Rome September Spanish Steps

Rome September 2023 · a picture book summer

Last Updated on 26. April 2024

September is a very popular month in Rome and especially the second half is high season.

If you have time, you can combine your stay in Rome with a trip to the sea or the nearby mountains.

What’s on?

In September, the first thing Romans have to do is recover from the vacations. The museums are preparing new exhibitions. Life takes place mainly outdoors during the balmy summer nights.

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.

September in Rome

Rome is still pretty quiet until mid-September. School lessons begin in mid-September and by then at the latest all Romans will be back from vacation.

So that you can sleep well, your accommodation should have air conditioning. Find out in our information on hotels in Rome how to find an affordable room and which areas are best.

Rome is a very green city. Take a stroll in one of the Roman villas and visit a lookout point. A trip to the sea with a visit to the excavations in Ostia Antica is nice. It is also very pleasant in Villa D’Este in Tivoli. If you want to visit Villa Adriana, take a parasol with you.

But you can also reach more distant destinations such as Pompei, Naples or Florence in one day with the high-speed train or with a guided tour.

How warm it is

In the first half of September it can still be very hot in Rome, even if the maximum temperatures no longer exceed 30° C / 86° F and the minimum temperatures are often below 20° C. / 68° F. Rain is rare.

There is a regular breeze through the city and the temperatures are not uncomfortable in the shade.

Climate data September

Tmax Ø27°C/80.6°F
Tmin Ø17°C/62.6°F
Sunshine hours Ø7.3
Days with rain Ø5


Rome September Gelateria Fassi

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.

When visiting the sacred sites, including the catacombs and the Vatican Museums, your shoulders and knees must be covered. If you’re going off-shoulder, take a shoulder scarf or pareo with you.

Rome September Villa D'Este viale 100 fontane

Standing in line for security at St. Peter’s Square is not a pleasant experience. Early risers have a clear advantage here.

Very pleasant is the trip with the open hop on hop off buses, which help you to quickly find your way around the city and.

A trip to the catacombs or to the surroundings of Rome is also highly recommended.

For more tips, see Heat in Rome.

Welcome to Rome show

Welcome to Rome Multimediashow

In the center of Rome, between the Vatican and Piazza Navona, a 30-minute multidimensional film show and an exhibition with interactive models await you.

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 203 Google maps Bus 46, 62, 64, 916 Vittorio Emanuele / Navona


Avoid queues

2023 is a wicked year. The rush at the sights is so great that tickets are sold out weeks in advance. At the museums without a reservation requirement, you often have to stand in line for hours at the ticket office if you haven’t bought your tickets in advance on the Internet. It is to be expected that this will also be the case in September.

But you don’t necessarily have to visit the Colosseum and the museums. In our category 3 days in Rome you will find many suggestions for interesting places and routes that are also not so crowded.

Opening hours

St. Peter’s Basilica

Basilica 7-19.10 – Dome 7.30-18 – Cathedral Treasury 7.30-18.30

St. Peter’s Basilica is closed during the Pope’s celebrations for which you need invitation cards. These are mainly the audiences, but also possible masses of the Pope.


9 am – 6 pm Closing 7 pm

On Sunday 3 September admission is free

Details about the Colosseum>

Vatican Museums

Monday – Thursday 9 – 16 closing 18:00, evening opening Friday last admission 20:30 closing 22:30, Saturday last admission 18 closing 20:00

Free admission on Sunday 24 9 – 12:30 closing 14:00.

Details on the Vatican Museums>

City museums and national museums

In Rome, some of the museums belong to the municipality and some to the state.

Rome September Colosseum

The city’s museums include the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets, Imperial Forums and numerous other museums. National museums include the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Borghese Gallery and many more. For the full list of museums, opening times and tickets, see our Rome Museums page.

Free entry

For all the museums of the Municipality of Rome, such as the Capitoline Museums and the Markets of Trajan, free admission on September 3. Admission to the national museums is also free and no reservations are required with the exception of the Borghese Gallery.


