September is a very popular month in Rome. It is high season. If you can have some more days, you can combine your stay in Rome with an excursion to the sea or the nearby mountains.
As there are many visitors to Rome in September, you need to reserve tickets for the most popular sights such as the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums or the Borghese Gallery in good time. Opening times of museums, events and concerts, here you will find all the important information.
In order to really enjoy your stay in Rome, good preparation is important. Here you will learn everything, that you have to know.
The public transportation in Rome are overburdened and there is no working timetable. 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.
The Roman center is not very big and you can walk to many attractions. Read in our article Hotels in Rome which neighborhoods are suitable for your accommodation.
Queues at the attractions
The number of visitors to the Vatican Museums has been drastically reduced. You must therefore book the tickets or the tour online.
Due to the distance rules, only a few visitors can enter the Colosseum at the same time. Tickets are often sold out weeks in advance.
Museums opening hours
Reservation is mandatory for the Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery, the Vatican Museums and all museums of the City of Rome.
For the Borghese Gallery you have to make a reservation with the Roma Pass on +39 06 32810. Since the gallery is usually fully booked well in advance, we recommend purchasing the tickets directly.
Colosseum Rome September
All museums run by the Municipality of Rome, such as the Capitoline Museums and the Trajan’s Markets, have free admission on September 6th. The entry time must be reserved by telephone. +39 060608
Tickets to the National Museums
Vatican Museums Rome September
The Vatican Museums are closed on Sunday.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. from September 14 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
There are extended opening hours every Friday and Saturday
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. from September 18 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The free entry to the Vatican Museums on the last sunday of the month is suspended.
The Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo and the Barberini Gardens are open in September Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
St. Peter's Basilica opening hours
The entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free.
St. Peter’s Basilica 7-19 – Dome 8-18 – Cathedral treasure 9-18:15
In any case, we would like to advise you to take a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica so that you can properly grasp the many details of the basilica with its 1,500-year history. More information about St. Peter’s Basilica
When is St. Peter's Basilica closed in September
St. Peter’s Basilica is open every day in September.
Papal Audiences in September
The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place every Sunday at noon in St. Peter’s Square.
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.
In September there is a colorful mix of contemporary music. 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
The Roman theater of Ostia Antica
Another spectacular venue is the Roman theater in the excavations at Ostia Antica. The theater was built at the time of Augustus with 3,000 seats and expanded to 4,000 seats in the 2nd century.
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
Piazza Venezia, Via Foro Traiano 85, opposite the pillar of the Trajan Tickets
Via Vittorio Veneto 27 Bus 52, 53, 61, 63, 80, 83, 160, n90, nMA (Barberini) Tickets
Piazza del Popolo 12 Metro A, Tram 2, Bus 61, 89, 160, 490, 495, 628, nMA (Flaminio) Roma – Viterbo 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 September
Weather and clothes
In the first half of September it can still be very hot in Rome, even if the maximum temperatures no longer exceed 30° C and the minimum temperatures are often below 20° C. Rain is rare. You should choose your accommodation with air conditioning. There is a regular breeze through the city and the temperatures are not uncomfortable in the shade. Since you spend a lot of time outdoors in Rome, you need protection against the sun. A sun hat or a parasol are well suited. You also need comfortable shoes. Attention! When visiting the sacred sites, including the catacombs and the Vatican Museums, the shoulders and knees must be covered.
Rome on hot days
Rome can be very hot, especially in the first half of September. Standing in line in front of the security checkpoint on St. Peter’s Square is not a pleasant experience. You can avoid the queue by booking an audio guide or tour. You will also get a lot of interesting information.
In any case, you should avoid too much effort. The ride on the hop on hop off bus is comfortable.
A trip to the catacombs or the area around Rome is also highly recommended.
Rome for early risers
The best time for the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps is at 6 in the morning. Maybe you will meet a wedding couple at the photo op.
The sunrise in Rome is between 6:36 and 7:06 in September.
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.
Hydromania is an amusement pool in western Rome.
Hydromania is located at exit 33 of the Grande Raccordo Anulare. Unfortunately it is not easy to reach by public transport. The journey by bus 088 from the terminus of Tram 8 near Casaletto is a bit lengthy.
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.
It is very easy to get to Ostia Lido. 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.
Formia is very beautiful in the south of Rome. The journey from Roma Termini takes around 90 minutes.
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.