This post provides a list of fun and interesting activities in Rome during the month of March, including family-friendly, nighttime activities, and free things to do, updated for 2020.
TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN ROME THIS MARCH
The following list includes several popular activities and events taking place in Rome this March. We’ll cover a variety of festivities, free admission days, tours, attractions and more.
If you’re looking for even more great ideas, make sure to check the following posts for some of the most popular attractions.
- The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
- The Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
- Things to Do at St. Peter’s Basilica
- Plan Your Visit to the Pantheon
- Things to Do in Rome (any month of the year)
Don’t forget that admission to many of these locations is included with various Rome tourist passes.
1) Go to a Concert
It’s not uncommon for several notable musical artists to perform in Rome throughout the year. Even during March, there are typically at least a handful of great performances to see.
Here are some of the best concerts in Rome this month:
- Willie Peyote | Mar 12th
- Anastasio | Mar 13th
- Gemitaiz | Mar 13th
- Moda | Mar 20th
- Brunori Sas | Mar 27th
- James Blunt | Mar 28th
Check this list of concerts in Rome to find more musical performances.
2) Attend a Sporting Event
Rome has two very popular football teams, and both of them will be performing at Stadio Olimpico this month.
In addition to these games, there will also be an opportunity to see at least one match of Six Nations Rugby in Rome this month – none other than Italy vs England on March 14th, also taking place in the Olympic Stadium.
This is sure to be one of the most hyped games of the month (and perhaps even the whole year), so if you’re interested, make sure to get your tickets well in advance!
3) Take a Walk Down Via Appia
With spring right around the corner, this is the perfect time to stroll down one of the most ancient roads in Rome – Via Appia.
That said, it’s actually entirely free to walk down Via Appia, and we have a guide covering what to see on Appian Way.
Even if you’re not interested in walking the whole way, there are also bike rentals you can use to make your journey on this historic road easier and more enjoyable.
Whether you’re looking for a fun activity that won’t cost a dime or you really want to learn as much as possible about this ancient highway on a guided tour, this is an excellent activity for families.
Check our post about things to do with kids in Rome for even more family-friendly activities.
4) Make Authentic Italian Pizza
Everyone loves Italian food, but most people never get the opportunity to learn how to prepare a meal the way an Italian would.
Starting in March, Take Walks will be offering a food tour which includes a variety of tastings as well as the opportunity to make your own pizza – with the help of an Italian chef, of course!
In addition to the pizza, you’ll also have the chance to try a range of Italian cheeses, beer (for adults only), trattorias, and even some gelato.
- €79/Adults, Students | €74/Children
- Availability: Mon, Wed, Sat
- Hours: 4:45 pm
- Duration: 3 ½ hours
- Purchase tickets or learn more.
NOTE: All tastings are included with the price of admission.
5) Take a Night Tour of Rome
If you’re looking for something to do when the sun goes down, there will be multiple tours to take, including some at the most historic landmarks in Rome.
Here are a few of the best night tours available this month:
For more great nighttime activities, check our post covering things to do at night in Rome.
6) Save Money With a Tourist Pass
Admission to some of the most famous attractions in Rome is included with at least one tourist pass, allowing you to save up to 50% off general admission prices.
There are two main types of passes in the ancient city: all-inclusive and prepackaged passes. The amount you save will depend on how you use these services.
All-inclusive passes include admission to dozens of attractions for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 days). If you use the pass for at least 4-5 activities per day, you should be able to save 25% – 50% off.
Alternatively, a prepackaged pass includes a few specific activities for one flat price, as well as a flat 20% discount on dozens of additional tours, day trips, museums and more.
If you don’t want to get carried away, we recommend choosing a prepackaged pass. However, if you plan to see and do as much as possible while visiting Rome, the all-inclusive pass will be a great option.
Here are a few of the best attractions, tours and more included with these tourist passes:
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tour |
- Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill |
- Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel |
- Capitoline Museums |
- Castel Sant’Angelo |
- Baths of Caracalla |
- Rome Wax Museum |
- Domitian Stadium Underground |
- Gregorian Egyptian Museum |
- Leonardo da Vinci Museum |
- Gladiator Museum |
- And more!
