What to do in Rome in May 2019

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.

1 May. Celebrate Labour Day at the free rock concert in Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano.
2 May. Check out the 100 portraits of Rome at the Palazzo Braschi museum in Piazzza Navona.

100 Portraits of Rome at Palazzo Braschi

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.

2019 BNL Tennis Championship in Rome

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.

World Press Photo in Rome

8 May. Don’t miss the World Press Photo exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
9 May. Explore the little-known Museo nazionale dell'Alto Medioevo in the EUR district.


Festival del Verde e del paessaggio

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. 

Open House Roma

12 May. Visit the Botanic Garden in Trastevere to enjoy the greenhouses and tropical plants.
13 May. Life in ancient Rome comes to life with multimedia shows each night in the Roman Forum. 

Viaggi nell'Antica Roma

14 May. See Leonardo da Vinci's only Rome painting for free in St Peter's Square.
15 May. Rent a rowing boat and explore the little lake in Villa Borghese.

Rent a rowing boat in Villa Borghese

16 May. Support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Circus Maximus.
17 May. St Petersburg philharmonic performs Tchaikovsky at S. Cecilia. Discount with your WiR card.


Museum Night in Rome

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.

Paola Pivi 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.

Baubeach for dogs in Rome

23 May. Take your pup to Bau Beach for a fun day out. Show your WiR card for reduced fee.
24 May. Visit the majestic Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, an hour north of Rome by train.

Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano

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.

Said chocolate factory in S. Lorenzo

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.


The Fiery Angel at Rome's opera house

30 May. See The Fiery Angel at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Ticket discounts with WiR card.
31 May. Have a laugh with Rome's Comedy Club in the Ostiense district.