October is a great month to vacation in Rome. The summer crowds have thinned out 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 order tickets if 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.
The RomaEuropa Festival showcases innovative works for dramatic theater and dance. It focuses on works that take artistic risks 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. There are also tamer performances geared toward kids. Events are held in more than a dozen venues across the city
The Rome Film Festival takes place annually in mid- to late October and is a must for movie buffs. The event attracts multi-watt celebrities from the worlds of Italian, international and Hollywood filmmaking. Most screenings and events are held at Auditorium Parco della Musica, with smaller events taking place around the city.
Although Halloween is not really an Italian holiday, it's becoming more 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.
This annual electronic music festival with a devoted following and growing international cache takes place for three days near the beginning of October. Concerts are held at the MAXXI modern art museum in Testaccio and at Videocittà in the Flaminio neighborhood.
For one week in late October, more than 150 museums, private art galleries, and exhibition spaces, along with individual artists' studios fling open their doors for Rome Art Week, a celebration of contemporary visual art in Rome. The schedule is packed, with something happening in virtually every corner of Rome.
This twice-a-year celebration of all things related to comic books and comic media takes place at the Fiera di Roma convention center, near Fiumicino Airport. The October edition is held early in the month. Comic book sales, book signings, film screenings, awards and cosplay are all part of the fun.
Set in the EUR suburb of Rome, the EurHop festival celebrates Italy's booming craft beer culture, with 50 brewers from around the country chosen to present their brews at this prestigious event. More than 400 beers on tap will be available to sample, so make sure to take a taxi or public transportation!