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.

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Botero at the Vittoriano

Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II  in sunset

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

Luglio Suona Bene at Auditorium Parco della Musica


“July sounds good” is back for its 15th edition this summer, featuring a host of international solo musicians and bands (like Jethro Tull), who’ll play in the colossal auditorium designed by Renzo Piano. Designed to offer an incredible acoustic experience, Auditorium Parco della Musica is one of the most visited music venues in the world.

June 17  – August 3, 2017 

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

Carmen at Caracalla Baths


One of Opera’s most enduringly popular tales, Bizet’s Carmen has all the drama needed to take on such an incredible setting. Taking to the stage at the ruins of the Caracalla Baths in Rome this summer, this revolutionary opera will be performed al fresco by the orchestra and chorus of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

June 28 – August 4, 2017

Terme di Caracalla, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma | www.operaroma.it

Feast of Saints Peter & Paul

Celebratory fireworks over Castel Sant' Angelo. Italy. Rome.

Few people miss the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul, not least due to the fact it’s a public holiday. Kicking off proceedings, the Pope leads a mass at St Peter’s in the morning. By lunchtime, everything comes to a standstill as music and fairs erupt in the unlikeliest of places, and by night, fireworks light up the sky.

June 29, 2017

Various locations

Rock in Roma at Ippodromo delle Capannelle


Combining majestic scenery and an international cast of musicians, from Marilyn Manson to the XX, Kasabian to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rock in Roma has attracted some of the city’s biggest summertime crowds since its inaugural event in 2002. Located on the Appian Way, visit to see some of the biggest stars in music perform live in Rome.

June 23 – August 2, 2017

Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Via Appia Nuova, 1255, 00178 Roma | www.rockinroma.com

Roma Incontra il Mondo at Villa Ada


One of the season’s most anticipated summer events, “Rome meets the World” will take place in Villa Ada, the city’s second-largest public park. Set on the banks of its little lake, the festival welcomes music from all over the world, from indie rock to electronic. Among its novelties this year is a brand new fitness area, bio-bar, and relaxation area – the perfect place to watch the sunset.

June 30 – August 15,  2017

Villa Ada, Via di Ponte Salario, 28 Roma | www.villaada.org

Festa de’ Noantri, Trastevere

small holy virgin mary figure sculpture at the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome (where you can see the one of bernini's masterpieces "Ecstasy of St Teresa")

Solemn Masses, gilded churches and lots of high-spirited music make festa de’ noantri a beautiful example of Roman piety. Highlights include the traditional processions through the picturesque streets of Trastevere, its long lines of monastic orders, and the pontifical mass in the basilica of Santa Maria – one of Rome’s most impressive churches.

July 16 – 25,  2017

Various locations across Trastevere | www.festadenoantri.it

Snow Miracle at Santa Maria Maggiore

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy, from which size it receives the appellation "major".

Rome’s Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore owes its existence to a charming tale whereby the Madonna appeared to Pope St. Liberius, asking him to build a church dedicated to her in a location that she would indicate. The next morning, which was a balmy day in August, it started to snow on the Esquiline Hill and construction of the church began on that very spot. Each year, this story is commemorated with live music and a light show, while fake snow falls on the piazza.

August 5, 2017

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 42, 00100 Roma

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