Here are the festivals and events that happen each March in Rome.
Early March - Carnevale and beginning of Lent. Carnevale and Lent can be one of the most exciting times to be in Rome, as both the pre-Lenten festivities (Carnevale) and the religious processions, which begin on Ash Wednesday, are part of the tradition in the capital and the Vatican City. Learn more about upcoming dates for Carnevale and how Carnevale is celebrated in Italy. Carnevale is usually in February but sometimes falls in March.
March 8 - Festa della Donna, Women's Day is often celebrated by going out to eat so if you want to eat at a particular restaurant, it's a good idea to make a reservation. Some restaurants serve a special menu on this day, too. Museums and sites sometimes offer free or reduced price admission to women on March 8.
March 9 - Feast of Santa Francesca Romana. On this feast day, Romans drive to Piazzale del Colosseo near the church of Santa Francesca Romana where they have their cars blessed.
March 14; Commemoration of Caesar's Death. Cultural events are usually held in the Roman Forum near the statue of Caesar.
March 17 - Saint Patrick's Day. Although not generally celebrated in Italy, Rome has a fair number of Irish expats and Irish bars where you'll find Irish music and food - see Saint Patrick's Day in Italy.
Mid- to Late-March - Holy Week and Easter - Holy Week is one of the busiest times of the year to visit Rome and the Vatican City, but for good reason. From the Via Crucis or Stations of the Cross procession and Good Friday services in the Colosseum to Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, Easter in Rome is unforgettable. Read more about Easter Week at the Vatican and in Rome.
Late March - Marathon of Rome. The annual Maratona di Roma is an awesome chance for runners to take in the sites of Rome on a 26.2 mile course which winds past all of Rome's best monuments. As many streets are shut down to traffic during the marathon, visitors also get a break from vehicle traffic.