Late spring but more like early summer, May is a special month in Rome: generally sunny but not excessively hot, with the hordes of tourists yet to arrive. This makes May a perfect month for picnics in the park, day trips out of town or lunch by the sea, with plenty of cultural, social and sporting events also happening around the Eternal City. Here are our tips for things to do in Rome during May 2019, one for each day.
3 May. Experience Scandinavian culture with the Nordic Film Festival at Casa del Cinema.
4 May. La Casina di Raffaello offers a “make your own stamp” art workshop for three to 14-year-olds.
5 May. Enrique Inglesias performs at Palalottomatica as part of his All the Hits Live tour.
6 May. The Foro Italico welcomes the Internazionali BNL d'Italia tennis championship.
7 May. Meet friends for an early dinner al fresco at Vivi Bistro in Villa Pamphilj.
10 May. Garden fans will love the Festival del Verde e del Paessaggio at Auditorium Parco della Musica.
11 May. The 2019 edition of Open House kicks off today with tours of more than 200 noted buildings.
18 May. Notte dei Musei returns with events in Rome’s museums, open late into the night.
19 May. Disco godfather Giorgio Moroder shares his music at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
20 May. Engage with Italian artist Paola Pivi’s immersive site-specific installation at MAXXI.
21 May. Impress your friends with a tour of S. Ignazio church where optical illusions delight the eye.
22 May. Try a new summer look with experts at Toni & Guy salons in Rome. Discount with WiR card.
25 May. Immerse yourself in ancient Greek and Roman art at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.
26 May. Pass the day exploring Ostia Antica and its rich history.
27 May. Make a sweet pilgrimage to the Said Chocolate Factory in the S. Lorenzo area.
28 May. Be fascinated and even slightly spooked at Rome's doll hospital on Via di Ripetta.
29 May. Catch the show of renowned British sculptor Richard Long at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill.