Rome Destination Guide

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.

Until August 25, 2019

Dream: L’arte Incontra Sogni (Art Meets Dreams)

Filling the Cloister of Bramante, Dream: L’arte Incontra Sogni  leads visitors through a sequence of site-specific works redesigned for the interiors of Donato Bramante’s beautiful Renaissance architecture. Dream centres around the mysterious realms behind our closed eyes, encompassing themes of sleeping beauties, mysterious creatures and dreamy abstract scenes.

Cloister of Bramante, Arco della Pace, 5, 00186 Rome
1.1 miles – 23 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden

Until September 1, 2019

Lungo Il Tevere

Against the backdrop of the shimmering Tiber, Lungo Il Tevere presents a flourish of music and culture, served alongside a generous array of gourmet street food and sophisticated cocktails. Pop-up stalls bristling with one-off artisan wares and cafés serving delicious Italian fare line the banks of the river, while jazz and comedy acts provide the live entertainment.

The Tiber, Piazza Trilussa to Porta Portese
3 miles – 20 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden 

Until October 13, 2019

The Globe Theatre at the Villa Borghese’s Shakespeare Festival

Performing inside a replica of the Globe Theatre within the gardens of the Villa Borghese, the annual Shakespeare Festival returns to Rome. There are few spots more picturesque than the open-air theatre for taking in the famed English wordsmith’s endearing comedies and woeful tragedies. Those in the know arrive early, to fit in a wander around the expansive estate.

The Globe Theatre at the Villa Borghese, Largo Aqua Felix, 00197 Rome
2.2 miles – 15 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden 
+39 01 4619 622

Until September 2, 2019

L'Isola del Cinema

Rome’s annual summer film festival flickers across the big screens of Isola Tiberina between June and September. L’Isola del Cinema presents a compelling mix of independent films, documentaries and classic favourites alongside interviews, debates and panel discussions.

Tiber Island, 00186 Rome
3.4 miles – 20 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden 
+39 06 9021 4524

Until September 6, 2019

Music Concerts at the Castel Sant'Angelo

An imposing ancient Roman fortress in the heart of the city, Castel Sant’Angelo has had many different uses: a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, a prison, a safe house for the Pope, and now, a museum turned concert venue. This summer, the historic monument hosts a number of classical concerts that make use of the lovely setting as well as the balmy summertime weather.

Castel Sant’Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50, Rome
1.4 miles – 27 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
+39 06 6819 111

Until September 22, 2019

Gianicolo in Musica

A fresh edition of Gianicolo in Musica reverberates from Janiculum Hill on summer evenings until mid-September. The outdoor music festival offers a foot-tapping programme of jazz, blues, swing, soul and tango, strummed by talented local and international musicians, and set against sweeping vistas of the Eternal City at night.

Terrazza del Gianicolo, Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi, 00165 Rome
4.2 miles – 21 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
+39 331 7098 854

Until October 20, 2019

Roman Nights at Teatro di Marcello

Classical musicians from Italy and further afield treat visitors to beautifully rehearsed concerts in the archaeological site around the Teatro di Marcello every night between July and October. Before the show, take a guided tour of the Porticus of Ottavio, the Teatro di Marcello, which was completed in 13 BC, and the Tribuna Campitelli.

Teatro di Marcello, Via del Teatro di Marcello, 00186 Rome
1.3 miles – 25 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden

September 10 – 15, 2019


The much anticipated Calder/Kentridge brings together American sculptor Alexander Calder’s Work in Progress and South African artist William Kentridge’s Waiting for the Sybil in this aesthetic production. The visuals are paired with a sublime score by Niccolò Castiglioni, Aldo Clementi, and Bruno Maderna.

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

Image © Gianluigi Toccafondo

September 14 – 18, 2019

Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra 2019

The Vienna Philharmonic are the orchestra in residence for the 2019 edition of the International Festival of Sacred Art and Music. Since its inauguration in 2002, the enchanting event has soared in popularity, with increasing numbers flocking to the sacred Papal Basilicas of Rome each autumn to experience world-class concerts and recitals.

Various locations
+39 06 6869 187

Image © Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra

September 18 – October 24, 2019

RomaEuropa Festival

Delivering a month of captivating cultural events to the capital, RomaEuropa Festival’s multi-disciplinary programme encompasses visual arts, comedy, theatre, contemporary dance, film and music. Set predominantly at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, seek out rising talent and off-beat shows in Rome’s smaller venues.

Various locations
+39 06 4555 3050

September 19 – 22, 2019

Taste of Roma 2019

Italy is revered for its generous contribution to global cuisine, and Taste of Roma celebrates the best of it with master chefs and culinary specialists facilitating demonstrations and talks. Our executive chef Fabio Ciervo will once again bring to this food festival the creative cuisine of La Terrazza and there will be the opportunity to learn his secrets is a cooking class.

 Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin 30, 00196 Rome
2.4 miles – 15 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden

September 23 & 30, 2019

Meetings of Nature

An action-packed agenda of children’s games and activities, Meetings of Nature introduces young naturists to formidable predators and birds of prey, bumble bees and bears, tigers and tortoises, in a fun, safe setting. Interactive group workshops are facilitated by Bioparco’s skilled and highly knowledgeable staff.

Bioparco di Roma, Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20, 00197 Rome
1 mile – 20 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden 
+39 06 360 8211  

September 27, 2019 – January 26, 2020

Enzo Cucchi

Rome’s leading contemporary art institution MAXXI unveils a new exhibition dedicated to the recent works of Enzo Cucchi. One of the key drivers of the Transavantgarde movement in the late 1970s and 1980s, Cucchi’s brush strokes and sculptures were famously experimental, expressionist, and attention-demanding—as are his later creations.

MAXXI, Via Guido Reni 4, 00196 Rome
3.4 miles – 16 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden 
+39 06 322 5178

Image © MAXXI/Gio Ponti

Until October 27, 2019

Claudio Imperatore: Messalina, Agrippina e le ombre di una dinastia

The Ara Pacis Museum’s major exhibition introduces visitors to a contentious Roman Emperor. The Emperor Claudius: Messalina, Agrippina and the shadows of a dynasty, travels back to the life and reign of the unlikely ruler, who was born in Lyon in 10 BC.

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

Image © Ara Pacis

October 11, 2019 – 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
+39 06 3201 954

Image © Archivio Alighiero Boetti

Fridays until October, 2019

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
1.5km – 17 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden

October 15 – 20, 2019

Don Quixote

Featuring performers from the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Dance School, Laurent Hilaire choregraphs an outstandingly beautiful ballet. Don Quixote runs for five nights in October, and builds on the version of the work that Mikhail Baryshnikov coordinated for the American Ballet Theatre in 2012. Based on two chapters from Miguel de Cervantes’ famous 19th-century novel Don Quixote de la Mancha, expect a stunning score replete with exuberant Spanish flair.

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Costanzi
Piazza Beniamino Gigli 7, 00187 Rome 
Less then a mile – 15 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
+39 06 4817 003

Image © Yasuko Kageyama

October 17 – 27, 2019

Festa del Cinema di Roma

Rome once again rolls out the red carpet to host the 14th annual Rome Film Festival. With the pulsing Auditorium Parco della Musica at the heart of the action, the festival’s sharp itinerary appeals to film fans and casual cinema-goers alike, who can expect features from up-and-coming directors as well as international blockbusters, children’s films and an enthralling line-up of arthouse productions.

Various locations across Rome
+39 06 4040 1900

Image © Luca Dammicco

October 18, 2019 – February 9, 2020

Eruzioni: Pompei e Santorini

Mount Vesuvius wiped out Pompeii in 79 AD, and will one day erupt again. Santorini harbours a famous sleeping giant, too, with explosions smarting the volcanic Greek isle throughout the ages. Translating to Eruptions: Pompeii and Santorini, this fascinating exhibition arrives at the Scuderie del Quirinale in October.

Scuderie del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio 16, 00187 Rome
1.1km – 15 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
+39 02 9289 7722

November 1, 2019

All Saints’ Day

A devoutly Catholic country, Italy celebrates All Saints’ Day, followed by All Souls’ Day, with a national holiday. A day to honour all Christian saints, the Eternal City is a particularly special place to experience the religious tradition. Join throngs of worshippers at St Peter’s Basilica, in the heart of the Vatican, for the Pope’s prayer at noon.

St Peter’s Basilica and various locations across Rome

November 1 – December 1, 2019

Rome Jazz Festival

Listen closely this autumn for the sounds of jazz drifting from clubs and music venues across the city. The Rome Jazz Festival is an almost month-long celebration of swing, blues, funk and soul. It has been well-attended by local and international jazz musicians and enthusiasts alike for its stellar 40-year run, with previous programmes including heavyweights such as Ray Charles and Miles Davis.

Various locations around Rome
+39 06 6934 5132

Image © Adriano Bellucci

November 7, 2019 – 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, Via Guido Reni 4, 00196 Rome
3.4 miles – 16 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden 
+39 06 322 5178

November 8 – 16, 2019

Idomeneo, re di Creta

For one week this November, Mozart’s Grecian masterpiece, Idomeneo, re di Creta, is performed by Teatro dell’Opera’s accomplished orchestra and cast. Canadian director Robert Carsen’s contemporary adaptation of the three-act opera is every bit as transcendental as the original, first presented in Munich in 1781.

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

Image © Javier del Real/Teatro Real

November, 2019

Starling Murmurations

As temperatures cool, approximately five million starlings flock to the Italian capital, and have done so since the winter of 1926. Visit Rome in November to witness the birds’ soaring choreographies sculpting the skies as the sun sets—it’s a spectacular natural wonder played out above the city’s stunning skyline.

