November in Rome: Our pick of the best events in the Eternal City

November in Rome: Our pick of the best events in the Eternal City

There are really too many things to do in Rome in November! We counted more than two dozens that start this month of the year therefore we had to divide them by topic to make your reading more enjoyable.

It is still a good time to visit the Eternal city and even though days are going to be short, the weather will still be mild. But don’t be disappointed if you see few Christmas signs and decorations around in November, as for us this holiday represents more a religious and family-gathering occasion than a business opportunity…..



Why do we start with movies? Because the key event of November is clearly the Rome International Film Festival between the 9th and the 17th , with many world premieres and stars form all over the world attending what is probably the #5 cinema festival on a global scale.

At the end of the month, from November 29, Rome will feature a very special movie event: a Bollywood Festival [2], with the best hindi-language films.

Asian films (in Italian version or with Italian subtitles) will also be screened for free throughout the month at Palazzo delle Esposizioni for the Silk Road exhibition. [3]



This month also features two big theatre events in English. The Great Gatsby [4] by Francis Scott Fitzgerald at John Cabot University through November 11.

Arsenic and Old Lace [5], Rome’s most acclaimed black comedy, by the Rome Savoyards will be on stage from November 6 to the 11th.



From November 13 you can admire Momix’s art and dance at Teatro Olimpico. Their latest show “Remix” is a top of the top of their performances. [6]



Great female voices will please your ears in the second half of November. The international star is Skunk Anansie on November 20 at Teatro Tendastrisce. [7]

Italian singers Nina Zilli [8] will play on the 24th, while Malika Ayane [9] will be on stage on the 22nd.

Irene Grandi, another renown Italian female artist, will sing with jazz pianist Stefano Bollani on November 25 for the Rome Jazz Festival.



The Christmas holidays food blowout is not there yet but there are a couple of events you should consider. One is the Rome Restaurant Week on November 5-11 at some of Rome’s top restaurants for very reasonable prices.

The other one is the Panettone & Pandoro Fair [10] on November 24-25. For those of you who don’t know it, Panettone and Pandoro are two of the most typical Christmas cakes in Italy.


Deal of the month

November also has a special surprise for you: the B&B barter week. About 90 bed & breakfasts all over the city are ready to host you in exchange of some goods or services from November 19 to 25.



The highlight of the month for your kids will be Disney on Ice at Palalottomatica from November 29. [11]



We are sure they will also love the Supercat show [12], but this happening is not only for them, it is also for cat-loving adults. November 3 and 4. Here is our story on last year’s edition.



On November 3 Rome also hosts the kickboxing Glory Series [13] Final 8 event.

Rugby fans will cheer New Zealand’s All Blacks and the Azzurri on the 17th. [14]



About a month before Christmas the 100 Presepi exhibition will kick off. You can admire nativities from all over the world, made of all sorts of materials from November 22. Do not miss it!



One of Italy’s top sculptors, the neo-classic Antonio Canova, will be on display at Museo di Roma, in Navona square from November 28.[15]



Painting lovers should hit Via Margutta on November 1-4 for the Cento Pittori happening. Stalls by Rome based painters with lots of different contemporary art works on sale.



Finally an archaeology event is the American University of Rome’s conference on the life of ordinary families in Pompeii by one of the US leading scholars on Italian urban sites, prof. Steven Ellis. November 28. [16]