By Megan Millisky
Rome, Italy is a lovely place to visit - even during the winter months. This February, plan a trip while tourism is low and the weather is mild! Dance along to a bachata festival or discover the catacombs deep under Rome's streets. Here are eight of the best activities you won't want to miss out on this February.
1. Roma Love Bachata
February 21-23, experience fun dance workshops and live music! Roma Love Bachata hosts three parties hosted by international musicians. Top dancers will be teaching classes for all ages and skill levels.
2. Carnevale di Roma
Beginning February 25, Rome transforms into a city full of clowns, parades, open-air theatre, live music, and delicious food. You can stop by the skating rink at Castel Sant’Angelo, or watch a riderless horse race. Thousands of people gather each year for this amazing carnival!
3. Sistine Chapel
Among Rome’s finest architecture and art sites, the Sistine Chapel is a must-visit attraction. The Pope lives in the building, and of course, the Chapel houses Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement.’ Other artists like Botticelli and Rosselli also have their art displayed here.
4. Rome Estetica
February 1-3, over 30,000 beauty-lovers will gather at Rome Estetica! Check out fashion shows and beauty workshops. And over 100 vendors will be selling makeup, haircare, and nail products.
5. Fides Roma
Head to Fides Roma to bring home the perfect Italy souvenir! The event, held at Ente Fiera di Roma, takes place from February 8-11. Visitors can comb through stalls selling clothes, arts and crafts, ceramics, and much more.
6. Borghese Palace
Architecture buffs will want to check out the Borghese Palace. The gallery features private art collections from artists like Rubens, Canova, and Bernini. The palace is inside the public park of Villa Borghese, which is known for its stunning gardens.
7. Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
February 24, take in the sounds of Italy at the Filarmonica della Scala! The orchestra begins at 8:30 PM.
8. Catacombs of Priscilla
Discover Rome’s eerie underground catacombs this February! There are over 30 catacomb sites in Rome with hundreds of bones. The Priscilla Catacombs are known for the biblical drawings on the walls and ceilings of the cave.
Address: Via Salaria, 430 00199 Roma RM Italy