What to Do in Rome in February

This post will feature several fun and interesting activities you can enjoy in Rome during the month of February. In addition to a top ten list, we will also include sections dedicated to free things to do, things to do at night, and family-friendly attractions.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN ROME IN FEBRUARY

The following section will include our top ten activities available in Rome throughout the month of February. Whenever possible, we will note when an event is either free, family-friendly or fun to do at night.

You may also want to consider visiting one of the following historic locations:

Don’t forget that most Rome tourist passes include either hop-on-hop-off bus tickets or free access to the city’s public transport system. If you’re looking to save money on transportation/tours, this is a great way to do it.


1) Go to a Concert

There are usually at least a few great concerts to see in Rome each month. During the month of February, there will be a handful of notable performances at venues throughout the city. 

 

 

If you’re interested in hearing some great live music, consider one of the following opportunities:

In addition to these options, there will also be several classical concerts performed at Auditorium Parco della Musica. Take a look at their program calendar for more details.

Find all the concerts in Rome here.


2) Attend a Sporting Event

Rome has two great football teams that will be playing at Olympic Stadium in February. Each team will have two home games this month, so you should have a few opportunities to see them play. 

 

 

Even if you’re not traditionally a fan of the sport, you may still want to go to a game just to experience how Roman fans show support for their teams.

AS Roma

SS Lazio

Alternatively, you may also want to see one of the Six Nations Rugby matches which will also be held at the Stadio Olimpico on February 22nd.

Find all the sporting events this month here.


3) See a Musical/Opera

No matter when you come to Rome, there will almost always be at least a few different shows to see. This February, there will be at least three great performances to enjoy.

 

 

In addition to these options, you may also want to consider going to St. Paul’s Within the Walls. This venue offers concerts, ballets and other live performances almost every night, and this month is no exception. 

Check this list of live theatrical performances for more great shows to see in Rome this month.


4) Learn How to Make Italian Pasta

Italy is the home of certain types of pasta, and you can actually learn how to make this popular dish the way Romans do at a cooking class.

With the help of a local chef, you’ll learn how to make authentic Italian pasta and get tips passed down through generations of Roman families.

 

 

After everything is cooked and prepared, you’ll sit down with your meal and a glass of wine, followed by dessert provided by the chef who helped you prepare your own pasta!

  • €85/Adults | €75/Children | €81/Students
  • Availability: Daily at 11 am & 5 pm
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Pasta, wine and dessert included in price.
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

For more activities you can enjoy after dark, check our things to do at night section.


5) Take a Walking Tour of Rome

It may be a little cold in February, but there are quite a few excellent tours available that you might want to consider.

 

 

Here are some of the best outings offered this month:

If you’re looking for even more great options or perhaps some pay-what-you-like services, please read our post about Rome city centre walking tours.

6) Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to see several popular attractions in Rome, a tourist pass can save you anywhere from 20% – 50% off general admission prices.

There are currently two different types of pass in Rome: All-inclusive and prepackaged.

 

 

An all-inclusive pass provides admission to dozens of attractions and things to do for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 days). The more you use it, the more money you can save!

Alternatively, the prepackaged pass includes a predetermined set of activities for one flat price. Any additional attractions or services included will be 20% off.

Here are some of the best attractions included with these passes:

Depending on which pass you choose, you should be able to save anywhere from 20% – 50% off these activities.

For more details, please read our post covering Rome tourist passes.


7) Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Rome is one of the most romantic places to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and there are a lot of interesting things to do on this holiday. 

 

 

We’ll cover a few of the more popular activities here, but this list only scratches the surface of events and attractions you can visit with your significant other.

  • Go stargazing at the Rome Observatory
  • Enjoy an Aperitivo with your partner
  • See the sunset from the top of Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Test your loyalty at the Mouth of Truth
  • See St. Valentine’s Skull at the Church of Santa Maria
  • Toss a few coins in Trevi Fountain

If you’re planning a full day of fun with your partner, chances are you could fit most (if not all) of these plans on your itinerary. While some of the activities on our list might cost you a bit, others are entirely free to enjoy. 

