10 Things to Do in Rome in Fall
The orange colors, the scent of chestnuts and the postcard landscapes in Rome will make you fall in love in autumn. Here is a list of the best things to do in the most romantic season of the year.
Autumn is a great time to travel to Rome: its parks are dyed in ochre, orange and reddish colors, prices are usually quite cheap and the winter cold has not yet arrived. Take note of what not to miss in the Italian capital during these months.
1. Take a long walk in the parks of Rome
Taking a pleasant stroll through Romay's best parks andtaking in the scenery is one of my favorite autumn activities and what's more... It's free! This getaway to the green lungs of the city will become a little haven of peace after a tiring day of sightseeing. Want to know some of the most beautiful parks?
- The Villa Borghese gardens: it is the green heart of the capital of Italy and one of the largest parks in Europe. It combines art and nature with great mastery! You can also enter the Borghese Gallery and see its best sculptures.
- The Garden of Oranges is one of the most romantic gardens in Rome, ideal for watching the sunset with the unmistakable scent of orange trees! It also holds one of Rome's best kept secrets.
- The Park of the Aqueducts: you will be amazed by its Roman aqueducts. You will get some stunning autumn photographs.
- Villa Torlonia. This small park keeps an (open) secret: it was the residence of the dictator Benito Mussolini.
2. Celebrate the traditional Halloween night in Rome
If you thought that Halloween was a celebration that only Americans lived with great excitement, you were wrong. In fact, did you know that in ancient Rome there was a very similar festival called 'Mundus Patet', in which for three days the dead returned to earth?
If your trip to the Eternal City coincides with Halloween , put your costume in your suitcase because you will want to soak up the authentic spirit of this celebration. In addition, during the night of October 31 there are many activities organized. Some of the most fun ones are:
Experience a day of terror at the amusement park Cinecittà World
Throughout the month of October, Rome's movie and TV-themed amusement park, Cinecitta World, located on a former movie studio that, in its good old days, became the largest in Europe, offers Halloween-themed activities, shows and tours for the whole family.
Take a ghost tour in Rome
Scare yourself to death with the most gruesome stories told by an expert guide in this 3-hour night tour through the streets of Rome. Taking advantage of the date, you will learn about the mysteries and legends of the monuments and events that took place in the Roman squares.
3. Go shopping in Rome during Black Friday!
November is one of the most anticipated events of the year, Black Friday, when you can unleash the compulsive shopper in you because the stores have spectacular sales. It's the best time of the year to buy!
Undoubtedly, although Milan is the European fashion capital, Rome has nothing to envy, so I advise you to go shopping and bring your suitcase full of Italian clothes and souvenirs.
4. Explore Rome's Botanical Garden in the autumn light
In the heart of the city is the Botanical Garden of Rome, between Via della Lungara and the Gianicolo hill, a place away from the chaos and from which to contemplate the spectacle of the changing leaves of the trees in autumn.
The park, one of the largest in Italy, also preserves works of art such as the staircase of the eleven fountains and the Fountain of the Tritons, worthy of adding to the list of the best fountains in Rome. It combines nature and art perfectly!
Among its main collections are the centennial monumental trees, such as the Oriental plane trees, cork oaks and Himalayan cedars, and its collection of bamboos, one of the largest in Europe. The giant bamboos will impress you! Some grow up to 30 centimeters a day. Yes, you read that right, 30 centimeters!
What I liked the most is that thanks to the scenographic reconstruction of the environments, you can take a trip with your imagination through the different continents and their nature. If after this garden, you still want more, take note of the best parks in Rome where you can contemplate the change of seasons.
- Where is it? Largo Cristina di Svezia, 24.
- Hours: from April to October, from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. November to March, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.
- Admission fee: 13 € for adults and 10 € for children from 4 to 18 years old. Children under 4 years old are free.
5. Take a selfie with your favorite actor at the Roma Film Fest
Want to see your favorite actors up close on one of the biggest red carpets in the world? If you travel to the Italian capital during the month of October, you're in luck. Every year is held the Rome Film Festival, Roma Film Fest, one of the most important film events at international level.
Rome, to which the master Fellini paid tribute in his films, was recognized in 2015 as a Creative City of Cinema by UNESCO, becoming one of the capitals of the seventh art. Since 2006 it organizes this film festival whose carpet has been walked by directors of the stature of Quentin Tarantino and actors such as Tim Burton, Al Pacino, Angelina Jolie... Get ready to live a heart-stopping day!
6. Get culturized with the open-air shows
Cultural activities resume in autumn in the capital after the summer break. Grab a pen and paper and if you are in doubt about the best time to travel to Rome, compare all the things to do in Rome in summer to help you make your decision. Check out this practical guide to the city!
Dance, theater, music and film festival 'Romaeuropa'.
Another major art event in the Eternal City in autumn is Romaeuropa, recognized as the most important Italian cultural festival and whose aim for the past three decades has been to showcase contemporary art in different disciplines to the public.
