The Best Events in Rome this Autumn

What’s on in Rome this Fall: events to mark on your calendar

As temperatures cool and leaves begin to fall, don’t be fooled into thinking that La Città Eterna is about to snuggle up into hibernation. Whilst summer might be the height of the tourism season in Rome, the autumn calendar is just as jam-packed. The museums and galleries have been busy curating and installing exhibitions of some true greats, and many of the city’s best-loved festivals are set to make their autumnal return.

Here we round up all you need to know for the biggest and best events that this season has to offer:


Exhibitions at Palazzo delle Esposizioni

September 11 – January 6, 2019

Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194

Palazzo delle Esposizioni kicks off autumn with some unmissable exhibitions. For all those kids at heart, don’t miss out on the much-awaited Pixar, 30 Years of Animation exhibition from October 9th. With over 400 artworks, from drawings, sketches, collages and storyboards, and a rich selection of video material, get ready to immerse yourself in the Pixar universe. From October 17th, embark on the journey of Piero Tosi, one of the most brilliant costume creators for cinema, theater, opera and television with the Pietro Tosi Esercizi Sulla Bellezza, Gli anni del CSC 1988-2016 exhibition. Recognized all over the world, Tosi was also awarded the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2013, after five Oscar nominations for films such as “Il Gattopardo”, “Morte a Venezia”, “Ludwig”, “The vice” and “La Traviata”.

Ō Music, Dance, Art

September 14 – December 16

Baths of Diocletian: Viale Enrico de Nicola, 78
Planetarium: Via Giuseppe Romita, 8
Free entry – Reservation mandatory online

Ō / Musica, Danza, Arte in Rome

Rome has a special surprise in store for all music, dance and art lovers out there. From September 14th, three months of performances, installations and talks by more than 40 international DJs and artists await you in the stunning locations of the Terme di Diocleziano and the ex Planetario. The surprise is called Ō: un mese di Musica, Danza e Arte, and comes with an imperial lineup. The first part of Ō will be held at the Terme di Diocleziano as well as the Planetario from September 14th till October 14th, where a musical lineup including Anna Calvi, Antigone, Sigha & Kangding Ray, Burnt Friedman awaits you. From October 21 till December 16th, all events will be held at the Planetario where a more cultural and artistic stamp prevails. Check out their website for the full program, and don’t forget to reserve your spot!

Romaeuropa Festival

September 19 – November 25

Various Locations
Free and ticketed events

Romaeuropa Festival 2018

First launched way back in 1986, the Romaeuropa Festival, now in its 33rd edition, has been dubbed one of the most important Italian cultural festivals. Growing bigger and better every year, the 2018 edition investigates the concept of boundaries and frontiers between people, seeking to achieve the path undertaken by one of the most visionary European artists, Peter Brook, a protagonist of this year’s festival edition. Hundreds of artists from 24 different countries will come together to create a kaleidoscope of expressive forms. This year’s jam-packed lineup is is set to delight, inspire and entertain all ages with a dazzling array of theatre, dance, circus, art, technology and music that will be showcased at 27 different venues throughout the city.

DREAM: Art Meets Dreams

September 29 – May 5, 2019

Chiostro del Bramante
Via Arco della Pace, 5

After LOVE in 2016 and ENJOY in 2017, DREAM is the final exhibition that completes the trilogy conceived and curated by Danilo Eccher. An exhibition that will see “the dream” as a journey, as self-discovery, knowledge and emotions. An exhibition that will tap into sone of the most intimate human emotions: our feelings, soul and subconscious. But also an exhibition that will allow its visitors to create and shape their own dreams. The artists-protagonists to display their works and dreams will be  Jaume Plensa, Anselm Kiefer, Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo, Christian Boltanski, Doris Salcedo, Henrik Håkansson, Wolfgang Laib, Claudio Costa, Kate MccGwire, Anish Kapoor, Tsuyoshi Tane, Ryoji Ikeda, Bill Viola, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Peter Kogler, Luigi Ontani, Ettore Spalletti, Tatsuo Miyajima and James Turrell.

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ANDY WARHOL. The True Essence.

