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:
Short Theatre 2019: Visione D’Insieme
September 6 – 14
La Pelanda, WeGil, Teatro India, Teatro Argentina, Carrozzerie n.o.t.
Rome’s annual Short Theatre festival returns this month for its fourteenth edition with a series of evocative performances including concerts, DJ sets, dance and theatre performances, workshops, and installations. The title of this year’s edition, “Visione D’Insieme”, recalls the different traces of an increasingly complex reality, that ability to fix the extraction of history with what happens in the present, through an always open and inclusive look. For more details on Short Theatre’s roster of artists and performers and what is unfolding when, check out to their website.
Art City 2019
Till September 16
Venues include Palazzo Venezia, Castel Sant’Angelo, Vittoriano Complex and more
Entry fee: €7.50-16
ArtCity, a cultural and performance series that matches up some of the world’s top dance, music, cinema, and theater with a few of Rome’s most spectacular sites, keeps running till mid September. Castel Sant’Angelo hosts one of the regular events of the Roman Summer, Sere D’Arte divided into concerts, a series of thematic guided visits and a theatrical repertoire dedicated to kids. Three exhibitions are still in store: Lessico italiano. Volti e storie del nostro Paese; Bvlgari. La storia, il sogno; and Etruschi, maestri d’arte e artigianato. While “Conversazioni nella Loggia” takes place at Palazzo Venezia and hosts three different types of conferences about architecture, art and literature. But that’s not it – five different exhibitions will take place all over the Lazio region, bringing in more than 100 different events. Check out their website for the full program.
September 17 – November 24
Free and ticketed events
This year, the jam-packed line-up of the 34th edition of the Romaeuropa Festival is set to delight, inspire and entertain all ages from the 17th of September until the 24th of November. A dazzling array of theatre, dance, circus, art, technology and music will be showcased at 20 different venues throughout the city. This year’s title is “Landscapes”, a landscape to discover and to cross, between virtuality and reality and dreamlike projections of possible futures. Hundreds of artists from different countries will come together to create a kaleidoscope of expressive forms to represent a unique panorama: the geography of our world today.
Live Cinema Festival 2019
September 19 – 22
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Nazionale, 94
Performances: daily from 8pm
From September 19 – 22, the sixth edition of Live Cinema Fest returns to the splendid Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Eight live cinema performances unpublished or presented for the first time in Italy and one real-time, screenings, workshops and a cast of internationally renowned artists for an immersive, synaesthetic and unique experience. Four days in which machines, art and technology come together to spread new messages, new imaginary and new perspectives. The spokesmen for this mission will 26 performers from all over of the world.
Spring Attitude Festival
October 10 – 12
MAXXI: Via Guido Reni, 4A (Flaminio)
Videocittà – Ex Caserma Guido Reni: Via Guido Reni, 7 (Flaminio)
Day Pass: €20-25
Following last year’s format, Spring Attitude Festival will kick off during the famous ottobrata romana from October 10 – 12, reclaiming the format of “Fall is the new Spring”. 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 tenth 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: MAXXI and the Ex Caserma Guido Reni in the cool Guido Reni/Flaminio neighbourhood.
Festa del Cinema
October 17 – 27
For just over a week this autumn, the Eternal City will see the return of its Festa del Cinema for its 14th 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.
Taste of Roma 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 30
Entry fee: €16
The four-day food extravaganza, Taste of Roma, is a major event dedicated to exploring culinary talents, new tastes and flavors. Kicking off September 19 th , the event will be held at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and will host 14 great Chefs, each with a four-course menu, where color and its combination to food will be in the spotlight. In addition to dining and tasting a wide variety of exceptional plates, you can also step into the kitchen and sign up for lessons with renowned chefs, as well as attending show cooking and beer and wine tastings.
