A Bespoke Guide to Rome - Autumn
There’s never a bad time to visit Rome, Italy’s capital and the so-called Eternal City. It’s alive with fashion and food, art and culture year-round. For those visiting in autumn, there’s a wealth of events and experiences to mark in your calendars, from open-air Shakespearian comedies and comic operas to never-before-seen art and jazz performances. Explore and experience everything the city has to offer with this guide to autumn in Rome.
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
HOKUSAI. Sulle Orme del Maestro
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
An opéra comique by Daniel-François Auber that debuted in 1830, Fra Diavolo tells the tale of Zerline, an innkeeper’s daughter, and the eponymous devilish bandit. It’s a story of high stakes, forced marriages and dastardly henchmen. With Rory Macdonald conducting and Giorgio Barber Corsetti directing, this rarely-performed production promises much, and is sure to deliver more.
8th – 21st October 2017
Teatro Costanzi, Piazza Beniamino Gigli 1, 00184 Roma | www.operaroma.it
Festa del Cinema di Roma
Rome is once again rolling out the red carpet to host the 12th annual Rome Film Festival. Highlights of this year’s Festival programme include on-stage conversations with David Lynch and Ian McKellen, a screening of Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, and a special screening of Mastrovito’s NYsferatu accompanied by the Luigi Boccherini Orchestra.
26th October – 5th November 2017
Various locations around Rome | www.romacinemafest.it
Rome Jazz Festival
Listen closely this November and you’ll hear the unmistakeable sounds of jazz floating out of clubs and venues all around the city. The Rome Jazz Festival is an almost month-long celebration of all things jazz, which has charmed its way into the diaries of locals and jazz-lovers alike over its 41-year-history, thanks to stellar programmes that have included the likes of Ray Charles and Miles Davis among others.
5th – 30th November 2017
Various locations around Rome | www.romajazzfestival.it