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What to Do in Rome in November

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This post will provide a variety of different ideas for things to do in Rome during the month of November 2021.

The top 10 list includes family-friendly activities, nighttime attractions, and free events.

 


TOP 10

In the following section, we will provide our ten most interesting events and attractions in Rome during the month of November. 

For more ideas on popular things to do, check out our post on tourist attraction discount passes as well as bus tours of Rome.


1) Take a Free Walking Tour

There are several free walking tours available in Rome, each covering different topics and areas of the city.

If you're interested in learning some Roman history, these outings are an excellent option.

While some tours focus on the most notable sites in the city centre, there are also services covering the history of ancient Rome, Trastevere, and the Vatican.

If you're hungry, you may also want to consider a free food tour

Most of these outings are pay-what-you-wish, which means you decide how much to tip your guide at the end of the tour. However, there are also some self-guided tours you might enjoy.

For more details, please read our post covering free walking tours in Rome.


2) See a Show at Teatro dell’ Opera

If you’re interested in seeing a live opera, Teatro dell’Opera is one of the most popular venues in Rome and they offer at least a few different shows per month.

In November, they will have just one opera to enjoy, but it's a good one – Julius Caesar.

The link above should allow you to purchase tickets, but if it doesn't work, we recommend buying directly from the theatre.


3) Visit Historic Landmarks

The famous sights are an iconic part of every Roman trip! The Colosseum is the most recognizable attraction and part of the ancient city's well-known skyline. 

Other iconic sights and areas to see are the Trastevere neighborhoodPiazza Navona, the Vatican Museums, and the Trevi Fountain

A convenient way to travel between sights is to take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

These tours allow you to cover much more ground than you would on foot.

Spend time at the sights you want by hopping off - and the great thing is that in November there is much less crowding at famous spots like the Borghese Gallery.

If you do want to explore by foot and get up close and personal with the Eternal City, take a look at these tours of the city centre to find a walk that is right for you.


4) Take a Food Tour

If you want some help finding the best food in Rome, there are several tours you can take which cover a variety of different dishes that you can find throughout several districts in the city.

 

 

Additionally, there are also cooking classes you can take to learn how to make excellent pasta or pizza the way they do in Rome. Here are a few you might want to consider:

Alternatively, if you're looking for a more affordable option, consider taking our self-guided food tour of Rome.

This is an excellent and affordable opportunity to learn about some of the more popular Roman meals and where you can find them. 


5) Enjoy a Self-Guided Exploration Game

While tours and sightseeing can be an interesting way to discover Rome, there are also mystery games you can play which will task you with solving a puzzle by using clues from the city.

Currently, there are two different self-guided games available in Rome, one covering the haunted history of the city and another based on the popular novel Angels & Demons.


6) Celebrate the Feast of St. Cecilia in the Catacombs

On November 22nd, Roman Catholics will celebrate the Feast of St. Cecilia.

There are a lot of different ways to honor this saint, but one of the most interesting activities is the festival which takes place every year at the church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere.

Alternatively, you could also visit the location where St. Cecilia was formerly buried – the Catacombs of San Callisto.

Located conveniently on Via Appia Antica, this could be an excellent opportunity to combine your trip to the catacombs with a walk down Appian Way.

NOTE: Big Bus Tours provides transportation to and from Appian Way. For more details, check our post about hop-on-hop-off bus tours in Rome.


7) Attend the Roma Europa Festival

Throughout the month, the Roma Europa Festival will host performing artists and musicians at theatres and auditoriums around Rome. 

This art festival spans several months, and it includes a variety of different events to attend.

In November alone, there will be dozens of things to see and do such as films, musical performances, theatre, and even a parade.

While many of these activities are paid, some of them are free for everyone.

In addition, it is worth noting that some attractions are family-friendly while others will be better for an adult audience. 

Some events are free, others will an average ticket price of €15 - €40 per person. Get the details here.


8) Enjoy a Live Concert

Even though there aren't many famous musicians coming to Rome this month, there will be several opportunities to hear live music in Rome during November. 

Here are a few concerts you can attend this month:

Click here to see all the music happening in Rome.


9) Attend a Football Game

Football is a very popular sport, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rome actually has two teams: AS Roma and S.S. Lazio.

Both teams will have matches in November, so fans of the sport may want to consider attending a live game. Each event will take place at Stadio Olimpico. 

To see all sporting events in Rome, click here

These links should allow you to purchase tickets, but if they don't work for one reason or another, we recommend purchasing tickets directly from each football club.

TIP: Stadio Olimpico is right down the street from VIGAMUS, the Video Game Museum, which is included for free with the Rome Turbo Pass.


10) Save Money with an All-Inclusive Tourist Pass

Although discount passes aren’t free, they can easily save you enough money that you would eventually have an opportunity to enjoy free activities with the pass.

Here’s an example of how that could work with the 3-Day Rome Turbo Pass (€84.90).

Day 1:

  • 3-Day Rome Metro Pass | €18
  • Vatican Museums + Sistine Chapel | €21
  • Gladiator Museum | €12
  • Total Value: €51

Day 2:

  • Hop-on-hop-off Bus Tour | €30
  • Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine Hill | €12.50
  • Museo delle Cure (Wax Works) | €9
  • Total Value: €102.

Day 3:

  • Everything is Free!

As you can see, by the time you get through the second day, you’ve already gotten more than your money back from the price of the tourist pass.

This means that everything you do on the third day will be free.

For more information on these opportunities, read our post about Rome tourist passes.

 


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See the Sites on All Saints Day

In Italy, November 1st marks a holiday known as All Saints Day. On this day, Italians will typically honor family members who have passed by visiting them at the cemetery.

It’s certainly a noble tradition, but not one that many tourists would be able to participate in.

If you did want to participate, there are quite a few churches in the area that you can visit to pay respect to relatives that are no longer with you.

That all being said, one of the best ideas for tourists at this time is to visit all of the major landmarks in Rome. Since most Romans will be taking part in the traditions of All Saints Day, there won’t be as many people visiting major sites.

This is a great time to see attractions like Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill.

TIP: If you are interested in visiting some of the more popular historic attractions in Rome, it’s worth noting that admission to many of them are included for free with various Roman tourist passes.

NOTE: The Vatican Museums will be closed on All Saints Day and the following day as well. If you want to visit this attraction, make sure to schedule your trip for after November 2nd.


See the Trevi Fountain at Night

One of the best times to see the Trevi Fountain is after dark. When the sun goes down, this fountain lights up and truly shines as one of the most impressive structures in the city.

As if that weren’t good enough, it’s also entirely free to visit whenever you want.

 

 

While you’re there, consider throwing three coins in – but make sure to throw them over your left shoulder! Why? Well, you can learn more about that by reading our post on visiting the Trevi Fountain.

And don't forget to find more things to do at night in our full post.

NOTE: This fountain is located very close to other historic sites such as the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. Consider combining your trip to the Trevi Fountain with a short walk to either of these notable locations. 

 


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 11th, 2021
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