May 1: Labor Day in Italy

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.


Free concert

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.


  • Gloria Grove says:

    Great information….will help people plan their day.

  • Bill Ford says:

    This information is just plain wrong.

    You cannot take the Rome Driving Tour on Thursday, May 1, 2014, or on any other Thursday or Friday either. It’s simply not available on Thursday or Friday, no matter what the date.

    A great shame to put forth such information when people are relying on it for their planning.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Bill, we’d like to send our sincerest apologizes for the mix up. The mention in the post was an oversight due to a schedule change and we’ve since removed it from the article. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our Customer Care team at if you’d like more help planning your May 1st activities. We still highly recommend the tour as a great way to spend the day in Rome!

  • Amr Eltouny says:

    Hi Bill, the Capuchin Crypt will be closed on May 1st 2014 because it closes on THURSDAY and it will be Thursday

  • Could you please tell me what the lovely building is in the picture with the statues with fountain in front? Thank you

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