Of course, the corona crisis is not over in November. But Italy’s numbers are in the average of safe countries and Rome has always had few cases. There are safety rules in place and if you follow the rules you can be confident that you will be safe in Rome. Read what’s going on in Rome in November and how to organize yourself.
Basically, one of the precautionary measures against the coronavirus is to avoid crowds and thus queues.
You therefore have to book almost everything on the Internet.
The public transport in Rome is hopelessly overwhelmed and there is no working timetable. Only a few lines, such as lines 40 and 64 between Termini and the Vatican, run regularly. Take this into account when planning and choosing your accommodation. Book your accommodation in the city center, in Monti near the Colosseum or in the vicinity of the Vatican.
The Roman center is not very big and you can walk to many attractions. Read in our article Hotels in Rome which neighborhoods are best for your accommodation.
Queues at the attractions
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica opening times in November
St. Peter’s Basilica is open every day. The opening times are:
St. Peter’s Basilica 7am-6:30pm – dome 8am-6pm – Cathedral Treasure 9am-6:15pm
Vatican Museums opening hours in November
Monday – Thursday
10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday
10am – 10pm
There is a bus tour for the Vatican Gardens that leaves from St. Peter’s Basilica to the left. You can only take part in the bus tour with a reservation.
Visit the summer residence of the Popes and the Barberini Gardens, which are part of the papal estate.
Museums opening hours
Reservations for the Borghese Gallery must be made with the Roma Pass on +39 06 32810. Since the gallery is usually booked out well in advance, we recommend buying tickets directly.
Tickets for the national museums
Tickets for the museums of the Municipality of Rome
For the museums of the Municipality of Rome, such as the Capitoline Museums and the Trajan Markets, book by phone +39 060608
All museums run by the Municipality of Rome, such as the Capitoline Museums and the Trajan’s Markets, have free admission on November 1st. The entry time must be reserved by telephone. +39 060608
This does not apply to the National Museums such as the Colosseum or the Baths of Caracalla.
Pope audiences in November
General audiences of the Holy Father take place on Wednesdays at 9:30 am. The audiences are public, but it is not yet known whether they will be held in St. Peter’s Square or whether tickets will be required
There are no public papal masses in November.
The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place every Sunday at noon in St. Peter’s Square.
Romarama replaces the Roman summer this year. Due to the compulsory break, events are planned until the end of the year. Details on Romarama>
2.11. La Corsa dei Santi 3km and 10km run Piazza San Pietro www.corsadeisanti.it
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 here the concerts in November. Events and tickets
There are several auditoriums and an open-air stage in the Parco della Musica. There are performances in all styles.
Atlantico is a concert hall in the EUR district. You can take the Metro B to EUR Fermi and then bus 705 or 706 to Colombo / Atlantico.
until November 1, 2020 Colors of the Etruscans, treasures in terracotta in the Montemartini headquarters
Via Ostiense 106, Metro B Garbatella, Bus 23, 769, 792 Ostiense/Garbatella
until December 13th, 2020 Back to nature, 10 works of art in the park of Villa Borghese
Parco dei Daini, Loggia dei Vini, vor Casina della Meridiana, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Museo Pietro Canonica.
Villa Borghese Metro A Spagna, Bus 61, 89, 160, 490, 495, 590
until January 10th, 2021 Per Gioco
The toy collection of the Sovrintendenza Capitolina in the Museo di Roma
until January 11th, 2021 Il tempo di Caravaggio
Exhibition in the Capitoline Museums of the works of the world-famous painter
until June 27th, 2021 I Marmi Torlonia. Collezionare Capolavori
The legendary marble collection of the Torlonia family, exhibition in the Capitoline Museums, Villa Caffarelli
Galleria 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) Bus 51, 60, 63, 80, 83, 85, 160, 170, H, n5, n8, n11, n90, n543, n716 (Piazza Venezia) Tickets
Via Vittorio Veneto 27 Bus 52, 53, 61, 63, 80, 83, 160, n90, nMA (Barberini) Tickets
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.
Practical tips for Rome in November
Weather 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
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 6:43 and 7:18.
The early morning is also the best time to jog.
Rome is a shopping paradise. Regardless of whether you want to stock up on fashion, look for vintage or antiques or bring a culinary specialty home with you, you will find the right ideas in our Shopping category.
The Romans only take a short lunch break and enjoy an extensive dinner. In our Food category you will find tips on street food, pizza, the best ice cream parlors, but also on very elegant restaurants.
Excursions around Rome
You can reach many destinations by public transport. It is of course more convenient with a rental car.
Trips to the sea
Ladispoli, Santa Severa and Santa Marinella are very nice seaside resorts in the north of Rome. To do this, take the FL5 train line, which runs from Ostiense, Trastevere and San Pietro stations to Civitavecchia. A 3-zone ticket is sufficient for Ladispoli, and 4 zones for the locations of the two saints.
Trips to the mountains
The most famous summer residence of the Romans in Castel Gandolfo. Here the popes spent the summer at around 400 m. Pope Francis, on the other hand, remains in Rome and the palace and gardens in Castel Gandolfo can be visited.
You can get to Castel Gandolfo by train from Roma Termini or from Ciampino with a 3-zone ticket. The train station is on the volcanic hill between Lake Albano and the village.