Six things to do in Rome this autumn
From the hotly anticipated annual film festival to the cultural highlight that is Roma Europa Festival, autumn is a very busy time to visit the Italian capital.
FOR FILM FANS
Festa del Cinema di Roma 2018
Now in its 13th year, the Rome Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for movie galas, awards and premieres across the capital. With the pulsing Auditorium Parco della Musica at the heart of the action, the festival’s sharp itinerary appeals to film buffs and casual cinema-goers alike, who can expect features from up-and-coming directors as well as international blockbusters, children’s films and a compelling line-up of arthouse treasures.
October 18 – 28
Various locations across 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.
April 20 – October 26
Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Rome
FOR THEATRE LOVERS
RomaEuropa Festival 2018
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.
September 19 –November 25
Various locations across Rome
FOR ART ENTHUSIASTS
Maxxi Bulgari Prize
Training a sharp spotlight on a new generation of contemporary artists, this collaboration between the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo and the Bulgari Group showcases fresh work from rising international talent. The selection of short-listed artists on display has been narrowed down to three finalists, including Paris-based Diego Marcon, with the winner announced on 3rd October.
June 1 –October 28
MAXXI, Via Guido Reni, 4/A, 00196 Rome
FOR HISTORY BUFFS
Sangue e Arena. The Show
This evocative immersive multimedia show lights the interior of the Colosseum with Emperor Titus’s 100-day inaugural games of 80AD, in which some 9,000 animals were slain and 2,000 gladiators slaughtered. Set in the amphitheatre where they fought, the show comprises evocative holographic images projected onto a 17m canvas, accompanied by lights and music to recreate the heady atmosphere of the ancient spectacle.
Thursday – Saturday, 12th May – 27th October 2018
The Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Rome
Taste of Roma 2018
The Taste of Roma festival draws together celebrity chefs and food specialists, including executive chef Fabio Ciervo representing our very own Michelin-starred La Terrazza restaurant. Take the chance to enjoy his delicious spaghetti with pecorino, Madagascan wild black pepper and rosebuds. Oenologists will appreciate the focus on Italian wines, with opportunity to sample vintages from lesser-known vineyards.
September 20 ‒ 23
Auditorium Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Rome