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Five things to do in Rome this autumn

October 06, 2019

From the hotly anticipated annual film festival to the cultural highlight that is Romaeuropa Festival, autumn is a very busy time to visit the Italian capital.

For film fans

Festa del Cinema di Roma

Rome once again rolls out the red carpet to host the 14th annual Rome Film Festival. With the pulsing Auditorium Parco della Musica at the heart of the action, the festival’s sharp itinerary appeals to film fans and casual cinema-goers alike, who can expect features from up-and-coming directors as well as international blockbusters, children’s films and an enthralling line-up of arthouse productions.

October 17 – 27
Various locations across Rome

Image © Luca Dammicco

 

For history buffs

Eruzioni: Pompei and Santorini

Mount Vesuvius wiped out Pompeii in 79 AD, and will one day erupt again. Santorini harbours a famous sleeping giant, too, with explosions smarting the volcanic Greek isle throughout the ages. Translating to Eruptions: Pompeii and Santorini, this fascinating exhibition arrives at the Scuderie del Quirinale in October.

October 18 ‒ February 9
Scuderie del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio 16, 00187 Rome

For night owls

Night Openings: Open Tour of the Museums and Sistine Chapel

Explore the nocturnal ambiance of the Pope’s museums, including the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, and Galleries of the Candelabra, Tapestries and Geographical Maps. The vivid frescoes lining the Borgia Apartment are certainly memorable, as is, of course, the grand opulence of the Sistine Chapel, which is beautifully lit after dusk. The tour is open from 7pm until 11pm, allowing plenty of opportunity to explore.

Until October
Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Rome

 

 

For theatre lovers

RomaEuropa Festival

Drawing together international and local talent for a wildly varied schedule of theatre, performance, music and art, this year’s Romaeuropa Festival bears smart inclusions such as a virtual reality experience, web-based performance and some challenging conceptual art installations. Focused predominantly at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, seek out promising talent and more unusual shows in Rome’s smaller theatres and venues.

Until November 24
Various locations across Rome

For music enthusiasts

Rome Jazz Festival

Listen closely this autumn for the sounds of jazz drifting from clubs and music venues across the city. The Rome Jazz Festival is an almost month-long celebration of swing, blues, funk and soul. It has been well-attended by local and international jazz musicians and enthusiasts alike for its stellar 40-year run, with previous programmes including heavyweights such as Ray Charles and Miles Davis.

November 1 ‒ December 1
Various locations around Rome

Image © Adriano Bellucci

With all these ways to enjoy the city, you’ll certainly find Rome at its most charismatic during the autumn months.

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