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.

Once upon a time Sergio Leone
Until May 3, 2020

Once upon a time Sergio Leone

Open until May 2020, an exciting new exhibition at the Ara Pacis pays homage to Sergio Leone, a filmmaking legend born in Rome 90 years ago. Though largely on the sidelines of fame during his lifetime, he would come to revolutionise the future of Western films around the world. ‘C’era una Volta Sergio Leone’ hurls us into the midst of the Sergio Leone Revolution and finally gives him the place he deserves as the genius responsible for films such as For a Fistful of Dollars and Once Upon a Time in America.

Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Rome
1.5km – 17 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
arapacis.it
+39 06 0608

Image © Cineteca di Bologna

Until February 29, 2020

Eugenij Onegin

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma will host performances of Evgenij Onegin this February. Alexander Pushkin’s classic has been transformed into a three-act opera, featuring a score by musical mastermind Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The protagonist and namesake of the opera, Evgenij Onegin, inherits a grand fortune and landed estate from his late uncle, leading him on an eventful path.

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Costanzi, Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7, 00187 Rome
Less than a mile – 15 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
operaroma.it
+39 06 481 601

Image © Teatro dell’Opera

Eugenij Onegin
Carnevale di Roma
February 25, 2020

Carnevale di Roma

Rome’s nod to Mardi Gras, Carnevale erupts with a full-bodied cascade of magicians, masquerades, performers, parades and parties, with events springing up all over the Italian capital. The city’s main piazzas are where to find most of the action—look out for fireworks and live music throughout the carnival’s run.

Various locations across Rome

 

March 5, 2020

Great Carnival Concert in Rome

As part of Rome’s colourful carnival celebrations, take your seat in the stunning Waldensian Auditorium for a unique annual concert. The Italian operatic tradition is honoured, with great voices, a comprehensive orchestra and the famous Italian works of Verdi, Puccini, Rossini and Mozart coming together in an evening of musical magic.

Waldensian Auditorium, Via Quattro Novembre, 107, Rome
3.3 miles – 18 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
operainroma.com

+39 3515057608

Great Carnival Concert in Rome
Canova: Eterna Bellezza
Until March 15, 2020

Canova: Eterna Bellezza

Celebrating the connection between Antonio Canova and the Eternal City, Canova: Eterna Bellezza transports visitors to 18th-century Rome, where the esteemed sculptor drew much of his inspiration. Alongside art by his contemporaries, more than 170 of Canova’s works will display, many of which are precious loans from Italian museums.

Palazzo Braschi – Museo di Roma, Piazza di S. Pantaleo, 10, 00186 Roma
1.2 miles – 22 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
museodiroma.it
+39 06 060 608

Until March 22, 2020

Tutto. O della materia spirituale

Alighiero Boetti‘s final masterpiece, Tutto is the inspiration behind MAXXI’s major new exhibition, which brings together works by several contemporary artists including Yoko Ono and Elisabetta Di Maggio, Sean Scully and Remo Salvadori. Spanning the 1980s to the present day, Tutto. O della materia spirituale steers audiences into the realm of spiritual artwork.

MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Via Guido Reni 4A, 00196 Rome
5.5km – 19 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
maxxi.art
+39 06 3201 954

Image © Archivio Alighiero Boetti

Tutto. O della materia spirituale
AT HOME. Projects for contemporary housing
Until March 22, 2020

AT HOME. Projects for contemporary housing

AT HOME. Projects for contemporary housing at MAXXI presents the National Museum of 21st Century Arts’ architecture collection in a new way. Homes, varying from early habitations to modern masterpieces are juxtaposed in unusual ways to bring out new themes and comparisons.

MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Via Guido Reni 4A, 00196 Rome
5.5km – 19 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
maxxi.art
+39 06 3201 954

Image © MAXXI/Gio Ponti

Until April 26, 2020

Gio Ponti. Amare l’Architettura

Revered the world over for his achievements as an architect and industrial designer, Giovanni ‘Gio’ Ponti’s impressive career spanned six decades and his portfolio comprises the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan, Taranto’s imposing cathedral, and more. Gio Ponti. Love Architecture is an epic retrospective, 40 years on from Ponti’s death.

MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Via Guido Reni 4A, 00196 Rome
5.5km – 19 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
maxxi.art
+39 06 3201 954

Gio Ponti. Amare l’Architettura
Colours of the Etruscans. Terracotta Treasures
Until June, 28, 2020

Colours of the Etruscans. Terracotta Treasures

The Centrale Montemartini has one of the most impressive collections of terracotta artefacts from the ancient Etruscans, who ruled Italy before the Romans conquered the Mediterranean peninsula in the 4th century. This exhibition offers an indulgent overview of their unique ceramics, ranging from early impasto italico pieces to the glossy Malacena Ware that this historic culture is famous for.

Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense, 106, 00154 Rome
4.5 miles – 29 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
centralemontemartini.org
+39 06 0608

Image © Mimmo Frassineti

Until December 31, 2020

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
welcometo-rome.it

Welcome to Rome
Virtual reality tours
Until December 2020

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

March 21 – 20, 2020

FAI Spring Days 2020

Nearly a dozen of Rome’s architectural and archaeological gems will be open to the public for a few days in March as part of the annual FAI Spring Days initiative. Many of the sites (such as libraries, palaces, public buildings and impressive out-of-town villas) are not normally accessible to the public, so take a peek while you can.

Various locations across Rome
fai-international.org
+39 02 467615 303

FAI Spring Days 2020
Turandot
March 25 – April 5, 2020

Turandot

Puccini gets political in Rome, as artist and activist, Ai Wei Wei brings his interpretation of classic opera, Turandot to the Teatro dell’Opera. The piece, which will include sets and costumes from the Chinese artist, will be a form of commentary on the deepening crisis in Hong Kong.

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Costanzi, Piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7, 00187 Rome
Less than a mile – 15 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
operaroma.it
+39 06 481 601

March 28, 2020

James Blunt in Concert

British pop idol, James Blunt (whose first album, Back to Bedlam, topped the charts in 16 countries), plays Rome this spring. After releasing his sixth album, Once Upon A Mind, in October 2019, which the former army officer describes as “the most honest album I have ever made,” Blunt brings his best-selling ballads to the Italian capital.

Palazzo dello Sport – Roma, Piazzale Pier Luigi Nervi, 1, 00144 Rome 
8.1 miles – 30 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden 
palazzodellosportroma.it
+39 06 540 901

Image © Gavin Bond

James Blunt in Concert