October is known as something of a second summer in Rome, but November is when autumn truly arrives. The days are shorter, the nights come earlier, and rain seems to always be in the forecast. But that’s not to say it isn’t a great time to be in Rome. The crowds seem to disappear and the calendar fills up with interesting wine tastings, dinners, and events at the same time the new olive oil hits the market shelves.
If you are looking for something to do in Rome this month, and wondering what to do even on a rainy day, here are the coolest things coming up in the next couple of weeks.
November 2019 Events in Rome
1 November: All Saint’s Day is a public holiday in Italy. Schools and businesses close while families gather together to celebrate the saints, as well as remember loved ones who have passed.
3 November: The first Sunday of the month means many cultural sites and museums are free. This is a good month to take advantage of the first Sunday as it is the beginning of low season for tourism so you will probably be able to enter the museums without as much of a line.
4 November: The historic Babington’s Tea Rooms at the base of the Spanish Steps is hosting a special dinner “Giochi di tè,” in partnership with Rome’s youngest Michelin-starred chef, Domenico Stile. The drink and food pairing is €40/person.
9-10 November: One of the best natural wine events returns to Rome this weekend with a lowkey tasting event hosted by Vignaioli Artigiani Naturali at the Cittá dell’altra Economia inside the Ex-Mattatoio in Testaccio. It is a great chance to sample wines from small producers from all over Italy.
19 November: Rome’s Mercato Centrale has partnered with Slow Food to host a free lesson dedicated to autumn veggies. The course is in Italian, limited to 20 people and totally free- so be sure to book ahead.
24 November: The Vatican is free today, but expect a line so long that it may not be worth it. What is worth it is buying your own skip the line tickets on the Friday before, which tends to be much much quieter.
30 November – 1 December: Get a jump start on Christmas shopping with the Wave Market Fair Fiera dell’Artigianato e del Design. The artisan and local designers will take over the PratiBus district (an abandoned bus depot) for some very cool Made in Italy shopping.
Exhibits in Rome November 2019
Bacon, Freud, and the School of London: My husband is a painter and a huge fan of both Bacon and Freud – I mean, our cat is literally named Francis Bacon. To say that this was a highly anticipated exhibit would be an understatement. It’s at Chiostro del Bramante through 23 February 2020.
Impressonisti Segreti: Palazzo Bonaparte, the palace once owned by Napoleon’s mother, has just opened to the public and is kicking things off with a fantastic exhibit of impressionist paintings from private collections that are rarely seen in public. The palazzo is right on Piazza Venezia and the show runs through 8 March 2020.
Centrale Montemartini: Centrale Montemartini is my favorite hidden museum in Rome. It now has even more reasons to visit thanks to a special display of Etruscan pottery alongside the Roman marble and decommissioned machinery of the old electric plant. The exhibit runs through 2 February 2020.
Luca Signorelli at the Capitoline Museums: It is your last chance to see a show dedicated to the Rennaissance master Signorelli with a special exhibit of his work inside the Capitoline Museums, with the last day being 3 November 2019.
More November 2019 Events in Rome will be added as they are announced!
And if you are going to Florence – be sure to read all of the local events personally recommended by Girl in Florence!