Rome is an ancient city that has been around for over 3000 years and it has always been a notch above most other European cities in every other way. The cultural, architectural, and artistic history that the city holds within its boundaries is second to none. Rome also has a culinary tradition that is highly respected and followed worldwide. And alongside this, the city has paced itself well to remain relevant to the fast-moving world. You are in for a great adventure if you are planning to visit Rome this October.
What Makes Rome in October Special?
The Eternal City is laden with beautiful avenues and buildings, add to that the arrival of the fall season. The warm tones of autumn brings out the most beautiful side of Rome. The foliage, alongside the stony architecture, makes the city look like it has rolled back a few 100 years. The weather is warm during the day and it cools down at night.
October also falls during the high season in Rome, which means you might encounter a lot of tourists at the major landmarks in the city. But fret not, Rome keeps itself and its tourists busy with a number of events during the month. You could indulge in the Rome Jazz Festival, or cater to your love of rum at the ShowRum Festival. Halloween is another exciting event in Rome towards the end of October. Overall, you can look forward to a wonderful tour of Rome in October.
Rome Weather in October
Rome in October flaunts delightful weather. With an average of 18°C and highs of 23°C, Rome in October is warm enough during the day to walk around the city. With 8 hours of sunshine a day and approximately 94mm of rainfall over 12 days, explore the city without much rain and just enough sunshine.
Rome in October : Things to Do
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica The Vatican Museums are one of the many important historical sites in Rome. The items held at the museums provide clear insights into the history of Christianity, Italy and Rome. St. Peter’s Basilica is the single most prominent feature of the Roman skyline. Sistine Chapel is another Roman essential, especially from the architectural point of view. All of these attractions are covered in a unified combo ticket by Headout.
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Last Sunday of the Month: 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Closed on all other Sundays
St. Peter’s Basilica
Daily: 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM,
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History, like everything else in the world, has its dark side. The Roman Catacombs stand as a reminder of the not so flourishing days of the great city. There are subterranean tunnels spread throughout the city that were once used as a place to keep dead bodies. Currently, these tunnels are open for visitors, and you can experience this chilling adventure with an expert guide.
All the Roman Catacombs are open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. They are closed on the following days:
- Catacombs of San Sebastiano – Sunday
- Catacombs of San Callisto – Wednesday
- Catacombs of Priscilla – Monday
- Catacombs of Domitilla – Tuesday
Via Salaria, 430, 00199 Roma RM,
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Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum
For centuries, Rome has been symbolically represented by the Colosseum. A visit to this amphitheater is bound to be a humbling experience because of its scale and grandeur. Make sure you visit the Roman Forum after touring the Colosseum. It holds a number of artefacts that will let you discover the history of the city. Next door is the Palatine Hill, one of the best spots in the city to get a panoramic view of Rome in Autumnal colors. You can club all of these attractions with one ticket.
Colosseum: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Palatine Hill: 8:30 AM to 7 PM
Roman Forum: 9 AM to 7 PM
Piazza del Colosseo, 00184, Rome,
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Borghese Gallery and Borghese Gardens
Borghese Gallery is undoubtedly a favourite amongst art lovers and historians. It houses the masterpieces of the likes of Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, and Bernini. Borghese Gallery wasn’t always what you see it now. It has an illustrious history of its own which demands to be discovered with a historian guided tour. A walk through the Borghese Gardens could be our best opportunity to experience the fall colors in Rome.
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Viale del Museo Borghese, 00197 Roma RM,
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Trastevere Neighbourhood Walk
When we think of Rome, we rarely picture reality. It is always cobbled streets and quaint houses, instead of throngs of tourists. You can be assured that at least the Trastevere neighborhood would be more akin to the imagination. This part of Rome is worth every second you spend here. Choose a clear October day and just walk around this suburb.
Tour starts at 10:30 AM
Best of Rome: 3-Hour Bike Tour
If you aren’t on a whirlwind tour of Rome, take your time and go for a bike tour of the city. This 3-hour activity covers a number of important attractions including Trojan Forum, Colosseum, Campo de Fiori, the Jewish Ghetto, and the Arch of Constantine. Not only does the tour allow you to scrutinize the city in Autumn much more closely, but you also reduce your carbon footprint in the process.
Tour starts at 10:00 AM
Via di Santa Eufemia 15, Rome,
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Best of Tuscany Day Trip
If you have a day in hand, you might want to make the most of it by visiting the mesmerizing Tuscany region. You would be accompanied by a professional guide, who would take you through the historic town of Montepulciano, followed by some native wine tasting. You would also be visiting Sant'Antimo Abbey and the town of Pienza. This tour also includes a three-course meal at the Montalcino vineyard. This is the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the city you need.
Tour starts at 7:30 AM
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Rome Night Tour
When in Rome, never settle for tours during the day. Over three millennia of history has resulted in a number of blindspots in the city that are best explored after sundown. Accompanied by an expert guide, you can delve into this side of Rome. The night tour takes you to the sites of chilling tales like that of the young girl wronged by her family, the Pope, and a notorious murderer.
Tour starts at 9:15 PM
S. Andrea della Valle Church, Rome
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Angels & Demons Tour
If you are a movie goer or an avid reader, this tour is for you. The Angels & Demons Tour takes you into the world of Dan Brown's bestseller. You would be tracing the route of Professor Robert Langdon and solving puzzles at the Path of Illumination. You will also tour the Church of Illumination and witness the secret passage to the Vatican.
Tuesdays & Fridays at 9:00 AM
Piazza del Popolo, Rome
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Rome Food Tour
Obviously, you won’t be leaving the city without indulging in its famed cuisine. The food and wine tours of Rome make for wholesome experiences. You can pick from a range of dedicated food and beverage tours. Some of the tours include cooking classes and some degree of sightseeing as well.
