Rome in November is worth the trip! Especially in the second half of the month there are not that many visitors in Rome and the attractions are more accessible. Temperatures in November are about 10°C (18°F) higher than in northern Europe. On average, there are six rainy days.
Also in November you have to book the entrance time to the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums and the Borghese Gallery, otherwise there are long waiting times.
A stay in Rome in November is really fun. In the cool season, the heavy Roman cuisine tastes particularly good. Even if you want to play sports or for long walks through the city, the lower temperatures are very pleasant.
Museums opening hours
The Colosseum is the most visited museum in Italy. It can only be visited by reservation. For the Coliseum, in addition to the standard ticket, there are some variants with access to the arena, underground tours or upper floors, which can only be ordered on the Internet. For lovers of archeology there is a ticket to visit some archaeological features in the area of the Roman Forum.
If the single tickets are sold out, you can book the tickets with video guide or guided tours.
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine are open daily in November 8:30-15:30 closing 16:30. Details about the Colosseum Tickets>
On the 3rd, 4th and 21st November, admission to the Coliseum is free and no reservation is possible. Due to the high demand, there are long queues for the issue of the free tickets as well as for the security check. If you want to try it, you should check whether the queues are shorter at the entrance to the Palatine or the Roman Forum.
On Sunday, November 3, admission to all National Museums is free. Any other day with free admission will be decided by each museum itself. All information and opening times can be found in my List of museums in Rome >
The Vatican Museums are among the most visited museums worldwide. During normal opening hours the Vatican Museums are always very busy. It is much quieter before the official opening in the early morning and at the evening opening on Friday.
Tickets Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Weekend in the Capitoline Museums
Enjoy the extraordinary night opening. The musical accompaniment is provided by the National Academy of Santa Cecilia.
Papal Audience and Angelus Prayer
In November, the Papal Audiences takes place on Wednesdays with the exception of November 22. Pope Francis’ Angelus Prayer will be held on St Peter’s Square on All Saints Day and on Sundays, with the exception of November 24, and no ticket is required.
When is St. Peter's closed in November
7 – 18:30
St. Peter’s Basilica is closed during the pope’s celebrations, for which you need invitations.
These are in November:
4.11. 11:30 St. Peter’s Basilica Papal Mass for deceased Cardinals and Bishops who died this year (no tickets required – free of charge)
17.11. 10:00 St. Peter’s Basilica Papal Mass for the World Day of the Poor
General audiences: November 6, 13, 27
Until November 3 there are Halloween themed children’s parties in the Roman amusement parks.
Until 3rd November:
14.-17.11. Io & Te Rome Wedding Show 4 days with fashion shows and wedding information
Fiera di Roma – Rome Fair Train FL1 direction Fiumicino airport
16.-17.11. Super Cat Show
10-19:30 Fiera di Roma – Rome Fair Train FL1 direction Fiumicino airport
16.-17.11. Eternal City Motorcycle Custom Show Motorcycles and more
Piazza Ragusa Train FL1 Tuscolana Station, Metro A Station Ponte Lungo
1.11. La Corsa dei Santi 10km run and 3km run Piazza Pio XII http://www.corsadeisanti.it
3.11. Corri a Roma 10km and 21km Rom
24.11. Corri alla Garbatella 10km Viale G. Massaia 21 http://www.corriallagarbatella.it/
Until November 3, Bulgari – The story – The dream, Exhibition in the Castel Sant’Angelo and in the Palazzo Venezia. With the ticket of Castel Sant’Angelo you can also visit Palazzo Venezia.
Gioiello. Intimo colloquio, jewels and sculptures in the Villa Torlonia, Casina delle Civette Tuesday – Sunday 9-19 Via Nomentana Bus Nomentana/Villa Torlonia 60, 66, 82
National Gallery of Modern Art Tuesday – Sunday 8:30am – 7:30pm via delle belle arti 131 Tram 3, 19 Galleria Arte Moderna
2020, Colors of the Etruscans, Treasures in terracotta in the Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense 106, Metro B Garbatella, Bus 23, 769, 792 Ostiense/Garbatella Tickets
Impressionisti segreti, treasures from private collections, including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Sisley, Caillebotte, Morisot, Gonzalès, Gauguin, Signac, Van Rysselberghe and Cross
Palazzo Bonaparte – at Piazza Venezia
Bacon, Freud, La scuola di Londra, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, two giants of painting for the first time in Italy in a joint exhibition Chiostro del Bramante Bus 30, 70, 81, 87, 492, 628, C3 Zanardelli
Canova, 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
The music park of Rome
The Parco della Musica has several auditoriums and an open air theater. Here you find performances in all styles.