Current Month


17jul2420oct24Dino IgnaniCorpus of works by photographer Dino Ignani.Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza di S. Egidio, 1/b, 00153 Roma RM

01jun2401jan25Aesthetics of deformation. Protagonists of Italian ExpressionismOn display is a selection of works from the Iannaccone collection in Milan relating to the expressionist line of Italian art between the 1930s and 1950s - from the Roman School to the Corrente group.Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Via Francesco Crispi, 24, 00187 Roma RM

30may2427oct24The art of women in RomeExhibition of women artists active in Rome during the twentieth centuryMusei di Villa Torlonia, Via Nomentana, 70, 00161 Roma RM

25may2403nov24Keith Haring DeletedPhoto exhibition on the figure Keith Haring.Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Via Francesco Crispi, 24, 00187 Roma RM

23may2408sep24Claudia PeillBeyond the Present. Archaeology of TomorrowMuseo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza di S. Egidio, 1/b, 00153 Roma RM

22may2415sep24This is Aquilino, son of the wind Produced on the occasion of the 91st Piazza di Siena Equestrian Competition, the exhibition brings together a series of 14 works dedicated to Camillo Rospigliosi's famous horses.Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese, Viale Pietro Canonica, 2, 00197 Roma RM

21may2403nov24THEATER. Authors, actors and audiences in Ancient RomeThe life force of theatrical performances, their popularity, and the sometimes difficult lives of actors and other major players in the world of 'ludi' in Rome.Museo dell'Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Roma RM

17may2406oct24Dertemined women. Photographs by Angèle Etoundi EssambaThe first Italian retrospective of the well-known Dutch artist, who has always explored the identity of African womenMuseo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza di S. Egidio, 1/b, 00153 Roma RM

17may2406oct24Dino PedrialiRetrospective on Dino Pedriali (Rome, 1950-2021), curated by Massimo Scaringella and produced by the Dino Pedriali Archive, which aims to explore the photographer's artistic journey through the presentation of more than 100 photographic works from the 1970s to the present day.Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Piazza di S. Egidio, 1/b, 00153 Roma RM

15may2415sep24Genius Loci TtozoiOn display are works created by the artists of the TTOZOI duo (Stefano Forgione and Giuseppe Rossi) during work sessions at the Royal Palace of Caserta (November 2017); the Amphitheater of the Pompeii Archaeological Complex (December 2017); and the Colosseum (June 2022).Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Viale Fiorello La Guardia, 6, 00197 Roma RM

07may2415sep24Paolo Di Capua. Human NatureSolo exhibition of artist Paolo Di Capua including works created since the late 1990s.Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera di Villa Borghese, Viale Fiorello La Guardia, 6, 00197 Roma RM

01may2431mar25Elagabalus and Eastern Cults in RomeWith about 60 works from major Italian and international museums, this exhibition is divided into two major macro-areas.Mercati di Traiano, Via Quattro Novembre, 94, 00187 Roma RM

15mar2408sep24Giuseppe Primoli and the fascination of the OrientOn the occasion of the exhibition on collecting Japanese art in Italy between the 19th and 20th centuries, the Napoleonic Museum offers a thematic exhibition on Count Giuseppe Primoli's interest in the art of Japan and, more generally, the Asian continent.Museo Napoleonico, Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1, 00186 Roma RM

29nov2329sep24EMOTION. Contemporary Art tells about EmotionsA three-meter-tall mushroom welcomes and invites a journey. It had already happened in a fairy tale, in another journey, in another world, in another wonder: this is a journey in art.Chiostro del Bramante, Arco della Pace, 5, 00186 Roma RM

13apr2230apr32The Colors of Antiquity. Santarelli Marbles at the Capitoline MuseumsIn two rooms of Palazzo Clementino at the Capitoline Museums, there is on display a broad overview of the use of colored marbles, from their origins to the 20th century, through a fine selection of pieces from the Santarelli Foundation.Musei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM


Porta Portese Market

every Sunday 7:00 – 14:00 Flea market & antiques

between Porta Portese and Via Ippolito Nievo Google maps

Ponte Milvio Market

Antiques market every Sunday

Between Ponte Milvio and Ponte Duca D’Aosta Google maps

Papal audiences in September

Audiences of the Holy Father are exptected every Wednesday with the exception of Sep 27.

The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place every Sunday at noon in St. Peter’s Square.


