By Megan Millisky
Rome, Italy has a staggering amount of history. From the Pantheon to the Sistine Chapel to the Roman Forum, there is so much to discover about the ancient Roman city! If you're visiting during November, you may avoid lines for usually crowded attractions. There are also beer festivals, feasts, and much more!
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1. Feast of St. Cecilia in the Catacombs
Romans celebrate the Feast of St. Cecilia in different ways. There is a popular feast that takes place at the church of St. Cecilia. And you can see where the Saint was formerly buried at the Catacombs of San Callisto. On November 22, dig into a big meal with other Italians and let the good times begin.
2. Festival of Artisan Beer
This beer fest takes place November 1-2. Entry is free, and you can discover some of the best artisan beers from all over Rome and the world. Venue to be announced.
Address: Rome, Italy
3. All Saints Day
This holiday happens on November 1. It's mainly a festival for locals, who honor their deceased loved ones at cemeteries. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also join in. Lots of churches hold masses. Or you can take the opportunity to visit Rome’s historic sites without the typical lines.
4. Children’s Cookie Making Workshop
Make your trip to Rome a little sweeter with this cute workshop! On November 16, visit Eataly to help your child create a cookie treat. The course is offered in English at this famous Italian restaurant.
5. Roma Jazz Festival
November 1-December 1, discover this delightful festival. The music will be at venues all over Rome, such as Monk and Casa del Jazz. Most shows are free to attend.
6. Thanksgiving in Rome
Give thanks for all the sumptuous food options you’ll find in Italy this Thanksgiving! If you happen to be in Rome November 28, there will be no shortage of restaurants throwing Thanksgiving feasts. For example, Vivi Bistrot throws a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and the restaurant is set on the edge of Piazza Navona. Or check out Alembic, which is serving a Roman Thanksgiving dinner. Regardless of where you end up celebrating, be sure to make advance reservations.
The Pantheon is a Roman must-see. This ancient building was begun in 110 CE. After being destroyed twice, the third version of the Pantheon still stands today. Today, 2000 years later, visitors still marvel at the glory of ancient Rome. November is the perfect time to see the Pantheon without fighting through crowds.
8. Sistine Chapel
If you’re an art lover, you have to see the Sistine Chapel. This amazing work of art was created from 1508-1512 by Michelangelo. It’s considered one of the most influential works of art in the whole world. Especially if you happen to be in Rome during a chilly week of November, this is a must-see.
Address:00120 Vatican City
9. Trevi Fountain
Completed in 1762, this gorgeous rococo fountain was designed by Nicola Salvi. November tends to be good sightseeing weather in Rome, so don’t miss the sculpted figures on the Trevi fountain.
10. St. Paul's Within the Walls
Enjoy the sounds of Italy at St. Paul’s Cathedral! Join St. Paul's Within the Walls every Wednesday. Three tenors perform at 8:30, which is perfect for an after-dinner concert.