When it's November in Rome, the weather starts to turn chilly and rainy days become more frequent. For this reason alone, it's not immediately thought of as best time of year to visit the Eternal City despite the fact that Rome is popular year-round. In November, tourists can expect lighter crowds and some exciting events around town. If you're looking for something special to do, November is a good time to enjoy Rome's theatre and concert season, as well as some religious observances.
All Saints Day and All Souls Day
On this All Saints Day on November 1, Italians commemorate this religious Catholic holiday by going to church. On All Souls Day, which occurs the day after on November 2, Italians remember the deceased by visiting cemeteries, where they leave flowers on the graves of their loved ones, and the city's famous Roman catacombs, the underground tunnels where the citizens of ancient Rome were buried.
Roma Jazz Festival
For more than 40 years, this festival of jazz concerts is held in Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica, usually during the first week of November. The week-long celebration of jazz offers something for everyone, featuring Italian and international jazz stars serving up an eclectic mix. Past artists have included vocalist Gregory Porter, the Dhafer Youssef Quartet, and Australian Grammy-winner Sarah Mckenzie. Keep an eye out on the schedule of events for free shows, which are sometimes announced.
Throughout the months of October and November, the Romaeuropa Festival presents cultural events at various venues in Rome. The extensive program includes contemporary music concerts, inventive dance performances, and live theater presentations.
Rome Film Fest
From the end of October through the first week of November, the Rome Film Fest hosts international film screenings, panels, classes, and other cinema-related events. The complete lineup is announced to the public via the press in early October. Just one of many Italian film festivals, this one has, in the past, featured big-name Hollywood directors such as Wes Anderson, Jonathan Demme, and Martin Scorcese as well as many Italian and international directors and actors. Events are held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and other venues throughout Rome.
Feast of Saint Cecilia
On November 22, Romans celebrate a local favorite saint, Cecilia, the patroness of musicians. Her feast day is celebrated at Santa Cecilia church in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, as well as at the Catacombs of San Callisto. The 9th-century church in Trastevere is said to have been erected on the site of the home of Cecilia, an upper-class woman who lived in the 3rd century. The church contains a beautiful fresco by Cavallini and a moving statue of Saint Cecilia by Stefano Maderno. The church is open to the public year-round.