Longines Global Champions Tour

15-17 September 2023 Circo Massimo


Sep 16 Corriroma 10 km night run 9 p.m. Piazza del Popolo Info

Sep 30 and Oct 1 Cardio Race start at the Gasometer (Ostiense area) Info

10 miles / 10 km / 5 km


25.09.-01.10. Ryder Cup Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Guidonia / Rome Link

Vintage Market

16-17 September Vintage Market 10:00 – 20:00

Handmade, Illustration, Vintage, Preloved, Vinyls, Books, Flowers and Plants, Organic Cosmetics, Neon and Luminous Writings, Live Music

Piazza Ragusa, Via Tuscolana 179 Google maps Bus 16, 85, 412, Metro A Ponte Lungo, Linea FL1 Stazione Tuscolana

Roma Baccala

Roma Baccalà

Street Food Festival with baccalà in different variations and recipes from Portugal and Norway.

5-8 Septembe 2024 12 – 24

Piazza Damiano Sauli / Garbatella

Current Month


21sep2422sep24Motori CapitaleOldtimerFiera Di Roma, 00148 Ponte Galeria, Rom

14sep2422sep24The Sleeping BeautyBallet - Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyTeatro dell’Opera di Roma, Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 00184 Roma RM

31may2430sep24This is Wonderland - Pinocchio40,000 sqm fairytale wonderland by the EUR lake (Metro EUR Palasport)Giardino delle Cascate

Summer on the terrace of the Gianicolo

Food, drinks, live music and disco on the terrace of the Gianicolo. Until October daily from 19:00


Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi

Summer on the Tiber

Sommer in Rom Sixtus Bruecke

A fair with shooting galleries and high striker. There is also food and drink. Until 5 September 19 – 24

Exhibitions: Ancient Rome · Ecology and Environment

Ponte Sisto – Tiber island

This is Wonderland

Wonderland Roma EUR


Don’t miss the beautiful “Alice in Wonderland” light exhibition.

There are great bars and tasty snacks in the small furnished squares, in between spectacular performances everywhere.

until Sep 17, 19:00 – 1:00 Garden of the waterfalls in the EUR quartier Google maps Metro B Palasport Tickets

Isola del Cinema

Rome September 2023 · a picture book summer 1

Film screenings on the Tiber Island

June 21 – September 3


Summer festival at the Railway Museum

Estate al polo


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.

In the hot season, many concerts are performed outdoors, such as in the Baths of Caracalla or the Circus Maximus. The festival Rock in Roma takes place at the racecourse and the Roman theater in Ostia Antica.

Rome’s Music Park​

Roma Summer Fest

A jewel is the Parco della Musica, built by the internationally known architect Renzo Piano, in northern Rome on Via Flaminia. See all events here. Events and tickets

Summer Festival of Music in the Auditorium Tickets

Tram 2 Parco della Musica

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

Current Month


28sep2428sep24Organ concert18:30 Chiesa di Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi, free entryChiesa di Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi, Via dei Portoghesi, 2, 00186 Roma RM

27sep2403oct24David GilmourLUCK and STRANGECirco Massimo

21sep2421sep24Organ concert18:30 Chiesa di Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi, free entryChiesa di Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi, Via dei Portoghesi, 2, 00186 Roma RM

14sep2414sep24Organ concert18:30 Chiesa di Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi, free entryChiesa di Sant'Antonio dei Portoghesi, Via dei Portoghesi, 2, 00186 Roma RM

01jun2429sep24Rock in RomaThe mythical rock concert series in the Roman Summer

Amusement parks

Some amusement parks in Rome and the surrounding area offer a welcome change of pace.



The Luneur Park offers many rides. It is located in the south of the city in the EUR district on Via Cristoforo Colombo. The opening hours are irregular in winter, mostly Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 18, in summer daily until midnight. On the Luneur website you can see the calendar with the opening days. Bus connections are lines 30, 170, 714 and 791, Colombo / Agricoltura stop. From there it is 750 meters to the entrance on Via delle Tre Fontane 100.


Hydromania is an pleasure bath 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.

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 Termini main 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. Roma World is open in summer. Tickets

About Roman cuisine in autumn, shopping and excursions read Autumn in Rome.

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