A Bespoke Guide to Rome - Winter

The winter calendar of the Eternal City shines brightly this year, with everything from Christmas mass with the Pope,  world-class art exhibitions to sensational opera. Don’t miss any of the seasonal treats that the city has to offer with our guide to the best winter events in Rome.


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Taking a decade of Pablo Picasso’s life in its stride – during which he travelled to Rome and Naples with the Ballets Russes and fell in love with Olga Khokhlova, the woman who later became his first wife – the new exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale captures a period in which the artist was experimenting with different styles. Over 100 works are on display, from paintings to letters, including the famous, Portrait of Olga in an Armchair.

22nd September 2017 – 21st January 2018

Scuderie del Quirinale, Via Ventiquattro Maggio, 16, 00186 Roma | www.scuderiequirinale.it

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

HOKUSAI. Sulle Orme del Maestro

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An unmissable exhibition for fans of Katsushika Hokusai, master of the ukiyo-e (art of the floating world) and painter of The Great Wave. Featuring over 200 works (100 of which will be on display at a time for conservation reasons), the exhibition at Museo dell’Ara Pacis explores Hokusai’s legacy, contrasting the works of the master with those that he inspired.

12th October 2017 – 14th January 2018

Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Roma | www.arapacis.it

Harlem Gospel Choir

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Part of the Rome Gospel Festival, which runs for 10 days in December, the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir will be performing three concerts at the Parco della Musica. Known for their collaborations with everyone from André Rieu to Diana Ross, the choir perform a range of different musical styles, including traditional and contemporary gospel, as well as jazz and blues – all of which will form part of their performance in Rome.

29th –31st December 2017

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin 30, 00196 Roma | www.auditorium.com

Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter’s Basilica

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Pope Francis will be holding the annual Christmas Eve Mass, also known as Midnight Mass (although it starts hours earlier), at the historic St Peter’s Basilica this December. For those without a ticket, just head to St Peter’s Square on the night – where the mass will also be broadcasted on large screens – for a chance to ring in Christmas with the Pope.

24th December

St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City | www.papalaudience.org


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From landscapes, both urban and rural, to canvases depicting the Japanese Bridge and the gardens at Giverny, around 60 works of art, lent by the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, will be featured as part of the comprehensive exhibition at Complesso del Vittoriano – Ala Brasini, which aims to document the artistic journey of the Father of Impressionism, Claude Monet.

19th October 2017 – 11th February 2018

Complesso del Vittoriano – Ala Brasini, Via di S. Pietro in Carcere, 00186 Roma | www.ilvittoriano.com

Six Nations Rugby: Italy v England

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The match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico in February is one of the first matches of the Six Nations Championship, kicking off what’s set to be a great season of rugby. Back-to-back championship winners, the England team is looking to make its third win this year, so there’s everything to play for – meaning that it’s sure to be a cracking match for fans whatever the result.

4th February 2017

Stadio Olimpico, Viale dei Gladiatori, 00135 Roma |www.sixnationsrugby.com


Villa Borghese (Galleria Borghese) in Rome, Italy

Picking up where it left off 20 years ago, the Galleria Borghese returns to the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the foremost sculptor of his time, for an in-depth new exhibition. The gallery is well-known for its exemplary collection of Bernini’s sculptures, and this latest showcase, curated with the help of Bernini scholars, is a testament to the artist and his contribution to the Baroque style.

1st November 2017 – 4th February 2018

Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5, 00197 Roma | www.galleriaborghese.beniculturali.it

GRAVITY. The Universe after Einstein

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The exhibition’s title refers to an article that Einstein wrote a hundred years ago, which fundamentally changed the way we view time and space. Not a small achievement, MAXXI is marking it with an exhibition – created through a collaboration between the museum, the Italian Space Agency, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, and Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno – that explores and celebrates the connections between art and science.

2nd December 2017 – 19th April 2018

MAXXI, Via Guido Reni 4/a, 00196 Roma | www.maxxi.art

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