Roma Bar Show
September 23 – 24
Palazzo dei Congressi
One day ticket €20, two day ticket €30
The first Italian event of international importance in the bar and mixology world will kick off on September 23rd at Palazzo dei Congressi, offering visitors the opportunity to experience a 360° experience in the beverage world. With just one admission ticket you will be able to test products, taste cocktails, participate in seminars, masterclasses, RBS Academy, attend competitions and much more. With a fantastic program of events where expert and sector leaders will share their experiences and know-how through conversations, tastings, conferences and competitions, it’s impossible not to save the date!
Bacon, Freud and the School of London
September 29 – May 5
Chiostro del Bramante
Via Arco della Pace, 5
Two iconic painters, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, for the first time together in an exhibition in Italy. One of the most fascinating, extensive and significant chapters of contemporary world art with the London School. The exhibition displays works from Tate and covers over 70 years, from 1945 to 2004. Stay tuned!
Pompei e Santorini
October – January 2020
Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio, 16
Exhibitions at Palazzo delle Esposizioni
October 4 – January 6, 2020
Palazzo delle Esposizioni kicks off autumn with some unmissable exhibitions. On October 4th, the exhibition Tecniche d’Evasione displaying pictures and artworks from Hungarian artists during the ’60s and ’70s used to escape controls, to stun the censorship, to evade power, and mock it will debut. While on October 22nd, three exhibitions are in store: Sublimi Anatomie intends to recover the cognitive and critical importance of the observation of the human body; La Meccanica dei Mostri. Da Carlo Rambaldi a Makinarium will rebuild the path that can retrace the history of Italian and international cinema; and Katy Couprie. Dizionario Folle del Corpo with its visual vocabulary that tells the human body in all its aspects, mixing anatomy with poetry and actions with emotions.
October 6 – March 8, 2020
Piazza Venezia, 5
After kicking off Monet last year, Arthemisia Group is ready to surprise us with the inauguration of the most important exhibition ever seen in Rome on the history of Impressionism. In the marvellous rooms of the noble floor, where Maria Letizia Ramolino – mother of Napoleon Bonaparete – lived, there will be over 50 works on display by artists like Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissaro, and Signac. Artworks which have been hidden from the wider public, coming from private collections that are rarely accessible and which have been granted exceptionally for this exhibition. Stay tuned!
Canova. Eterna Bellezza
October 9 – March 15, 2020
Museo di Roma
Piazza San Pantaleo, 10
An exhibition-event focused on the connection between Antonio Canova and the city of Rome, with over 170 works and prestigious loans from important museums and Italian and foreign collections. Stay tuned!
Frida Khalo. Il Caos Dentro
October 12 – March 29, 2020
Spazio Eventi Tirso
Via Tirso 16/18
This “sensory exhibition”, curated by experts in the field, presents a vision of the life and loves of Frida Kahlo through her vibrant letters, her candid photographs and the works seen through technology in an immersive and engaging perspective.
Della Materia Spirituale dell’Arte
October 17 – March 8, 2020
Via Guido Reni 4A
When we talk about the “spiritual aspect of art”, what do we mean? Della materia spirituale dell’arte focuses on a reflection that brings together the dawning of a western sacred and spiritual path within the porosity of different cultures and beliefs symbolised by the city of Rome and the current status of the world today with its social and hyper-connected dimension. The exhibition puts together works of contemporary art with a selection of archeological relics from the capital’s leading museums. Stay tuned!
Altan. Pimpa. Cipputi e Altri Pensatori
October 23 – January 12, 2020
Via Guido Reni 4A
A complete exhibition, to tell the world of Altan among original drawings, posters, illustrations, paintings, sketches, tables, books and videos. Finally an exhibition of an author able to transition easily from drawings dedicated to childhood and adventure comics, from illustrated novels to animated films, from cartoons to screenplays. Stay tuned!
VALADIER. Splendore nella Roma del Settecento
October 30 – February 2, 2020
Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5
The Borghese Gallery will dedicate its autumn exhibition to Luigi Valadier (1726-1785), protagonist of the renewal of taste in Rome in the middle of the ‘700. The exhibition will open to the public on October 30, 2019. Stay tuned!