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Rome in October: everything you need to know

Autumn is the season of the white truffle in Italy, making it an ideal time to savor it in Roman restaurants. In addition, in October the Italian capital celebrates the well-known Rome Film Festival.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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Rome in October: everything you need to know

Postcard from Rome | ©Sharsharsuisse1

If you decide to travel to Rome in autumn, and specifically in the month of October, you have the possibility to admire the Roman beauties without crowds. At your leisure and at your own pace. You no longer have to wait in a long queue to explore the Trevi Fountain or to enter the Colosseum. It is a month, moreover, when the weather is neither as sticky as in summer nor as frigid as in winter. It's a happy medium. Come on, a delight!

If one of your motivations when traveling to Rome in this month is to get your boots on, you'll be pleased to know that it's white truffle season. This delicacy is sprinkled on pasta to enhance its flavor. The white truffle is mostly found in the Piedmont region, but in Rome you will surely have the opportunity to indulge yourself as well. Do you like movies? Then don't miss one of the most famous film festivals in the world this October.

1. Taste the seasonal food

Persimmons, seasonal fruit in October| ©John Morgan
Persimmons, seasonal fruit in October| ©John Morgan

It goes without saying that Italian cuisine is a real temptation, isn't it? But October opens up a whole new world of possibilities to try. This month is synonymous in Italy with seasonal products such as white truffles, pumpkin, persimmons and mushrooms. Rome' s restaurants take the opportunity to incorporate these delicacies into their menus.

The white truffle is the delicacy of delicacies. It is an unaffordable delicacy that is not usually cooked, but grated on top of any pasta dish for a result of another level. How do we know that we are in front of a quality white truffle? Because the price of the dish will be around 40 €. As for the pumpkin, it is possible to find it in the gnocchi fillings. rich-rich!

While it is true that mushrooms or funghi are available on the menus of Rome's restaurants all year round, in October you can be sure that they are 100% fresh. Finally, persimmons are the fruit of the season - there are finger-licking salads with this fruit!

Best restaurants in Rome in October

  • If you are looking for good food at a more than reasonable price, I suggest the restaurant Broccoletti. It is a tiny but very cute place known for its home cooking and, above all, seasonal cuisine.

  • For pumpkin enthusiasts, Colline Emiliane is a restaurant in Rome just a few blocks from the Trevi Fountain. Be sure to try the tortelli di zucca, ravioli stuffed with sweet pumpkin. I can't find the words to describe the taste!

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2. Admire the colors of autumn

Autumn at Villa Borghese| ©Victoria Vo
Autumn at Villa Borghese| ©Victoria Vo

With autumn just started, the parks of Rome and Roman gardens are beginning to be dyed in multiple colors. Yellow tones are added to red and brown, wrapping the landscape in a blanket of color. Surely you already had in your travel plan to visit the gardens of Villa Borghese, the most popular park in the Italian capital. This place is recommended at any time of the year, but in October it shows its most photogenic side.

The charming gardens and neoclassical buildings invite you to take a walk in which you will have the chance to disconnect for a moment from the bustle of the center. One of the most splendid and picturesque views of Rome is offered by the Garden of the Lake with the Temple of Aesculapius.

How to get to Villa Borghese?

The best way to get to Villa Borghese is by Rome subway. You can get off at Spagna station. If you are in the center, you can even access this park on foot, as it won't take you more than 20 minutes.

Buy tickets for the Borghese Gallery

3. Attend the Rome Film Festival

External view of the Auditorium Parco della Musica| ©Matteo Rho
External view of the Auditorium Parco della Musica| ©Matteo Rho

The Rome Film Festival has been held annually in the Italian capital since 2006. Its epicenter is the Auditorium Parco della Musica, although there are also exhibitions in other parts of the city. It is usually held in mid-October and lasts about 10 days. Did you know that the red carpet that is installed is one of the largest in the world? No less than 1,300 m2!

As a curiosity, the design of the award is inspired by the silhouette of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. In case your trip to Rome is in October, check the dates of the festival and examine the agenda, because maybe you can find a time to attend one of the film talks with guest actors.

4. Take a night tour on Halloween

Catacombs of San Sebastian| ©Cool Daryshoot
Catacombs of San Sebastian| ©Cool Daryshoot

Although Rome is not particularly known for Halloween, this celebration is gradually becoming more and more popular in the city. You can take advantage of the scariest night of the year to take a night tour of Rome to find out some of the secrets and curiosities of the Italian capital. This type of tour offers a different perspective of the city, quieter and calmer.

Even spookier are the Catacombs of San Sebastian. If you want to add a bit of terror to this ephemeris, hop on a subway tour of the streets of Rome. Rome 's catacombs are underground galleries that were used for centuries as cemeteries, so you can imagine the chills they give.

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5. Visit Rome Art Week

Visiting Rome Art Week| ©Kou Gallery
Visiting Rome Art Week| ©Kou Gallery

Another event par excellence that takes place in the middle of October is the Rome Art Week (RAW). This event is conceived as a meeting point between artists and citizens. It also aims to spread contemporary art in all its forms through exhibitions, conferences and many other activities.

In past editions, more than a hundred art galleries and institutions participated, which means there is plenty to choose from. Among them, Casa Argentina, the Royal Academy of Spain, the University of Fine Arts of Rome and a long etcetera. When the dates are near, I recommend you take a look at the agenda if you are interested in art.