For more ideas that won’t cost a thing, please check our free things to do section.


8) Visit a Museum or Landmark For Free

Did you know that you can visit some of the most popular attractions in Rome without paying for tickets? 

In the past, this event was known as Domenica al Museo, but Rome has since changed the program to add even more free days!

 

 

During the month of February, you can expect the following locations to take part in the program which is now known as “Io Vado al Museo.”

For more details about free days at museums and landmarks in Rome, check the Io Vado al Museo website.

If you’re looking for other activities you can enjoy without worrying about your budget, check our free things to do section.


9) Visit St. Peter’s Tomb

This is a great idea no matter what time of year it is, but with February being a somewhat slower month, you probably won’t have as much trouble getting in to see St. Peter’s Tomb. 

 

 

This site is still considered to be very holy and important to the church, which is why it remains directly underneath St. Peter’s Baldachin in St. Peter’s Basilica.

In addition to this tomb and everything in the Vatican Grottoes, the church above also contains some incredible artwork. One of the more notable pieces is Michelangelo’s Pietà, which is the only piece that the artist ever signed.

For more information on visiting St. Peter’s Tomb, make sure to read our post about St. Peter’s Basilica.


10) Celebrate Carnevale di Roma

Carnival will be taking place on February 25th, 2020, and Rome will be celebrating this holiday with a parade and other events in Piazza Navona.

Visitors can expect open-air theatrical displays, performers in full regalia with masks and costumes, and even some comedic performances.

 

 

In addition, there will also be a parade featuring the Italian military’s equestrian unit in Piazza del Popolo, which is close to Villa Borghese.

All of these festivities will be free to attend, but you can expect there to be plenty of shop owners selling refreshments and other items related to Carnival in the area.

Needless to say, this is a great activity for kids. You’ll find even more excellent things to do with the children in our family-friendly section.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

In this section, we will cover some of the more interesting free activities you can enjoy in Rome during the month of February. 

 

 

If you’re still on the hunt for some fun and free activities after reading this section, please read our post detailing some of the best free things to do in Rome.


See the Pantheon in the Rain

It’s always a good time to see the Pantheon, but February is a particularly good time for a visit. Although you wouldn’t think it, a rainy day is actually the perfect time to see this historic landmark. 

Thanks to its open dome, all elements of the weather drop down into the building from above. The Pantheon was actually designed like this intentionally, and you’ll find a drainage area just beneath the dome. 

As the water droplets fall in, the light coming through the oculus can make it look like the raindrops are falling from heaven. 

This is an even more magical experience when it snows, but that’s a somewhat rare occurrence in Rome – especially in February!

For more details, check our post about visiting the Pantheon.


Go to the Vatican Museums

Although you will need a ticket to enter on most days, the Vatican Museums are actually free to visit on the last Sunday of every month. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to see various notable historic pieces and artwork from beloved creators such as Raphael and Michelangelo without having to pay for admission.

That being said, it is important to note that this is usually the busiest day of the month at the Vatican Museums. Even though it is the slow season, you should still expect abnormally large crowds. 

 

 

In addition to all the people who will be there, the museums will be open for a much shorter amount of time than usual. With that in mind, we recommend arriving as early as possible and planning out your trip ahead of time.

TIP: If you want to avoid the crowds, keep in mind that the Rome Turbo Pass includes admission to the Vatican Museums for free. This is a great way to save money on tickets and get in during a quieter time of the month.


Look For Famous Caravaggio Paintings

There is a lot of notable artwork in Rome, including several beautiful paintings from famed artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. 

While many of these pieces can be found in museums, others are located in churches throughout the city which are free to visit. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, you may want to consider going on a scavenger hunt to find some of these incredible works of art. You’ll find a few great examples at the following locations:

  • Church of San Luigi dei Francesi
  • Church of Santa Maria del Popolo
  • Church Sant’Agostino

Each of these churches is very close to a hop-on-hop-off bus stop. If you plan to take a bus tour anyways, you may want to use this service for your Caravaggio hunt.