01.11. Radiodervish Sala Sinopoli
02.11. Dianne Reeves Sala Sinopoli
04.11. Antonio Sanchez Sala Petrassi
05.11. Linda May Oh Quartet Sala Petrassi
06.11. Dave Holland Cross Current Trio Sala Petrassi
09.11. Big Fat Orchestra Casa del Jazz
11.11. Archie Shepp Quintet Sala Sinopoli
13.11. Tigran Hamasyan Studio Borgna
16.11. Elina Duni Casa del Jazz
17.11. Abdullah Ibrahim Sala Sinopoli
18.11. Ralph Towner Studio Borgna
23.11. Federica Michisanti Horn Trio Casa del Jazz
27.11. Gabriele Coen Leonard Bernestein Tribute Studio Borgna
28.11. Luigi Cinque Hypertext O’rchetsra Studio Borgna
29.11. Carmen Souza “the Silver Messengers” Studio Borgna
30.11. Roberto Ottaviano “Eternal Love” Studio Borgna
01.12. Mare Nostrum Sala Sinopoli
06.11. Music Trilogy in two. What’s about beauty? Studio Borgna
07.11. Music Ritratto di Ivan Fedele Studio Borgna
10.11. Music Minimalist Dream House Sala Santa Cecilia
13.-15.11. Dance Aurelien Bory & Shantala Shivalingappa – ASH, piece pour Shantala Shivalingappa Sala Petrassi
17.11. Dance Rambert Event Sala Petrassi
17.11. Music Ritratto di Louis Andriessen Studio Borgna
20.-23.11. Theatre Ritorno a Reimes Sala Petrassi
24.11. Music Chassol – Ludi Studio Borgna
24.11. Music Christian Fennesz Lellevan Agorà Sala Petrassi
24.11. Music Fatouma Diawara Live Sala Sinopoli
24.11. Music Ryuchi Sakamoto, Alva Noto – Two Sala Santa Cecilia
Practical tips for Rome in November
Climate and clothing
The average temperature in November in Rome is 10°C higher than in northern Europe. In the morning, the air is cold and there may be fog, during the day it is warm especially in the first half of the month. From the middle of the month, temperatures will no longer rise above 20°C/68°F. It can rain occasionally in November. The rain does not last long, but it is very intense. Everything gets submerged within a few minutes and you have to find a shelter. After 15 or 30 minutes, the rain is usually over.
Since you are in Rome a lot outdoors, you have to be flexible. On the one hand, it gets quite warm during the day in the first half of the month, on the other hand it is cold in the evening, for Roman conditions. You should have a raincoat with you. Also important in Rome are comfortable shoes, as you will be walking a lot and the walkways are often bumpy.
Rome for early risers
Nebensaison in Rom, was Sie beachten sollten
November is a very nice month in Rome because the attractions are not overcrowded. Nevertheless, you must always reserve for some attractions, such as the Coliseum, the Vatican Museums and the Borghese Gallery.
At St. Peter’s Basilica in November, security check-in times are much shorter than usual. In any case, I would advise you to take a guided tour, otherwise you will not be able to capture many of the details of the basilica with its over 1,500 years of history.
The Trevi Fountain often attracts so many visitors that it has to be closed for security reasons. Book a hotel in the center and visit the fountains and squares before breakfast when no other visitors are there. This is a unique experience!
Very usful are the Hop on hop off buses, especially between the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colosseum and Castel Sant’Angelo. The buses run at regular intervals and are more reliable than public transport.
If you are walking in the center, choose one of the small romantic back streets with less traffic. I have prepared some tips with half-day programs in the category Three days in Rome.
In Rome there is an interesting street food scene and of course the best pizza al taglio. Even in November, it is worthwhile to eat a good ice cream. The best ice cream parlors offer flavor variations for every season. For dinner, the Romans spend more time. It can take several hours between appetizer and dessert. There is a lot of fish and grilled. The heavy Roman Cuisine is very suitable for November. Book a street food tour to get a good introduction.
Also in November it is a good idea to take the train from the pyramid to Ostia and have a nice dinner by the sea.
Very interesting is a visit to the Villa D’Este in Tivoli. The numerous fountains and water features fed by the river Aniene provide a cool breeze even on hot days. Not far from Villa D’Este is Villa Adriana, the largest villa ever built by an emperor. It is always hot there in summer, but in November the visit is very pleasant.
Nice is also a trip to Castel Gandolfo. There you can visit the papal summer residence and have a good lunch with local wine.
A little further away is Assisi, where St. Francis founded his order.