Seasonal guide to Rome
A sparkling line-up of world-class exhibitions and spectacular performances are set alongside centuries-old traditions and colourful festivals, with Rome’s historic architecture and ancient ruins a stunning backdrop. All this makes Italy’s capital a captivating place to visit at any time of year. Here’s our guide to the city’s best upcoming events.
Welcome to Rome
A multi-media display of maquettes, film and holographic imagery invites a deep immersion into the drama of Rome’s nearly three millennia of history. Projections onto walls and ceilings animate the Italian capital to demonstrate its colourful evolution into a buzzing modern metropolis, with detailed 3D models offering an opportunity to observe the city’s architectural blockbusters in the round.
203 Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 00186 Rome
1.3 miles – 24 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
Virtual reality tours
Experience the Colosseum as a gladiator would have at the time of ancient Rome–roaring crowds, swinging spears and all–or explore another famed monument from a unique perspective. The Ara Pacis, Domus Aurea, Terme di Caracalla and Terme di Diocleziano are among Rome’s prized attractions now offering immersive virtual reality tours.
Various locations across Rome
Vatican Museums by Night
Explore the nocturnal ambiance of the Pope’s museums, including the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, and Galleries of the Candelabra, Tapestries and Geographical Maps. The vivid frescoes lining the Borgia Apartment are certainly memorable, as is, of course, the grand opulence of the Sistine Chapel, which is beautifully lit after dusk. The tour is available from 7pm until 11pm, allowing plenty of opportunity to explore.
Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Rome
The inimitable Cirque du Soleil welcomes audiences of all ages for a joyful celebration of acrobatic circus. TOTEM is a freewheeling journey through human evolution, culminating in the ecstatic desire to fly. The performance introduces spectacular creatures, vertical dancing, ancient civilisations and more in a dizzying dance of life.
Under the Grand Chapiteau, Viale di Tor di Quinto, 00191 Rome
Cherry Blossoms in Bloom
Home to waterfalls, magnolia trees and its very own bamboo forest, the Japanese Garden in the Orto Botanico di Roma is particularly stunning in April when the cherry blossoms burst into full bloom. Visitors can enjoy a picturesque stroll beneath pastel puffs of pink and white across the Orto Botanico.
Orto Botanico di Roma, Largo Cristina di Svezia 23 A – 24, 00165 Rome
The world’s tennis heavyweights converge in Rome for a fresh round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, aka the Italian Open. Last year, Karolína Plíšková won the women’s singles, while defending champ Rafael Nadal returned to take the gold once again. Secure some courtside seats to witness 2020’s champions in the making.
Foro Italico, Viale del Foro Italico, 00135 Rome
+39 06 36851
Open Air Opera Concert: Best Arias and Love Duets
Experience the soaring strains of some of the world’s most romantic classical music in the stunning surrounds of the Palazzo Pamphili. An unforgettable marriage of music and atmosphere, the evening is spent basking in symphonies from Puccini, Bellini, Verdi and Rossini while gazing out over one of the most exclusive views in the Eternal City from the Terrace Borromini.
Palazzo Pamphili, Piazza Navona 14, 00186 Rome
+39 38 8197 5179
Open House Roma
A city renowned for its astonishing historic past, Open House Rome – which returns for its sixth edition this year – celebrates the design and architecture of the Italian capital, from the age of antiquity to the present day. For one weekend, the public can explore behind doors that are otherwise closed, or take tours to learn more about the secrets of beloved monuments.
Various locations across Rome
Rolex Rome Grand Prix
One of the most glamorous events in Rome’s social calendar, the Rolex Grand Prix is a white-knuckle four days of against-the-clock horse races. Alongside the action, enjoy a lively programme of entertainment, and don’t miss the final on Sunday, where the world’s finest jockeys and their steeds race neck and neck to claim the prestigious cup.
Piazza di Siena 1, 00197 Rome
+39 06 8191 8637