November 1 is All Saint’s Day, a holiday in Italy, and so the last weekend of October marks not only Halloween, but the perfect chance for many to take a little vacation. And four days are perfect for visiting a city like Rome.

Rather than tell you which museums and monuments to visit, we’ll tell you about some not-to-be-missed events if you come to Rome over the long weekend of November 1.

There’s a wonderful exhibition of Edward Hopper, an American painter known for depicting everyday life in the early 1920s–1930s. One of his most famous paintings, The House by the Railroad even inspired Hitchcock for Psycho! Open daily (until 10:00 PM on weekends). For info: http://www.ilvittoriano.com/

The Chiostro del Bramante is showing a collection of works by contemporary artists on the theme of love. Visitors are encouraged to take pictures of the works and share them on social media (with the hashtag #chiostrolove). For info: http://www.chiostrodelbramante.it/

If you have children, there’s the “Tempo da Lupi” (Wolf Time) show at the Zoological Museum with pictures taken in nature reserve parks to raise awareness about the important role of wolves. The Zoological Museum is also putting on children’s activities for Halloween for kids from 3 to 13 years old, including a night at the museum! Info: attivita@museodizoologia.it

The Corsa dei Santi charity run takes place in Rome on November 1. You can sign up for the competitive race by October 23; and for the 3 km run, you can sign up the same morning on site by 9:45 am. Just imagine running through the streets of Rome, past the Forum, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo, and St. Peter’s, of course! Info: iscrizioni@corsadeisanti.it

A few days ago an augmented reality interactive installation opened at Ara Pacis, a peace altar in honor of Augustus. Experience the atmosphere of the era in 3D through sounds, voices, and characters. Its hours are from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM. It lasts 45 minutes and is available in five languages.

If you are a chestnut lover, late October/early November is the best time to enjoy them in the many chestnut festivals in Lazio. Just outside of Rome, you’ll find many small towns that have planned chestnut-based events. For info:  http://www.arapacis.it

Credits foto: http://www.sagradellacastagna.com


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