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.

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

Until November 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
romaeuropa.net
+39 06 4555 3050

Until 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
romajazzfestival.it
+39 06 6934 5132

Image © Adriano Bellucci

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 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, 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 February 9, 2020

Eruzioni: Pompei e Santorini

Mount Vesuvius wiped out Pompei 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
scuderiequirinale.it
+39 02 9289 7722

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

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

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

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
doriapamphilj.it
+39 06 6797 323

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

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

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

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
romaoperaomnia.com 

+39 38 8197 5179

 

December 21 - 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
auditorium.com

Image © Musacchio Iannello

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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
papalaudience.org
+39 06 6988 3114

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
arapacis.it
+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, 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 © 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
museicapitolini.org
+39 06 0608

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 
palazzodellosportroma.it
+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
centralemontemartini.org
+39 06 0608

Image © Mimmo Frassineti

February 2, 2020

Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus

With its star-studded cast of international headliners, Rock in Roma has continued to attract the city’s largest summertime crowds since its inaugural event in 2002. This year, it joins forces with another of the city’s big hitters, Roma Summer Festival, to bring music fans an unmissable series of huge-name concerts, including Kraftwerk, Skunk Anansie and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Various locations

February 18– 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

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  15 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden (less than a mile)                                             https://www.operainroma.com
+39 3515057608

March 5, 2020

Cenerentola

La Cenerentola, or Cinderella, is one of Rossini’s operas, first performed when the composer was just 25 years of age. This magical rags to riches fairy tale is told through some of the finest writing for solo voice and ensemble ever produced.

Lungotevere Vittorio Gassman, 1 Rome
25 minutes by car from Hotel Eden (4.2 miles)
Teatro India

March 21 – 20, 2020

FAI Spring Days 2020

Nearly 800 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
02 467615 303

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

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