We’ve talked plenty of times about the different types of travelers. People who plan weeks in advance before they step foot into their destination city, those who wait last minute and wing every moment of their trip, and those who land somewhere in between.
No matter where you reside in this spectrum, you have all wondered what time does the museum open and what time does it close? It may seem like a small detail, but when there’s millions of people trying to visit the same monument it comes in handy to have this simple knowledge on hand. Especially considering the fact that Italians eat at specific times, so fitting your tour in so you’ll still have time to grab lunch somewhere decent and NON touristy is a feat.
To help you out on your travels, we’ve compiled a short list of the major museums in Rome and their open and close times/dates so you can plan your entire trip or just the next hour with accuracy.
Located smack dab in the historical central of Rome and central to a number of transport options like the Metro B “Colosseo” stop and a number of bus lines. It’s fairly easy to get to around, however, if you are planning to see the colosseum let this be the monument (along with the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill close by) you do for one day. Unless you’ve got the energy to power onto the next place.
Official Hours: Everyday 8:30 - 19:00
Closed: January 1 & December 25
Depending on who you’re asking, this underrated museum is located directly in the middle of the historical center, meaning you can pop in here after the colosseum if you haven’t had your fill of history for the day. As one of the oldest museums in the world, the artwork you’ll find here is nothing to sneeze at. Definitely a must see.
Official Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 - 19:30
While close to the center of Rome this is a litter further out of the way and similar to the Colosseum, you’ll want the Vatican City to be the only monument you see for the day. You’ll also find that the Metro A “Ottaviano” a good amount of buses will take you minutes from the Vatican walls.
Official Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00 - 18:00 (final entry is at 16:00)
Closed: Sundays (expect last Sunday of the month. Entrance is free)
St. Peter’s Basilica
Since the basilica is a part of Vatican City you can take the same Metro and bus lines to arrive, however St. Peter’s does have a separate entrance from the Vatican so if you’d like to see both you’ll want to give yourself time to do so.
Official Hours: Everyday 7:00 to 18:00 (until 19:00 during winter), except Wednesdays (if there is the papal audience the Basilica remains closed until 12:00)
Located a 15 minute walk from the Vatican, you could squeeze this into the same day if you dare. However, if you’d like to rest we advise checking it out another day. The castle is not in an area close to the metro so you’ll need to rely on the buses to get here. However, if you’re running out of time and can’t make a tour, we suggest just walking past. It’s truly a sight to see at night.
Official Hours: Tuesdays 9:00 - 19:00
The pantheon is definitely something to catch when you’re sightseeing has calmed just a bit and you just want to casually take in the sights of Rome. (Although, we think all sightseeing should be casual and easy). Plan to take the bus and walk a little ways to make your way over here. We suggest stopping here after you’ve made your wish in the Trevi Fountain and had that gelato in Piazza Navona.
Official Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 - 19: 30; Sunday 9:00 - 18:00
Located inside the park, Villa Borghese, this may be one of the most fascinating museums you’ll witness (and that’s saying a lot). Although, we know this may not be on the top of everyone’s list it’s a great sight to see if you’ve got enough time to fit into your schedule. If not, enjoy a bike ride past while you’re spending a quiet afternoon in the park.
Official Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8:30 - 19:30