To avoid the risk of standing in front of the closed St. Peter’s Basilica or in front of a closed museum, you should know what’s going on on each day of the week in Rome. Here you will learn all about opening days of shops, museums and the catacombs, the weekly events in the Vatican and the hours of the subway.
Monday in Rome
Some shops in the Centre open later on Monday. A peculiarity of the Monday in Rome is that most museums are closed.
The following museums are open on Mondays in Rome :
- Colosseum, Palatine and Roman Forum
- Vatican museums
- Castel Sant’Angelo
- Capitoline museums
- Markets of Trajan
- Ara Pacis
- Stadium of Domitian at Piazza Navona
- Thermal baths of Caracalla
- Gallery Spada
The catacombs of Priscilla are closed on Monday.
The Rome Metro runs on Monday from 5:30am to 11:30pm.
Tuesday in Rome
On Tuesday, almost all the museums in Rome are open.
The following museums are closed on Tuesday in Rome:
- Gallery Spada
On Tuesday, the catacombs of Domitilla are closed.
The Rome Metro runs on Tuesday from 5:30am to 11:30pm.
Wednesday in Rome
On Wednesday morning, the general audience of the Pope takes place. When the Papal Audience takes place, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Dome are closed until about 1 pm.
The general audience almost always takes place in St. Peter’s Square. In August and on some dates in November and in winter, the general audience will be held in the Audience Hall. Sometimes the general audience is split up and visitors can attend the general audience in the Audience Hall and in St. Peter’s Basilica. On some dates, when the Pope is not in Rome, there is no general audience. To the dates for the general audience>
On Wednesday the catacombs of Calixtus are closed.
The Rome Metro runs on Wednesday 5:30am to 11:30pm.
Thursday in Rome
The Rome Metro runs on Thursday from 5:30am to 11:30pm.
Friday in Rome
The Rome Metro runs on Friday from 5:30 to 1:30am.
Saturday in Rome
For the shops, Saturday is a normal opening day.
On Saturday, you can drive into the traffic-calmed zone (ZTL) until 2 pm.
On Saturday and Sunday you can visit Neros Palace Domus Aurea. During the week, Neros ostentatious Golden Palace is not accessible, as the archaeologists make further excavations. The tour is mostly booked in advance for a long time. The tour has a duration of four and a half hours.
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The Rome Metro runs on Saturday from 5:30 to 1:30.
Sunday in Rome
Most of the shops in the center, the shopping centers and many supermarkets in Rome are open on Sundays.
On Sunday you can drive enter with the car all day in the traffic-calmed zone (ZTL).
When the Pope is in Rome, he makes a speech at noon and the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square. If you take a pair of binoculars, you can see it better.
Admission to the state museums and the museums of the City of Rome is free on the first Sunday of the month. The opening times and the days with free admission can be found in the list of museums
On Sunday, the Vatican Museums are closed. The exception is the last Sunday of the month when admission to the Vatican Museums is free. However, the queues are then endless. About the Vatican Museums>
On Saturdays and Sundays Nero’s Domus Aurea Palace can be visited. If you are lucky enough to find tickets to this unique tour, be sure to check out the remains of Nero’s Golden Palace! Guided tour at 8:30 am with a visit to the Domus Aurea, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine. Duration of the tour four and a half hours. Info & Booking>
On Sunday, the Via Appia Antica is traffic-calmed and a popular destination for the Sunday outing. The catacombs of St. Sebastian are closed on Sunday. The catacombs of St. Agnes in northern Rome are closed on Sunday mornings.
The Rome Metro runs on Sunday 5:30am to 11:30pm.
Holidays in Rome
On 1 January, 1 May and 25 December all museums in Rome are closed.
On 1st January, Easter Monday, 29th June, 15th August and 25th and 26th December most of the shops in Rome are closed.