Rome October. Many visitors come to Rome to enjoy Rome’s wonderful October climate. Normally it is high season, but because of the corona crisis there will certainly be fewer guests in Rome in October 2020.
The corona crisis has astonishing advantages for visitors to Rome: Rome is not overcrowded, but especially worth living in. There are no queues at the main museums as they need to be reserved. Read what’s going on in Rome in October and how to organize yourself.
Basically, one of the precautionary measures against the coronavirus is to avoid crowds and thus queues. You can find the current regulations in our article on Coronavirus in Rome.
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 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 October
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 October
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
Colosseum Rome October
9:30am – 5:30pm closing 6:30pm
Winter time (from last Sunday in October):
8:30am – 3:30pm closing 4:30pm
Details about the Colosseum tickets>
Pope audiences in October
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 October.
The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place every Sunday at noon in St. Peter’s Square.
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 October. Events and tickets
There are several auditoriums and an open-air stage in the Parco della Musica. There are performances in all styles. Some events are also organized together with the Casa del Jazz. Events and tickets Casa del Jazz Bus 160, 671, 714, 792
9.10. Wrongonyou – 17.10. Claver Gold and Murubutu –
24.10. Pop X
18.10.2020 – Mostro
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.
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.
October 11 – 25, Autumn opening of the rose garden of the municipality of Rome
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. On the Aventine hill at Circus Maximus Bus 81, 118, 160, 628 Circo Massimo/Roseto comunale 715 Terme Deciane/La Malfa
29 October – 1 November 100 Pittori – Painter’s exhibition
The historic exhibition of artists, 113th edition in Via Margutta, in the back of Via del Babuino between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna
Practical tips for Rome in October
Weather and clothing
October is usually very pleasant in Rome. In the morning, the air is pleasantly fresh and tingling and during the day it is pleasantly warm, but not too hot. Especially in the second half of the month, it can get pretty cold and raining on some days. The rain does not last long, but it is very intense. Everything gets submerged within a few minutes and you have to find a refuge. After 15 or 30 minutes, rain is over usually.
Since you are in Rome a lot outdoors, you have to be flexible. During the day it is still pretty warm, in the evening it is already quite cold. Just in case, you should have a raincoat with you. Comfortable shoes are also important, as you will be walking a lot and the walkways are bumpy. Visiting the sacral sites, including the Catacombs and the Vatican Museums, your shoulders and knees must be covered.
Rome for early risers
In the early morning it is pleasantly fresh and there are only a few people around. 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 first morning light.
The sunrise offers wonderful pictures and maybe you will meet a wedding couple at one of the monuments during a photo session. Sunrise in Rome in October is between 7:08 and 7:34 am, with the time change on October 25 at 6:35 am.
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.
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.
Very nice is a trip to Umbria, for example to Assisi or Orvieto, is also nice.
With the high-speed trains you can also take a day tour to Naples, Florence, Milan or Venice.