Rome October 2020 · Opening times · Events · Weather


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.

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Avoid queues

Rome October queue at St. Peter'sBasically, 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.

You risk queues at the airport, if you have not arranged the trip to Rome in advance, as well as with public transport. The queues at St. Peter’s Basilica are legendary and it is best to book a skip-the-line ticket with audio guide.

Public transportation

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 hop on hop off buses circulate very reliably. A good alternative is to rent a bike.


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

Basically, care is taken everywhere that the minimum distances are observed. This also applies to the free attractions such as St. Peter’s Basilica or the Trevi fountain.

St. Peter's Basilica

For St. Peter’s Basilica, we have put together extensive information in our articles on entry to St. Peter’s Basilica and the history of 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

The Vatican Museums are among the most important museums in the world. They can only be visited with a reservation. Details on the Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums opening hours in October

Monday – Thursday
10am – 8pm

Friday – Saturday
10am – 10pm

Vatican gardens

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.

An alternative is a walking tour of the Vatican Gardens. This tour includes a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

Rome October Vatican Museums tour

Castel Gandolfo

Visit the summer residence of the Popes and the Barberini Gardens, which are part of the papal estate.

Museums opening hours

Rome October La LupaReservation is compulsory for the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery and all museums in the Municipality of Rome.

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

You can book tickets for the national museums online. Tickets for the National Museums in Rome>

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

Free entry

All museums run by the Municipality of Rome, such as the Capitoline Museums and the Trajan’s Markets, have free admission on October 4th. The entry time must be reserved by telephone. +39 060608


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.


Romarama replaces the Roman summer this year. Due to the compulsory break, events are planned until the end of the year. Details on Romarama>


18.10. Roma Urbs Mundi 15km run Viale delle Terme di Caracalla

31.10. Strawoman Roma 10km run Pincio / Villa Borghese

Festival del Cinema di Roma

Festa del Cinema di RomaThe 15th edition of the Rome Cinema Festival

October 15-25, 2020 Tickets at Ticketone buchen

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale P. De Coubertin, 30

Tram 2 Parco della Musica


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

Tram 2 Parco della Musica

Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu
Casa del Jazz Paolo Fresu

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 Casa del Jazz

Traffic live club

Metal im Traffic Live Club am 12. September Veranstaltungen und Tickets

Traffic live club Via Prenestina 738
113, 150F, 313, 314, 501, 508, n075 Prenestina/Tor Tre Teste Traffic Live Club

Teatro Olimpico

Pink Floyd Legend tickets2.-4.10. Pink Floyd Legend – Shine Pink Floyd

Teatro Olimpico, Piazza Gentile da Fabriano 17 Teatro Olimpico

Tram 2 Apollodoro, Flaminia/Reni

Tickets Ticketone buchen

Largo Venue

9.10. Wrongonyou – 17.10. Claver Gold and Murubutu –
24.10. Pop X

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

Tickets Ticketone buchen


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.

Viale dell’Oceano Atlantico, 271D
Metro B EUR Fermi -> 705, 706 Atlantico

Tickets Ticketone buchen

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


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

Piazza del Colosseo Metro B Colosseo Tickets

Banksy a visual project rom ticketsBanksy A Visual Protest

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.

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


Colori EtruschiColors of the Etruscans, Treasures in terracotta in the Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense 106, Metro B Garbatella, Bus 23, 769, 792 Ostiense/Garbatella

Herbst in Rom Rosengarten giardino delle rose
Giardino delle rose

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

100pittori Via Margutta 201929 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

Rome October Trevi early morningIn 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 October ShoppingRome 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.


Rome October food Coda alla vaccinara The Romans only take a short lunch break and instead 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.

Amusement parks

There are several parks in and around Rome that offer a welcome change.

Cinecittà World

Cinecittà World is a theme park about cinema and television. It is located next to the Castel Romano outlet center on Via Pontina between Rome and Pomezia. A shuttle bus runs from the EUR Palasport metro station. Tickets

Roma World

Roma World is a theme park on ancient Rome. It is right next to Cinecittà World. The program is supported by the Gruppo Storico Romano. Tickets

Excursions around Rome

Rome October Villa d'Este Ovato fountainRome has wonderful surroundings. In summer, the Romans like to escape the heat of the city. You drive to the sea or in the mountains.

You can reach many destinations by public transport. It is of course more convenient with a rental car.

Trips to the sea

Rome October food raw fishLadispoli, 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.

Getting to Ostia Lido is very easy . A ticket for city traffic is sufficient for the journey and on the way you can visit the excavations of the old port city of Ostia Antica.

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.

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