Rome November 2019 · Exhibitions · Concerts · Opening hours

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


Entrances to the Colosseum
Entrances to the Colosseum

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>

The moon over the Coliseum: In November, the Coliseum is also open from Thursday to Saturday 20-midnight for guided tours in small groups. The night tours are very nice, because the Coliseum is closed to other visitors. Since only a few visitors are admitted to these tours, they are very exclusive.

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 >

Vatican Museums

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.

For the Vatican Museums you should buy the tickets well in advance. Otherwise you risk long waiting times at the cash register. Details about the Vatican Museums>
The Vatican Museums are closed on All Saints Day and on Sundays with the exception of the last Sunday of the month. Opening hours 9 – 16 closing 18, on 2nd November 9 – 17.
Free entrance to the Vatican Museums is on Sunday November 24, 2019. However, there are long lines and it gets extremely crowded. 9 – 12:30 closing 14:00
The Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo is open on weekdays in November 8:30 – 13 closing 14, on Saturdays 8:30 – 16:30 closing 17:30. All Saints Day and on Sundays is closed.

Tickets Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel


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:

Spanische Treppe 4 November
At the Spanish Steps on the 4th of November
4th November National Unity and Armed Forces Day In the morning show of the aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori over the Piazza Venezia

Roma Wedding Show14.-17.11. Io & Te Rome Wedding Show 4 days with fashion shows and wedding information

Order your invitation

Fiera di Roma – Rome Fair Train FL1 direction Fiumicino airport

Super Cat Show Roma16.-17.11. Super Cat Show 


10-19:30 Fiera di Roma – Rome Fair Train FL1 direction Fiumicino airport

Eternal city motorcycle custom show Rome16.-17.11. Eternal City Motorcycle Custom Show Motorcycles and more


Piazza Ragusa Train FL1 Tuscolana Station, Metro A Station Ponte Lungo

Rome Xmas 2019 Via dei Condotti23.11. Inauguration of the Christmas lights in Via dei Condotti

17:30 Largo Goldoni (crossing Via del Corso / Via dei Condotti) Largo Goldoni

Parade of the Carabinieri Military Band through Via dei Condotti followed by a concert at the Spanish Steps

Roma Antiquaria Fiera23.11.-1.12. ROMA ANTIQUARIA Fair Mon-Fri 15-20 Sat-Sun 10-20 Fiera di Roma – Rome Fair Train FL1 direction Fiumicino airport


1.11. La Corsa dei Santi 10km run and 3km run Piazza Pio XII

3.11. Corri a Roma 10km and 21km Rom

24.11. Corri alla Garbatella 10km Viale G. Massaia 21


Cinecittà si mostra ticketsCinecittà si mostra Visit the dream factory of Roman cinema, Metro A Station Cinecittà Tickets

Bulgari La storia il sogno 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 Villa Torlonia CivetteGioiello. 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

Mo(nu)mentum . Robert Morris 2015-2018

National Gallery of Modern Art Tuesday – Sunday 8:30am – 7:30pm via delle belle arti 131 Tram 3, 19 Galleria Arte Moderna

Tickets for the National Gallery of Modern Art

Colori Etruschi2020, 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 RomaImpressionisti 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 LondraBacon, 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 Chiostro del Bramante Bus 30, 70, 81, 87, 492, 628, C3 Zanardelli

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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

Frida Kahlo Il caos dentroFrida Kahlo – Il caos dentro, a documentary Spazio Eventi Via Tirso 16 Spazio eventi Tram 3, 19 Bus 63, 83, 92 Buenos Aires

Tickets at Ticketone buchen



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 Bus 160, 671, 714, 792 Casa del Jazz

Jethro Tull Rome07.11. Jethro Tull

21 Sala Santa Cecilia

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Roma jazz festivalROMA JAZZ FESTIVAL Parco della Musica und Casa del Jazz. Start at 21:00 Tickets at Ticketone buchen

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

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Roma Europa Festival Parco della MusicaROMAEUROPA FESTIVAL Parco della Musica Tickets at Ticketone buchen

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

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Practical tips for Rome in November

Climate and clothing

Via dei Coronari November
Via dei Coronari im November

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

Sommer in Rom Vittorianum Summer in Rome
In the morning at the Vittorianum
Of course, it takes some overcoming to get up in the dark. Nevertheless, I would like to recommend that you start a day early in the morning. There is very little traffic in Rome until six o’clock in the morning and you can take beautiful photos of monuments and squares undisturbed. With a little luck, you’ll find a misty morning that offers beautiful and unique photo opportunities. The sunrise is in Rome in November between 6:42 and 7:17. The early morning is also the best time to jog.

Nebensaison in Rom, was Sie beachten sollten

Petersdom WarteschlangeNovember 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.


Pizza in Rom TrapizzinoThe Romans have an extensive lunch only on Sundays. During the week they take only a sandwich at a bar or a first course in a small restaurant.

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.


It’s a good idea to take a day to explore Rome’s surroundings. Very popular is the drive to the sea to Ostia with the local train from the pyramid (Metro B) to Ostia Lido. On the way you can see the interesting archaeological excavations in Ostia Antica. Here you will find a complete trading city with theater. The theater stages some concerts still today. In November, it is too cold to swim in the sea, but in good weather you can go for a walk on the beach and enjoy the fresh salty sea air. Read also my Day trip to Ostia

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.

High-speed trains

Also interesting is the ride on the Italian high-speed trains. The rides are very reasonably priced and there are cheap round-trip tickets on the same day. The trip to Naples takes about an hour, to Florence it is 1h 40′ and to Milan 3h. Also the return trip to Venice in one day is possible.

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