The festival takes place annually during the months of September, October and November and its program includes film screenings, dance performances, musical and theatrical performances. Nothing is missing!
The best part? The performances take place in different parts of the city, many of them outdoors, so you can enjoy the performances against the backdrop of Rome's incomparable setting.
7. Enjoy a jazz concert in the Roman auditorium
It may happen that during your getaway to Rome in autumn the day gets up pretty bad and the body asks you to enjoy a good plan under cover. If you are traveling in November, I have the perfect activity for you: a jazz concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, which will elevate your experience in the Eternal City.
Every year, the Italian capital hosts the Roma Jazz Festival, one of the most important international events dedicated to this type of music. If you want to spend a special evening in the city, I suggest you book your tickets for this concert in advance, as the event has a long tradition and sells out quickly.
8. Delight yourself with seasonal products at the flea market
If you like charming flea markets, I suggest you spend a morning at the market located in the Campo dei Fiori square with the same name, just a few meters from the Tiber River and the basilica of Sant'Andrea della Valle. It is one of the oldest and most authentic markets in the capital, a festival of smells, colors and flavors.
Who does not remember the delicious smell of roasted chestnuts? We already know that, in Italy, culture revolves around the gastronomy of Rome and other cities, especially in autumn, one of the best times to enjoy seasonal products. In this popular market you will find the typical chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, truffles, grapes, olives...
Here you will discover the best artichokes and pumpkins of the Eternal City, which occupy a primordial place in the traditional Roman cuisine. And while you shop, you can enjoy live music at any time thanks to the street performers who animate the area.
9. Warm up with a good cappuccino
Coffee is one of the symbols of Italy and you can't miss this drink on your vacation to the transalpine country, especially if you travel in autumn, you will need it to warm you up in the coldest months! One of the pleasures of the Dolce Vita is to enjoy a good cappuccino and contemplate from the window the architectural jewels of the city. Sounds good, doesn't it?
Here is a list of the best coffee shops in Rome:
- Sant'Eustachio Il Caffè (Piazza di S. Eustachio, 82). A small place where they use an old bean roasting machine over 70 years old and a secret formula to make the coffees. Don't try, because you won't be able to get them to tell it to you!
- La Casa Del Caffè Tazza d'Oro (Via degli Orfani, 84). Here they use beans from the most coffee-producing places in the world, such as South and Central America.
- Caffè Greco (Via del Condotti, 86). This is my favorite place and one of the oldest active cafés in the world. Here great figures such as Goethe, Byron and Keats drank this succulent drink. You will enjoy a good cappuccino in a historical bar!
10. Discover the wine-growing landscapes and the best wine of Italy
Are you a good wine taster? A good excuse to travel in autumn is that with the beginning of this season also starts the grape harvest season. You can enjoy the vineyard landscapes and a good tasting of this beverage. You will test all your senses!
An irresistible travel plan at this time can be to travel a couple of days to the capital of Tuscany, Florence, and take the opportunity to explore the wine region. Take note of how to get from Rome to Florence.
Escape to Umbria, the green heart of Italy
You can also take a trip to the region of Umbria, about 2 hours from Rome, known as the green heart of the country for its forests. In addition, you will enjoy its medieval hill towns and vineyards and you can accompany a good wine with other gastronomic delights of the season, such as its popular truffles.
In this article I compare the best excursions you can book from Rome so you can choose the option that best suits your pocket.
What is the temperature in autumn in Rome?
- September: the minimum temperature is 16 degrees Celsius and the maximum reaches 27 degrees Celsius.
- October: the thermometer registers temperatures between 22º and 12º C. There are usually about 7 days of rain!
- November: the thermometer registers minimum temperatures around 8º C and maximum temperatures of 17º C. Don't forget your umbrella because it usually rains 9 days!
How to pack your suitcase for autumn travel to Rome?
In autumn temperatures are quite cool so I advise you to pack warm clothes in your suitcase. Be careful! In the middle of the day, especially in September it can be quite hot, so it is best to also pack short-sleeved shirts and a removable jacket, the most useful garment. Bring an umbrella and raincoat because the rains are quite frequent!
What should not be missing in your suitcase?
Coat -Comfortable shoes -Scarf and gloves (especially in November and December) -Umbrella and raincoat -Jacket
In this article you have read some autumn plans but, if on the contrary, you have scheduled your trip in another season, here are the guides to the best things to do in summer in Rome, what to see and what to do in spring in Rome and what to do in winter in Rome. Every season has its charm!
In short, compare the different seasons for visiting Rome
- December - March
- Weather: Freezing
- Highest 16°C
- Lowest 2°C
Ideal for visiting museums
- March - June
- Weather: Temperate
- Highest 27°C
- Lowest 4°C
Ideal for outdoor activities
- June - September
- Weather: Hot and humid
- High 31º C
- Low 14º C
Ideal for outdoor activities
- September - December
- Weather: Temperate
- High 27º C
- Low 6º C
Ideal for outdoor activities Ideal for outdoor activities