For more details about how to save money with these services, please read our full post covering Rome tourist passes.
7) Visit a Museum or Landmark For Free
In years past, Rome held a special event known as Domenica al Museo which provided free entry to several notable museums and historic sites in the city.
Thankfully, they have since changed this activity to provide even more free days throughout the year!
During March, there will be several opportunities to visit museums and landmarks in Rome without worrying about tickets.
Here are some of the most popular locations included:
- The Colosseum
- Roman Forum
- Palatine Hill
- Borghese Gallery
- Castel Sant’Angelo
- Baths of Caracalla
- And more!
Even if you miss the free days provided by this event, it’s worth noting that most of these locations are included with at least one tourist pass.
For additional information about free museum days, check the Io Vado Al Museo website.
You can also find more affordable activities on our post about free things to do in Rome.
8) Take a Day Trip
Rome isn’t too far from some of the most beautiful and historic locations in Italy, including attractions such as Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.
With spring in the air, this might be a good time to take a day trip.
Here are a few options you may want to consider:
- Pompeii Tour w/ Amalfi Coast Drive
- Pompeii & Mt Vesuvius Day Trip
- Pompeii & Sorrento Day Trip
- Amalfi Coast Day Trip
For even more excursions, check this list of day trips from Rome.
9) Experience the Three Tenors
This musical trio performs at least once a week at St. Paul’s Within the Walls, so you should have more than one opportunity to see them this month.
The Three Tenors typically sing a variety of classic operatics and classical music, as well as beloved Neapolitan songs, providing a nice variety for audiences.
Tickets start at €20, but if you want to sit in the first row, you’re looking at €55 per person and you should purchase admission well ahead of time.
10) See a Ballet or Opera
Teatro dell’Opera is one of the most popular theatres in Rome, and there are typically at least 1-2 different shows to see per month.
You can expect the following theatrical performances during March:
- Il Corsaro | Mar 1st – 8th
- Turandot | Mar 25th – 31st
Tickets range from €25-€100 on average, and most shows begin after dark, making this an excellent activity to enjoy after dark.
If you’re looking for even more fun nighttime activities, check our post covering things to do at night in Rome.
11) Take the Kids to a Puppet Show
Throughout the month of March, the San Carlino Puppet Theatre will be hosting a production of the classic fairy tale The 3 Little Pigs.
If you’ve got any young kids in the family, this is an excellent activity that they are sure to enjoy.
When purchased online, you can save €1.50 per ticket, but at the box office, you can expect admission to cost €11 for adults and €10 for children. Learn more here.
As if that weren’t a good enough reason to go, this puppet show is also located close to Piazza del Popolo and one of the best views in the city at Piazza Venezia.
For even more kid-friendly fun, check our post covering things to do with kids in Rome.
12) See the Trevi Fountain After Dark
Although you could choose to see this landmark at any time during the day, it really shines when they turn on the lights after the sun goes down.
The Trevi Fountain is one of the biggest and most famous fountains in all of Rome, and it’s entirely free to come and see this landmark.
In addition to getting great pictures of the fountain, there are also traditional activities such as tossing in coins, making wishes, and more that we cover in greater detail on our post about the Trevi Fountain.
For even more activities that won’t cost you anything, please read our post about free things to do in Rome.
13) See the Pantheon in the Rain
Even if you end up visiting Rome on a rainy day in early spring, there are still some activities you can enjoy despite the weather – and in some ways because of it!
With its open roof, the Pantheon was actually designed to let the rain in, and there is actually a drain beneath the dome to collect all types of weather.
One of the interesting effects of this design is the experience of seeing rain fall into the building. As light from outside reflects off the water droplets, it can create a beautiful visual effect.
Some visitors even suggest that this is the best way to see the Pantheon!
For additional affordable attractions, check our post about free things to do in Rome.
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