Things to do in Rome in May 2024

What’s on in Rome this month?

Special openings of hidden places, international sports competitions and breathtaking shows. There’s so much to do in Rome this May 2024!

Without wasting a lot of time, let’s dive into these super exciting things to explore in the city! 🤩

Things to do in Rome in May 2024

May 1st free concert

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May 1st is a bank holiday dedicated to workers’ rights.

Every year for the occasion, there is a massive free concert. The biggest free live music event in Europe. This year the venue changes after decades. In fact the concert will take place in the Circo Massimo, instead of Piazza San Giovanni.

The event starts at 3PM, is for free and there’s no need to make reservations. Access to the concert is free, until full capacity.

More info here: https://www.primomaggio.net/

Night of the Museums (Notte dei Musei) – May 18th

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Every year in May, there will be extraordinary openings by night of some of the Rome museums. This 2024 the Night of the Museums will take place on May 18th.

According to the plan, museums will be exceptionally open from 8PM to 2AM (last entrance at 1AM). On this occasiona entry tickets will be €1.

The full list of museums is not published yet (we’ll update this article when we know more), however among the sites which will participate (and that we recommend visiting) are the Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Trajan’s markets, Museum of the Ara Pacis, the Museum of Rome in Palazzo Braschi (Piazza Navona), Museum in Trastevere, Villa Torlonia and other little hidden museums off the beaten path.

Are you looking to make your May Rome trip special? Are you looking for something fun, unique, personal? Our in person experiences grew from the legacy of our media content online. We won’t dwell on academic frills, only on insider’s knowledge with the fun storytelling of a local expert. Check our private and semi-private experiences here

BNL Internazionali di Tennis – May 6th-19th

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Credits: Facebook page “Internazionali BNL d’Italia

The Internazionali BNL of Italy Tennis tournament is back in Rome from May 6th (with the qualifications) to the 19th (with the finals).

We can’t wait to go!

Info and tickets: https://www.internazionalibnlditalia.com/en/

Piazza di Siena international horse show in Villa Borghese

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Roma 28 maggio 202 89’ CSIO di Roma 2022 – Piazza di Siena KEP Jana Wargers GER / Sidney Sam B © foto di Simone Ferraro / Sport e Salute

This will be the 91st edition of this international horse show in Villa Borghese. Same as in the previous years, those who want to attend will be able to watch the shows for free from the spectators’ seats around the field.

More info: https://www.piazzadisiena.it/en/news-piazza-di-siena-english.html

Caracalla Festival 2024

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Photo credit: operaroma.it

Have you ever been to a concert within 2000 years old walls? Things like these can only happen in very few places in the world, and one of them is in Rome. The Caracalla festival takes place in none other than Caracalla baths!

Opera, ballet, cinema, theatre, jazz and pop music. All this is taking place this summer, starting from May, in this ancient Roman thermal bath ruins. 50 gigs in total.

(This happened in May 2023, we’ll update this article when we know more about the festival for 2024)

More info here: https://www.operaroma.it/news/caracalla-festival-2023

Pentecost at the Pantheon – May 19th

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After the mass at 10:30AM, the firefighters around midday, will throw thousands of rose petals from the top of the dome, which will fall inside the Pantheon.

This is a breathtaking show which originates from ancient times. The rose petals symbolize the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church, as well as the blood of Christ for the redemption of humanity.

More info on: https://www.pantheonroma.com/

Live a unique experience with us!

If you want to make your May Rome trip special and looking for something fun, unique, personal… you’re in the right place!

Our in person experiences grew from the legacy of our media content online, meaning that we focus on discovering the authentic side of Rome. We won’t dwell on academic frills, only on insider’s knowledge with the fun storytelling of a local expert. Our experiences include the hidden gems of Rome, underground sites and a super local street food tour. You can find them all here!

Written by Federica

Creative director of Live Virtual Guide. Her favorite things are gelato, pizza and the hidden gems of Rome.


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