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 July 22, 2019

Festival di Caracalla

The Baths of Caracalla were monumental public baths in Ancient Rome, completed in 216 CE. These days, the enormous, beautifully preserved ruins are a unique atmospheric setting for a series of live musical and theatrical performances. This summer presents an indulgent range of opera and ballet, including concerts performed by Teatro dell’Opera.

Baths of Caracalla, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome
3.5 miles – 20 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
operaroma.it

Image ©  iStock/Jekaternia Shamanova

Until July 27, 2019

Rock in Roma

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
rockinroma.com

Until August 11, 2019

Roma Incontra il Mondo at Villa Ada

Entering its 26th year, “Rome meets the World” takes place in Villa Ada, the city’s second-largest public park. Set on the banks of the lake, the festival is one of the season’s most anticipated summer events, welcoming music from all over the world. Despite its novelties—inventive food and drink, agricultural workshops—nothing beats its sunset views on a warm evening.

Villa Ada, Via di Ponte Salario, 28 Rome
2.7  miles – 23 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
villaada.org

Image © iStock/Onradio

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
www.chiostrodelbramante.it

Image ©  iStock/Marzia Giacobbe

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
lungoiltevereroma.it 

Image © iStock/Jesus Barroso

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
globetheatreroma.com 
+39 01 4619 622

Image ©  iStock/Bwzenith

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
isoladelcinema.com 
+39 06 9021 4524

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
ilgianicolo.it
+39 331 7098 854

Image © iStock/Fabianodp

July – August, 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
castelsantangelo.com
+39 06 6819 111

Image © iStock/Marco Piunti

July 1 – 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
tempietto.it

Image © iStock/Irishphoto2

July 4 - 7, 2019

AltaRoma 2019 Summer Edition

Working in collaboration with Vogue Italia to showcase the brightest up-and-coming talent in the Italian fashion world, Rome’s biannual fashion week continues to redefine what ‘Made in Italy’ means. AltaRoma’s Who’s On Next shines the spotlight on the next generation of designers, while fashionistas and style influencers anticipate next season’s sharpest looks.

Various locations
altaroma.it

Image © iStock/izusek

July 20 – 27, 2019

Festa de’ Noantri

Held annually in Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood, religious services, processions through the streets and lots of high-spirited music make Festa de’ Noantri a beautiful example of Roman piety. Food and drink stalls pop up in the area, concerts are performed, and locals celebrate the neighbourhood’s patroness—the Virgin Mary—in true summertime style.

Various location across Trastevere, Rome
3 miles – 22 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
festadenoantri.it

Image © iStock/Small World

July 30 – August 4, 2019

Romeo and Juliet

The historic Baths of Caracalla—among Rome’s most enchanting ancient ruins—are the stunning backdrop to the Corpo di Ballo’s production of classic Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Beneath starry skies, expect immaculate choreography and stunning costumes before a teary final curtain.

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00182 Rome
3.1 miles – 22 minutes’ drive from Hotel Eden
operaroma.it 
+39 06 481 601

Image © Teatro dell’Opera di Roma /Yasuko Kageyama

August 5, 2019

The Miracle of the Snow

August 5 is a magical date to be in Rome: the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is dusted with ‘snow’, despite summer’s soaring temperatures. The annual tradition uses tiny flower petals to replicate the snow that—legend has it—miraculously fell here in the summer of AD 358, to mark where to build the Basilica.

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 42, 00100 Rome
1 mile – 20 minutes’ walk from Hotel Eden
vatican.va

Image © iStock/nattakit

September 10 – 15, 2019

Calder/Kentridge

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
operaroma.it
+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
festivalmusicaeartesacra.net

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
romaeuropa.net
+39 06 4555 3050

Image ©  iStock/joshblake

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
tasteofroma.it

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
bioparco.it 
+39 06 360 8211  

Image © iStock/FamVeld

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 
www.maxxi.art 
+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
arapacis.it
+39 06 0608

Image © Ara Pacis

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
museivaticani.va

Image ©  iStock/Tomas Sereda

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
maxxi.art
+39 06 3201 954

Image © Archivio Alighiero Boetti

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 
operaroma.it
+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 
romacinemafest.it
+39 06 4040 1900

Image © Luca Dammicco

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

Image © iStock/sndr

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

Image © iStock/piola666

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
welcometo-rome.it