What to do in Rome in October 2018

Wanted in Rome's day-by-day guide to the best events and things to do in Rome during October 2018.

Autumn has well and truly arrived in the Eternal City, with a fall season packed full of exciting cultural and social events, from blockbuster art exhibitions and cutting-edge dance shows, to Shakespearean theatre in English, food and drink festivals, live music concerts and opera performances. Here are our suggestions, including day trips, for each day of October 2018.


1 Oct. Immerse yourself in the Dream exhibit at Chiostro del Bramante. Ticket discount with WiR card.
Dream. L'arte incontra i sogni at Chiostro del Bramante.
2 Oct. Romaeuropa Festival presents renowned Italian theatre company Anagoor at Teatro Argentina.
3 Oct. Check out the new experimental art project at MACRO Asilo on Via Nizza.
Curator Giorgio de Finis is ready to put his stamp on the new MACRO Asilo art project.
4 Oct. Mark the feast day of St Francis of Assisi by visiting the ancient basilica in the saint’s home town
5 Oct. International djs unite for electronic music festival Spring Attitude at Mattatoio and Ex-Dogana.

6 Oct. Experience agricultural life with animals and food at Villaggio Contadino in Circus Maximus.
Circus Maximus hosts a major festival dedicated to farm life in Italy.
7 Oct. Participate in the marathon at Villa Pamphilj to support Rome's Peter Pan Onlus association.
8 Oct. Fans of wine will flock to the 94th edition of the Sagra dell'Uva at Marino outside Rome. 

The fountains flow with wine during the Sagra dell'Uva wine festival in Marino outside Rome.
9 Oct.  Don’t miss opening night of Mozart’s Magic Flute at Teatro dell’Opera. Discount with WiR card.
10 Oct. Rome’s Globe Theatre presents an English-language production of The Merchant of Venice.
Rome's 2018 Shakespearean theatre festival ends with an English-language production of The Merchant of Venice.
11 Oct. Check out the Vittoriano's exhibition dedicated to Jackson Pollock and the New York School.
12 Oct. Popular street food festival GNAM returns this year in a new location in EUR near the lake.
13 Oct. Enjoy the best of artisanal craft beers from over 70 brewers at EurHop!  
The sixth edition of the EurHop! craft beer festival takes place at the Salone delle Fontane in EUR.
14 Oct. Use your WiR card at Cinema Nuovo Olimpia to see original language films with ticket discount.
15 Oct. Brush up on your Italian and enroll in a course with Ciao Italia. Discounts with WiR card.
16 Oct. Warhol fans must see the Vittoriano show to mark the 90th anniversary of the pop artist's birth.
The Vittoriano hosts an exhibition of works by Pop art supremo Andy Warhol.
17 Oct. Step back into the ancient past at the National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia.
18 Oct. It is opening night of the Rome Film Festival: highlights include a talk with Cate Blanchett.
19 Oct. The Videocittà festival kicks off tonight: head to the Colosseum to catch a projection from Gucci.
Videocittà Festival will incude more than 60 events in 42 locations around Rome.
20 Oct. Parents might be interested in the Open Day at the German School of Rome, from 11.00-17.00.
21 Oct. For a romantic late-night cocktail try Osteria Mavi. Get 10 per cent off with your WiR card.
Osteria Mavi
22 Oct. Support projects and artists in the capital by participating in Rome Art Week events.
23 Oct. Take the kids to La Fattorietta, Rome's farm in the shadow of St Peter's.

Rome's open farm is always a big hit with kids.
24 Oct. Immerse yourself in the surreal world of digital artist Ray Caesar at the Dorothy Circus Gallery.
25 Oct. Visit the spectacular artificial waterfalls at Marmore in Umbria but check the times beforehand.
Waterfalls of Marmore
26 Oct. Treat yourself to a salon experience at Toni & Guy hairdressers. 15 per cent off with WiR card.
27 Oct. Grab tickets to see Ben Harper perform live at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.
28 Oct. The Vatican Museums are free today from 09.00 and 12.30, leaving by 14.00.
Vatican Museums are free on the last Sunday of each month.
29 Oct. Visit the mediaeval town Corinaldo for the Festa delle Streghe for an entertaining Halloween.
30 Oct.  Head to the top floor of Rinascente on Via del Tritone for Halloween-themed cookies and cakes.
The ghoulish tradition of Halloween is growing in popularity in Rome.
31 Oct. Scholars Lounge embraces Halloween with fancy dress and live music into the wee hours.

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What to do in Rome in October 2018

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