From October 3

Complesso del Vittoriano
Via di San Pietro in Carcere

Get ready for one of the most iconic artists of all time – Andy Warhol. From October 3rd, more than 170 artworks by Andy Warhol will be on display in Rome’s Complesso del Vittoriano – Ala Brasini. This exhibition, in occasion of Warhol’s 90th anniversary, is entirely dedicated to the Pop Art icon and will delight and inspire all those who see it. An artistic journey that starts from Warhol’s Pop Art origins: where in 1962 the genius of Pittsburgh began using screen printing to create the world-famous Campbell’s Soup series, and follows with the series of Elvis, Marilyn, Coca-Cola and way more. Don’t miss out on this year’s most awaited exhibition, whose aim is to highlight the incredible life of Warhol, who not only changed forever the connotations of the art world, but also those of music, cinema and fashion.

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Spring Attitude Festival

October 4 – 6

Ex Dogana: Viale dello Scalo S. Lorenzo, 10 (San Lorenzo)
Mattatoio Testaccio: Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4 (Testaccio)
Weekend Pass: €34

Spring Attitude Festival 2018

“Fall is the new Spring” is this year’s motto of the Spring Attitude Festival, which will take place in during the famous ottobrata romana from October 4 – 6. With the launch of Spring Attitude, the city’s annual electronic music festival, Rome’s late night dance scene becomes wired with energy. For the festival’s ninth year running, big-name electronic, psychedelic and post-rock artists from all over the world will perform in two iconic locations and neighbourhoods of the city: the Mattatoio in Testaccio and the Ex Dogana at San Lorenzo. This year Spring Attitude will amplify the musical experience with added visuals thanks to SPRING + ONwhich will fill venues with installation, performance and virtual/interactive art.

The French Impressionists: from Monet to Cézanne

From October 5

Palazzo degli Esami
Via Girolamo Induno, 4

For the first time in Italy, the much-awaited international multimedia exhibition The French Impressionists – from Monet to Cézanne, will open on October 5th in Rome. The exhibition pays tribute to great artists considered to be the precursors of a new way of observing the world and its surrounding nature, able to express the immediate and the fluid through light and shadow contrasts and vivid colors. The artistic journey will guide visitors back in time, in 19th century Paris: a bohémien heart, beating with creativity and innovation. Huge crystalline images on mega multi-screen will seem so real that you’ll want to touch them. Thousands of images depicting the masterpieces of the French Impressionists will be projected full-screen thanks to SENSORY4 ™ technology. Prepare for an unforgettable immersive experience. 

POLLOCK and the New York School

From October 10

Complesso del Vittoriano
Via di San Pietro in Carcere

Works by some of the most anti-conformist artists with psychological introspection and experimentation will be on display from October 10th in Rome’s Complesso del Vittoriano – Ala Brasini. Fifty masterpieces by the greatest representatives of the School of New York including Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and the one and only king of action painting: Jackson Pollock, will be the protagonists. An exhibition of a lifetime, with artworks taken from one of the most prestigious collections of New York’s Whitney Museum, including Pollock’s Number 27, await you. Expect vivid colors, strong brushstrokes and harmony in shapes, for one of the most awaited exhibitions of the year. 

OVIDIO. Myths and other stories.

October 17 – January 20, 2018

Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio, 16

Ovidio at Scuderie del Quirinale

In commemoration of the two thousandth anniversary of the death of the Roman poet, Publicio Ovidio Nasone, the Scuderie del Quirinale will host an exhibition on the man and poet who went into conflict with Emperor Augustus for political reasons. But Ovidio isn’t only known for his political and moral compass, he was also the author of some of the most beautiful love poems ever to exist, as well as the painter of one of the greatest classical mythology frescos. The exhibition will display more than 200 antiquity works that range from sculptures, reliefs, frescoes and manuscripts and that go all the way to the Middle Ages. Through the exhibition, visitors will catch a glimpse of the early Roman culture and society of the imperial age.

Festa del Cinema

October 18 – 28

Various Locations

Festa del Cinema di Roma 2018

For just over a week this autumn, the Eternal City will see the return of its Festa del Cinema for its 13th edition. Taking place in the Auditorium Parco della Musica and other great locations throughout the city, this annual festival offers a whole host of events including screenings, master classes, tributes, exhibits, panels and many other special events. Don’t miss the return of Incontri Ravvicinati (Close Encounters), which is a series of talks from masters of the trade. This year Festa del Cinema will welcome the likes of Martin Scorsese, Sigourney Weaver, Giuseppe Tornatore, Pierre Bismuth, Cate Blanchett and many more. Check their website for the full line up, locations and pricing.

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