A Bespoke Guide to Rome - Spring

Spring in Rome is a particularly magical time. Crowds are few, the temperature is mild and a whole host of Italian foods are in season. Spring is also a prime time for events and new openings, from fresh eateries and museum exhibitions, to concerts and sports tournaments. With so much on offer, follow this guide to the best of Rome’s seasonal events.

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Mercato Centrale Roma

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Mercato Centrale Roma is transforming Rome’s Termini train station from a space people quickly pass through to somewhere they want to linger. The food market is home to myriad outlets set up by some of the city’s best producers, serving food (and wine) for those on the go. From pizza slices at Pizzarium to pasta at Oliver Glowig, there is plenty to feast on.

Roma Termini, Via Giovanni Giolitti, 00185 Roma | +39 06 9293 9569

Internazionali BNL d'Italia

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Arguably the most exciting sporting event of the season is the Internazionali BNL d’Italia at Foro Italico. The annual tennis tournament is a highlight for visiting sports fans and its clay court a challenge for the players. Watch world-ranking stars such as Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams battle it out on the court and make the most of the dining and entertainment on offer between matches.

May 10  – May 21 2017 

Foro Italico, Viale del Foro Italico, 00135 Roma | +39 800 622 662

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Spring Highlights

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One of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s most anticipated spring operas is Andrea Chénier, a new four-act production in partnership with Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Featuring music by late Italian composer Umberto Giordano and starring international opera stars Gregory Kunde (playing the protagonist), Roberto Front and Maria José Siri, opera lovers are in for a treat.

April 21 – May 2 2017

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 00184 Roma | +39 06 4816 0255

The Annunciation by El Greco

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The latest exhibition at the Palace of the Conservatives at the Capitoline Museums features an important work by Spanish Renaissance artist El Greco, titled Annunciation. Despite the artist having lived in Italy for 10 years, his works are rarely found in the country, so this is an excellent opportunity to discover one of his most powerful pieces, on loan from the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.

January 24 – April 17 2017

Capitoline Museums, Piazza del Campidoglio, 00186 Roma | +39 06 0608 

FAI Spring Days

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A celebration of art, culture and Italian heritage, FAI Spring Days offers visitors a unique opportunity to visit places that are usually closed to the public. For one weekend only, hundreds of owners of private or historic properties throw open their doors and invite the public in to discover their spectacular interiors, art collections, historical architecture and gardens.

March 25 – March 26 2017

Various locations

Coliseum. An Icon

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An iconic landmark that’s instantly recognisable from its grand exterior, The Colosseum is an impressive example of ancient Roman architecture. Starting from spring, the space the middle of the amphitheatre will be dedicated to an important exhibition tracing the history of the monument in a fun and educational way.

March 8 2017 – January 7 2018

The Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Roma

Sounds and Visions of Caravaggio

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Art and music combine in beautiful fashion at this fascinating event series at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. Baroque musicians set the scene as visitors enjoy a guided tour of the palace and its impressive gallery, featuring works by Italian painter Caravaggio. The experience, which takes place every Saturday (excluding August), is rounded off with an exclusive concert in the opulent Jupiter Hall.

March 4 – December 30 2017

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Via del Corso, 00186 Roma | +39 06 679 7323

Macy Gray at Auditorium Conciliazione

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Grammy award-winning R&B and soul singer Macy Gray will take to the stage at Rome’s Auditorium Conciliazione for one night only. Known for her distinctive raspy voice, the American singer is an influential international voice of urban soul. Guests can look forward to a set list of classic and modern songs, including a selection of Gray’s top hits such as I Try.

March 11 2017

Auditorium Conciliazione, Via della Conciliazione, 00193 Roma | +39 06 684391

L'Ara com'era

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Ara Pacis is a striking ancient Roman monument dedicated to Pax, the Roman Goddess of Peace. Discover the history of the iconic structure like never before through L’Ara com’era (The Ara as it was). The multimedia exhibit uses the latest augmented reality technology to give guests, who’ll be given headsets, an exciting and interactive tour of the structure.

Until October 2017

L’Ara com’era, Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Roma 

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