Rome September 2019 · Events · Museums · Hours

September is a very popular month in Rome. If you have time, you can combine your stay in Rome with a trip to the sea or to the nearby mountains. Since there are many visitors in Rome in September, you must book your tickets for the most popular sights such as the Coliseum, the Vatican Museums or the Borghese Gallery in good time. Here you will find all important information such as
museums hours, events and concerts.

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 a few options with access to the arena, a visit to the underground or the upper floors, as well as a tour of archaeological features in the area of ​​the Roman Forum. Details about the Colosseum>

The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine are open daily in September 8:30am-6pm Closure 7pm.

The moon over the Coliseum: In September, the Coliseum is also open from 8pm to 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 23rd September, 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.
There is no more general free admission to the National Museums. Each museum now decides on the days of free entry itself. All information and opening hours can be found in the 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 Sundays with the exception of the last Sunday of each month. Opening hours 9 – 16 Closing 18 Night opening every Friday September 6, 13, 20, 27, 19 – 21:30 Closing 23

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

The Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo is open on weekdays in September 8:30 – 13 closing 14, on Saturdays 8:30 – 16:30 closing 17:30, on Sundays 10 – 14 closing 15:00.

Il Giudizio Universale Show Rome Tickets

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

In September, the Papal Audience takes place every Wednesday with exception of September 4. Pope Francis’ Angelus Prayer will be held on St Peter’s Square every Sunday, with exception of Sunday 8, and no ticket is required.


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


Rome Finals Beach Volleyball4.-8.9. Rome Finals Beach Volleyball at the Foro Italico Foro Italico

Rom Halbmarathon Night Run6.9. Rom Halbmarathon Roma by Night run

A pretty sweaty event, since Rome is still very warm in the evening at the beginning of September

Halbmarathon Via Pacis22.9 Halbmarathon Via Pacis half marathon and 5km run

The peace marathon in collaboration between the Vatican and religions in Rome

Cardio Race29.9. Cardio Race Running for the heart

Race 10km, race 10 miles (16,093km), amateur run 5km or 10km, competition for children 1km. Participation against a donation of at least 12 Euro.

The course is 5,3km on the Tiber between Piazza del Popolo and Ponte Milvio, start
9 Piazza Gentile da Fabriano


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

Roma nella camera oscura Ausstellung Palazzo Braschi Until 22.9.2019 Rome in the dark room, photos from the 19th century until today Exhibition at the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi at Piazza Navona. Tickets for Palazzo Braschi

Very bad things NationalgalerieUntil 29.9.2019 Exhibitions in the National Gallery of Modern Art:

Ritratto di famiglia
On Flower Power, t
he 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

Donne Galleria di Arte ModernaUntil 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

Frank Holliday in RomeUntil 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.

Mortali immortali Mercati di Traiano Until October 18 Mortali Immortali, Treasures of Sichuan in ancient China, Trajan’s markets, at Piazza Venezia Tickets

Claudio imperatore Ara Pacis Emperor Claudius, Messalina, Agrippina uand the shadow of a dynasty, 9:30-19:30 Museo dell’Ara Pacis Museum Ara Pacis 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.

Until November 3, Joint is Out of Time 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 EtruschiUntil 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 jewel is the Parco della Musica, built by 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. Performances in all styles are offered. Some events are also organized together with the House of Jazz Bus 160, 671, 714, 792 Casa del Jazz

Una striscia di terra feconda8.-12.9.2019 Una Striscia di Terra Feconda

Italo-French festival of jazz and improvisations

In the House of Jazz Casa del Jazz and in the Music Park

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Romaeuropa Festival 2019ROMAEUROPA FESTIVAL

17.-19.9. Dance Lia Rodriguez – Furia

25.-26.9. Dance Bruno Beltrao, Grupo de Rua – Inoah

29.9. Music Murcof & Vanessa Wagner – Statea Tickets at Ticketone buchen

Marc Ribot15.9. MARC RIBOT – Song of Resistance

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Motta28.9. MOTTA

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Jammin Roma 2019JAMMIN’ 2019

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

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Circus Maximus

Very impressive are events in the Circus Maximus. This is where the Rolling Stones played. Metro B, Tram 3 Bus 81, 118, 160, 628 Circus Maximus

Thegiornalisti7.9.2019 Thegiornalisti Italian Pop Band

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Practical tips for Rome in September

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

Sommer in Rom Vittorianum Summer in Rome
6 am at the Vittorianum

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 a wedding couple during their photo session at one of the monuments . 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

Petersdom WarteschlangeEspecially 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.


Pizza in Rom TrapizzinoOn 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

Very recommended is a visit to Villa D’Este in Tivoli. The numerous fountains and water features fed by the River Aniene provide a cool breeze even on hot summer days. Pleasant is also the drive to Castel Gandolfo. There you can visit the Papal summer residence and bathe in the volcano lake. 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.