The Top Things To Do In Rome – September 2016

September in Rome is a wonderful time to visit the Eternal City. The summer holiday crowds have departed, making it easier to see all the attractions Rome has to offer. But September is still a busy month. The weather is still delightfully warm, and after the summer break, many Roman restaurants are reopening their doors to full houses.

We recommend booking a VIP tour of the Vatican museum, or taking a panoramic night tour of the city. September is also a great month to head out of Rome on a day trip to the Amalfi Coast, Naples, or Pompeii. And in the city opera & classical music concerts are in full swing at top Roman venues.

Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in Rome September 2016

VIP Vatican + Sistine Chapel Tour

VIP Vatican + Sistine Chapel Tour

Thanks to a special arrangement with the Vatican, this VIP tour allows you to skip the lines — even the priority lines! Experience some of the 12,000 rooms spanning 4,000 years of history — Raphael's Rooms, Gallery of Maps, the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam — ending at St Peter's Basilica.

Rome by Night

rome by Night

See Rome turn to sparkle as day becomes night on this evening panoramic tour. Be dazzled by Capitoline Hill, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Castel Sant'Angelo, St Peter's Basilica, the Trastevere district, and the Trevi Fountain. To make a night of it upgrade to include a classic Roman 3-course dinner in the Trevi district.

Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

Ghost and Mystery Walking Tour

Wander through winding alleyways and ancient squares as your expert guide regales you with 2,000 years of enthralling Roman supernatural mysteries. You visit the Renaissance Corte Savella Prison, Ponte Sisto, Palazzo Farnese, and the Castel Sant'Angelo, the "bridge of angels" featured in the film Angels and Demons.

Rome Airport Transfers

Rome Airport Transfers

Here's one our best Insiders secrets — pre-arrange your transfer from the airport. It's comforting to know what's going to happen when you arrive tired & jet lagged at the Fiumicino airport. These shuttle vans take you right to your hotel and pick you up when you're ready to leave. Bonus? It's cheaper than a taxi.

Top Day Trips From Rome

Things to Do in Rome September 2016

Naples + Pompeii in a Day

Naples + Pompeii in a Day

Take an easy-breezy day trip from Rome to the seaside city of Naples where you discover the Royal Palace, Castel deli'Ovo (the medieval castle), and learn how Bourbon kings once ruled the city. You then travel inland to Pompeii to uncover the ancient city preserved under volcanic ash. Other highlights are the San Carlo Opera House, the Gallery of Umberto I, and Castel Nuovo.

Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast in a Day

Pompeii + Amalfi Coast in a Day

Marvel at the dreamy coastal scenery as the winding roads overlook the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea. Wander through the town of Amalfi with time to have a gelato before continuing onto the charming village of Postiano. After lunch, head inland to visit the the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii. Includes hotel pickup and transportation. Makes for a great outing!

Classical Music, Opera & Ballet

Things to Do in Rome September 2016

Chiesa di San Paolo Entro Le Mura

Chiesa di San Paolo Entro Le Mura

Built in 1873, the Church of San Paolo Entro le Mura has the distinction of being the first Protestant church inside the walls of Rome. The Gothic Revival church features intricate mosaics and stained glass. The acoustics make it ideal for classical concerts & operas. This month's concerts feature Vivaldi, Puccini, Italian opera highlights, the Three Tenors, Vivaldi's Four Seasons & La Traviata.

Teatro Salone Margherita

Teatro Salone Margherita

Situated in the heart of Rome, this charming small opera house was named after Italy's first queen, Margherita of Savoy. (Margherita pizza is also named after her!) The jewel box venue opened in 1898 as a music hall theater. Today it's a popular venue for opera & classical concerts. This month experience La Traviata and upgrade to include a classic Roman dinner before the show.

The Best of Classical Music in Rome

The Best of Classical Music in Rome

If you love classical music or great venues — or both! — September is a great time to be in Rome to take in a concert at one of the many gorgeous churches and cathedrals that span the seven hills. There are over 150 performances of great works in beautiful venues.

Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to Do in Rome September 2016

Food Walking Tour in Rome

Food Walking Tour in Rome

So much beautiful Italian food, so little time! Join this fun moveable feast and sample your way through the belly of Rome's culinary hub — Testaccio quartiere. Meet local producers, sample gelato, taste fresh pasta, sip wine, and learn about the food traditions of Roman life. You also get free a copy of the book, Local Food Lover's Guide to Rome.

Pizza Walking Tour

Pizza Walking Tour

Here's how you find out about Rome's best pizzas at family bakeries & pizzerias. Learn about the history of the pizza, sample local wines, plus visit Italy's largest church — Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour to ensure personalized attention…and more pizza for you!

Festivals & Events

Things to Do in Rome September 2016

Taste of Roma

Taste of Roma

Sample a plethora of Italian & Roman food at this three-day extravaganza. They'll be plenty of cooking demonstrations; and tastes of tagliatelle, risotto & other Italian favourites.
• Auditorium Parco Della Musica
• September 15 to 18, 2016
Website

Estate Romana – Roman Summer Festival

Estate Romana

One hundred days of fun — outdoor festivals, art shows, concerts, and other cultural events take place in parks to palazzos from June and wrap up toward the end of September.
• Ends September 30
Website

The Best of Arts & Culture

Things to Do in Rome October 2016

RomaEuropa

RomaEuropa

A Roman celebration of film, dance & theatre, at top venues throughout the city — Teatro Argentina, Teatro Vascello, Studio Palatino, etc.
• September 21 to December 3, 2016
Website