Who has a day of rest and when, when does the Pope appear in public and what else is going on on the weekdays. So that you don’t stand in front of a closed attraction, read all about the opening days of shops, museums and catacombs, the operating times of the metro and what you can experience in Rome during the week.
Monday in Rome
Some shops in the city center 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
The Pope’s general audience takes place on Wednesday morning. It almost always takes place on St. Peter’s Square and then St. Peter’s Basilica and the dome of St. Peter until about 1 pm are closed. In August and on some dates in November and in winter, the general audience takes place 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.
During the corona crisis, the audience takes place in the Damasus court or in the audience hall and St. Peter’s Basilica remains open. Further information and dates>
The Catacombs of Calixtus are closed on Wednesday.
The Rome Metro runs on Wednesday from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm.
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
Saturday is a normal opening day for shops.
On Saturday you can drive into the traffic-calmed zone (ZTL) by car until 2 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday you can visit Nero’s palace Domus Aurea. During the week, Nero’s ostentatious golden palace is inaccessible as archaeologists continue digging. The tour is usually booked out well in advance. Info & booking>
The Rome Metro runs on Saturday from 5:30 am to 1:30 am.
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! 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.