Rome in October : Events to Look Out For
Rome Film Festival 2019
Date: October 15-25, 2020
The 14th Rome Film Fest will be held from 17th to 27th October 2019 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and in other venues throughout the city. The event will host several screenings, panels, special events, tributes etc carrying forward the celebration that started in 2006.
Date: October 31, 2020
Halloween wasn't originally very popular in Italy. However, in recent times, the event has become very popular among young adults and teenagers. Rome's nightclubs have been sold into the idea of organizing costume parties towards the end of October. Make sure to visit the Holy Halloween mass outside the St.Peter's Basilica.
Rome Art Week
Dates: October 26 to 31, 2020
The fourth edition of Rome Art Week will see 331 artists and 148 galleries participating in project events or exhibition. This event aims to present the vision of contemporary art to public free of cost, running throughout the city of Rome from 21 to 26 October,2019. Indulge in the varied art collection and events from a range of artists.
Dates: September 17 to November 24, 2019
If you want to understand the cultural significance of Rome in the European context, the RomaEuropa Festival is for you. It is easily the largest cultural event in the city. It features technological demonstrations, fashion exhibits, dance shows, and concerts among many other events. This two-month long cultural extravaganza engages all communities at a common social ground.
Rome in October : 5-day Itinerary
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5 Days In Rome Itinerary
Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
St. Peter's Basilica & Vatican Necropolis
Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
Rome to Naples
Rome to Pompeii
Rome to Amalfi Coast
Rome in October : Seasonal Delicacies
Caprese Salad is definitely one of the top picks for autumn. Roman restaurants and cafes use locally sourced tomatoes and mozzarella to prepare this Italian specialty. These are then seasoned with basil leaves, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar achieve the unique flavor. The Caprese salad is served with a side of bread. Cantina e Cucina serves one of the best Caprese Salads in Rome.
Ribollita is a unique soup found in several Italian regions, each with its own preparation. The Roman version utilizes cannellini beans and seasonal vegetables. The Romans say that the soup tastes better with stale bread. If you visit Tuscany, you should try this soup at its place of origin. In Rome, one of the best Ribollita can be found at Il Chianti Vineria.
Roman street food is a different experience altogether from a restaurant outing. As you walk about the Trastevere neighborhood, you will notice food carts selling Supplì. It is a crumbled risotto ball with tomato ragu filling. On a particularly chilly day, you should try out mozzarella filling. Supplì Roma is one of the best places in Rome to get Supplì.
There are a few Italian essentials that you cannot miss out on your trip to Rome. Pasta Alla Carbonara is one of those things. This heavy pasta is known for its generous use of cheese and eggs. This is what differentiates Pasta Alla Carbonara from most other pasta dishes. Visit Marzapane to have a great Pasta Alla Carbonara in Rome.
Affogato can be you go to dessert in Rome. Everyone loves coffee, which is why this dessert is an instant classic. Affogato has a bitter coffee base which is topped with smooth gelato. At some places, you will have a choice of the flavor of the gelato you want. Give the Affogato at Fiocco di Neve a go.
Rome October Essentials
Rome Weather in October
October witnesses fall weather in Rome. The highs over around 20°C while the lows can fall somewhere around 15°C. There is a noticeable change in the weather as the month rolls on. There is an average of 12 rainy days this month. The sea temperature is quite comfortable for a swim towards the beginning of October but grows colder later on.
Where to Stay in Rome during September
Although the weather is getting colder at this point, you will not see any less crowd in Rome in October. Therefore, be prepared to look for your kind of accommodation for a longer time. It should not be too difficult though. Rome has hotels to fit your geographical and financial needs. Here are some of the hotels categorized by budget:
- Luxury: J.K. Place Roma, Hotel Hassler, Hotel De Russie
- Mid-Range: Boutique Hotel Campo de Fiori, Barocco Hotel, Kolbe Hotel Rome
- Budget: Nerva Accommodation, Palm Gallery Hotel, Hotel Santa Maria
What to Pack for Visiting Rome in October
October has a very mixed packing requirements and the longer you plan to be in the city, the more detailed you need to be with this activity. You will require light clothes in October, especially owing to the effects of climate change. However, the nights are bound to get chilly and carrying a cardigan, a light jacket or sweater will serve you well. Do not leave your waterproof clothing behind either. Walking shoes are also a necessity for an October trip in Rome.
Getting Around Rome in October
Rome is not spread too thin. This should make your daily commute shorter than usual. But you will need to acquaint yourself with the transport routes of the city. If you plan to head to the Vatican City, you best bet is the Linea A and Linea B metro routes. These routes also cover the Colosseum and adjoining attractions. The next best mode of travelling in Rome is the bus fleet. The buses operate on 338 routes within the city and are fairly convenient. During the night, you can avail the night buses. Trams are for you if you want to combine commute with sightseeing and don't mind the slower pace. You can also get bikes and scooter rentals in Rome.
Tips for Visiting Rome in October
- Visit the parks and gardens of Rome or head to one of the many high observation points to make the most of your Autumn trip to the city.
- Look out for tours like the evening paint and sip tour that combines aesthetic pleasure with sightseeing, especially in the October weather.
- Book your tickets in advance to avoid being charged an exorbitant amount of money during the high season.
- Go to the museums of Rome on a free Sunday to avoid any charge, but do remember to reach early so as to avoid the midday crowd.
- Catch the photography exhibition that begins this October at Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
- To take a break from the peak season crowd by taking day trips to nearby attractions like Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, and the Amalfi Coast.
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