6. Visit a free museum

Discover the secrets of the Colosseum| ©Square Lab
Discover the secrets of the Colosseum| ©Square Lab

Did you know that on the first Sunday of every month a good number of Roman museums are free to enter? Yes, yes what you read. The month of October was not going to be an exception, so if you are lucky enough to be in Rome during this weekend, take advantage of it. This first Sunday of October you can visit without paying a penny the Roman Colosseum, the Barberini Palace, the Borghese Gallery, the Baths of Diocletian and a long etcetera.

But the good news doesn't end here. If the Vatican Museums are among your travel plans, you will be pleased to know that on the last Sunday of each month access is also free. Of course, the queue can be overwhelming, so I recommend you make an effort and get up early. October is no longer high season, but, you know, no one wants to miss the opportunity to save the entrance fee! One last tip: if you want to enjoy even more of the works of art, I recommend a guided tour of the museums of Rome, you will be amazed!

Book a guided tour of the Capitoline Museums

7. Celebrate the day of St. Francis of Assisi at the church of San Francesco a Ripa

Facade of the Church of San Francesco a Ripa| ©LPLT
Facade of the Church of San Francesco a Ripa| ©LPLT

St. Francis of Assisi Day is celebrated every year on October 4. Because of his passion for animals, he is considered the patron saint of animals. If you are in Rome on this date, I encourage you to visit the church of San Francesco a Ripa, located in the Trastevere neighborhood.

This basilica is dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi, since he stayed there for a few days when he went to Rome to visit the Pope. Because of its special link with this historical figure, a special event is usually held in his honor every October 4.

8. Go to the Opera of Rome

Teatro Dell'Opera in Rome| ©Matthew Black
Teatro Dell'Opera in Rome| ©Matthew Black

The Teatro dell'Opera di Roma is back in October with its calendar of plays and concerts, making it an exceptional plan on any rainy autumn day. The ballet and opera performances are held in two different venues. On the one hand, you have the opportunity to attend the Teatro Constanzi, where the main venue is located. On the other hand, the Teatro Nazionale is another of the locations belonging to the Rome Opera.

In the first one, the famous play La Traviata, which dates back to 1853, is performed. There is no better plan than this iconic opera on your trip to Rome in a historic theater such as the Teatro Constanzi that will make you feel in the nineteenth century.

9. Explore the Palatine Hill

Visiting the Palatine Hill| ©Angel Escartin Casas
Visiting the Palatine Hill| ©Angel Escartin Casas

In search of the colors of autumn I found that the Palatine Hill is one of the best pictures of this season. It is one of the oldest places in Rome, a corner where, according to legend, lived Luperca, the she-wolf that suckled Romulus and Remus, founders of the city.

The Palatine Hill is home to an impressive archaeological site that, in the month of October, is adorned with shades of ochre, green and red. This place is a must-see on photographic tours of Rome because the panoramic view is splendid.

10. Tour the Trastevere neighborhood

Typical streets of Trastevere| ©Unsplash
Typical streets of Trastevere| ©Unsplash

Trastevere is one of the most charming Roman neighborhoods. Crowded with tourists in summer, in October you will see its friendlier side. The streets visibly less crowded will allow you to better appreciate every corner. If there is one reason to like this neighborhood, it is because it preserves the traditional and authentic flavor of everyday life in Rome. And now you can enjoy it without the crowds.

Browse the little shops with curious objects without having to wait in line and fall in love with the colors of the houses. In addition, Trastevere is one of the places where you can explore the Italian gastronomy of the trattorias, traditional restaurants of homemade food.

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Temperatures in Rome in October

Visiting the Trevi Fountain| ©Radek Kucharski
Visiting the Trevi Fountain| ©Radek Kucharski

What will the weather be like in Rome in October, will it be sunny or rainy? Knowing what the weather will be like in your destination is very important to be able to plan your trip to the letter. While at the beginning of October you can still feel the last traces of September's warmth, if you travel at the end of the month you could be surprised by rain and lower temperatures.

In Italy, as in Spain, October belongs to the autumn season. For that reason, it is a convulsive month for which you have to be prepared for everything. The first days of the month can be so warm that you even feel like going to the beach. However, during the night it is already noticeable that the summer is behind us and you can feel the temperatures dropping. Highs can be up to 20 ºC, but lows can be as low as 8ºC.

If you plan to travel at the end of October, then the truly autumnal weather will be more pressing. What does this mean? You might need some thicker jackets and even an umbrella. Don't worry if you have a rainy day, because it has a lot of charm too!

Tourist flow in Rome in October

Leaving the Pantheon| ©Christopher Czermak
Leaving the Pantheon| ©Christopher Czermak

I'm not going to fool you. Rome is a very touristic city. In fact, it is one of the 5 most visited cities in Europe. Therefore, there will always be tourists. However, nothing to do with the influx of tourists in the summer months, where the sweltering heat is compounded by the fact that there are people practically in every corner. In October, the good thing is that the drop in visitors is noticeable, which you can use to your advantage.

October is a great time to visit Rome, not only because the temperatures (finally) have dropped and you can go sightseeing without melting. Another point in favor of this month is that, although it is far from empty, the number of tourists is low. However, remember that in October we have two spectacular long weekends in Spain (the Pilar and All Saints), so if you travel on these dates there may be more movement in Rome.