What's On in Rome in November 2017

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Updated: 8 November 2017
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After October’s mild temperatures November finally brings a chill to the air and Rome’s social schedule starts to move indoors. Cosy up and watch a movie at one of this month’s two film festivals, catch a show as part of the three-month Romaeuropa performing arts festival or take in one of the many concerts making up Roma Jazz Festival. With olive harvesting and Thanksgiving coming up as well, there’s plenty on offer for foodies too.


Jake Gyllenhaal
© Gordon Correll/Flickr, Preparations for mass at St Peter’s | © Mark Hintsa/Flickr

Rome Film Festival

📅 October 26 – November 5 2017

By November, Rome’s annual film festival is in full swing at Auditorium Parco della Musica. This year, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christoph Waltz and Rosamund Pike all walk the red carpet while other highlights include a conversation with Ian McKellen and David Lynch collecting a lifetime achievement award.

All Saints’ Day

📅 November 1 2017

La Festa di Tutti i Santi collectively celebrates all of the Catholic saints on one handy day. As it’s a public holiday as well as a religious one some shops and museums close or have limited opening hours, so it’s worth checking ahead beforehand. Some churches also hold a special mass.

📍Various Locations


Trapizzino is just one of the tasty offerings at Mercato Centrale
© Diego /Flickr, November also brings the olive harvest | © Courtesy of La Cucina Sabina

Mercato Centrale’s first birthday

📅 November 8 2017

Following on from the success of Florence’s central market, Rome’s Mercato Centrale was inaugurated on 8 November 2016. This 500-seater food hall contains restaurants and stands from some of Rome’s finest food artisans and, in honour of its first birthday, it’s having a party. Expect delicious free samples, live music and even a cake made by Rome’s most famous pizzaiolo and baker, Gabriele Bonci.

Vignaioli Naturali a Roma

📅 November 11 – November 12 2017

The 10th edition of Vignaioli Naturali a Roma takes place at the five-star Westin Excelsior hotel on Via Veneto. The event celebrates natural wines from across Italy and visitors can stock up with wines from over 90 vineyards and producers – as well as trying some samples too.

Olive Harvest Weekend

📅 November 11 – November 12 2017

Olives are generally harvested from late October to late November in Italy and this month La Cucina Sabina cooking school, just 30 minutes from Rome, hosts a culinary weekend dedicated to this yearly practice. Guests pick olives, visit a local olive mill and learn about the process of making extra virgin olive oil. Then it’s time to learn how to cook using this top quality olive oil. Book a place for the day or spend the weekend at this luxury culinary resort.


Rome offers a varied bunch of venues including the Auditorium Parco della Musica
© matswaltin/Instagram, Pantheon | © Michael Vadon/Flickr

Romaeuropa Festival

📅 September 20 – December 2 2017

The performance art festival Romaeuropa continues throughout November at various locations across the city, such as the MACRO museum, Auditorium Parco della Musica and Teatro Vittorio. Check the website for full listings which include theatre, dance, art exhibitions and musical performances.

📍Various locations

Roma Jazz Festival

📅 November 5 – November 30 2017

Chick Corea and Steve Gadd kick off the 41st edition of Roma Jazz Festival on November 5. Most concerts take place at Auditorium Parco della Musica or Casa del Jazz, but a host of artists are scheduled to play various venues across Rome. This year also includes a special concert at the Pantheon by Italian saxophone player Dimitri Grechi Espinoza.

📍Various locations


Santa Cecilia in Trastevere Church
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Festa di Santa Cecilia

📅 November 22 2017

Saint Cecilia is the patroness of musicians and one of ancient Rome’s most venerated martyrs. The Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere is said to be built on the site of her home and celebrates the saint’s feast day on November 22 – the perfect reason to discover her gruesome backstory and see the striking marble sculpture of the saint that lies in the church.

Thanksgiving Feast

📅 November 23 2017

Americans yearning for a taste of home should book at spot at the annual Thanksgiving Feast that takes place at the Highlander Pub in Rome’s historic centre. The Thanksgiving buffet is comprised of all the usual festival offerings – turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cooked veggies and cranberry sauce – which can be hard to get hold of in Rome. There’s also full coverage of the Thanksgiving NFL games. Booking required.


Rome Independent Film Festival

📅 November 28 – December 3 2017

RIFF, or Rome Independent Film Festival, aims to connect young filmmakers with industry professionals and the realities of film production and distribution. As well as screenings at the Casa del Cinema in the grounds of Villa Borghese, RIFF is composed of workshops, retrospectives and exhibitions.

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