May 1, Labor Day, is a national holiday in Italy and you will find that most of the main attractions in Rome, such as the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, the Borghese Gallery and other museums, will be closed on that day.
This is a great opportunity to get off the beaten path and discover some hidden gems in Rome, exploring beautiful (and often peaceful!) spots you may never have discovered otherwise. The following are our favorite secret spots for you to discover in Rome May 1, Labor Day in Italy:
Appia Antica (The Appian Way)
While Appia Antica may not be top of every visitor’s wish list, it should be. Few places in Rome hold so much historic significance nor offer such a picturesque respite from the city. This ancient road is where Spartacus and 6,000 of his followers were crucified, where war veterans lined up to pay homage to Emperor Augustus, where St. Peter had a vision of Christ as he left Rome in 64 A.D., and it still retains many of its original paving stones!
Protected since 1988, Appia Antica covers an area of 3,400 hectares (8,400 acres) of beautiful landscapes, making it a fabulous place to #takewalks.
Catacombs and Crypts
The Catacombs of Priscilla and the Capuchin Crypt are both open on May 1 and if you’re looking for a spine-chilling experience, they don’t get better than this. You’ll be amazed at what lies beneath Rome and after your visit, leaving with a deeper understanding of a city layered in history. Here’s a glimpse of our Crypts, Bones and Catacombs tour.
Rome is an open-air museum
But then again, Rome is an open-air museum and with sights like Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, there is a plethora of things to see and do in the Eternal City. If you’ve just arrived, start your visit on the right foot and enjoy a leisurely Twilight City Stroll with us where we will grab a gelato (it’s on us!), help you get your bearings, and share insider tips to ensure a memorable visit to Rome.
And finally, on May 1, there is the annual free concert at Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano that starts at 2pm and ends close to midnight. Usually featuring a renowned Italian artist, there’s often a huge crowd and a vibrant party atmosphere. Note: Roads in the area are often closed early to cars and the metro stops around the area might close early too. Check for latest updates here.
Have you been in Rome on May 1? Share your experience with us in the comments below.