Rome Autumn Guide 2018

From the hotly anticipated annual film festival to the cultural highlight that is RomaEuropa Festival, autumn is a very busy time to visit the Italian capital. Add to these a generous programme of cutting-edge contemporary art exhibitions and you’ll certainly find Rome at its most charismatic this season.

1st June – 28th October 2018

Maxxi Bulgari Prize

Training a sharp spotlight on a new generation of contemporary artists, this collaboration between the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo and the Bulgari Group showcases fresh work from rising international talent. The selection of short-listed artists on display has been narrowed down to three finalists, including Paris-based Diego Marcon, with the winner announced on 3rd October.

MAXXI, Via Guido Reni, 4/A, 00196 Rome

Fridays, 20th April – 26th October 2018

Night Openings: Open Tour of the Museums and Sistine Chapel

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 open from 7pm until 11pm, allowing plenty of opportunity to explore.

Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Rome

Thursday – Saturday, 12th May – 27th October 2018

Sangue e Arena. The Show

This evocative immersive multimedia show lights the interior of the Colosseum with Emperor Titus’s 100-day inaugural games of 80AD, in which some 9,000 animals were slain and 2,000 gladiators slaughtered. Set in the amphitheatre where they fought, the show comprises evocative holographic images projected onto a 17m canvas, accompanied by lights and music to recreate the heady atmosphere of the ancient spectacle.

The Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Rome

21st – 24th September 2018

Taste of Roma 2018

Italy is celebrated for its contribution to global cuisine, and the Taste of Roma festival at the Auditorium Parco della Musica draws together celebrity chefs and food specialists for demonstrations, workshops and talks, alongside ample opportunity to sample hand-rolled pasta, truffle risotto and Tiramisu. Oenologists will appreciate its focus on Italian wines, with opportunity to sample vintages from lesser-known vineyards.

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Rome

19th September – 25th November 2018

RomaEuropa Festival 2018

Drawing together international and local talent for a wildly varied schedule of theatre, performance, music and art, this year’s RomaEuropa Festival bears smart inclusions such as a virtual reality experience, web-based performance and some challenging conceptual art installations. Focused predominantly at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, seek out promising talent and more unusual shows in Rome’s smaller theatres and venues.

Various locations across Rome

18th – 28th October 2018

Festa del Cinema di Roma 2018

Now in its 13th year, the Rome Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for movie galas, awards and premieres across the capital. With the pulsing Auditorium Parco della Musica at the heart of the action, the festival’s sharp itinerary appeals to film buffs and casual cinema-goers alike, who can expect features from up-and-coming directors as well as international blockbusters, children’s films and a compelling line-up of arthouse treasures.

Various locations across Rome

October 2018 – January 2019

Marcello Mastroianni

A highlight of this year’s Festa del Cinema di Roma is the Museu dell’Ara Pacis’s dedication to legendary Italian big-screen actor Marcello Mastroianni, who rose to fame in 1960 with his role in Federico Fellini’s classic, La Dolce Vita. Featuring smartly choreographed film clips starring the erstwhile heartthrob, the exhibition is sensitively curated by film producer Gian Luca Farinelli and offers a retrospective glimpse at the Italian actor’s career highlights.

Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere dei Mellini, 35, 00186 Rome

30th October – 11th November 2018

Le Nozze di Figaro

The four comedic acts of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 18th century opera, The Marriage of Figaro, are treated with spectacular emotive flair by Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, with Stefano Montanari conducting. Performed in the grand Teatro Constanzi, the buffa follows the marriage of servants Figaro and Susanna, which foils the efforts of the Count to seduce the latter and thus teach him a stern lesson in fidelity. Its frothy overtures and immaculately crafted arias combine in a winning performance.

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, 1 Piazza BeniamIno GIgli, 00184 Rome

4th November 2018


British trip-hop pioneers Morcheeba continue to master the musical stratosphere, having just released their new album Blaze Away to crown an illustrious career of nine studio albums and more than 10 million album sales. Expect their signature laid-back beats and sultry notes and some well-versed favourites such as 1998’s Part of the Process alongside tracks from their new offering on this Italian leg of their European tour.

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196 Rome