Spring Guide 2018: Rome

Springtime in Rome is a season of art events, world-class exhibitions, highly-anticipated tennis tournaments, theatre, and music. Enjoy every experience that the Italian capital has to offer with this guide to the best spring events in Rome.

14th December 2017 – 3rd March 2018

Andreas Gursky: Bangkok

On display in Italy for the first time, Andreas Gursky’s photographs are produced on the scale of large paintings and truly interact with, rather than simply document, contemporary life. The works on display at Gagosian are from his Bangkok series (2010), as well as some photographs from Ocean VI (2010), which capture the world’s oceans from a satellite view.

Gagosian Gallery, Via Francesco Crispi 16, 00187 Rome


16th December – 6th May 2018

Citazioni Pratiche. Fornasetti a Palazzo Altemps

As part of the museum’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the Palazzo Altemps is hosting an exhibition entitled “Citazioni Pratiche” or “Practical Quotes”, which sets over 800 pieces – some experimental, some playful – from the Fornasetti archive against the permanent, classically-leaning collection of the Museo Nazionale Romano at the Palazzo.

Palazzo Altemps, Piazza di S. Apollinare 46, 00186 Roma


19th January – 1st July 2018

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

With reviews suggesting that the Pink Floyd exhibition is almost as good as seeing the band live, it’s no wonder that Their Mortal Remains had a sell-out run at London’s V&A. Now hosted by MACRO in Rome, the exhibition offers a chronological, immersive journey through Pink Floyd’s music, telling the band’s story through sound, visuals, and special effects.

MACRO, Via Nizza 138, 00198 Roma


17th March

2018 NatWest 6 Nations Championship: Italy v Scotland

The 6 Nations Championship kicks off this February, with the Italy and Scotland rugby teams meeting to compete at the Stadio Olimpico during the final round in March. While Scotland has historically won more victories over Italy, there’s still everything to play for during the clash of these rugby titans this spring.

Stadio Olimpico, 00135 Roma


3rd – 5th April 2018

Bob Dylan: On Tour

Back performing in Italy for the first time since 2015 (and his notorious Nobel Prize win in 2016), Bob Dylan is taking to the stage at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica. Performing with his band, Dylan is set to sing through some fan favourites – he’s sold 125 million records worldwide during his career – during the highly-anticipated three-night run in April.

Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin 30, 00196 Roma

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7th April – 17th April

Tosca at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Giacomo Puccini’s melodrama returns to the stage at the Teatro Costanzi this April (the theatre where the opera made its debut back in January 1900), with a reprise later in the year. A story of love, art, and tragedy, this production of Tosca will be conducted by Jordi Bernàcer and directed by Alessandro Talevi.

Teatro Costanzi, Piazza Beniamino Gigli 1, 00184 Roma


May 2018

La Notte dei Musei

Museums and cultural institutions around Rome – and other major cities in Europe – will be open to the public for the evening, many of which will be hosting special events, from cinema and live music to readings. Many spaces will be free to enter, with some merely charging a euro for the chance to enjoy Roman sights by night.

May 2018 – Various locations


7th – 20th May 2018

Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2018

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Venus Williams are among the tennis superstars scheduled to play during this year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Taking place this spring, this tennis tournament is one of the most hotly-anticipated events on the Roman sporting calendar.

Foro Italico, Viale del Foro Italico, 00135 Roma


15th November 2017-20th May 2018

Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbours

Exploring the relationship between Europe and the Middle East as part of the museum’s Interactions across the Mediterranean series, this exhibition tells the story of Beirut as a city of creativity. Incorporating over 100 works from artists, filmmakers, musicians, architects and activists, it’s a powerful and thought-provoking glimpse of Beirut, past, present and future.

MAXXI, Via Guido Reni, 00196 Roma


22nd September 2017 – 21st January 2018


Taking a decade of Pablo Picasso’s life in its stride – during which he travelled to Rome and Naples with the Ballets Russes and fell in love with Olga Khokhlova, the woman who later became his first wife – the new exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale captures a period in which the artist was experimenting with different styles. Over 100 works are on display, from paintings to letters, including the famous, Portrait of Olga in an Armchair.

Scuderie del Quirinale, Via Ventiquattro Maggio, 16, 00186 Roma


23rd September 2017 – 18th February 2018

Enjoy: Art Meets Amusement

Illusory light-games, mirror mazes, and sculpture halls characterise Enjoy: Art Meets Amusement, the latest “out-of-the-box” exhibition from the Chiostro del Bramante. Enjoy explores ideas of pleasure and perspective, with many pieces created especially for this atmospheric former-cloister-turned-museum.

Chiostro del Bramante, Via Arco della Pace 5, 00186 Roma


12th October 2017 – 14th January 2018

HOKUSAI. Sulle Orme del Maestro

An unmissable exhibition for fans of Katsushika Hokusai, master of the ukiyo-e (art of the floating world) and painter of The Great Wave. Featuring over 200 works (100 of which will be on display at a time for conservation reasons), the exhibition at Museo dell’Ara Pacis explores Hokusai’s legacy, contrasting the works of the master with those that he inspired.

Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Roma



29th –31st December 2017

Harlem Gospel Choir

Part of the Rome Gospel Festival, which runs for 10 days in December, the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir will be performing three concerts at the Parco della Musica. Known for their collaborations with everyone from André Rieu to Diana Ross, the choir perform a range of different musical styles, including traditional and contemporary gospel, as well as jazz and blues – all of which will form part of their performance in Rome.

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin 30, 00196 Roma |



24th December

Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis will be holding the annual Christmas Eve Mass, also known as Midnight Mass (although it starts hours earlier), at the historic St Peter’s Basilica this December. For those without a ticket, just head to St Peter’s Square on the night – where the mass will also be broadcasted on large screens – for a chance to ring in Christmas with the Pope.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City


19th October 2017 – 11th February 2018


From landscapes, both urban and rural, to canvases depicting the Japanese Bridge and the gardens at Giverny, around 60 works of art, lent by the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, will be featured as part of the comprehensive exhibition at Complesso del Vittoriano – Ala Brasini, which aims to document the artistic journey of the Father of Impressionism, Claude Monet.

Complesso del Vittoriano – Ala Brasini, Via di S. Pietro in Carcere, 00186 Roma


4th February 2017

Six Nations Rugby: Italy v England

The match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico in February is one of the first matches of the Six Nations Championship, kicking off what’s set to be a great season of rugby. Back-to-back championship winners, the England team is looking to make its third win this year, so there’s everything to play for – meaning that it’s sure to be a cracking match for fans whatever the result.

Stadio Olimpico, Viale dei Gladiatori, 00135 Roma


1st November 2017 – 4th February 2018


Picking up where it left off 20 years ago, the Galleria Borghese returns to the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the foremost sculptor of his time, for an in-depth new exhibition. The gallery is well-known for its exemplary collection of Bernini’s sculptures, and this latest showcase, curated with the help of Bernini scholars, is a testament to the artist and his contribution to the Baroque style.

Galleria Borghese, Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5, 00197 Roma


2nd December 2017 – 19th April 2018

GRAVITY. The Universe after Einstein

The exhibition’s title refers to an article that Einstein wrote a hundred years ago, which fundamentally changed the way we view time and space. Not a small achievement, MAXXI is marking it with an exhibition – created through a collaboration between the museum, the Italian Space Agency, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics, and Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno – that explores and celebrates the connections between art and science.

MAXXI, Via Guido Reni 4/a, 00196 Roma