A Bespoke Guide to Rome - Summer
When the sun shines on the Eternal City, few places on Earth can compete. With trattorias spilling onto the streets, orange blossoms near the Aventine and opera productions hosted in some of the world’s most atmospheric ancient ruins, Rome has so much to offer during the summer months. If you want to experience the best summer events in Rome, follow this seasonal guide to the city.
Botero at the Vittoriano
In honour of his 85th birthday, Columbian artist Fernando Botero receives his first major Italian retrospective at the Vittoriano this summer. Famous for his instantly recognisable voluptuous nudes and bright, bold use of colour, the exhibition will showcase a wide range of works, including political and religious pieces as well as satirical paintings and still life.
Until 27th August 2017
Complesso del Vittoriano, Via San Pietro in Carcere, 00186 Roma | www.ilvittoriano.com
Vatican Museums at Night
Those looking for a cultured way to spend an evening in Rome should look to the late openings of the Vatican. Every Friday from 7–11pm, museums in the Vatican stay open late, allowing visitors to gaze up at the Sistine Chapel, stroll through the Gregorian Egyptian Museum and take a look at the collection of Medieval and Renaissance ceramics after hours. There’s also a programme of concerts throughout the season to enhance your visit.
Fridays, 21st April – 27th October 2017
Vatican City | www.museivaticani.va
La Bellezza Ritrovata
Earthquakes, thefts, and war have all threatened to destroy the objects in this exhibition. But thanks to skilful restoration, diligence and luck, pieces like the 6th century Etruscan black hydra have survived and are on display. Divided into three sections, the exhibition tells the stories of these remarkable objects and their return to their rightful owners.
2nd June – 26th November 2017
Musei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio 1, 00186 Roma | www.museicapitolini.org
Zaha Hadid in Italy
One of the foremost architects of modern times and the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, Zaha Hadid is being honoured with an exhibition at MAXXI, the museum she designed and built back in 2009. Held a year after her death, Zaha Hadid in Italy explores the architect’s extraordinary career and her relationship with Italy through projects such as the oyster-like Terminal Maritimo in Salerno.
23rd June 2017 – 14th January 2018
MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Via Guido Reni 4A, 00196 Roma | www.maxxi.art
Enjoy: Art Meets Amusement
Illusory light-games, mirror mazes, and sculpture halls characterise Enjoy: Art Meets Amusement, the latest “out-of-the-box” exhibition from the Chiostro del Bramante. Enjoy explores ideas of pleasure and perspective, with many pieces created especially for this atmospheric former-cloister-turned-museum.
23rd September 2017 – 18th February 2018
Chiostro del Bramante, Via Arco della Pace 5, 00186 Roma | www.chiostrodelbramante.it
Much Ado about Nothing
“Man is a giddy thing,” says Benedick in Act 5, and he has a point. A play of mistaken identities, love, and betrayal, Much Ado About Nothing shows its heroes and heroines running circles around each other until they slow down long enough to say “I do.” Performed in the open-air Silvano Toti Globe Theatre at the Villa Borghese, there are few more picturesque spots to enjoy this superlative Shakespearian comedy.
5th – 15th October 2017
Silvano Toti Globe Theatre, Villa Borghese, 00197 Roma | www.globetheatreroma.com