.

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

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 dance

The 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.


Roman 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.

Rome May Food Carbonara

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 Seafood

You 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.


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

Rom May Shopping

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.

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.


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.


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

Welcome to Rome show

Welcome to Rome multimedia show

In the center of Rome, between the Vatican and Piazza Navona, a 30-minute multidimensional film show and an exhibition with interactive models await you.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 203 Google maps Bus 46, 62, 64, 916 Stop Vittorio Emanuele / Navona


St. Peter’s Basilica

Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free. However, the queues can be quite long if there are many visitors.

Rom May St. Peter's Basilica

There is a very simple trick to avoid the queue: you book an audio guide or a guided tour in advance and you will be admitted through a special entrance without waiting. For more information read our pages on St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and the history of St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Rome May opening hours

St. Peter’s Basilica

Basilica 7 am – 7 pm – Dome 8 am – 6 pm – Treasure 9 am – 6:15 pm

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Rome May St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica is closed during the Pope’s celebrations, for which you need invitation cards. That is the Mass on Pentecost Sunday in May and the audiences on Wednesday mornings.


9 am – 6:15 pm, closing 7:15 pm

Free entrance is Sunday May 1st

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Vatican Museums

Monday – Thursday 9:00 – 16:00 closing 18:00, Friday, Saturday 9:00 – 20:30 closing 22:30. Closed on Sundays and May 1st. Free admission on May 29th. with opening time 9:00 – 12:30 with closing 14:00, but with very long waiting times. Free entrance is Sunday 29 May.

The Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo is closed on May 1st. Otherwise, the opening hours are Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., closing one hour later.

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City museums and national museums

In Rome, some of the museums belong to the municipality and some to the state. The museums are closed on May 1st.

Rome May Capitoline Museums

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 admission

Admission to the National Museums is free on May 1st and reservations are mostly required.

Night of the museums

On May 14, the Night of the Museums will take place. Many museums participate and offer a cultural program with animations and spectacles. 8 pm – 2 am.


Rom Mai Rosengarten Roseto comunale

The rose garden of the Municipality of Rome is open daily 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Rose Garden is located on the slope of the Aventine above the Circus Maximus. Admission is free of charge.

Until May 21 only the Collections section is open, from May 22 the Competitions section is also open.

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

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

Colori dei romani

Colors of the Romans – until June 15

Mosaics from the Capitoline Collections

Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense, 106 Google Maps

Carta Coreana Museo Carlo Bilotti


until May 22

50 artists have measured themselves against the Korean paper Hanji, also known as “paper of a thousand years”.

Carlo Bilotti Museum in Villa Borghese, free entrance Google Maps

NEEEV Begoña Zubero

NEEEV. It’s not exotic, it’s vital. Photographs by Begoña Zubero

until May 22

18 photographs by photographer Begoña Zubero show the beginning of the reconstruction of the city of Mosul in 2018 after the defeat of the Islamic State.

Museo di Roma in Trastevere,  piazza S. Egidio 1/b Google Maps

Napoleone ultimo atto

Napoleon Last Act. Exile, death, memory – until May 8

Dedicated to the extreme moments of Napoleon Bonaparte’s epic deeds, the exhibition aims to illustrate the events of the Emperor’s exile and death on Saint Helena through an evocative visual narrative, constructed using prints, watercolors and sculptural and numismatic effigies.

Museo Napoleonico, Piazza di Ponte Umberto I Google Maps free entry

Videoarte in Italia

Video makes you happy. Videoart in Italy

The exhibition curated by Valentina Valentini is divided into two spaces, Palazzo delle Esposizioni and Galleria d’Arte Moderna.

from April 12, Gallery of Modern Art, Via Francesco Crispi 24 Google Maps

Cursus honorum

Cursus honorum. The government of Rome before Caesar

Four male and one female voice evoke the magistracies of the Republican Age, revealing the essence of political life in ancient Rome in the Republican Age.

until October 2, Capitoline Museums, Palazzo dei Conservatori

Crazy - Exhibition in the Chiostro del Bramante

Crazy – Madness in contemporary art

Madness, like art, refuses established schemes, escapes from any rigid framework, rebels against constraints, so also Crazy, the project curated by Danilo Eccher.

