Is everything closed in Rome on Sundays?

Rome, the capital city of Italy and known as the home of the Colosseum with many ruins scattered across the city

You may have noticed already, but a lot of stores and businesses do close on a Sunday in Rome, but the main shopping streets, clothing stores and department stores stay opened on Sundays. If you aren’t sure, be sure to check in advance if you are planning on visiting anywhere on a Sunday! There are still some main attractions open to view inside, but a lot of the attractions in Rome are in the open air, so you are still able to view them from the outside only if you aren’t fussed about going inside!

Now you know not everything is closed on a Sunday in Rome, but what is open and what can you do and see?


One of the oldest buildings in the world, the Colosseum is the biggest ancient amphitheatre built all the way back in 70 – 80 A.D. Once was used for gladiatorial games with it estimated to be about 400,000 people who died. You can view the Colosseum from the outside, but if you want to get a better look, it’s best to buy tickets to see the inside, you won’t regret it! You can either wonder the insides on your own or get a guided tour which will give you more of the history of the Colosseum.

Trevi Fountain

Hidden away in the streets, Trevi Fountain is a famous and largest fountain in Rome being about 20 metres wide and 26 metres high. The fountain is opened all day and night but be aware some days the water is drained so the fountain can be cleaned. Tourists come here to throw coins because of the Trevi Fountain myth coming from the movie Three Coins in the Fountain. It’s said if you throw one coin you will return to Rome. Two coins will have you fall in love with an Italian. Three coins you’ll marry the person you met. But you must throw the coins in your right hand over your left shoulder!

Vatican City

Known as the home to the Pope and being the smallest city in the world, Vatican City is located inside Rome. Tourists come here to visit the Vatican Museums which is closed on Sundays (besides the last Sunday of each month). But you can still wonder the small city and stand in Saint Peter’s Square to view St Peter’s Basilica.

Capitoline Museums

One of the most important and fascinating museums to visit. You will need about two hours to view everything from the marble statues to ancient Roman art and you can even get a view of some of the ruins nearby from the top floor. Additionally, if you are visiting in summer, the museum does have aircon to take you away from the heat Rome provides every year!

Take note! Attractions such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums and many more have free entry on the last Sunday of each month.

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