NOTE: There are even more Caravaggio paintings in locations such as the Borghese Gallery and the Vatican Museums. These sites are free to visit during specific days of the month, but you can also save money on admission with various Rome tourist passes.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT

The following section will include a few ideas for fun things you can do at night in Rome throughout the month of February.

 

 

You can find even more fun activities after dark on our post covering the most interesting things to do at night in Rome.


Visit the Trevi Fountain

If you’ve got a bit of time at the end of the night, consider making your way to Trevi Fountain. This historic landmark is well lit after dark, and many visitors indicate that nighttime is actually the best time to see the site. 

In addition to being one of the largest baroque fountains in all of Rome, there are also a few great traditions surrounding the history of this structure. 

If you want to learn more about this wonderful sightseeing opportunity, make sure to read our post about visiting the Trevi Fountain.

TIP: Many theatres and venues are located just a few blocks from this location. If you’re planning to see a show in the evening, this is the perfect way to cap the night off.


See the Three Tenors

In addition to La Traviata and several other shows, St. Paul’s Within the Walls will also host the Three Tenors twice a week throughout the month of February. 

Every Wednesday and Friday, this famous group of singers will be performing a variety of opera arias and Neapolitan songs with a ballet accompaniment.

 

 

  • Tickets start at €20 per seat
  • Concerts begin at 8:30 pm
  • Duration: 2 hours

NOTE: St. Paul’s Within the Walls is very close to the Trevi Fountain. If you’re going to be in the area, consider visiting this beautiful and historic structure after dark.


Discover the Dark Side of Rome

Most tours of Rome cover the positive history of the city, but there have also been quite a few dark moments as well. If you want to learn about the mysteries of this ancient city, consider taking the Dark Heart of Rome tour.

This outing covers a variety of notable sites including Campo de Fiori, Castel Sant’Angelo, Piazza Farnese and more. Guests will learn about both the historic and supernatural history of Rome.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

This section will provide a few fun activities you can enjoy with your family in February. 

 

 

For more ideas, check this post covering things to do with kids in Rome.


Take the Kids to a Puppet Show

Parents with younger children will be happy to know that there is a wonderful little puppet theatre at the Western end of Villa Borghese, just a short walk from Piazza del Popolo. 

During the month of February, Al San Carlino will have a couple different shows focusing on Carnival. Considering that the parade will be passing very close by, this could be a great activity to combine with that celebration.

The Carnival of Animals

Carnival Party

This is a great place to stop for a break while sightseeing. In addition to the nearby plaza and its beautiful fountain, you’ll also find the Spanish Steps and the Mausoleum of Augustus nearby.


Head to the Children’s Museum

Much like Al San Carlino puppet theatre, the Explora children’s museum will also have a special event in honor of Carnival. 

During this celebration, kids will have the opportunity to enjoy two new laboratories with different experiments for them to enjoy. 

In addition to the special exhibits, there will also be a face painting station for all children. On the weekend, there will be a special workshop in the kitchen where your kids can learn how to make their favorite sweets.

  • Tickets: €8/Adults | €8/Kids (3 and up) | €5/Kids (12-36 months)
  • Most activities are included with the price of admission
  • Kitchen workshops will cost an additional €10
  • Dates: February 23rd, 25th, 26th and 28th
  • Purchase tickets or learn more

NOTE: If you’re looking for something else to do either before or after your trip to Explora children’s museum, you can always enjoy some sightseeing at the nearby Piazza del Popolo and Villa Borghese.


Go to Bioparco di Roma

Although they don’t have it scheduled yet, it’s worth noting that Rome’s zoo usually holds a special event in honor of Carnival. This activity is typically scheduled for 1-2 weeks before the parades.

 

 

In years past, children up to the age of 12 have been granted free entry provided they were wearing a mask in celebration of Carnival!

Visitors can also expect a variety of activities such as face painting, feeding the animals, and even live theatrical performances.

Check the Bioparco di Roma calendar for more details about the events taking place in February.

 


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