In the Chiostro del Bramante (near Piazza Navona) Via Arco della Pace 5 Google Maps

gassman centenario biglietti

Vittorio Gassmann. The centenary

The centenary of Vittorio Gassman’s birth is celebrated with a major exhibition, the first dedicated to him.

Tickets at Ticketone online

In the Parco della musica – Auditorium Garage – Via Pietro De Coubertin 30 Google Maps


Papal audience every Wednesday at 9:30 am
Every Sunday at 12:00 Angelus prayer of the Pope at St. Peter’s Square

Ascension Day is celebrated on Sunday May 29

Porta Portese Market

every Sunday 7:00 – 14:00 Flea market & antiques

between Porta Portese and Via Ippolito Nievo Google maps

Ponte Milvio Market

Antiques market every Sunday

Between Ponte Milvio and Ponte Duca D’Aosta Google maps

Race for the cure

5.-8.5. Race for the Cure

Event for the fight against breast cancer. With 5km run and free run.

Circo Massimo

Roma Moto Days

6-8 May Roma Motodays

Rome motorcycle and scooter show

Fiera di Roma – Rome fair Train FL1 direction Fiumicino Airport

Magic gran gala internazionale

Magic Gran Gala’ Internazionale di Magia

May 7 & 8 Auditorium Conciliazione, Via Della Conciliazione 4 Auditorium Conciliazione


BNL Tennis Rom Tickets

May 8-15 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


Mercati di Traiano Nacht

14.5. Night of the Museums

City musems: With cultural program with animations and presentations. 8 pm – 2 am Ticket 1 €

Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Mercati di Traiano – Museo dei Fori Imperiali, Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Museo di Roma, Museo Napoleonico, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese, Musei di Villa Torlonia, Museo delle Mura, Museo Carlo Bilotti – Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco, Museo Civico di Zoologia, Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi.

National Museums: 7 pm – 10 pm Ticket 1 €

Colosseo, Pantheon, Galleria Borghese, Istituto autonomo Vittoriano e Palazzo Venezia, Museo Nazionale Romano – Palazzo Massimo – Palazzo Altemps – Terme di Diocleziano, Castel Sant’Angelo e Passetto di Borgo, Terme di Caracalla, Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali, Museo nazionale etrusco di Villa Giulia, area archeologica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Mitreo Barberini, Mercato di Testaccio, Museo nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo e Passetto di Borgo, Galleria Spada

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 Google maps

Extraordinary opening of the Palazzo Palazzo Patrizi, seat of the Soprintendence, Via Cavalletti, 2 Google maps

Parco Archeologico dell’Appia Antica (Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, Villa dei Quintili, Capo di Bove), Museo della Civiltà – Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 14 (EUR)

Villa D’Este, Villa Adriana


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.

Palazzo dello Sport​

The Palazzo dello Sport is a multifunctional hall in which concerts take place regularly. It is located in the EUR district and can be easily reached with the Palasport Metro B station.

Metro B EUR Palasport Palasport


Teatro Brancaccio

There are also music events in the Teatro Brancaccio on Via Merulana

Via Merulana 244 Teatro Brancaccio Bus 16, 75, 714

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Atlantico is a concert hall in the EUR district. You 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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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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Auditorium Conciliazione

The Auditorium Conciliazione is located on Via di Conciliazione on the way to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Via della Conciliazione 4
Bus 23, 34, 40, 46, 62, 64, 115, 280, 870, 881, 916, 982 Auditorium Conciliazione

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Monk Club

Monk Club is a cultural center in the Portonaccio neighborhood near Tiburtina Station.

Via Giuseppe Mirri, 35 Bus 409, 545 Atlantico

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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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