October is a great month to vacation in Rome. The summer crowds are gone, and the weather just could not be better, with afternoon highs averaging in the mid-70s F and overnight lows in the mid-50s. And it is a mostly sunny month. That means perfect weather for dining outside on a patio or sidewalk, walking the city, and making good use of a hotel room balcony. The arts, theater, opera, and museum calendars begin filling up during October, so check them out before you leave and get tickets if that's necessary. October also means interesting once-a-year festivals and events. Here's a list of the best ones.
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
The feast day of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated every year on Oct. 4. It marks the date in 1226 when the Umbrian saint died. In Rome, the religious festival for San Francesco is celebrated with a wreath-laying near the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. Another special place to observe the holiday is at the church of San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere. St. Francis stayed in a hospice there in 1219.
Rome Jazz Festival
The Rome Jazz Festival occurs twice a year, usually in July and November. Check the schedule when you are planning to visit for the most updated information. If you are traveling to Rome in late October, it's worth staying a few days into November just to catch some of this Italian cool. Rome's jazz clubs are renowned in Europe, and that quality spills over into this festival, which dates to the mid-1970s.
The RomaEuropa Festival showcases innovative works for dramatic theater and dance. It focuses on works that take an artistic risk and express new ideas on the Italian art scene. If you are looking for an avant-garde experience, this is a good place to start.
Rome Film Festival
The Rome Film Festival takes place annually during late October and early November and is a must for movie buffs. In 2018, renowned American director Martin Scorsese was honored with a lifetime achievement award.
Although Halloween is not really an Italian holiday, it's becoming pretty popular, especially among young adults. You'll find Halloween costume parties in many of Rome's nightclubs. If you're planning to be in the Eternal City at Halloween, check out some of these spooky attractions.