The Top Things To Do & See In Rome – October 2016

It's the best of two worlds. Rome in October has summer-like weather during the day and cooler temperatures in the evenings. It's also when Rome shifts gear from summertime holiday mode into Fall, with a bounty of cultural events — the stellar Rome Jazz Fest, the prestigious Rome Film Fest, and the continuation of the Roma Europa Festival.

With all those great events it won't come as a surprise that October is a molto, molto busy month…meaning book tours, hotels, and activities before you leave home. Day trips to Tuscany and Naples are popular, plus there are a bevy of Roman musical events, including the opera, Tosca. Benvenuti a Roma nel mese di ottobre!

Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in Rome October 2016

VIP Vatican Tour + Sistine Chapel

VIP Vatican + Sistine Chapel Tour

Experience the splendour! Go directly to the front of the lines, including past even the priority lines. See the best of the Vatican — the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of the Maps, the Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. Book the morning tour, and you'll step inside before the crowds arrive. Take the evening tour, and explore both after closing times. Likely to sell out.

See Rome by Night

rome by Night

Discover the magic of Rome's famous monuments at night . You'll marvel at the Capitoline Hill, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Castel Sant'Angelo, St Peter's Basilica, the Trastevere & the Trevi Fountain. Start the night out right by adding a classic 3-course Roman dinner before the tour begins.

Rome Segway Tour

Rome Segway Tour

Why walk when you can glide? Zip around ancient Rome on a fun Segway tour and see the best of the city's 2,000-year-old ruins, like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were once held. As you roll along you'll hear the lively history on your audio headset. This small-group tour is limited to eight to ensure you'll receive personalized attention.

Caravaggio Art Walking Tour + Wine Tasting

Caravaggio Art Walking Tour + Wine Tasting

This is a perfect way to spend an afternoon in Rome. Learn about the revered artist Michelangelo Caravaggio, see his Baroque masterpieces in Italian Renaissance churches, stop for a glass or two of wine along the way. You'll also visit the Church of Sant'Agostino to see Caravaggio's Madonna del Loreto. The takes you to Piazza del Popolo and the chic shopping street of Via Condotti, dotted with art galleries.

Rome Airport Transfers

Rome Airport Transfers

Here's one our most appreciated pieces of advice — before you leave home arrange for transfer from the airport. 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.

Top Day Trips From Rome

Things to Do in Rome October 2016

Naples + Pompeii in a Day

Naples + Pompeii in a Day

Explore the history of Italy to be found just beyond the gates of Rome. On this long day trip you discover the ancient city of Pompeii, covered under volcanic ash by Mount Vesuvius. You also visit the seaside city of Naples — castles, a Benedictine Abbey & and the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola in the Campania region.

Tuscany in One Day

Tuscany in One Day

Experience the best of Tuscany on a day trip from Rome. Travel to Val d'Orcia, south of Siena, where you'll see medieval towns dot the hillsides. Visit Montelpulciano, a Renaissance town famous for its Vino Nobile de Montepulciano red wine, as well as Montalcino and Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The day includes a classic Tuscan lunch and wine tasting.

Classical Music, Opera & Ballet

Things to Do in Rome October 2016

The Best of Classical Music in Rome

The Best of Classical Music in Rome

October is a great time to take in a concert at one of the many gorgeous churches and cathedrals that span the seven hills. There's Swan Lake at Teatro dell'Opera, Sounds & Visions of Caravaggio at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Chiesa di S. Paolo entro le Mura, La Traviata at Teatro Salone Margherita.

Top Food, Tea & Pub Events

Things to Do in Rome October 2016

Rome Bike + Food Tour

Rome Bike + Food Tour

We like this tour because it combines the best of both worlds — Italian food & cycling! See the sights of the Eternal City like the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, making delicious stops along the way for Roman pizza, Italian pastries, cafe & gelato. The tour is limited to 10 to ensure you get more attention from your guide…and more pizza

Rome Food Walking Tour

Food Walking Tour in Rome

So much beautiful Italian food, so little time! Join your expert local guide as you sample the best bits of rome in the Testaccio quartiere. Go behind the scenes at Campo de' Fiori's famous market to taste Roman pasta, pizza bianca, fresh mozzarella, locally cured salami, and artisan gelato. Then make your way to the Jewish quarter to sample artichokes, codfish & risotto in Piazza della Cinque Scole.

Festivals & Events

Things to Do in Rome October 2016

Sagra dell'Uva - Marino's Wine Festival

Sagra dell'Uva

Just 21 km south of Rome, the good people of Marino know how to have a party. On the day of the festival the fountain in the town square flows with wine instead of water!
• Marino
• October 2, 2016
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Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

The big event is in Assisi, two hours away, but there are plenty of celebrations in Rome to honour the patron saint of animals and the environment
• Rome & Assisi
• October 4, 2016
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The Best of Arts & Culture

Things to Do in Rome October 2016

Rome Film Fest

Rome Film Fest

Although a young festival, just into its first decade, the Rome Film Fest is already one of the most important film festivals in the world. The top award is a statue in the likeness of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
• Auditorium Parco della Musica
• October 13 to 23, 2016
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RomaEuropa

RomaEuropa

The fall festival of arts continues with music, dance, theatre and other arts events.
• Ends December 3, 2016
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