Things to do in Rome – September 2023

What’s on in Rome this month?

September in Rome has such a beautiful atmosphere. I think it is probably the best time to visit Rome in terms of weather, as it is still summer, but in a more pleasant and cool way (not too hot like in July/August).

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

Things to do in Rome in September 2023

Arch of Light in the Pantheon – September 4th, 5th and 6th

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Between September 4th and 6th 2023, the sun light will enter the Pantheon and point exactly at the arch above the main door. The light will be positioned as in the photo above at around 1PM. How fascinating!

European Heritage Days (Giornata Europea del Patrimonio) – September 23rd and 24th

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Two days filled with guided tours and special openings of museums and cultural centers, to highlight the cultural heritage throughout Europe.

On this occasion many museums will be open also in the evening and the entry ticket will have the symbolic cost of €1.

There is no calendar of the specific events yet. The full list of event will be published and updated during the month of September at these links:

Looking for a 3-day itinerary for your first visit to Rome? We combined must-sees and hidden gems of Rome in this article, have a look!

Be archaeologist for a day and dig the ancient Rome ruins!

This is an incredible experience you can join on the Appian Way in Rome.

You’ll meet with a team fo archaeologists in a REAL archaeological excavation site, and they will tell you every step of the job, before you actually participate in the digging with your own hands!

This is a one-of-a-kind experience which you must absolutely try once in your life!

This runs on selected dates, which you can find here:

Longines Global Champions Tour Roma 2023 – September 15th-17th

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Photo: Longines Global Champions League Facebook Official

This is the equivalent of the Formula 1 for horseback riding, and it is taking place in none other than the Circus Maximus on September 15th to 17th! This will be the 13th leg of the 2023 edition of the most prestigious show jumping circuit in the world.

Tickets and schedules will be available at this link.

Are you looking to make your September 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

Caracalla baths by night

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From September 14th until October 26th there will be 9 evenings when the Caracalla baths will be open to visit in the evening. Because the ancient ruins are amazing to see, but when the night comes everything feels magical! You’ll be able to visit the site from 8PM to 10PM with either a guided tour or a “free” visit, including the undergrounds and the Mithreum.

For info and tickets:

Villa Medici Film Festival – September 13th to 17th

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Ph credits: Villa Medici – Villa Médicis Facebook page

From September 13th to 17th Villa Medici will host artists and directors from all over the world to celebrate contemporary cinematography.

This id the third edition of this festival which will host 12 productions of various genres and durations.

For more info on the schedule and access, go to this link

National Roman Museum by night

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More evening openings! From September 15th you’ll be able to visit 3 out of the 4 museums of the National Roman Museum – also by night! They are: Diocletian baths, Palazzo Massimo and Palazzo Altemps. Crypta Balbi is currently closed for restoration. The evening opening time will be from 7:15PM until 10:45PM.

For info and tickets:

Spring Attitude Festival 2023 – September 23rd and 24th

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This is for you if you’re looking for some electronic music shows. The Spring Attitude Festival is the International Festival of Electronic Music and it takes place on September 23rd and 24th.

It will consist of two days of music, digital art and live performances from the most popular Italian artists in the field. Everything is taking place in the studios of Cinecittà

Tickets can be purchased here.

Planning a last-minute trip to Rome and didn’t have time to book a tour? Check our remaining availability in the next 20 days here 😉

Vittoriano under the stars – until September 16th

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Every Friday and Saturday until September 16th visitors can access the Vittoriano terrace during the evening. On this occasion you will also have the chance to follow free guided tours included in your ticket. For info on dates and tickets click here.

Historical Grand Prix of Rome – September 18th to 24th

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From September 18th to 24th there will be a Grand Prix of Vintage cars of all kinds, riding in the most scenographic areas of the city. At the moment we’re writing this, the exact location is not announced yet, but last year the Grand Prix took place in via dei Fori Imperiali, whcih certainly gave a unique vibe to the event.

For more info and updates:

How was the artificial light in Ancient Rome?

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This is one of the exhibitions we loved the most! 🤩 Artificial light is something today we take for granted, but thanks to that we are able to extend the length of our days (otherwise we would be in bed right after sunset!).

The Ancient Romans not only already extended their days. They also did it in style! In this exhibition you can see lamps of all types and shapes coming from different museums: Pompeii, Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Musei Capitolini.

You might think this is just a boring display of lamps. It is not. You’ll get to see incredible lamps in the shape of trees, bats, people.. which were not only illuminating, but also projecting their shadows on the walls, creating alluring and mysterious atmospheres.

You can find this wonderful exhibition inside the Musei Capitolini until October 8th.

More info here:

This is Wonderland

This is a new experience of light installations and shows inspired by the fairytale of Alice in Wonderland, that you can find in the EUR district of Rome: This is Wonderland!

The exhibition is located in the secret garden of the EUR district, which you can reach easily by metro (metro station: EUR Palasport). There’s a lot of photo ops, thanks to the colorful Chinese lanterns in the shape of the characters of Alice in Wonderland, that illuminate this beautiful garden and the waterfalls.

This is great for families with kids. Inside the park there are food stands, shows and also a relaxing Shisha bar inspired by the Caterpillar 😜

Better enjoyed after sunset 😉

More info and tickets here.

Live a unique experience with us when in Rome!

If you want to make your September 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 Trastevere, Centro Storico and the heart of Ancient Rome. 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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