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 Fahrenheit and overnight lows in the mid-50s. And it is a mostly sunny month. That means perfect weather for dining outside on the 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.
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The feast day of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated in October. It marks the day 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.
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The Roma Jazz Festival is often scheduled during the months of October 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.
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The Rome Film Fest takes place during late October and early November and is a must for movie buffs. Highlights at the 2017 event included screenings of Kathryn Bigelow's tense telling of 1967's race riot explosions in "Detroit" and a lifetime achievement award for American filmmaker David Lynch.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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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.