In October, arts, theater, and museum calendars begin filling up. Here are the festivals and events that happen each October in Rome.
Early October - Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. The feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi is celebrated on or about October 3, the day in 1226 when the Umbrian saint died. In Rome, the religious festival for San Francesco is celebrated with a wreath-laying near the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. Another special place to observe the holiday is at the church of San Francesco a Ripa in Trastevere. Saint Francis stayed in a hospice here in 1219.
October through November - Roma Europa Festival. Program includes concerts and dance and theater performances. Romaeuropa web site
Mid-October through November - Rome Jazz Festival. Concerts are held in the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Rome Jazz Fest web site
Mid-October - Opera and Theater Season begins. The theater season in Rome, which includes dance, opera, and plays, typically starts in October. Look to the Auditorium Parco della Musica and the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma for schedules.
Halloween Although Halloween is not really an Italian holiday, it's becoming pretty popular, especially amongst young adults. You'll find Halloween costume parties in many of Rome's nightclubs. Read more about Halloween in Italy or plan to visit some of these Scary Places in Rome.
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