The fun in Rome just doesn't stop, even in November. The temperature might be dropping but the activities are heating up with the Rome Independent Film Festival, the International Festival of Sacred Music & Art, and the Roman food fest called the Taste of Excellence.
November in Rome also means plenty of opera as well as classical music concerts at historic churches throughout the city. Along with some rain showers, November is also the height of Roman artichoke season. You'll see them in markets and on trattorias menus. Look for carciofi alla romana, (artichoke stew) or alla giudia (fried artichokes).
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This all-in-one tour gets you into the Vatican Museums, the basilicas (including St Peter's, of course), and the Holy Stairs. Don't worry, though, you won't be walking the whole time! There's plenty of time to admire the art and pause for breaks.
See it all — the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. Hear tales of gladiator combat, see first-hand how seating at the Colosseum was based on social status. See the Roman Forum, hear tales of power and treachery of the Emperors. You'll even toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain!
Explore one of Italy's best museums with an expert guide who specializes in art history. You view stunning paintings, sculptures, and objets d'art at Galleria Borghese, the palace where Cardinal Borghese collected his fabulous art collection during the 1600s. We love the personal attention we get on private tours!
Go beneath the 17th-century church of Santa Maria della Concezione to the Capuchin Crypts. Everything there, from the arched walls to the picture frames, is made from human bones! Look for the haunting plaque that reads, "What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be." You also visit the catacombs along the Appian Way and the lovely Basilica of San Clemente.
See the best of Rome on a four-hour bike tour. Cycle past the ancient monuments, down stylish shopping streets, past churches and hundreds of fountains. The route takes you the Rome's main attractions, plus hidden squares and secret locations known only to locals. Helmet & 27-gear trekking bike are included.
One our most appreciated pieces of advice is this — before you leave home arrange for transfer from the airport into central Rome. It's good to know what's going to happen when you arrive at the Fiumicino airport. These modern shuttle vans take you directly to your hotel, and they're cheaper than a taxi.
It's a pleasant drive through the Italian countryside to the bustling seaside city of Naples. Discover castles, a Benedictine Abbey, and the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola. Then visit Pompeii, the ancient city covered under volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius. There you learn about the sophistication of the city and the people who lived there. This is a very popular tour, even in November, so be sure to book early.
Perched high on a hill in the ancient town of Tivoli, are two lovely and famous sites — Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. Explore the luxurious ancient and Renaissance villas, fountains, gardens, and temples. Learn why Tivoli has come to mean luxury, in any language.
November is a great time to take in a concert at one of the many gorgeous churches and cathedrals of Rome. There's Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Chiesa Evangelica Valdese, Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) at Teatro dell'Opera, Sounds & Visions of Caravaggio at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, La Traviata & the Three Tenors at Chiesa di S. Paolo.
Go behind-the-scenes at the most famous Roman food market. Meet the vendors, and sample those amazing Italian foods like prosciutto, mozzarella di bufala, bruschetta, pecorino cheese, gelato & pastries. It's a moveable feast, Roman style. This popular food tour includes all tastings plus a copy of The Local Food Lover's Guide.
When in Rome… Sample a dazzling variety of authentic Roman pizza like pizza al taglio, alla palla, and crispy scrocchiarella at 100-year-old family bakeries and pizzarias. Your tour is topped off with a generous scoop of gelato for a sweet ending.
Viva la Food Experience! Experience the food culture of Rome & Italy plus international flavours, with top chefs and local producers.
• November 25 to 28, 2016
Festa di Tutti i Santi is a religious and public holiday that celebrates all of the Catholic saints. That happens November 1 every year. The next day is All Souls Day, a religious event that honours deceased family members. Not an official holiday but an important day in Italy.
• Tuesday, November 1, 2016
• Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Since 2001 the Rome festival has been entertaining a growing worldwide audience, and the 2016 event will be no exception..
• November 17 to 24, 2016
This multi-faceted music & art festival takes place in the various Papal Basilicas of Rome. This year The orchestra in residence is the Vienna Philharmonic.
• Rome & The Vatican
• November 16 to 21, 2016