Various locations across Rome

November 22, 2019

Feast of Saint Cecilia

The patroness of musicians, Saint Cecilia is commemorated by Romans with a joyful feast day on November 22. Churches and shrines across the city put on ceremonies and religious rites dedicated to her memory. The Santa Cecilia church in the Trastevere neighbourhood marks the site of the saint’s former home—and it’s here that the festivities reach a jubilant crescendo.

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere and various locations across Rome

Saturdays, 2019

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj Tour with Baroque Music Concert

For an exclusive glimpse of a large private collection of statues, paintings and furniture collected by the Doria Pamphilj family, take a tour of the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. Among the many masterpieces on display is Velázquez’s 17th-century Portrait of Pope Innocent X, widely considered one of the world’s finest portraits. After the tour, the palace’s grand walls provide the perfect acoustics for a private Baroque concert.

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Via del Corso 305, 00186 Rome
Less than a mile – 15 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
+39 06 6797 323

Until December 31, 2019

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

Until December 31, 2019

The Ara as it Was

The Ara Pacis is an altar dedicated to Pax, the Roman goddess of peace, dating back to 13BC. In this innovative exhibition, the Ara is brought to life in full colour through virtual reality. Participants don augmented-reality goggles for a full immersion in the Italian capital’s history to discover how the Ara looked in ancient times, with its vivid murals illustrating the rise of Rome.

 Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Rome
Less than a mile – 17 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
+39 06 0608

Until January 12, 2020

Maria Lai - Holding the Sun by the Hand

Sardinian artist Maria Lai was as intrigued by literature and words as she was by fabrics and threads. Her art is a poetic multimedia homage to the landscapes of her homeland. This retrospective draws together a broad spectrum of examples to demonstrate her talent for expressing an essence that resonates far beyond the ubiquitous fragments of text that weave through her work.


MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art, Via Guido Reni, 4A, 00196 Rome
3.3 miles – 18 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
+39 06 3201954

Image © Tiziano Canu/ Stazione dell’Arte F./Maria Lai by SIAE 2019 foundation

Until January 26, 2020

The Found Art

Crowning the Capitoline Hill is a museum containing an immense cultural heritage that arcs back to the Roman Empire. It’s every historian’s delight, and we have the Carabinieri, aka the cultured police force, to thank for much of it. The Found Art: The Commitment of the Carabinieri for the Recovery and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage is an exhibition that pays due tribute to the museum’s spectacular archaeological finds from across the centuries.


Capitoline Museums, Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Rome
1.2 miles – 26 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
+39 06 0608

December, 2019 – January 2020

Christmas Markets in Piazza Navona

For an authentic flavour of Natale in the Eternal City, take a 20-minute stroll from Hotel Eden to the spectacular surrounds of the Piazza Navona, home to the capital’s annual Christmas market. It’s one of the most beautiful squares in Rome, enhanced by Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers, and during December, its colonised by twinkling stalls selling stocking-fillers, toys and decorations alongside hot spiced wine and roast chestnuts.

Piazza Navona, 00186 Roma
2.2 miles – 20 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden

December 19, 2019

Christmas Baroque Concert at Sant'Agnese in Agone

Considered Rome’s most precious example of Baroque architecture, the stunning Sant’Agnese in Agone is host to a Christmas concert in collaboration with the Schola Romana Ensemble this winter. There’s no more fitting venue, as the local recitalists specialise in Roman music from the Baroque period, and their symphonies echo those performed in the city’s most prestigious churches during the 17th century.

Sant’Agnese in Agone, Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30/A, 00186 Rome
2.4  miles – 24 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden

+39 38 8197 5179


December 22 - 31, 2019

Roma Gospel Festival and Christmas Concerts

Rome’s popular annual Gospel Festival draws together international choirs and gospel groups, many of which hail from the United States, during the final weeks of December. The festival celebrates the emotive musical style that beautifully harnesses the religious spirit of Christmas. Alongside this, an exceptional programme of traditional festive concerts is staged at this wonderful venue this month, too.

Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin 30, 00196 Rome
2.4 miles – 15 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden

Image © Musacchio Iannello

December 24, 2019

Midnight Mass

A centuries-old tradition in the Italian capital, the Pope hosts a Midnight Mass at the Basilica of St Peter every Christmas Eve, with the proceedings starting at 9.15pm. It’s a ticketed event, but if you missed the chance to reserve a spot in the basilica, head to St Peter’s Square on the night. Thousands flock here to watch it broadcast on immense screens to ring in Christmas with the Pope.

St Peter’s Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120  Vatican City
2.3 miles – 15 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
+39 06 6988 3114

January 16 – 19, 2019

Disney on Ice: Frozen

Everyone’s favourite animated characters don their skates in Disney on Ice’s spectacular Frozen extravaganza. Starring big-voiced heroines Elsa and Anna, as well as merry side-kicks such as Olaf, Kristoff and Sven, this is a definitively all-star cast. The enchanting choreography culminates in a fitting crescendo of fireworks.

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

Image © Disney on Ice

Until February, 2, 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
+39 06 0608

Image © Mimmo Frassineti