Summer Guide 2018: Rome

Whether your idea of summer entertainment is pre-theatre Champagne at the Terme di Caracalla or beer at a rock festival, taking in cutting-edge art or watching films under the stars, there’s something for everyone in Rome this year. Enjoy everything the Eternal City has to offer with our guide to the very best summer events in Rome.

7th March – 8th July 2018

The Independent

A blending of visual art and digital tech, The Independent’s collaborative exhibition with MoRE, the digital museum that showcases unrealised works from 20th and 21st century artists, is taking over one of the walls at MAXXI this summer. Each image not only includes information about the artist, but also an individual QR code to track the project in the digital archive.

MAXXI, Via Guido Reni 4/a, 00196 Roma

11th April – 19th August 2018

Canaletto 1697-1768

The exhibition of the works of Giovanni Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, at the Museo di Roma is a landmark event marking the 250th anniversary of the artist’s death. Bringing together works from all over the world, from private and public collections alike, including masterpieces from the Pushkin in Moscow and London’s National Gallery, this is the largest collection of Canaletto ever exhibited in Italy, with dozens of paintings, drawings and documents on display.

Museo di Roma, Piazza di S. Pantaleo 10, 00186 Roma

22nd March – 26th August 2018

Turner: Works of the Tate

An extraordinary collection of works by English Romantic artist and watercolourist, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), will be on show for the first time ever together in Rome at the Chiostro del Bramante. Displayed in chronological order, the exhibition guides visitors through over 90 artworks, from sketches and studies to watercolours and works in oil, illustrating Turner’s evolution and mastery of form.

Chiostro del Bramante, Arco della Pace 5, 00186 Roma

13th June 2018

Björk: Utopia

As part of her worldwide Utopia tour, Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk will be performing al fresco in Rome’s atmospheric Terme di Caracalla, the well-preserved ruins of an ancient spa complex. Also the title of her latest album, Utopia is about a search for personal paradise, weaving in themes of love, nature, and spirituality and incorporating woodwind instruments and even birdsong into the songs.

Terme di Caracalla, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma

15th June – 10th September 2018

Isola del Cinema

With a focus on international and Italian cinema, this year’s Isola del Cinema offers a summer-long programme of spectacular cinema screenings, many of which will be attended by the film’s directors and cast. The 24th edition of the festival will once again spread the screenings over three venues on the island, two of which are outdoor, meaning that guests can enjoy the entertainment under the stars.

Isola Tiberina (Piazza San Bartolomeo all’Isola), 00186 Roma

28th June – 1st July 2018


Held twice a year in January and July, Altaroma is one of the highlights of the Roman fashion calendar. Catwalk shows, events, and more take place across the city, to sartorially stunning effect. For those looking to source something new from up-and-coming designers, Altaroma’s Showcase event is aimed at exactly that, spotlighting the best new talent in the fashion world.

Cinecittà Studios, Via Tuscolana, 1055, 00173 Roma

29th June 2018

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

A public holiday in Rome, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is more than just a day off; it’s a city-wide celebration that kicks off with mass led by the Pope at St Peter’s in the morning and rounds off with fireworks over the River Tiber and Castel St Angelo. An unmissable opportunity to do as the Romans do and celebrate the city’s patron saints.

Various locations around Rome

3rd – 20th July 2018

La Traviata

Directed by Lorenzo Mariani, the new production of La Traviata by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma will be performed in the stunning grounds of the Roman ruins of Terme di Caracalla. A story of love and betrayal, life and death, sacrifice and forgiveness, it’s understandably one of Verdi’s most enduringly popular operas, and well-suited to the dramatic surrounds of the ancient baths.

Terme di Caracalla, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma