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.
Free entry to the Vatican Museums is on Sunday, September 29, 2019 . However, there are long lines and it gets extremely crowded. 9 – 12:30 closing 14:00
Michelangelo and the secrets of the Sistine Chapel
Until October 2019, there is a breathtaking show in the auditorium in Via della Conciliazione.
Original music, actors and 270° projections are the ingredients of this show, which brings audiences closer to the fascination and beauty of the art of the Sistine Chapel. It is produced with technical advice from the Vatican Museums. There are shows in Italian and English. Book now
Papal Audience and Angelus Prayer
Saturday 14 St. Peter’s Basilica
11:00 Spiritual Elevation
Wolfgang A. Mozart, Coronation Mass, KV 317
12:00 Holy Mass celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Comastri
Saturday 14 Basilica St. Paul outside the walls
21:00 Joseph Haydn, The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Austria)
Rainer Honeck, Concert Master and Conductor
Sunday 15 Basilica St. Paul outside the walls
21:00 Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony N. 9
Monday 16 San Ignazio church
21:00 Ludwig van Beethoven, Mass in C Major& Anton Bruckner, Te Deum
Tuesday 17 Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore
21:00 Spiritual Choral Music from Russia – Patriarchal Choir of the Moscow Danilov Monastery
Wednesday 18 St. Peter’s Square
9:30 Participation at the General Audience of Pope Francis
Ritratto di famiglia
On Flower Power, the Role of the Vase in Arts, Crafts and Design
Giuseppe Uncini, Realtà in equilibrio
Connection Gallery – Andrea Mastrovito. Very Bad Things
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
Until 13.10.2019 Donne. Corpo e immagine tra simbolo e rivoluzione and Wechselspiel Galleria d’Arte Moderna Tuesday – Sunday 9am-7pm via Francesco Crispi 24 Metro A Barberini, Bus 52, 53, 62, 63, 84, 85, 160, 492 Tritone/Barberini Tickets for the Gallery of Modern Art
Until October 13 Frank Holliday in Rome, an exhibition of his works in Rome in summer 2016, Museum Carlo Bilotti in Villa Borghese, the entrance is free.
Until October 18 Mortali Immortali, Treasures of Sichuan in ancient China, Trajan’s markets, at Piazza Venezia Tickets
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.
Until February 2, 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
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.
From 14th to 18th September is the 18th International Festival of Sacred Music and Art.
The music park of Rome
A show of young groups and new talents promoted by Saint Louis
10.9. Fairy Tales 13.9. ArtUro 17.9. Foolish Night 18.9. Tales from the City 24.9. Jazz Tales
Climate and clothing
In the first half of September it can be very hot in Rome, even if the maximum temperatures are no more than 86° F and the minimum temperatures are often below 36° F. Rain is rare. You should choose your accommodation with air conditioning. In the city is a constant draft and the temperatures are not unpleasant in the shade. Since you spend a lot of time outdoors in Rome, you need protection against the sun. Well suited are a sun hat or a parasol. You also need comfortable shoes. Be aware! 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 on the way. The sunrise offers wonderful pictures and maybe you will see at one of the monuments a wedding couple during their photo session. The sunrise in September is in Rome between 6:36 and 7:06.
The early morning is also the best time to jog.
Rome on hot days
Especially in the first half of September it can be very hot in Rome. Standing in line at St. Peter’s Square in front of the security checkpoint is not a pleasant experience. You can bypass the queue by booking an audio guide or a guided tour. In this case, you will also receive a lot of interesting information.
Very pleasant is the ride on the open hop on hop off buses, which will bring you quickly and easily to the sights. However, the buses do not circulate in the city center.
Also, a trip to the catacombs or in the area of Rome is highly recommended.
On hot days, you may not want to have a hearty lunch. Often a nice salad plate, a sandwich, fresh fruit or a sundae is enough. Many bars offer small meals for lunch. In Rome there is an interesting street food scene and of course the best pizza al taglio. For a good ice cream, I recommend that you read my report on ice cream parlors in Rome. 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 rather less suitable for the summer. Artichokes are winter vegetables, in summer they come from far away.
It is also a good idea to take the train from the pyramid to Ostia and have a nice dinner by the sea there.
If you have time, take a day to explore Rome’s surroundings.
Very popular is the drive to the sea to Ostia with the local railway 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 a Roman theater. The theater stages concerts still today. Read also day trip to Ostia
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.